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Florence to Rome: Through the Heart of Italy (Guided)

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  • 7 nights | 20 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €1800
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  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

On this tour, you'll explore 3 of Italy's regions: from Tuscany through Umbria into the Latium region. From the Renaissance metropolis of Florence through the agricultural countryside to Caput Mundi Rome. You'll enjoy dream landscapes, rivers, and lakes as well as rich history and culinary highlights. This is a guided bike trip into the pulsing heart of Italy.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival
At 5:00pm. we meet in the hotel lobby for a guided city walk around the capital of the Renaissance. The rest of the evening is free to spend.
Overnight in Florence

Day 2: Florence – Piazzano (18 miles/30 km)
After breakfast we are leaving Florence by train and reach the fertile Chiana Valley of which beauty already Goethe raved about. On small side streets we pedal southwards. The smooth ridges are often crowned by mighty forts which go back to the Etruscan settlement. One of the oldest and for sure the most beautiful settlements is Cortona.

This place stretches high above the lowlands, enchanting with an incomparable panoramic view over the Chiana Valley and its tangle of alleyways and squares. We invite you to lunch before we ride our bikes back to the valley. In the afternoon we reach our destination.
Overnight in Piazzano

Day 3: Piazzano – Perugia (21 miles/34 km)
Just like Hannibal with his Punic army, we approach Lake Trasimeno. Soon we roll across the battlefield where he vanquished the Romans in 217BC. Our 16-mile ride along the lake reveals beautiful views on the sea and its islands. In the afternoon we get to Perugia, where we are going to stay the night. Also the nice spa area invites you to relax.

On a guided city walk we get to know the extraordinary city with its crooked streets and numerous cultural monuments. A special highlight is the underground part among the Rocca Paolina. There is enough time for an aperitif on one of the lively places before dinner in one of the best restaurants in the city.
Overnight in Perugia

Day 4: Perugia – Montefalco (20 miles/33 km)
In the morning, we take the bus to Assisi. Hardly any other town in Umbria has preserved its medieval character as well as Assisi. The highlight of our city tour with a local guide is the Church of St. Francis, decorated with the wonderful frescoes by Giotto.

In the afternoon, our cycling tour starts with a panoramic route through the olive groves on the flanks of Mount Subiaso to Spello. Situated a little below Montefalco, our secluded accommodation has its origin in the 16th century. The wide parks have the ideal setting for finding relaxation and rest.
Overnight in Montefalco

Day 5: Montefalco Loop (10 miles/16 km)
In the morning, we visit Montefalco. This majestic hilltown offers some of the most beautiful panoramic views of central Umbria, inviting the beholder to enjoy the quiet serenity of the area and we are visiting an oil mill founded by Estruscans. We stroll around the narrow streets before a pleasant descent takes us down the hill on our bikes.

In the afternoon, we will taste some of the exquisite red wines of the area in one of the numerous vineyards, not far from our hotel, where you can enjoy the amenities of this charming place. We'll spend a second night in Montefalco.
Overnight in Montefalco

Day 6: Montefalco – Rieti (30 miles/48 km)
Our morning route to Spoleto passes mostly on flat terrain. We load our bikes and take an escalator to get to the old town. A round walk takes us through a maze of narrow streets and places to the cathedral and the Ponte delle Torri. After that a bus takes us to a place called Piediluco, situated directly on a beautiful lake. After having lunch, you could even take a refreshing bath before our bikes carry us on southwards.

Soon we will have reached the border to the Latium region. The landscape seems to be wilder here. Our destination for today is the beautiful city Rieti which luckily was spared from the earthquake in August 2016. As on Sunday, since lunch is included in the tour price, the evening is free to spend. There are numerous excellent restaurants.
Overnight in Rieti

Day 7: Rieti – Rome (19 miles/30 km)
After breakfast a bus takes us up to the Sabine mountains to the Lago del Turano. Craggy cliffs tower high in the air all around the lake. It is hard to believe that we are just a few miles away from the rolling hills of the Tuscany and Umbria region. Passing the little town Castel di Tora, we cycle along the lake.

