Florence to Rome Cycling Holiday

  • 4.4
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Florence / Rome
  • Distance

    177 miles/285 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeGastronomicWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    014-109CIT
Price From £882

Overview

From the birthplace of the Renaissance to the Eternal City this fantastic route takes in some of central Italy’s most beautiful towns and scenery. Enjoy the culture and art of Tuscany’s Florence before heading south to Umbria’s famous hilltop towns of Perugia and Assisi. This classic route ends with a flourish in the Italian Capital.

You’ll cycle in the foothills of the Apennines, stay on the shore of Lake Trasimeno and visit bustling regional cities and quiet little hill towns. The narrow winding streets of Perugia are a delight to explore as is the quaint Umbrian hilltop town of Assisi. Marvel at the ancient aqueduct and fortress at Spoleto and lose yourself in the ancient medieval streets of Narni.

Finally, in Rome you can bid the bike farewell and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this vibrant, historic city.

Both Tuscany and Umbria pride themselves on their cuisine so if you enjoy good food and wine with your cycling then this is a definitely a tour for your shortlist.

Cycling Holidays in Italy

Assisi

The route is a mix of rolling hills and longer flat sections, travelling almost all the way on farm tracks and quiet back roads. The only time you might encounter more traffic is on the way in and out of some of the towns along the route.

Itinerary & Map

The route is a mix of rolling hills and longer flat sections, travelling almost all the way on farm tracks and quiet back roads. The only time you might encounter more traffic is on the way in and out of some of the towns along the route.

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Day 1: Arrive Florence

Florence at night - Italy*

Florence at dusk

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Florence. After check-in you are free to relax or explore the fascinating Tuscan capital. If you’ve got time – and the energy for it –  climb the 460 steps to the top of the Duomo – the views from the cathedral stretch right across the city.

Day 2: Florence – Passignano sul Trasimeno, 37 miles/60 kms + train journey

Cortona - Tuscany - Italy*

Cortona – Tuscany

The day starts with a one hour train journey with your bike (ticket included in tour price) to the town of Arezzo, a historic city south east of Florence. You then begin to ride along the Val di Chiana, a wide fertile valley punctuated by picturesque hillside towns. Stop in the gorgeous town of Cortona to wander the narrow winding streets  – this little place may seem oddly familiar as it was the setting for the film, Under the Tuscan Sun. Shortly after leaving Cortona you cross into Umbria and arrive at Lake Trasimeno. The views here are sublime, and you’ll spend the night in the lakeside town of Passignano sul Trasimeno.

Day 3: Passignano sul Trasimeno – Perugia, 22 miles/35 kms

Perugia - Umbria - Italy*

Perugia

Start the day by cycling along the lakeside to Torricella, then head eastwards into open countryside and gently rolling hills. Your destination today is Perugia, the capital of Umbria and one of Italy’s most appealing cities, full of history and culture. And of course, some fantastic regional cuisine.

Day 4: Perugia – Assisi, 19 miles/30 kms

Assisi - Umbria - ItalyIV*

Assisi

It’s a relatively short cycle ride today, but there is plenty to see on the way. After leaving Perugia and crossing the River Tiber  – don’t miss the Santa Maria degli Angeli, considered one of Italy’s most beautiful churches. Your destination is Assisi, birthplace of St Francis. As well as the Franciscan monastery that dominates Assisi there’s plenty more to see in this wonderfully atmospheric hilltop town.

Day 5: Assisi – Spoleto, 32 miles/55 kms

Spello - Umbria - Italy*

Spello

Today’s riding takes you by the foot of mighty Mount Subasio and to the fantastically preserved medieval town of Spello. Then it’s onwards through the Valle Umbra to the historic town of Spoleto, where you’ll stop for the night in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. It’s graced with many Roman ruins including an impressive aqueduct, from which you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views.

Day 6: Spoleto – Narni, 28 miles/45 kms

Narni - Umbria - Italy*

Narni

Today you leave the plains and head into the forested foothills of the Apennines. Quiet winding lanes lead you through this unspoilt region before emerging close to the town of Terni. Try to ensure you are ready for a snack on arrival in this pretty little town as it is famous for it’s savoury pastries. Visit a Pasticceria and select some delicious rewards for your ride through the hills. A few kilometers further along the road you reach the medieval town of Narni, your home for the night.

Day 7: Narni – Rome, 37 miles/60 kms + train

Colosseum - Rome - Italy

Colosseum – Rome

Your last day on the bikes is spent riding through the green heart of Umbria. The Sabine Mountains are peaceful and serene – the perfect end to your ride. Say goodbye to your bike in the small village of Poggio Mirteto and board a train for Rome (included in the tour price).  Just over an hour later you will be delivered into the centre of the Eternal City where you will spend the last night of your tour.

