Baslica di San Francesco in Assisi, Umbria, Italy. Photo via Creative Commons:Berthold Werner

Enjoy Assisi and the surroundings as you bike Umbria. Photo via Flickr:Niels J Buus Madsen
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Umbria Road Bike Tour

Italy Bike Tours

BIKE IN ITALY THROUGH THE COUNTRY’S “GREEN HEART”…

  • This road 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. Cycling 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.

    Highlights:

    • Perugia, with its spectacular Renaissance palaces, museums, and churches
    • Excellent shopping
    • The beautiful square Palazzo dei Priori
    • The 15th century Cathedral of San Lorenzo with interesting pink and white stone decoration modeled after the cathedral of Arezzo in 1335
    • The Basilica of San Domenico
    • The medieval Pilgrim town of Assisi
    • Basilica of San Francesco completed in 1253

    Anyone who calls themself a cyclist must experience biking in Umbria, a jewel of bike tours in Italy. This tour is very similar to the Umbria tour except it covers longer distances.

    If Umbria is not your thing, check out our full list of bike tours in Italy.

  • Standard Hotels

    Double room:  $ 1467 £ 764 $ 1,331 890 $ 1527 kr 9523 $ 1,004

    Single room: $ 1738 £ 905 $ 1,576 1054 $ 1809 kr 11277 $ 1,189

    Single traveler: $ 1828 £ 952 $ 1,658 1109 $ 1903 kr 11866 $ 1,251

    Third person in triple room: $ 1101 £ 574 $ 999 668 $ 1146 kr 7147 $ 753

    Dinners included: $ 285 £ 149 $ 259 173 $ 297 kr 1851 $ 195

     

    Superior Hotels

    Double room:  $ 1728 £ 900 $ 1,567 1048 $ 1798 kr 11213 $ 1,182

    Single room: $ 2118 £ 1103 $ 1,921 1285 $ 2205 kr 13749 $ 1,449

    Single traveler: $ 2209 £ 1151 $ 2,003 1340 $ 2299 kr 14338 $ 1,511

    Dinners included: $ 338 £ 176 $ 306 205 $ 352 kr 2193 $ 231

    Standard Hotels

    Double room:  $ 948 £ 494 $ 860 575 $ 987 kr 6152 $ 648

    Single room: $ 1088 £ 567 $ 987 660 $ 1132 kr 7062 $ 744

    Single traveler: $ 1159 £ 604 $ 1,051 703 $ 1206 kr 7522 $ 793

    Third person in triple room: $ 701 £ 365 $ 635 425 $ 729 kr 4547 $ 479

    Dinners included: $ 173 £ 90 $ 157 105 $ 180 kr 1123 $ 118

     

    Superior Hotels

    Double room:  $ 1002 £ 522 $ 909 608 $ 1043 kr 6505 $ 686

    Single room: $ 1203 £ 627 $ 1,091 730 $ 1253 kr 7811 $ 823

    Single traveler: $ 1274 £ 664 $ 1,156 773 $ 1326 kr 8271 $ 872

    Third person in triple room: $ 478 £ 249 $ 434 290 $ 498 kr 3103 $ 327

    Dinners included: $ 195 £ 101 $ 176 118 $ 202 kr 1263 $ 133

     

    extra options

    Extra nights:

      
    La Terrazza, Assisi $ 87 £ 46 $ 79 53 $ 91 kr 567 $ 60
    Single room $ 125 £ 65 $ 114 76 $ 130 kr 813 $ 86
    Hotel del Moro, Assisi $ 96 £ 50 $ 87 58 $ 100 kr 621 $ 65
    Single room $ 130 £ 68 $ 118 79 $ 136 kr 845 $ 89
    Borgo Antichi Orti $ 96 £ 50 $ 87 58 $ 100 kr 621 $ 65
    Single roomOn request

    Extra nights in other cities, on request. 

    please note

    *A single room is for those traveling with other companions but wish to have a single room.  The price for a single traveler is for those traveling without companions.  

