Leisure Cycling Holidays in UmbriaPosted on March 10, 2015
Italy’s unbeatable combination of scenery, culture, cuisine and cycle friendliness make it one of the best places in Europe to enjoy a cycling holiday. But where to start? We’ve already talked about the different cycling regions of Italy but now its time to talk a bit more about one of its most celebrated cycling regions – Umbria.
Umbria forms the heart of Italy, and it’s certainly the Italy of many people’s imaginations. Here you’ll find a rolling countryside, dotted with cypress trees, where every other hill seems to be crowned with an achingly beautiful medieval settlement. Along with its neighbour, Tuscany, it is the cradle of the Renaissance, and the region is packed with more statues, fine architecture and artistic masterpieces than most other countries can dream of.
What’s the cycling like in Umbria?
The terrain in Umbria is characterised by short, rolling hills, separated by flat plains and there’s no getting away from the fact that any ride in this region is likely to include regular ups and downs. It’s a price worth paying however as many of the climbs ascend to magical and ancient hilltop villages, offering wonderful vistas across the surrounding countryside. There’s no rush, these are leisure cycling routes after all and not Giro d’Italia stuff, so take your time and stop regularly at local cafés for refreshments and to recharge. The routes follow an extensive network of quiet lanes that criss-cross the countryside and you’ll only rarely venture onto busier roads, usually when approaching, or leaving larger towns. Italians love cycling and despite their reputation for rather ‘excitable’ driving you will find them to be remarkably considerate towards cyclists.
Which Umbria cycling holiday will suit me best?
Flexitreks has a range of great cycling holidays Umbria. It’s a large region, so you won’t be able to cover it all in one trip but one of our 4 cycling holidays in Umbria is bound to fit the bill. Here’s a precie of what each has to offer.
Short Cycle Breaks in Umbria
If you can’t spare a whole week then our Umbria Cycle Break may well appeal. This 4 night circular cycle tour starts and finishes in the delightful, hillside town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Three days of cycling will lead you around the breathtaking Umbrian valley, overnighting in the charming towns of Spoleto and Bevagna before returning to Assisi for your last night. Alternatively, if the delicious food and wine of this region appeals as much as the cycling then our Umbria Wine and Gourmet Cycling Break could be the holiday for you. On this 4 night trip you will cycle from Assisi around the Umbrian Valley stopping in idyllic little villages where you will enjoy wonderful meals that showcase Umbrian cuisine at its best.
6 and 7 Night Cycling Holidays in Umbria
Our Umbria Classic Cycling Holiday is available in 6 and 7 night durations and is our most popular cycling holiday in Umbria. On this tour you will see the region’s main highlights whilst cycling a very manageable 40kms per day on average. Starting and finishing in Assisi, this tour leads you on a gentle clockwise loop around the stunning Umbrian Valley. You’ll visit the gorgeous medieval walled towns of Spello and Bevagna and Torgiano as well as the bustling regional capital, Perugia. You’ll also have the option of taking on a challenging climb to the hilltop village of Montefalco where you can admire the view across the Umbrian Valley from the Balcony of Umbria.
If you’d like more information on any of these tours then get in touch as we know the area well and have cycled many of the routes ourselves.