Day 8: Rome

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2021 dates
Arrivals every Saturday from 04 April - 04 July & 29 August - 10 October

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2020 Prices - scroll down for 2021 prices
014-109CIT
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08 May
09 May
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04 Jul
29 Aug
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25 Sep
26 Sep
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10 Oct
Superior category
Double/twin £875 £903 £903 £875              
Single £1157 £1185 £1185 £1157              
Triple £846 £873 £873 £846              
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Deposit per person £240

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (Unlimited, max weight 20kg per piece)
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Train Florence - Arezzo
Train Poggio Mirteto - Rome (excluding bike, bike drop off in Poggio Mirteto)
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€35, payable locally)
Tourist tax (€2pppn, payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Florence (double/twin), superior (£102)
Extra night Florence (single), superior (£181)
Extra night Rome (double/twin), superior (£70)
Extra night Rome (single), superior (£119)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£76)
Regular Plus bike with pannier & lock (£127)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£186)

Reductions

Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6 -11 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 12 -14 years sharing with 2 adults
2021 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday from 27 March - 03 July & 28 August - 10 October

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2021 Prices
014-109CIT
Per person
27 Mar
to
30 Apr
01 May
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04 Jul
28 Aug
to
24 Sep
25 Sep
to
09 Oct
Superior category
Double/twin £913 £941 £941 £913              
Single £1242 £1270 £1270 £1242              
Triple £882 £910 £910 £882              
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Deposit per person £250

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (Unlimited, max weight 20kg per piece)
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Train Florence - Arezzo
Train Poggio Mirteto - Rome (excluding bike, bike drop off in Poggio Mirteto)
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€35, payable locally)
Tourist tax (€2pppn, payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Florence (double/twin), superior (£102)
Extra night Florence (single), superior (£181)
Extra night Rome (double/twin), superior (£79)
Extra night Rome (single), superior (£145)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£76)
Regular Plus bike with pannier & lock (£127)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£186)

Reductions

Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6 -11 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 12 -14 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information

Bikes

Regular bike

Regular bike

On this tour you can choose between a regular bike, a regular Plus bike or an electric bike.

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

The regular Plus bike offers a step up in terms of components (hydraulic Magura brakes HS 11, Shimano Deore XT) and the frame provides a more sporty riding position. High quality, suntour suspension forks ensure a comfortable ride on these bikes. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Regular plus bike

Regular plus bike

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available to buy (payable locally, €35). This must be advised at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Florence: C-Hotels
Passignano: Hotel La Vela
Perguia: Sangallo Palace
Assisi: Dei Priori
Spoleto: Hotel Charleston
Terni: Dei Priori
Rome: Hotel Gambrinus

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 4 reviews 4.4
  • Date - 08/11/2019
  • Name - Herb Maroot
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very friendly and easy to work with. Always accommodating especially when needing to make itinerary changes.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Stunning, I kept saying could it get any better than this, and it did! A bit hiller than expected, so glade my wife went with an E bike as it may have ended with a divorce!
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Well we can't ask for more than that - thank you for the lovely review Herb.
    Product : This is the best type of review, it's very positive and it made us laugh!
  • Date - 01/11/2019
  • Name - Michael Kiser
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Excellent service before, during and at the pickup...Everything came with good directions, and materials and bikes were delivered on time.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - This was a wonderful biking experience - beautiful views every day, nice hotels with comfortable beds and good breakfasts in the morning. The route was interesting and varied. Thanks goodness some of the members of our group rented the E-bikes. Hills every day, and some of them were quite challenging and long. We felt the difficulty rating should be "Moderate." The GPS is really good to have and worked very well, along with the written directions and E signs. We'd recommend this trip, but only if you can ride long, steep hills or can rent an E-bike - easy to use and worth the extra cost!
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Great to hear and glad everything went well - thanks Michael.
    Product : So glad you enjoyed it so much Michael even if it was slightly hillier than you were expecting. We agree that e-bikes are definitely worth considering on this route, particularly for anyone with any fitness concerns.
  • Date - 02/10/2017
  • Name - Hatty Shetliffe
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Good info with all necessary details
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - Amazing scenery, awful and dangerous road surface not suitable for road bikes. Hotels mixed, some great some well below standard
  • Date - 12/05/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very helpful
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Would have liked help getting out of Arezzo.
    Day 2 roads very busy and rough.
    Hotels good
    Bikes good
    E signs very good
    Some hills ver challengeing
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the feedback. We're looking into the directions leaving Arezzo issue and will try to improve them.