Our route continues through cliffy landscape before our bus takes us to Rome. There is enough time for a city walk to the Colosseum or to take an aperitif before we meet for dinner in a typical restaurant.
Overnight in Rome

Day 8: Departure
In the morning we do a city walk through the antique part of Rome. We visit the Colosseum (from the outside) and the Forum Romanum. Our walk ends at the statehouse with a wonderful panoramic view over the city. By noon our trip ends at the hotel. From there you can get to the train station or different airports by public transport or a cab.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Jun 8, 15; Sep 14, 21, 2019 (minimum 8 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1800
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€390
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€165
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Rotalis Terms and Conditions

Cancellation:

 

If there is a price increase of more than 5%, you are entitled to cancel the tour at no charge. If a reservation is changed to a different tour within 60 days prior to the start of the tour, a fee of EUR 60 per person will be due. However, this shall only apply if you do not find a substitute participant. At a later date, the change of reservation will be treated as cancellation at the cancellation fees stated below.
If either of two customers booked in a double room cancels the contract, the original registration will be converted into a single-room reservation, with the tour price being adjusted accordingly. In such a case, we expect the remaining customer to be willing to accept a room of a lower standard or to stay the night and have breakfast at a different hotel or Bed + Breakfast, if this should be necessary at some stops; however, this shall apply only in case no substitute participant registers for the vacancy in the double room.

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for tours in Europe:
Before the 60 th day prior to the start of the tour: 10 %
From the 59th to 28th day prior to the start of the tour: 30%
From the 27th to the 14th day prior to the start of the tour: 50%
From the 13th to the 6th prior to the star of the tour: 60%
From the 5th day to 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 80%
Non-commencement of the tour (day of arrival): 95%

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for bike & boat tours:
Before the 60th day prior to the start of the tour: 20 %
From the 59th to the 31st day prior to the start of the tour: 30%
From the 30th to 21st day prior to the start of the tour: 50%
From the 20th to the 11th day prior to the start of the tour: 70%
From the 10th to 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 90%
Non-commencement of the tour (day of arrival): 100%

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for long distance tours:
Before the 35th day prior to the start of the tour: 30%
From the 34th to 22nd day prior to the start of the tour: 50%
From the 21st to the 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 80%
Non-commencement of the tour (day of arrival): 95%

For special tours and tours reserved to circles of friends, separate cancellation fees are applicable.

Cancellation fees of the confirmed tour fare for privately guided group tours:
Before the 90th day prior to the start of the tour: 20%
From the 89th to 60th day prior to the start of the tour: 40%
From the 59th to the 30th day prior to the start of the tour: 60%
From the 29th to the 6th prior to the start of the tour: 80%
From the 5th day to 1 day prior to the start of the tour: 90%

Cancellations of pre- or post-stay reservations made by the tour operator are subject to the general cancellation terms. The cost for e-bikes cannot be refunded due to their long-termed disposition.

The customer cancelling his/her tour will be free to prove that the cancellation costs are lower than the lump-sum fees mentioned above. However, it is required that the tour operator office is promptly notified of the cancellation, first by telephone and subsequently by written confirmation.
You can protect yourself against the cost risk in the event of cancellation by taking out cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. Your travel professional can advise you.

The tour operator reserves the right to call off a tour if the following minimum numbers of participants are not reached: eight (8) participants for tours in Europe (exception the tour operator Special: 6), eight (8) participants for tours outside Europe, 14 participants for Bike & Boat tours. The cancellation will be made five (5) weeks prior to the beginning of the tour at the latest. In this case, you may immediately request the participation in an equivalent tour, provided that such a tour is available in the program without additional charge.

The 5 weeks guarantee shall not apply if we have to call off a tour, or discontinue a tour, due to events of force majeure, e.g., war, riots, civil unrest, Acts of God, etc., which jeopardize the safe organization and implementation of the tour in the best interest of our customers.

The tour operator has the right to terminate the travel contract with a participant without notice if such participant persistently disturbs, interferes with, or jeopardizes the cycling tour despite having been warned. We trust you understand that such termination is justified also in order to safeguard the best interests, and the expectations, of the other participants with regard to the holidays booked with the tour operator. In such a case, however, the tour operator retains the right to claim payment of the tour fare, less any travel expenses saved, if applicable. Any extra costs arising from return transportation shall be borne by the excluded participant.

Participants who prematurely terminate a tour, are not entitled to refunds.

Services of the Tour Operator:

The tour is deemed to start by the time the first service is rendered by the tour operator, e.g., when the first hotel room is made available and/or the bicycle is handed over. The meal plan starts with dinner on the day of arrival or with breakfast on the first cycling day and ends with breakfast on the last day of the tour. Our packages also include transportation by car/bus, railway and ship, etc. during the tour as well as all costs incurred in connection with any scheduled visits to places of interest. Note: The costs of visits made on your own and the transportation costs on so-called "rest days" as well as optional activities offered by the tour operator are not included. We reserve the right to modify individual tour services should that become necessary after the travel contract has been signed, provided that such modifications are immaterial and do not impair the overall style of the tour.

