In the magical landscape and the gently rolling hills of Umbria you’ll find many convents, monasteries, abbeys and churches amongst the famour hilltop towns. You can feel the authenticity of this region when you wander the streets of the medieval hamlets and villages left untouched.
Umbria is a spectacle of nature and a land of many colours and perfumes, and everywhere streams, rivers and waterfalls accompany the visitor on his search for peace and beauty.
Individual arrival in Orvieto. This breathtaking city was built on the summit of a butte of white tuff and therefore it seems like a fortress standing out on the impressive cliffs, dominanting the Umbrian countryside. The Gothic façade of the cathedral of Orvieto is just one of the many unique monuments covering millenniums of history.
Today the stage is quite demanding: you’ll cycle through rolling hills, but you’ll be highly rewarded by reaching your destination: Città della Pieve, a medieval village still surrounded by 14th-century city walls.
You’ll reach the beautiful Trasimeno Lake and pedal along its northern shores till you get to Magione and its castle. From here take a train to Perugia, a splendid old town surrounded by Etruscan city walls.
Crossing the Tiber plain towards the fortified village of Forgiano, which preserved very well its medieval character. The stage continues and leads you to Santa Maria degli Angeli at the foot of the hill of Assisi. The Basilica was constructed in the 16th century, enclosing the Perziuncola, a 9th century small chapel where St. Francis understood his vocation and renounced to the world in order to live in poverty. The town of Assisi will astonish you with its art, monuments and the great atmosphere. The 13th century Basilica di San Francesco is the mother church of the Franciscan Order and burial place of St. Francis. The church is a worldwide example of medieval art and decorated with frescoes by the famous painters Giotto and Simone Martini.
Today you will have your first break in Spello, a walled town lying on the ridge of Monte Subasio. Of all the cities in this area, Spello is the one that counts the largest number of Roman evidences. In the church of Santa Maria Maggiore you can admire the frescoes of Pinturicchio and Perugino. Cycle on crossing the Umbrian countryside towards Foligno, famous for its knight historical ring jousting tournament ‘Giostra della Quintana’. Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza del Duomo are also definitely worth a visit. A small detour leads you to Bevagna and afterwards you can cycle on towards Trevi following the main itinerary. This stage ends in Spoleto, having origins in the Roman period, but preserved as a medieval village.
From Spoleto you cycle on towards the village of Castel Ritardi and from this point you leave the Umbrian valley to enter lovely hills covered with oak and olive trees as far as Todi, considered one of the most beautiful medieval cities of Italy, perched on a hill and overlooking the Tiber valley.
You cycle through small villages in the middle of nature. A variation of the stage takes you along to Lake Corbara. On the last kilometres the white tuff cliff town of Orvieto will emerge from the rolling hills.
After breakfast our journey together ends.
The route follows mainly the asphalted low traffic roads. Some of the stages are on level and some on undulating ground with a few short steep slopes to reach the hill top cities. Between Spoleto and Todi you’ll have the challenge of some more difficult slopes. A good level of fitness is required.
Total route length: 265-290km
The nearest airports are Florence and Rome. Regular train service is available from both cities to Orvieto, where your tour starts.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Tours depart every Saturday from May through September. Any departure date is possible if you have 5 or more in your party.
Season 1: 28.04 – 25.05.2018 and 1.09 – 15.09
Season 2: 26.05 – 31.08
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1165|
|Single room surcharge||$320|
|Season 2 surcharge: $140|
This tour includes:
• 7 nights accommodation in a selection of family run hotels rated mostly 3 star, all rooms with private facilities
• buffet breakfasts
• luggage transport
• tour information at your first hotel by our representative
• hybrid bicycle with 24 gears and pannier
• maps & road guide book
• 7 day service helpline
– Train transfer from Orvieto to Fabro is not included in the price (approx. 18 min., 5 € per person + bike).
– Many Italian towns have introduced a hotel occupancy tax of approx. 3 euro per person/day. This must be paid locally.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment