Enjoy Assisi as you bike Umbria. Photo via Flickr:Niels J Buus Madsen
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Baslica di San Francesco in Assisi - photo via Creative Commons: Berthold Werner
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Umbria

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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  •  5 days7 days8 days10 days
    Standard Hotels: £ 439 $ 700 465 NOK 4611 kr 4257 $ 553 £ 581 $ 926 615 NOK 6099 kr 5630 $ 732 £ 694 $ 1,107 735 NOK 7289 kr 6728 $ 875 £ 897 $ 1,431 950 NOK 9421 kr 8696 $ 1,131
    Single room £ 534 $ 851 565 NOK 5603 kr 5172 $ 672 £ 902 $ 1,439 955 NOK 9470 kr 8742 $ 1,136 £ 831 $ 1,326 880 NOK 8727 kr 8055 $ 1,047 £ 1067 $ 1,702 1130 NOK 11206 kr 10344 $ 1,345
    Single traveler £ 546 $ 871 578 NOK 5732 kr 5291 $ 688 £ 741 $ 1,182 785 NOK 7785 kr 7186 $ 934 £ 883 $ 1,408 935 NOK 9272 kr 8559 $ 1,113 £ 1044 $ 1,664 1105 NOK 10958 kr 10115 $ 1,315
    Dinners included £ 93 $ 148 98 NOK 972 kr 897 $ 117 £ 140 $ 223 148 NOK 1468 kr 1355 $ 176 £ 142 $ 226 150 NOK 1488 kr 1373 $ 179 £ 179 $ 286 190 NOK 1884 kr 1739 $ 226
    DeLuxe Hotels: £ 560 $ 893 593 NOK 5881 kr 5428 $ 706 - £ 789 $ 1,258 835 NOK 8280 kr 7643 $ 994 £ 978 $ 1,559 1035 NOK 10264 kr 9474 $ 1,232
    Single room £ 699 $ 1,115 740 NOK 7338 kr 6774 $ 881 - £ 1006 $ 1,604 1065 NOK 10561 kr 9749 $ 1,267 £ 1218 $ 1,943 1290 NOK 12793 kr 11808 $ 1,535
    Single traveler £ 727 $ 1,160 770 NOK 7636 kr 7048 $ 916 - £ 1058 $ 1,687 1120 NOK 11107 kr 10252 $ 1,333 £ 1270 $ 2,026 1345 NOK 13338 kr 12312 $ 1,601
    Dinners included £ 123 $ 196 130 NOK 1289 kr 1190 $ 155 - £ 167 $ 267 177 NOK 1755 kr 1620 $ 211 £ 222 $ 354 235 NOK 2330 kr 2151 $ 280

    extra options

    Supplement to upgrade to Villa Bella Magione with swimming pool located 3 km from lake (only for deluxe version): 

    Double room: £ 9 $ 15 10 NOK 99 kr 92 $ 12

    Single room: £ 28 $ 45 30 NOK 298 kr 275 $ 36

    Spoleto Music Festival supplement (two weeks, end of June to beginning of July): £ 15 $ 24 16 NOK 159 kr 146 $ 19

    Van support (per day): £ 94 $ 151 100 NOK 992 kr 915 $ 119  

    GPS rental: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 248 kr 229 $ 30

    E bike rental:

    5 Day tour:  £ 28 $ 45 30 NOK 298 kr 275 $ 36

    7 Day tour: £ 43 $ 68 45 NOK 446 kr 412 $ 54

    Road bike rental:

    8 day tour

    Carbon Road Bike: £ 128 $ 203 135 NOK 1339 kr 1236 $ 161

    Road bike fork alu/carbon: £ 76 $ 121 80 NOK 793 kr 732 $ 95

    10 day tour 

    Carbon Road Bike: £ 175 $ 279 185 NOK 1835 kr 1693 $ 220

    Road bike fork alu/carbon: £ 113 $ 181 120 NOK 1190 kr 1098 $ 143

    Extra nights (prices are per person/night):

    Assisi (standard): £ 52 $ 83 55 NOK 545 kr 503 $ 65 Single room: £ 76 $ 121 80 NOK 793 kr 732 $ 95

    Assisi: (superior): £ 62 $ 99 66 NOK 655 kr 604 $ 79 Single room: £ 77 $ 122 81 NOK 803 kr 741 $ 96

    Extra nights in other towns available upon request.

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Rome.

    Local Travel

    Train from Rome to Assisi, 3-4 hr. Short taxi to your first hotel.

    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

    Road bike available for this tour!

    *This tour also has a ROAD BIKE VERSION with longer distances!


