UMBRIA

8 day Independent Tour 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 […]

8 day Independent Tour

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.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Orvieto.

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.

Day 2

Orvieto–Castiglione del Lago (30 km by train + 40 km by bike).

After a small trip by train to Fabro and its beautiful castle dominating the Chiana Valley, you start cycling over the rolling hills towards Città della Pieve, a medieval village still surrounded with fourteenth-century city walls. The city was the birthplace of Piero Vannucci also known as “il Perugino”, the most important representative of the fifteenth-century Umbrian painting. The itinerary then follows the ridges of the hills leading you to a beautiful belvedere from where you can see Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake of central Italy and its three islands. The perfectly preserved medieval town of Castiglione del Lago and its imposing castle surrounded by walls is waiting for us…

Day 3

Castiglione del Lago– Perugia (50 km).

Following the northern shores of the lake, passing through Passignano del Trasimeno, and crossing hills to finally reach Magione and its castle Cavalieri di Malta. Now you follow the road at the foot of the hill towards the flourishing small Renaissance city of Corciano. The itinerary continues as far as the capital city of Umbria: Perugia. This city was built as an acropolis on the hills and has a splendid old town centre consisting of 5 quarters surrounded by Etruscan city walls. You should definitely take a break in Piazza Grande overlooked by Palazzo dei Priori, the cathedral and the Fontana Maggiore.

Day 4

Perugia–Assisi (30 km).

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.

Day 5

Assisi–Spoleto (45/60 km).

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, once under the authority of the Papal States. Nowadays Spoleto is a flourishing cultural centre of international fame.

Day 6

Spoleto–Todi (45 km).

From Spoleto you cycle on towards the village of Castel Ritardi and from this point you leave the Umbrian valley to enter the 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.

A tangle of roads lead to stately buildings in tufa and offer the most splendid surprises. In the picturesque Piazza del Popolo you will find important monuments like the cathedral and Palazzo del Capitano.

Day 7

Todi–Orvieto (45 km).

When you leave Todi you have to follow the course of the Tiber as far as the Tiber River Park. The beautiful river banks are wide, irregular and covered with willows and poplars. You cycle on in the wild nature reserve until you reach Lake Corbara, an area famous for its delicious red wine. Leave the lake behind you and you will see the valley of the Paglia River, which flows into the Tiber in this area. Cycle up the river and admire the white tuff cliff and Orvieto emerge out of the splendid rolling hills.

Day 8

Orvieto.

After breakfast our journey together ends. 

Rating: Moderate

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.

Transfers

The nearest airports are Florence and Rome. Regular train service is available from both cities to Orvieto, where your tour starts.

 

Schedule & Price

Departure Dates 2014

Every Saturday from May, thru September

Price per person, double occ CAD $1230
Single room surcharge $300

 

This tour includes:
• accommodation in a selection of family run hotels rated 2, 3 & 4 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

 

Notes:
– Train transfer from Orvieto to Fabro is not included in the price (approx. 18 min., 5 € per person + bike).
– Many Italian towns have introduced an occupancy tax of approx. 3 euro per person/day. This must be paid locally.