Italy Bike Tours
Bike in Italy through the country’s "green heart"…
This bicycle 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.
One of the highlights of this Umbria bike tour is the capital, Perugia, with its spectacular Renaissance palaces, museums, churches and tightly wound shopping streets. Highlights include 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, and the Basilica of San Domenico. Equally of note will be the medieval Pilgrim town of Assisi. Many monuments have been erected to honor the famous St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in 1208. One of the buildings honoring him is a World Heritage Site, the Basilica of San Francesco completed in 1253. Assisi is also the site of many pilgrimages.
Anyone who calls themself a cyclist should experience cycling in Umbria, a jewel of bike tours in Italy.
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Where You’ll Stay
Standard Hotels: 3 star hotels with rooms with private facilities.
DeLuxe Hotels: 4 star hotels and B&Bs with rooms with private facilities. All hotels are slightly higher quality and include more amenities than the Standard hotels. Most hotels have a swimming pool.
Guided tour: 3 * hotels
- Accommodations for 4, 6, 7, or 9 nights
- 21-speed hybrid bicycle
- Luggage transfer
- Route briefing on arrival day
- Tour information packet
- Route descriptions & maps, including sight-seeing tips
- GPS tracks (must be requested at least 10 days prior to tour)
- Emergency support hotline
What’s Not Included
Arrivals possible daily in 2016*
* best period from April 1 through June and end of August to end of October
This Italian bike tour is moderate to difficult on hilly terrain with average daily distances approximately 23 to 43 miles per day. Ride entails some steep climbs.
This tour can be taken for either 10 , 8, 7, or 5 days.
Day 1: Arrival in Assisi.
Day 2: Assisi - Spoleto, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 3: Spoleto - Montefalco - Bevagna - Torgiano, 40 mi. (64 km)
Day 4: Torgiano, day of rest or roundtrip tour to Perugia, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Torgiano - Passignano, 27 mi. (53 km)
Day 6: Day of rest or roundtrip tour around Lake Trasimeno, 35 or 41 mi. (55 or 65 km)
Day 7: Lake Trasimeno - Umbertide, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 8: Umbertide - Gubbio, 37 mi. (58 km)
Day 9: Gubbio - Assisi, 36 mi. (57 km)
Day 10: Departure from Assisi
DAY 1: Arrival in Assisi.
Individual arrival in the lovely town of Assisi. Your hotel is located about 2 miles outside of Assisi. The start of the cycling trip is close to Assisi, a beautiful pilgrimage town built against the slopes of Mt. Subasio. Its mighty stature of ramparts, towers and roofs of palaces is evident already from afar. Assisi is known for its strong, unbreakable bond with the Saints Francis and Clare. On the day of your arrival, you can explore the town with its little alleys, cozy squares, its famous church, the Basilica of St. Francis and the Roman temple of Minerva on the piazza del Comune. Your overnight stay is in Assisi.
DAY 2: Assisi - Spoleto, 36 mi. (58 km)
This day finds you cycling along the slopes of Mount Subasio to Spello. There is enough time to wander about in Spello, a charming ancient town pleasantly situated on the southern slopes of Mount Subasio. In urban, architectural and artistic terms, Spello is an extremely interesting town, containing many features dating back to the Roman age. Spello is also called the town of flowers, due to its many colorful little alleys embellished with plants and flowers. It is well-known for its special Flower Festival (‘infiorata’) for Corpus Domini. After continuing your journey through the valley, passing Foligno, the route leads up to Spoleto. Your hotel is situated in the historical centre of Spoleto, close to the Roman theatre.
DAY 3: Spoleto - Montefalco - Bevagna - Torgiano, 40 mi. (64 km)
Biking through a slightly undulating landscape, you will see Montefalco already from afar but to reach this you must first conquer a steep climb. The town is also named the 'balcony of Umbria' due to the wonderful views. The Franciscan church, now a museum, is decorated with magnificent 15th and 16th century frescoes by artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino. Montefalco is well-known for its excellent wines, Rosso di Montefalco d.o.c. and Sagrantino d.o.c.g , produced on the sunny hill slopes around the town, and of course it is almost impossible to leave the town without tasting them in one of the many wine bars. From Montefalco, it is all down hill to Bevagna. Here, the medieval square with its two Romanesque churches is a favorite meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the village. After one last hill you will reach Torgiano, at the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). Your hotel is in the quiet town centre. Be sure to visit the wine museum and the ‘osteria’ of the Lungarotti family, where you can taste their excellent wines
DAY 4: Torgiano, day of rest or roundtrip tour to Perugia, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today you can cycle to Perugia if you desire. Perugia dominates the Tiber Valley from a high, irregular and rough hill, this, together with its aristocratic Renaissance palaces, churches, museums and many galleries, will make a lasting impression. Again, you will spend the night in the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.
DAY 5: Torgiano - Passignano, 27 mi. (53 km)
On the fifth day, you'll cycle through a rather hilly landscape and finally end with a magnificent view overlooking the Lake and its islands. Just outside the little fishing town of Passingnano, you will find your hotel.
DAY 6: Day of rest or roundtrip tour around Lake Trasimeno, 35 or 41 mi. (55 or 65 km)
Today you can take a day of rest in the beautiful lake region or cycle around the lake passing the little towns of Passignano and Castiglione del Lago. Also very much worthwhile would be to visit one of the islands by boat.
DAY 7: Lake Trasimeno - Umbertide, 29 mi. (46 km)
During this next stage, you will cycle central Italy through unspoiled scenery to the quiet little town of Umbertide. The center is dominated by a majestic tower - remains of the Castle of 1385.
DAY 8: Umbertide - Gubbio, 37 mi. (58 km)
On this day, you will reach the medieval town of Gubbio, situated on a high plain. Worthwhile to visit are the palaces as well as the Roman theatre and the monastery of St. Ubaldo, which is built 827 meters high and can be reached by cable car. Your overnight stay will be close to the historical center.
DAY 9: Gubbio - Assisi, 36 mi. (57 km)
At the beginning of this last leg of the Umbria bike tour you still have some hard climbing to do, through a rolling still-life landscape, but after that you have a well-deserved easy descent to Assisi. Cycling through the centre of this little town you will pass its most important monuments, like the Basilica of St. Francis, the temple of Minerva and the basilica of St. Clare.
DAY 10: Departure from Assisi.
Individual departure from Assisi following breakfast.
8 Day Tour:
- Arrival in Assisi
- Assisi - Torgiano, 43 mi. (68 km)
- Ride to Perugia, 21 mi. (34 km) or day of rest
- Torgiano - Passignano, 27 mi. (53 km)
- Passignano - Umbertide, 29 mi. (46 km)
- Umbertide - Gubbio, 37 mi. (58 km)
- Gubbio - Assisi, 36 mi. (57 km)
- Departure from Assisi
7 Day Tour:
1. Arrival in Assisi
2. Assisi - Spello - Foligno - Trevi, 16 or 23 miles (26 or 37 km)
3. Trevi - Spoleto - Trevi, 24, 27, or 32 miles (38, 44, or 51 km)
4. Trevi - Bevagna - Montefalco - Torgiano, 34 miles (55 km)
5. Round trip of Perugia, 15 miles (24 km) or Torgiano, 20 or 29 miles (33 or 47 km)
6. Torgiano - Assisi, 15 miles (25 km)
5 Day Tour:
- Arrival in Assisi.
- Assisi - Spello - Foligno - Spoleto, 37 mi. (60 km)
- Spoleto - Bevagna, 22 or 25 mi. (35 or 40 km)
- Bevagna - Torgiano - Assisi, 31 mi. (49 km)
- Departure from Assisi