Umbria's rich landscape makes for a great bike tour in Italy. Flickr:Moyan Brenn

Quiet streets in the small village of Spello, Umbria, Italy. Flickr:Allan Harris
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Florence to Rome - Self Guided Bike Tour

Italy Bike Tours

Cycle in Italy and discover it’s "green heart"!

  • Cycle Florence to Rome and in between, discover a new side of Italy; a quiet, almost mystical side. On this Italian bike tour, you will also explore the cities of Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto, and Narni, all with innumerable artistic treasures and remnants of medieval times.

    You will cycle back roads through the valleys of the rugged and magical Apennines Mountains, over the soft, rolling hills of Lake Trasimeno cycle through Umbria and the solitude of its small villages. Raging rivers, fascinating gorges, and the flocks of roaming sheep define this part of Italy.

    You will begin your bike tour in Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and, like the saying, "all roads lead to Rome", you too will end your vacation in the eternal city.

    Highlights:

    • Ponte Vecchio in Florence
    • Art and sculpture
    • Lake Trasimeno
    • Olive groves and Italian wine

    Be sure to check out our full list of bicycle tours in Italy or all of our bike tours in Tuscany.

  • Season 1:  $ 1705 £ 888 $ 1,546 1034 $ 1774 kr 11063 $ 1,166

    Season 2: $ 1754 £ 914 $ 1,591 1064 $ 1826 kr 11384 $ 1,200

    Single supplement: $ 493 £ 257 $ 447 299 $ 513 kr 3199 $ 337

    Season 1: April 4 to May 8 and September 26 to October 10, 2020
    Season 2: May 9 to July 4 and August 29 to September 25, 2020

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 171 £ 89 $ 155 104 $ 178 kr 1113 $ 117

    *Rental Bike Plus: $ 73 £ 38 $ 66 44 $ 75 kr 471 $ 50

    Extra nights (price is per person/per night): 
    Florence: $ 190 £ 99 $ 172 115 $ 197 kr 1230 $ 130 Single supplement: $ 147 £ 76 $ 133 89 $ 153 kr 952 $ 100

    Rome: $ 130 £ 68 $ 118 79 $ 136 kr 845 $ 89 Single supplement: $ 91 £ 47 $ 82 55 $ 94 kr 588 $ 62

    please note

    *Rental Bike Plus is a higher quality Rental Bike (with hydraulic Magura breaks HS 11, Shimano Deore XT) allows for a slightly sportier sitting posture, 27 gears offer the highest flexibility and a high-quality Suntour suspension fork provides the best possible comfort across all surfaces)

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Rome or Florence.

    Local Travel

    Train from Rome airport to Florence, 2½ hr. A taxi from Florence airport to first hotel is approx. € 20.

    Climate

    Average high/low temperatures in °F for Florence are: April 68°/46°, May 75°/53°, June 84°/58°, August 88°/62°, and September 81°/58°. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com

    Recommended

    Extra nights in Florence or Rome.

    Remarks

    Electric bike available!

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

This is a moderate self-guided hotel tour with distances averaging about 27 miles per day over rolling hills with some steep climbs. The stages from Florence to Assisi are mostly flat with some hills. Routes make use of mainly small streets, country lanes, and lightly-trafficked side streets. Only some very short sections are on the main streets. There are fascinating stages along the bank of the Trasimeno Lake, along rivers, and through the untainted nature of Umbria.

Where You’ll Stay

Very nice 3-star to 4-star hotels, in Narni, a simple but central hotel at 3-star level is used.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets or extensive breakfast
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transfer
  • Personal tour information
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Train tickets Florence to Arezzo (bike included)
  • Train tickets Poggio Mirteto to Rome (bike not included as you leave your bike in Poggio Mirteto)
  • Sign posted route
  • Bike protection
  • GPS data is available with advanced reservation
  • 7-day service hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Visitor’s Tax (to be paid upon arrival) approx. € 15-20 per person
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Florence (3-star hotel) and Rome (3-star hotel) possible.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From1034 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Arrival possible on Saturdays April 4 to July 4 and August 29 to October 10, 2020

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Florence to Rome - Self Guided Map

Day 1: Arrival in Florence
Day 2: Florence - Passignano sul Trasimeno, 37 mi. (60 km) + train ride
Day 3: Passignano sul Trasimeno - Perugia, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Perugia - Assisi, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 5: Assisi - Spoleto, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 6: Spoleto - Terni - Narni 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Narni - Rome, 37 mi. (60 km) + train
Day 8: Departure from Rome

*All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Florence
After you arrive in Florence, there is a tour briefing and distribution of your bike. A visit to the beautiful center of Florence is recommended.

DAY 2: Florence - Passignano sul Trasimeno, 37 mi. (60 km) + train ride
In the morning, you will take a trip to Arezzo by train. Visit the splendid churches and palaces in this city of antiquities and gold. You cycle on beautiful lanes through the wide plain of Valdichiana, constantly accompanied by the hill and mountain silhouettes of Southern Tuscany. You pass Cortona, up to the Trasimeno Lake, and the battlefield where Hannibal fought against the Romans. Enjoy the wonderful view of Trasimeno Lake. Overnight in Passignano.

DAY 3: Passignano sul Trasimeno - Perugia, 22 mi. (35 km)
Cycling along the lake to Torricella, on secluded lanes, through wide fields, rolling hills, and idyllic villages, the tour leads to Perugia, a well-known artistic center of Italy. Take a stroll through one of the nicest shopping streets in Italy to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Palazzo dei Priori, or the Arco Etrusco, this Umbrian capital will fascinate you. 

DAY 4: Perugia - Assisi, 19 mi. (30 km)
After having crossed the Tiber River, it is only a few kilometers to the home town of St. Francis, Assisi, the “City of Peace”. Before starting up to the mystical city, there is an excursion to one of the most beautiful sanctuaries of Umbria, S.M. degli Angeli! In Assisi, you can immerse yourself in the colorful world of the medieval frescoes by Giotto. 

DAY 5: Assisi - Spoleto, 34 mi. (55 km)
Today's route leads along the enormous mountain base of Mount Subasio to the wonderfully preserved medieval town of Spello and then you will continue through the Valle Umbra to Spoleto. Towns like Montefalco, Trevi, and Campello  dot the surrounding hills. From the aqueduct which is over 80 meters high, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco, and the Rocca Albornoz (papal fortress).

DAY 6: Spoleto - Terni - Narni 28 mi. (45 km)
Nestled between mountains and through a wonderful landscape, the tour leads to Terni. From there, you ride on small country lanes up to Narni, a medieval town rarely explored by tourists. Dark houses crowd together in stepped alleys to form picturesque squares. The imaginary land of Narnia, described in the works of C. S. Lewis, is said to have been named after Narni, after he came across the name in an atlas as a child.

DAY 7: Narni - Rome, 37 mi. (60 km) + train
"All roads lead to Rome", it is said! In the middle of the green heart of Umbria, the first stage from Narni to Calvi is quite hilly. Enjoy the calmness and seclusion of the small Umbrian town at the foot of the 'Sabine Mountains', before, by train, you arrive in the busy city of Rome. Overnight stay near the Tiburtina station. 

DAY 8: Departure from Rome
Individual departure or extend your stay!

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Tour Reviews

  • Gene C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable part was stopping for lunch in little Italian towns.

  • Garry Denman 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Happy New Year to all of you at TripSite!

    I did the Florence to Rome Bike Tour with you in 2007. I have fond memories of this trip, met some great people, the food and drink were fantastic.....had a great time. The trip was well organised with

    no disappointments .

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