Florence to Rome
Italy Bike Tours
Cycle in Italy and discover it’s "green heart"!
Cycle Florence to Rome and inbetween, 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 inumerable 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.
- Ponte Vecchio in Florence
- Art and sculpture
- Lake Trasimeno
- Olive groves and Italian wine
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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 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.
- 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
- Trip insurance
Extra nights in Florence (3 star hotel) and Rome (3 star hotel) possible.
Arrival possible on Saturdays April 1 to July 1 and August 26 to October 14, 2017
Season 1: April 1 to April 28 and September 30 to October 14
Season 2: April 29 to July 1 and August 26 and September 29
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, 37 mi. (60 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 to 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 over 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, 37 mi. (60 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!