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

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 4, 6, 7, or 9 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 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 a month prior to tour). We suggest downloading Maps.me on your cell phone
  • Emergency support hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to your first hotel
  • Remaining meals
  • GPS rental (available for supplement of €25 payable on the spot)
  • Local tourist taxes (between 0.80 and 2.00€)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights available by request.

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length5–10 days
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Tour Dates

Arrivals possible daily in 2018*
* best period from April 1 through June and end of August to end of October

Skill Level

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.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Umbria Map

This tour can be taken for either 10, 8, 7,  or 5 days.

10 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Assisi.
Day 2: Assisi - Spoleto, 34 mi. (55 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, 37 mi. (60 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, 34 mi. (55 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 a nice ride around the lake, passing little towns like Passignano, S.Feliciano and Castiglione del Lago. Also worthwhile is to visit one of the islands by boat: Isola Maggiore, which is inhabited or Isola Polvese a preserved nature treasure.

Or 

A loop visiting the Etruscan town of Cortona, 24 mi. (54 km)
Today you cycle from lake Trasimeno up to Cortona. The prevailing character of Cortona’s architecture is medieval with steep narrow streets situated on a hillside (600 meters) From the town you have a spectacular view of the Valdichiana. Parts of the Etruscan city wall can still be seen today in the present wall, which surrounds the old town center. There is a lot to see like the Diocesan museum, Museo dell’Academia Etrusca and the Santa Maria Nuova church. A pleasant ride brings you back to the shores of the lake.

DAY 7: Lake Trasimeno - Umbertide, 29 mi. (46 km)
Today’s bike tour is through unspoiled scenery to the quiet little town of Umbertide, whose town center is dominated by a majestic tower, the remains of a castle dating back to 1385. First a steep climb brings you up to Magione with its Castel of the knight of Malta, then freewheeling downhill … and the climbing to Castel Rigone starts. From here, you have a beautiful view over the surrounding hills. You cycle over a ridge and then it goes downhill into the Valley of the Tiber

DAY 8: Umbertide - Gubbio, 34 to 36 mi. (56 to 58 km) 
Today you will reach the fortified hill town of Gubbio. You cycle through the valley of the Carpine river. You can decide to visit the characteristic Umbrian town Montone, which you reach after a climb. Then a nice downhill ride brings you back in the valley. Up- and downhill cycling through a green landscape you reach Pietralunga, which has Longobard origins.  In Gubbio worthwhile visiting are the palaces, the Roman theatre and the monastery of S. Ubaldo, which is built at 827m altitude and can be reached by cable car. Your overnight stay will be near the historical center.

DAY 9: Gubbio - Assisi, 37 mi. (60 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. After your tour you return to your hotel in Assisi or in Viole.

DAY 10: Departure from Assisi.
Individual departure from Assisi following breakfast.


8 Day Tour:

Day 1: Arrival in Assisi
Day 2: Assisi - Spello, Montefalco, Bevagna - Torgiano, 65 km / 40, 4 miles starting Viole or 67 km / 41,6 miles starting Assisi
Day 3: Ride to Perugia, 20 mi. (32 km) or day of rest
Day 4: Torgiano - Passignano, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 5: Passignano -  Umbertide, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 6: Umbertide - Gubbio, 37 mi. (58 km)
Day 7: Gubbio - Assisi, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 8: Departure from Assisi

7 Day Tour:

Day 1: Arrival in Assisi 
Day 2: Assisi - Spello - Foligno - Casco dell’Acqua or Bovara, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 3: Round trip to Spoleto, 27 or 32 miles (44, or 51 km)
Day 4: Casco dell’Acqua or Bovara - Bevagna - Montefalco (optional) - Torgiano, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 5: Round trip of Perugia, 15 miles (24 km) or Torgiano, 20 or 29 miles (33 or 47 km)
Day 6: Torgiano - Assisi, 15 miles (26 km)
Day 7: Departure

5 Day Tour:

Day 1: Arrival in Assisi
Day 2: Assisi - Spello - Foligno - Spoleto, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 3: Spoleto - Bevagna, 22 or 25 mi. (35 or 40 km) 
Day 4: Bevagna - Torgiano - Assisi, 32 mi. (51 km)
Day 5: Departure from Assisi

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Customer Feedback

  • J. Wark 2 years ago

    All hotels were great except Hotel Magione. We were the only guests and I don't think they wanted us there. The breakfast was not up to snuff and there was NO English station on the TV. Given the level of difficulty of the hills, the bikes were very heavy (steel) especially when we had to walk up hills. Ok for flat but not hilly. We loved the restaurant near the hotel in Togiano and went twice. Unfortunately, we did have rain......

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