Check in around 14.00 at your charming hotel in Assisi. There will be a briefing, bike fitting and the tour organizer explains the coming itinerary of this road cycling trip in Umbria. Airport transfers (on request). Overnight in Assisi Hotel Viole
Hotel Viole *** near Assisi, where the tour starts and ends, is a good family-run hotel with air-conditioning, swimming pool, restaurant and bar. The hotel has a car park where our clients can leave their car during the cycling tour.
Assisi to Torgiano
Today you have the choice between a longer and shorter tour.
The longer route crossing the valley passing Montefalco and Bevagna (104 km). Today’s bike is through the valley of Spoleto. You will pass many little towns like Montefalco, built on a hilltop and famous for its excellent wines, and Bevagna with its medieval square.
The shorter route you cycle through small medieval towns: Spello-Montefalco-Bevagna-Torgiano (65 km). The start will be in front of the hotel. The cycling journey goes through the valley of Spoleto, passing Foligno and up to Montefalco; also called ‘the balcony of Umbria’. 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 still hosts 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 rivers Chiascio and Tiber. Interesting to visit are the wine museum and the ‘osteria’ of the Lungarotti family, where you can taste their excellent wines. Overnight in Torgiano Hotel Al Grappolo d’Oro in Torgiano is a *** star B&B: all rooms are elegantly furnished and have private bathrooms, air-conditioning, safe, mini bar and satellite TV. The diner is in a nearby restaurant (150m). The B&B has a garden and swimming pool. www.algrappolodoro.net
Torgiano to S.Feliciano
You will bike through an undulating landscape with now and then a steep climb to conquer, to be rewarded with a magnificent view of Lake Trasimeno. You will pass small, typical Umbrian towns such as Montegiove with its impressive castle, Montegabbione and Panicale, which has still a good preserved 13th century Palazzo del Podestà (80 km). Overnight in Hotel La Vela *** in Passignano. Hotel la Vela is situated in the centre of Passignano and at only 500 meters away you find the beach.www. hotellavela.it (Dinner included). Overnight in Torgiano Hotel Al Grappolo d’Oro in Torgiano is a *** star B&B: all rooms are elegantly furnished and have private bathrooms, air-conditioning, safe, mini bar and satellite TV. The diner is in a nearby restaurant (150 m.). The B&B has a garden and swimming pool. www.algrappolodoro.net
Tour around Lago Trasimeno
Today you can have a rest day or cycle around the lake (100 km). Lake Trasimeno is the fourth largest lake in Italy. It is surrounded on three sides by a backdrop of gentle rolling hills covered with olive trees. On the side facing Tuscany, a wide open plain stretches out. You will cross this plain going to the Tuscan town of Chiusi, which has an Etruscan origin. After your visit you return to your hotel at the lake. Overnight in Hotel La Vela *** in Passignano. Hotel la Vela is situated in the centre of Passignano and at only 500 meters away you find the beach. www.hotellavela.it
Lago Trasimeno to Umbertide
The longer route passes Cortona in Tuscany 987 km). A very nice ride through the valley of the Tesse brings you to Cortona. This lovely Tuscan town is built on a hilltop. Leaving it you will cycle over a ridge through a mountainous terrain with magnificent views over the surrounding mountains.
The shorter route is from Lake Trasimeno to Umbertide (45 km) This shorter ride 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. A steep climb brings you to Castel Rigone from where you will have a magnificent view over the lake. From here and the route goes up and down to Umbertide. Hotel **** Poggiomanente just outside Umbertide. The hotel has a nice garden, bar and swimming pool. www.poggiomanente
Umbertide to Gubbio
Today you will reach the fortified hill town of Gubbio (95 km). You will cycle through the mountains. It is a beautiful tour through the green hills of the lower Apennines. You 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 going slowly uphill to Pietralunga with its old partially, walled-in centre and the Long bards Castle (8th century). You will pass Cagli in the region Le Marche and from there you arrive to Gubbio, where you will stay in hotel San Marco situated close to the old medieval centre. The hotel has a restaurant and private internal garden. www.hotelsanmarcogubbio.com
Gubbio to Assisi
On this last day of the tour you will cycle through a beautiful hilly landscape passing quiet mountain villages (75 km). The first stretch begins with a steep climb, but after that the road undulates gently till 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. Overnight in Assisi Hotel Viole Hotel Viole *** near Assisi, where the tour starts and ends, is a good family-run hotel with air-conditioning, swimming pool, restaurant and bar. The hotel has a car park where our clients can leave their car during the cycling tour.
Departure day…..Time to say goodbye, a good flight back home or a pleasant stay in Italy. Transfers upon request.