Todi in the province of Perugia (region of Umbria), Italy. Photo via Flickr:Boss Tweed

Famous square in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Rosino

South Tuscany and Umbria

Italy Bike Tours

A guided bike tour in the green heart of Italy

From Tuscany to Umbria, this guided bike tour leads into the green heart of Italy. 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. The tour guides will speak German and English and there are two dates offered during which English will be the first language. On other dates, German will be the first language but everything will be translated into English as well.

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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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
  • 6 multi-course dinners
  • 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 Orvieto
  • 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
From1640 Rates
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Tour Dates

May 7 (exclusively English speaking), May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, September 3 (exclusively English speaking), September 10, September 17, September 24, October 1, and October 8, 2016

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 - Todi, 20 mi. (33 km)
Day 7: Todi - Orvieto, 40 mi. (25 km)
Day 8: Orvieto – Florence- 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 - Todi, 21 mi. (34 km)
After one hour of cycling on flat terrain, the route slowly ascends the closer you get to Spoleto. A promenade leads through the tangle of narrow streets and places to the Ponte delle Torri. High above the ground of the valley, this colossal construction is supported by the walls of a Roman aqueduct. A taxi will transfer up a hill an incredible view and the bikes await. Further on, the route leads on paths across meadows and olive groves into a wild mountain landscape. A 4 1⁄2 mile gentle descent follows to Aquasparta in the Naia River valley. To tranverse the last few miles to Todi, you will take a bus. Overnight this evening will be at the Hotel Relais Todini, a renovated 17th century  palace.

Day 7: Todi - Orvieto, 40 mi. (25 km)
After having breakfast you will be transferreed by bus to Todi.  Like in a stage set, the gothic palaces center around the Piazza del Popolo. Afterwards, by bike, you cycle 18 miles ride along the Corbara Lake. Six miles before reaching Orvieto, the town will already be in view, perched on volcanic limestone cliffs. You are welcomed at the traditional Hotel Maitani, located only a few steps from the cathedral. You will have time to stroll around the old town with its busy streets before, enjoying our farewell dinner together in an excellent restaurant in the center. 

Day 8: Orvieto – Florence
Accompanied by a local tour guide, you will explore the surroundings and history of Orvieto, Etruria's ancient religious center. Your tour will include the world famous cathedral, one of the most convincing examples of Italian gothic with its impressive façade and the breathtaking frescoes by Signorelli in the interior, the medieval city center with its narrow streets, and the very impressive underground Orvieto. After the sightseeing tour, you are transferred back to Florence.  Please note that flights from Florence airport cannot be reached before 3.30 p.m. so perhaps you will want to book an extra night or two here.

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