Umbria - Gastronomy Bike Tour
Italy Bike Tours
Cycle Umbria and taste its many delights…
This bike tour in Italy runs through the green heart of the country (or il cuor verde d'Italia), which is what Umbria is frequently called. Biking in Umbria is perfect for those looking to personally experience this unique and unspoiled region with its endless beauty, unparalleled hospitality and just the right combination of art, nature and culture.
As one of Italy's smallest regions, Umbria has long been a secret well kept. And what makes this tour unique is that you will also experience all of the region's gastronomic delights! A few days are dedicated to cycling in Umbria along it's beautiful countryside, and meanwhile tasting the local wines, cheeses, and other tasty delicacies. Other days you can join some walking tours around town. You will also be surprised with a cooking class!
This cycle tour mixes adventure and culture in a unique way, thanks to this perfect combination of cycling in the natural environment, exploring around culturally interesting towns and discovering the excellent wines and gastronomic traditions of the area.
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Price £ 939 $ 1,922 € 1077 NOK 10411 kr 9610 $ 1,249
Single room: £ 1112 $ 2,275 € 1275 NOK 12325 kr 11377 $ 1,479
Upgrade to superior rooms and Residenza Antica Dimora S.Crispino, Assisi: £ 1060 $ 2,168 € 1215 NOK 11745 kr 10842 $ 1,409
Single room: £ 1260 $ 2,579 € 1445 NOK 13968 kr 12894 $ 1,676
Electric bicycle rental: £ 83 $ 170 € 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110
Van support (per day): £ 92 $ 187 € 105 NOK 1015 kr 937 $ 122
GPS rental: £ 22 $ 45 € 25 NOK 242 kr 223 $ 29
Extra nights available upon request.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Rome.
Take a bus or taxi from the airport to Roma Tiburtina train station for a train to Spello, 1 hr 45 mins.
Always check local conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperature in °F for Perugia is: 62/47º for April, 69/53 May, 77/59 º June, 83/64 July, 83/64º August, 76/60º September, 65/52º October and 54/44º for November.
Where You’ll Stay
Very nice 3 and 4 star hotels, with breakfast included. Upgrade to 4 * is possible in Assisi.
- 7 overnight stays with breakfast
- Hybrid rental bike including rear pannier bag, tool kit, map holder (1 per party), pump, helmets, odometer (1 per party), and spare inner tube
- 1 tasting menu in enoteca a Spello (incl wine)
- 3 dinners (excl. drinks)
- 1 lunch after the cookery lesson in San Luca
- 1 wine-tasting in Torgiano
- Route descriptions and maps of the mentioned cycle tours
- Luggage transportation
- Back-up service
- Route briefing in first hotel
- GPS tracks (must be requested at least 10 days prior to tour). We suggest downloading maps.me.
What’s Not Included
Arrivals possible any day except Monday, year round, excluding (Italian) holidays and for the duration of the Spoleto Festival.
This bike tour in Umbria is classified as an easy to moderate self-guided cycling tour. Throughout the tour, there are some climbs which are short and other climbs which are more gradual, but longer. The daily distances are between 19 and 36 miles (30 - 57 km)
Day 1: Arrival in Spello
Day 2: Spello - Spoleto, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Spoleto
Day 4: Cycling to San Luca (Montefalco), 14 or 23 mi. 23 or 37 km (visiting Montefalco)
Day 5: A short ride to Torgiano, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 6: Train ride to Perugia, 15 or 20 mi. (24 or 32 km) or cycling in surroundings of Torgiano, 21 or 29 mi. (33 or 47 km)
Day 7: Cycling to Assisi and cookery lesson, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 8: Departure
Distances are approximate.
Day 1: Arrival in Spello
You arrive at your hotel, the 4 star, la Bastiglia in Spello www.labastiglia.com The hotel is situated in the historical center of the town and has a terrace offering a magnificent view over the Valle Umbra and the surrounding hills. In late afternoon, there is a route briefing and bike set-up. In the evening, enjoy a tasting menu paired with a selection of fine wine in the restaurant:
- Selection of Bruschette with cherry tomatoes, black truffle and olive oil from Spello paired with Grecchetto dell’Umbria
- Scrambled eggs with black truffle paired with Trebbiano Spoletino
- Tagliatelle with Cacio cheese, pepper and black truffle paired with Montefalco: Rosso
- Selection of cheeses and salami paired with Sagrantino di Montefalco
- Tozzetti Biscuits paired with Sagrantino passit
Day 2: Spello to Spoleto, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today you will leave Spello and cyce through the valley you across the center of Foligno, a town with not only interesting monuments, but also many good restaurants, bars, and shops. Then cycle on to Spoleto, today's destination. Your hotel, the 4 star San Luca (www.hotelsanluca.com), is situated in a historical building, a restored tannery of the 19th century, at the border of the old town center. In the evening you will enjoy a dinner restaurant San Lorenzo www.ristorantesanlorenzo.com or Il tempio del Gusto www.iltempiodelgusto.com
Day 3: Cycling to San Luca (Montefalco), 23 km
This morning you still have time to visit Spoleto, because the ride of today is short. You cycle through an undulating landscape to San Luca, a village at the foot of Montefalco.