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Rome.

    Local Travel

    Train from Rome to Assisi, 3-4 hr. Transfer to starting point.

    Climate

    Average high temp in °F for Assisi is 62º in April, 69º May, 77º June, 83º July, 83º August, 76º September & 65º October.

    Recommended

    Including 3-course dinners.

    Remarks

    A GPS is available for this tour.


Where You’ll Stay

Please see each day’s detailed itinerary for the preferred accommodations for this tour. Final accommodation list will be based on availability. If preferred hotels are not available, a comparable alternative will be offered.
Standard: Great 3 star to 4 star hotels; rooms with private facilities.
Superior: Great 3 star to 4 star hotels and B&Bs, rooms with private facilities. All hotels are slightly higher quality than the Standard hotels, including all hotels have a swimming pool except in Gubbio. Hotel in Assisi is close to downtown.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Carbon Road bike rental
  • Luggage transportation
  • Tour information packet
  • GPS rental (tracks will be sent approximately two weeks before the tour start) or we suggest downloading Maps.me on your cell phone
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Route briefing on arrival day
  • 7 day emergency hotline

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights available by request.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillDifficult
Length5–8 days
From575 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020 Dates

Every day of the week from April 1 to the beginning of November, 2020* 

*Other tour dates may be possible on request.

Skill Level

This cycling tour in Italy is classified as difficult, self-guided with distances averaging 65 miles per day over hilly terrain with steep climbs.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Umbria Road Bike Tour Map

8 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Assisi
Day 2: Assisi - Spello - Foligno - Spoleto - Montefalco - Bevagna - Torgiano, 67 mi. (108 km) or 41 mi. (65 km) 
Day 3: Torgiano - Passignano on Lake Trasimeno, 50 mi. (80 km)
Day 4: Day of rest or roundtrip tour around Lake Trasimeno (through Tuscany's Chiusi), 62 mi. (100 km)
Day 5: Umbertide through Tuscany's Cortona, 67 mi. (107 km) or 30 mi. (47 km)
Day 6: Umbertide - Gubbio via Cagli in Marche, 60 mi. (95 km)
Day 7: Gubbio - Assisi, 43 mi. (70 km)
Day 8: Departure from Assisi (Viole)

DAY 1: Arrival in Assisi
The tour starts in the Pilgrimage city of Assisi, built against the Monte Subasio Mountain. The little city with the towering fort "La Rocca Maggiore" can already be explored on this very first day. At the end of the afternoon, you will receive the route descriptions, maps, and tourist information from a tour agent.
Standard Accommodations:
Hotel la Terrazza *** (900 m from old town centre)
Superior Accommodations:
Hotel Dal Moro Gallery ****
Superior Borgo Antichi Orti 

DAY 2: Today you have the choice between a shorter or longer tour
Shorter route: Spello - Montefalco - Bevagna - Torgiano, 41 mi. (65 km) 
Starting your tour in Spello, you leave your hotel and pedal through the valley of Spoleto, passing Foligno, your route goes up to Montefalco, also called the "balcony of Umbria", because of it's fantastic panorama views.  The Franciscan church, now a museum, is decorated with magnificent frescoes from the 15th and 16th century by artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino.  The next town you will visit is Bevagna, whose characteristic medieval square is home to two Romanesque churches.  Your overnight stay is in Torgiano, which in medieval times was a fortified village and is situated on a hilltop above the confluence of the Chiascio and Tiber Rivers.  Interesting to visit are the wine museum and the 'osteria' of the Lungarotti family, where you can taste their excellent wines.   

