Wine and lunch in Montefalco, province of Perugia, region of Umbria, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Fabio Ingrosso
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Florence to Rome - Guided Tour

Italy Bike Tours

A guided bike tour in the green heart of Italy

  • From Tuscany to Umbria, this guided bike tour leads into the Latium. A country of rivers, lakes, and rich history, this is also a deeply religious region. Etruscan towns and history and highlights of the Italian Gothic Era will be the highlights of this fully guided and fully supported tour. You will enjoy unique accommodations and fine cuisine.

    Hightlights:

    • Tuscan hilltop views
    • Umbria's "green heart", with its landscape of mountains, high plains and lakes
    • Etruscan art, architecture, and history
    • Fine lodging and cuisine
    • Knowledgeable cycling guide and full support
    • Wonderful gourmet picnics!

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  • Double/twin room: £ 1629 $ 2,565 1710 NOK 17100 kr 15785 $ 2,052

    Single Supplement: £ 352 $ 555 370 NOK 3700 kr 3415 $ 444

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 152 $ 240 160 NOK 1600 kr 1477 $ 192

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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Skill Level

On the first two cycling days, you will encounter some traffic, but your tour guides are experienced and will be sure that the group is well informed and safe. The remainder of the tour leads through a charming rural landscape. Some sections have short ascents. On Day 7, you can expect a slightly more difficult route with the very difficult stretches covered by transfers. Generally speaking this is an easy to moderate guided and fully supported tour covering 130 miles over 6 cycling days.

Where You’ll Stay

Very good 4* accommodations with historical ambience

What’s Included

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast
  • 5 multi-course dinners
  • Water with dinner
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 1 olive oil tasting
  • All entry fees as mentioned in the tour description
  • All visitors and tourist taxes
  • All interim transfers as mentioned in the tour description
  • Additional city tours in Florence, Perugia, Assisi, and Rome
  • Tour guide during the whole tour
  • Support service during the whole tour
  • Luggage transfer
  • Hybrid touring bike

What’s Not Included

  • Drinks during evening meals
  • Lunches (gourmet picnic lunches are prepared by your guide. The cost of these lunches is tallied and shared by the group at the end of the tour)
  • Gratuities
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1710 Rates
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Tour Dates

May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, September 16, September 23, September 30, and October 7, 2017

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Florence - Piazzano, 18 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Pizzano - Perugia, 21 mi. (34 km)
Day 4: Perugia - Montefalco,  20 mi. (33 km)
Day 5: Montefalco, 10 mi. (16 km)
Day 6: Montefalco - Rieti, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 7: Rieti - Rome, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 8: Rome - end of program

Day 1: Arrival
Your tour begins in Florence, city of art. At 5 pm, there is a tour meeting in the hotel loby. A local tour guide will then provide a guided sightseeing tour.

Day 2: Florence - Piazzano, 18 mi. (30 km)
After breakfast, the group departs Florence by train to Castiglione. You will enjoy the views of the hilly landscape. Once on the bike, you will ride straight into the fertile Chiana Valley whose beauty Goethe raved about. Pedaling on via side streets, the route continues south.  Cortona is on the agenda, reached by bus transfer. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful settlements in Italy with an incomparable panoramic view over the Chiana Valley and it´s numerous churches and palaces. The destination today is the Villa Piazzano, a with lovingly restored residence and beautiful garden. 

Day 3: Pizzano - Perugia, 21 mi. (34 km)
Just like Hannibal with his Punic army, your approach Lake Trasimeno and pedal across the battlefield where he vanquished the Romans in 217 b.c. As you pedal along the shore of the largest lake of the Apennine peninsula, your backdrop will be the beautiful views of the islands and the hill towns above it. The olive oil from this region is reputed to be Italy's best. The evening's accommodations, the luxury Brufani Palace is in the center of Perugia. It is the starting point for an afternoon exploration of this architecturally impressive town with its cathedral, the Fontana Maggiore and the Etruscan arch.

Day 4: Perugia - Montefalco,  20 mi. (33 km)
In the morning, we take the bus or train from Perugia to Assisi. Very few towns in Umbria have preserved its medieval character as well as Assisi. The highlight of your city tour with a local guide is the Church of St. Francis decorated with the wonderful frescoes by Giotto. In the afternoon, a cycling tour is scheduled that starts with a panoramic route through the olive groves on the flanks of Mount Subiaso. Then via the flower-decorated alleyways of charming Spello, you pedal to  Bevagna which has one of the most beautiful village squares in central Italy. Situated a little below Montefalco, the secluded estate of "Villa Zuccari" will accommodate for two nights. The stately country house of the Zuccari familiy has its origins in the 16th century.

Day 5: Montefalco, 10 mi. (16 km)
In the morning, you will 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. The church of St. Francis today houses a little museum with colourful mural paintings by Benozzo Gozzolis, a disciple of Fra Angelico. An afternoon bike ride is schedule and a visit or two to one of the numerous wineries to sip some of the exquisite red wines of the area.

Day 6: Montefalco - Rieti, 30 mi. (48 km)
Our morning route to Spoleto passes mostly on flat terrain. Load your bikes and take an escalator to get to the old town. A walk takes you through a maze of narrow streets and places to the cathedral and the Ponte delle Torri. After that a bus takes you to a place called Piediluco, situated directly on a beautiful lake.  After having lunch, you could even take a refreshing bath before cycling southwards. Soon you will have reached the border to the Latium region. The landscape seems to be wilder here. Your destination for today is the beautiful city Rieti which luckily was spared from the earthquake in August 2016. Your lodging is located on the river and in the pedestrian street of Rieti, in the Hotel Cavour. As on Sunday lunch is included in the tour price, the evening is free to spend how you wish. There are numerous excellent restaurants.

Day 7: Rieti - Rome, 19 mi. (30 km)
After breakfast a bus transfer takes you 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 you are just a few miles away from the rolling hills of the Tuscany and Umbria region. Passing the little town Castel di Tora, you cycle along the lake. The number of inhabitants of this isolated mountain town have been decreasing for the last century. The young people move to the cities to search for jobs, while the older generation have stayed. The route continues through indent landscape before the bus takes you to Rome. Only 300 meters away from the Colosseum, the comfortable Mercure Centro Colosseo awaits you. There is enough time for a city walk to the Colosseum or to take an aperitif before meeting for dinner in a typical restaurant.

Day 8: Rome
In the morning, a city walk with your tour guide is offered through the antique part of Rome. Visit the Colosseum (from the outside) and the Forum Romanum. The walk ends at the statehouse with a wonderful panoramic view over the city. By noon your trip ends at the central station (if necessary at the hotel). If you are not traveling by train there are also good connections to reach the airport.

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  • Igor Y. 10 months ago

    The trip was superbly put together logistically. Excellent guide. Great accommodations.

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