Few places can stir emotions quite as intensely as Umbria. To cycle here is to embark on a journey into a timeless world of sun-drenched landscapes, ancient hill villages and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.
The summer climate here is lovely and perfect for the mostly flat pedalling through olives groves, sunflower fields, vineyards and apricot orchards. En route we are rewarded by constant panoramic views of the stunning landscapes and beautiful hilltop villages and hamlets. There are also plenty of cultural highlights including gorgeous Spello, Etruscan Perugia, mediaeval Bevagna and ancient Assisi - the jewel in the Umbrian crown.
Our high quality hotels are wonderfully friendly and each has a private swimming pool and superb local cuisine - the perfect place to end the day with a glass or two of fine red Sagrantino.
Countries visited: Italy
Gentle ride along the Teverone Valley with a short uphill detour to the beautiful hilltop village of Trevi, the capital of the Umbrian olive oil industry. Continue through ancient San Giacomo to our friendly hotel just outside of Spoleto.
Free day to enjoy the fascinating historic city of Spoleto, a great art city whose buildings reflect every major architectural style in history, including a Roman arch and an 80m high 14th Century aqueduct. Lots of lovely cobbled squares are crammed with
Climb up to the old village of Montefalco where we are rewarded with wine tasting, magnificent views and beautiful mediaeval streets. From here it is all downhill to Bevagna with splendid views over Monte Cucco and the Marche Apennines beyond.
Free day to wander into the fantastic mediaeval walled town of Bevagna, with its 13th Century Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli and Roman temple and baths. Then enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool with sleepy views over the green Umbrian countryside.
Ride across the plain to the old wine town of Torgiano with its famous Lungarotti cellars. Time for some tasting before cycling to Brufa to try some of the local olive oil before continuing to Ripa.
Free day to relax by the wonderful panoramic pool overlooking the stunning Chiona Valley, or visit the university town of Perugia, famous for one of Italy's finest art collections.
Ride through the Chiasco Valley with spectacular views of Saint Francis' Basilica as you approach Assisi. After lunch cycle the traffic-free Via degli Ulivi through olive groves back to Spello.