Longer route: Spello, Foligno-Spoleto-Montefalco-Bevagna-Torgiano 63 mi. (104 km)
This longer route takes you through the same towns as the above shorter route but also brings you more south through the valley past Foligno towards the town of Spoleto.
Standard Accommodations: 
Hotel Al Grappolo d’Oro *** 
Superior Accommodations: 
Le Tre Vaselle Resort

DAY 3: Torgiano - Passignano on Lake Trasimeno, 50 mi. (80 km)

Today, you will cycle for a while through an uninhabited region of forests with a farmhouse here and there along the way. Cycling in Umbria through this beautiful hilly terrain, you'll unexpectedly arrive at a glorious view over Lake Trasimeno with its 3 small islands. This Lake is the 4th largest in all of Italy with a rich population of fish. You will pass small, typical Umbrian ‘borghi’ built on a hilltop such as Castiglion del Fosco, Pietrafitta and Panicale, which still has a fascinating, well-preserved 13th century Palazzo del Podestà.
Accommodations: Hotel Lido *** (standard room with lake view)

DAY 4: Day of rest or roundtrip tour around Lake Trasimeno (through Tuscany's Chiusi), 62 mi. (100 km)
Trasimeno Lake, beautifully surrounded by hilly landscapes, attracted much favorable attention during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It was then that the painter Perugino, teacher of Raphael, often used the Lake as a background for his paintings. Next, you will bike around the Lake, passing the cozy towns of Passignano and Tuoro Lago along the way. Then, you'll leave the Lake behind for a nice visit to the Etruscan city of Chiusi. This quaint city has changed very little over time. Lastly, you'll venture back around Lake Trasimeno and maybe have time to visit one of the islands in the Lake.
Accommodations: Hotel Lido *** (standard room with lake view)

DAY 5: Today you also have a choice between a shorter or longer tour
Shorter route: Lake Trasimeno - Umbertide,  27 mi. (45 km)
This shorter ride brings you through unspoiled nature to your destination, the quiet little town of Umbertide.  But first, a steep climb brings you to Castel Rigone from where you will have a magnificent view over the lake.  From there, a pleasant undulating ride takes you to Umbertide, whose town center is dominated by a majestic tower, the remains of a castle dating back to 1385. 

Longer route: Lake Trasimeno - Umbertide (passing Cortona in Tuscany), 52 mi. (87 km)
A lovely ride through the valley of the Tesse brings you to Cortona. This beautiful, Tuscan town is built on a hilltop. Leaving it, you will cycle over a ridge through a mountainous terrain with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. Your overnight stay will be just outside Umbertide.
Standard/Superior Accommodations:
Country Hotel Poggiomanente 

DAY 6: Umbertide - Gubbio via Cagli in Marche, 60 mi. (95 km)
Today's destination is the fortified hill town of Gubbio. You will cycle through the mountains. It is a beautiful tour through the green hills of the lower Apennines. Along the way, visit Montone, a quiet little town built (482m) on a hilly ridge, situated between the Lana and Carpina streams, which are both tributaries of the Tiber. It's a slow climb uphill to Pietralunga with its old partially, walled center and the Long bards Castle dating back to the 8th century. You will pass Cagli in the region Le Marche and from there, you arrive to Gubbio, where your accommodations are right in the town center.
Standard Accommodations:
Hotel San Marco ***
Superior Accommodations: 
Hotel Bosone ****

DAY 7: Gubbio - Assisi, 43 mi. (70 km)
On this last day of the tour, you will cycle through a beautiful hilly landscape passing quiet mountain villages. The first stretch begins with a steep climb, but after that, the road undulates gently until it brings you to the bottom of a valley. The last stretch brings you through characteristic little villages and finally you will see Assisi from afar, built on a spur of mount Subasio.
Standard Accommodations:
Hotel la Terrazza *** (900 m from old town centre)
Superior Accommodations:
Hotel Dal Moro Gallery ****
Superior Borgo Antichi Orti 

DAY 8: Departure from Assisi.
Individual departure from Assisi following breakfast.

5 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival Assisi
Day 2: Cycling to Torgiano
Day 3: Cycling to Passignano
Day 4: Loop around lake
Day 5: Departure after breakfast

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  • L. Klinker 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We loved the entire cycling experience! Our stay in Umbertide was especially memorable- the hotel was amazing and the restaurant was some of the best food we ate in Italy!

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