Explore Umbria by bike. This Umbrian cycling holiday starts in the spiritual city of Assisi before leading you through verdant countryside to beautiful medieval towns such as Spello, Spoleto and Torgiano. The whole region is steeped in history, tradition and culture. It is also famous for producing delicious cuisine and some truly sensational wines.
Pedal along quiet lanes and paths, past olive groves and vineyards, through the breathtakingly beautiful Umbrian Valley. Hilltop towns beckon from afar and any extra effort required to assail the flanks of these medieval gems is invariably paid back by their simple, timeless charm and wondrous views.
The many highlights of this classic route include Assisi, birthplace of St Francis, founder of the Franciscan order, Spello, a gorgeous little hilltop town that entrances all who enter and Spoleto, another medieval town with an impressive castle still largely contained within its fortifications.
You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Montefalco, to wonder at the view from the ‘Balcony of Umbria’, as well as Perugia the provincial capital with its wonderful Piazzas, Renaissance palaces and medieval churches.
And finally we have to mention the food and wine. If, like us, you appreciate dining well on your cycling holidays then you are in for a real treat. In a country that appreciates food so much, it is impressive to learn that Italians themselves revere this region for the quality of its cuisine. Similarly the local wines, such as Rosso di Montefalco and Sagrantino are also held in very high esteem and are likely to be a memorable element of a wonderful holiday.
The route adheres to the valley floor for the most part with some slightly hilly sections in parts. Apart from the steeper climbs to Montefalco (which can be avoided) and Assisi this tour is suitable for anyone with an average fitness level.