Day 4: Cycling to San Luca (Montefalco), 14 km
This morning a loop route brings you to the lovely town of Montefalco It is a short ride but you have to conquer the hill on which the town is built. Montefalco is famous for its Sagrantino docg wines and in the medieval town center there are some nice churches and the museum ‘San Francesco’ to visit. A nice downhill ride brings you back to your hotel. In the afternoon you will have a cookery lesson with Lorenza Zuccari.
The cooking class starts at 4:30 p.m and takes about 3 hours. During the class, you learn to prepare a multi-course Umbrian meal. The Umbrian cuisine is incredibly rich, varied, and tasty. Recipes vary according to the season, utilizing only the freshest ingredients available and providing you with a deeply individual Italian experience.
*On some occasions the cookery lesson can be in the morning followed by a lunch.
Day 5: A short ride to Torgiano, 23 mi. (37 km)
After breakfast you cycle to Bevagna, which has a lovely medieval square with a fountain and two Romanesque churches. The square is a real meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the town.
After visiting Bevagna, a short ride will lead you to the small town of Torgiano. In medieval times it was a fortified village, situated on the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). The town is famous for its excellent wines. You have enough time to visit the nice wine museum with its rich collection of ceramics and art (subject wine making) from Etruscan till modern times. In the afternoon at the winery of the Lungarotti family, you will visit the winery and taste their excellent Torgiano wines. Your hotel is in the quiet town center.
Day 6: Train ride or cycle to Perugia, 15 or 20 mi. (24 or 32 km) or cycling in surroundings of Torgianao, 21 or 29 mi. (33 or 47 km)
Today there are two options:
Cycling and train ride/Cycle to Perugia
Perugia is the capital of the province. A short cycle tour takes you to the station in Ponte S.Giovanni at the foot of Perugia. From here, a local train will take you into the historical center of Perugia. You can also choose to cycle the entire distance which only adds a few more kilometers. The center, with its little alleys and characteristic town squares, is a lively and vibrant place. The renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums, and many galleries will make a lasting impression. After your visit, return by train and bike back to the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.
A trip in the surroundings of Torgiano
Close to Torgiano (6 km) is the village of Deruta which has, in part, managed to retain the highly distinctive features of its medieval buildings. Deruta is universally famous for its ceramics and there are many ateliers to visit. The origins of this ancient art go back as far as the Etruscan times and nowadays the many local workshops still make excellent quality ceramics. Numerous Italian and foreign museums have pieces of Deruta ceramics on show, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. The town hall hosts the art gallery and the ceramics museum. The next stop is the sanctuary of Madonna dei Bagni. Inside the church there are more then 600 votive tiles, all testimony to the tradition of the Deruta ceramics. Cycling through a beautiful hilly landscape, you pass typical Umbrian hamlets like Casalalta. Cycle back to Torgiano through the Tiber valley. Tonight a very special dinner will await you in restaurant Si.Ro. You will taste some typical Umbrian dishes during a delicious three course dinner followed by a coffee with a grappa or another after-dinner spirit. For the lover of black truffle you can also enjoy some dishes prepared with the "Diamonds of the Kitchen."
Day 7: Cycling to Assisi and cooking lesson, 16 mi. (25 km)
Today is a short ride in which you will cross the valley, cycling along quiet country roads. From afar, you will see Assisi, like many other Umbrian towns built on a hilltop. Before reaching Assisi, however, you can stop for a moment to visit the Franciscan basilica in S.Maria degli Angeli. Under its impressive dome still lies the humble little chapel ‘Porziuncola’, where Saint Francis came to pray. You will have enough time to visit the main monuments of the town, like the basilica of Saint Francis with its beautiful frescoes by the painters Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue, and Pietro Lorenzetti.
Day 8: Departure