THE VALLEY 'VALLE UMBRA', THE HEART OF UMBRIA

a cycling tour for anyone

 

Umbria, known as 'the green heart of Italy', is rich with unspoilt valleys, safe paths through centuries-old olive groves and fine vineyards: a varied land with wide plains, rolling hills, mountains and intensely blue lakes. You pedal around, immersed in this lush landscape, breathing in the perfume of the flowers and the rich scents of the woodlands, vineyards and olive groves. During this tour you will enjoy the enchanting views of the Valle Umbra and visit fascinating villages rich in art and history, like Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Spoleto and Bevagna. They have all  preserved so much of their medieval character through the centuries. Narrow alleyways with the typical stone houses and little balconies are adorned with hanging baskets exploding with coloured flowers. Dwelling around the streets you will see old buildings and ancient churches which brim with works of art including masterpieces by artists such as Giotto, Cimabue and Simone Martini.

It will be an unforgettable holiday !

You will have four overnight stays in a country house with 3 cycle tours, during which you will visit towns such as Assisi, Cannara, Spello and Bevagna. On day 5 you will leave your accommodation in Bevagna and will cycle to Foligno. After your visit a short ride will bring you to your country house in Casco dell' Acqua. The last cycle day will bring you to the lovely town of Spoleto. Your overnight stay is in a *** star hotel in a rural position, just outside town or on request a hotel in the old centre of town.

 

 

 

 

Programme: 

Day 1

Individual arrival at the Country House

The country house has a swimming pool, spa and free car park. For those who arrive by train at the station of Spello or at the airport of Perugia a transfer will be provided to the country house (included in the price). Route briefing and if rented handing over of the bicycles. 

 

Day 2

 

Visiting Bevagna (25 km /15 miles)

A small detour along country roads passing the ‘borgo’ (walled-in village) of Torre del Colle, will take you to Bevagna, situated on the banks of the river Teverone, near the foothills of the Martani mountains. During Roman times the town was called Mevania. This was a period of prosperity, because Bevagna was situated next to a branch of the much-travelled trade route the Via Flaminia. The town has a very romantic medieval square, a real meeting point for the inhabitants, with its palazzo dei Consoli and the Romanesque churches S.Silvestro and S.Michel Arcangelo. Interesting is the Roman mosaic floor with a design of marine animals in black and white tesserae. Bevagna is situated in a famous wine area which is home to the Sagrantino d.o.c.g. and Montafalco Rosso d.o.c. You can taste these excellent wines in one of the wine bars in the centre. After your visit you return back to your accommodation .

 

Day 3

A visit to S.Maria degli Angeli and Assisi (35 km / 22 miles)

Today’s circular tour will take you first to Cannara, also named the onion capital. Thanks to the fertile, well-irrigated soil, the red onion (cipolla rossa) has been cultivated her since ages past and  every year in the month of September the town hosts an onion festival, during which people come from afar to eat the excellent onion dishes and local specialities. Nowadays one tower remains as witness to the medieval town walls of Cannara. Amongst the salient features of the villages should be mentioned the Church of the Buona Morte and the church of St. John the Baptist.  After Cannara you cycle to S.Maria degli Angeli. From a distance you will see the dome of the impressive Franciscan basilica, which was built in the 16th century to incorporate the Porziuncola, a small church restored by St. Francis and his companions.   Assisi is built on a hilltop, so those who don’t want to climb to reach it can catch the local bus in front of the basilica of S.Maria degli Angeli. Assisi has retained its medieval character with its tangle of alleyways and cosy squares. There is a lot to see here, including the basilica’s of St. Francis and St Clare, museums and the castle or ‘Rocca’. Cycling along quiet country roads you return back to your accommodation  

 

Day 4

Visiting Spello (33 km / 20 miles)

Today you will visit another medieval town. Spello, like Assisi, is built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. You can leave your bike in the lower part of Spello visit the old centre on foot. Also Spello) is an interesting historical town, containing many features dating back to the Roman age and a medieval nucleus which remains intact. Originating from Roman times are the Consular Gate, the Porta Venere and the Roman Amphitheatre outside the town walls. Important sights are the church of S.Maria Maggiore where you can admire the Baglioni Chapel, containing frescoes painted in 1501 by the Umbrian painter Pinturicchio, portraying the Annunciation, the Dispute in the Temple, the Nativity and the Sibyls.  

 

Day 5

To Foligno and overnight stay in Casco dell'Acqua (21 km / 13 miles) 

On your way to Foligno, you cycle alongside the town walls of Bevagna. Cycling along the many small country roads of the valley you will reach Foligno, one of the bigger local centres, built in the valley itself. It lies to the south of the Topino river. During Roman times the city was known as Fulginia and was an important trade centre, like Bevagna, due to its location close to the much-travelled Via Flaminia. The following sights deserve special attention: the cathedral of S.Feliciano with its Romanesque facades and the palazzo Trinci (14th cent.), which houses the Archaeological museum and the Gallery. A short ride takes to your accommodation.

 

Day 6

A ride to Spoleto  (24 km / 15 miles)

Today you cycle mostly along a cycle path among vineyards, fields and the many waterways of the valley to Spoleto. You can already see Spoleto from afar, with its castle dominating the hilltop on which the medieval part of the town is built. The centre is still largely inside the medieval town walls. Spoleto is very famous for its music festival ‘dei due mondi’, held in the first weeks of July. There is a lot to see in Spoleto, including the cathedral with its famous frescoes by the Florentine painter Filippo Lippi, the Roman house and the Roman theatre with an annexed archaeological museum. Leaving the centre of Spoleto you will cycle to your *** hotel in a rural position.

 

Day 7

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

The package includes:

  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast 

  • route instructions and maps

  • backup service for emergencies 

  • if you arrive by train a transfer will be provided from station in Spello to Bevagna or from the airport of Perugia. If you come by car a transfer is provided to Bevagna to pick up your car at the starting hotel.

  • luggage transportation 

  • tour information

 

 

Period 

Daily, throughout the year 

Level 1

short, gentle cycling trips through the valley. The routes are mostly on flat terrain with only occasional slight climbs, but with never more than 150 metres of difference in altitude. Daily distances between 20 and 40 km

Prices p.p.2017

In a double room   € 470,00

3rd or 4th person in a triple or quadruple  € 210,00

Half board supplement € 145,00

Children 0-2 years for free

Children 3-6 years 50% discount

bike rental € 70,00; children's bike or trailer € 45,00; bike rental €120,00

 

 

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