Type of tour:Self-guided
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:31 Miles/day average
Dates: Daily: year-round, 2014
Tour price:€660
Start city:Assisi, Italy
End city:Assisi, Italy
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Great riding, great scenery, great food
Umbria's Hills and Valleys

Tour Description: Self-guided

Umbria, nestled between Tuscany, Marche and Lazio, is maybe one of the smallest regions of Italy, but is has a wide range of different landscapes: from harsh gorges, to sweet green hills, wild woods to fertile plains transformed by varied cultivations; oases of fresh, crystal clear spring water and enchanting lakes.  

This cycle tour combines the beauty of nature with sightseeing in quiet medieval towns. The trip starts and finishes in the beautiful and fascinating town of Assisi, the pilgrims’ town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio. Many monuments have been erected here in honour of the saints Francis and Clare. But Assisi isn’t the only highlight of this tour. You will pass many other interesting small towns such as Spello, which has Roman origins, as we are reminded by several features including the Porta Venere and Porta Consolare town gates,  Montefalco, famous for its delicious wines and Bevagna, which has a lovely medieval square with two Romanesque churches.

You will spend two nights in Torgiano allowing time to visit the county-town of Perugia. Its magnificent old town center is certainly worth visiting, with renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums and galleries, but of course it is also nice just to wander around the evocative alleys, the characteristic squares and the fashionable shopping street Corso Vannuci. During the second part of the tour you bike through a beautiful unspoiled scenery. The biker-friendly roads, the lovely towns and the green hills with cypresses, vineyards and olive trees make this tour unforgettable.

The 8 day tour can be extended by 2 nights. An overnight stay in Spoleto, a town full of life, with many squares, lovely little streets, shops with local delicacies and handicrafts, restaurants and a lot of sights to visit. The second night is in S.Feliciano on the fourth lake of Italy, Lago Trasimeno. There are many possibilities to discover the lake. One of them is this cycle tour around the lake, passing sunny little fishing villages such as Passignano, Tuoro and Castiglione del Lago with its castle. You can also take a day of rest or bike this tour only partial and take the ferryboat to visit one of the islands.

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