Liability:

Within the limits of our obligation to exercise the care and diligence of prudent businessmen, we warrant that the description of all specified travel services is correct at the time of the update of the website, that the service providers (hotels, carriers and others) have been properly selected and procured and that the tours have been conscientiously prepared and will be implemented with all due care. Transportation by rail, bus, cog wheel train, cable car, ship, canoe and the like during the trip are services which are only procured by us as agents and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the respective carrier; such terms and conditions shall also govern the limit of liability of the tour operator. If a visit scheduled in the program is impracticable for reasons beyond our control (renovation of churches and the like), we cannot be held responsible. If an unforeseen event of force majeure (e.g., war, riot and civil unrest, Acts of God) occurs and it must be expected, on the basis of an objective weighing of all circumstances, that carrying out the tour would become substantially more difficult or involve a substantial risk, the participant and/or the tour operator may each give notice of termination of the travel contract. This provision shall also apply if the tour has already started. However, in such a case the tour operator retains the right to adequate compensation for the travel services already performed or yet to be performed until the end of the tour. If the package includes a return trip by air, the participant and the tour operator shall bear the extra costs for the return trip in equal shares. You will participate in the cycling tours at your own risk. This provision shall also apply to other activities such as hikes, boat and canoe trips included in the cycling tour, and it is understood that participation in such activities is voluntary at all times (bike routes are always available as an alternative). The responsibility for complying with the road traffic regulations shall lie with you. You shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury you may cause to third parties. If you have personal liability insurance, it may provide coverage for such contingency. We are liable to you for compensation of the loss of or damage to your baggage only if such loss or damage is attributable to intent or gross negligence on our part. In other respects, our liability for damages on account of mal-performance of the contract is limited to an amount corresponding to once the tour price, provided that the loss or damage has not been caused by us either intentionally or by gross negligence or if we are responsible solely on account of fault of a service provider selected by us. Any responsibility on our part is excluded if the participant fails to comply with any instructions issued by us in his/her best interest (e.g., for safety reasons). We suggest that you protect yourself against such risks by taking out accident and/or baggage insurance. Minors may only participate if accompanied by a parent or (legal) guardian. If you have reason for complaint, please advise your tour guide or the tour operator without delay. It is understood and agreed that our tour guides are not entitled to acknowledge claims. In addition, any claims against us will be deemed to exist only on condition that they are asserted with us not later than one month after the contractually stipulated end of the tour. Contractual claims for body damages due to intent or gross negligence shall become statute-barred after two years. All other contractual claims shall become statute-barred after one year.

Miscellaneous:

Verbal agreements shall not be effective unless confirmed by us in writing. Services, fares and prices are subject to change, and we reserve the right to correct errors, including typographical errors and errors in calculation. Any and all disputes arising out of or in connection with the travel contract shall be resolved exclusively by Austrian courts and shall be governed by Austrian law.

Before booking your flight, please make sure that the required minimum number of participants has been reached. The tour operator cannot make any refund in case that the trip is cancelled because the minimum number of participants has not been reached.

In the event of grossly negligent or deliberate damage to the bike provided by the tour operator for the tour, the operator is entitled to exercise claims for the occured damages.

For tours operated by contractual partners, special terms and conditions may be applicable. Detailled information will be made available upon request.

By signing the travel contract you agree that any photographs taken during the tour by tour guides or fellow travelers, may be used by the tour operator for their company advertising, in particular for the tour operator catalog and website.

All photos used by permission. ©Rotalis

Ratings

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  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2
  • Value 5
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 4
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Charlie October 1, 2018

Beautiful Ride.

Our ride was a wonderful way to see the Italian countryside from Florence to Rome. The riders were similar in skills (7 of 8 retired) and the routing matched our skill set. The guides (furnished by Rotalis) were knowledgeable and accommodated requests from our team quickly and to everyone’s satisfaction. There were a few very short instances where the ride was on busy roadways when we transitioned from one backroad to another. The guides did not rush the transition and were focused on safety during those transitions.

At each stop things were in place and there was no confusion. Meals and lodging provided by the tour were greatly appreciated.

If you want to see Italy at a human scale (not at 60 mph), this is a wonderful way to do it. We will go back!