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Moving through lush countryside; breathing fresh air; getting to know places near and far, different cultures and new people: these are the ideas behind the cycling and walking tours of Meravigliosa Umbria.

To describe the activities of this company, founded in 2000 by Dutch entrepreneur Petra de Lind Van Wijngaarden, is to talk about the region of Umbria: a multifaceted land of uncontaminated and unspoilt nature, of human warmth and hospitality, a mystical and serene place brimming with artistic heritage of incomparable value.

Our tours are designed to take you walking or pedalling along safe trails in the hills, plains and mountains. You can admiring the impressive jutting rock crags, the gentle profile of the woodlands, the sinuous streams which wind through the valleys, the blue lakes (such as Lake Trasimeno) and the open vistas over centuries-old olive groves and grand vineyards (such as those of Spello and Montefalco). Our routes take you to medieval villages and towns (like Assisi) with a wealth of art and history: towns which have remained intact over the centuries. Our itineraries are designed to allow you well-deserved rests when you can savour a glass of red or white wine (perhaps a Sagrantino di Montefalco or a Grechetto) along with appetizers of cold meats and cheeses (such as those produced in Norcia).

All of our itineraries are checked by the team and by competent guides who are accredited by the Region of Umbria. For every trip both telephone and face to face assistance are provided and all of our tours, both cycling and walking, can be undertaken by either groups or individuals. There are routes of various levels, so they are appreciated both by fit experts and by those who are looking for a welcome break for themselves and their families.

In 2009 Meravigliosa Umbria became part of Ecologico Tours, an Umbrian tour operator which organises cycling and walking tours all over Italy and in the rest of Europe. In 2015 Ecologico Tours moved to Switzerland to develop new opportunities in a beautiful country, ideal for lovers of winter sports and for walking and cycling holidays. For our tours in Umbria we have our local management: experience, service and professionalism at the service of our customers who are discovering the beauties of Umbria


The main characters in this enterprise are:


Petra Founder and CEO.

Petra, Dutch by birth and in spirit, visited various parts of Italy during the '90s to enrich and complete her studies in history of art. However, she was spellbound by Umbria: by the characteristic medieval towns like Assisi, by the eclectic and cosmopolitan atmosphere in places like Perugia, and by the uncontaminated and unspoilt nature she discovered during her journeys from one place to the next in this region.

She worked for a long time with a Dutch tour operator, specialized in walking and Cycling tours. Then, putting to use the knowledge and skills she had built up through her studies and travelling, she founded first Meravigliosa Umbria (2000) and then Ecologico Tours (2009).

Petra is the mind and soul of the company. She designs the tours in Umbria and personally checks all the itineraries for these, as well as contacting hotels, local bodies and co-operators in order to plan with care all the tours to be enjoyed by our clients. She is available for our clients throughout their holiday to deal with any queries or requirements they might have.  


Paolo Technical expert 

Paolo loves travelling and outdoor life and has a wide knowledge of paths, routes and places to visit in many regions of Italy.

Paolo has a bike rental service in Assisi (Umbria) and takes also well care of our bikes. He is an expert in maintenance, thanks to years of working in companies where he has looked after all the technical aspects of production. If something isn't working as it should, he can fix it. The city bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes and e-bikes of Ecologico Tours are kept in perfect working order by Paolo, who is constantly checking & preparing them, test riding them to be certain of their complete reliability and deliver them in your Hotel. He gives our clienst assistance in case they have problems and he accompanies them with pleasure on our cycle day tours !




Isabella Area Manager Umbria

Isabella is a marketing and tourism expert and an interpreter and translator for the following languages: English, German and French. She has a master degree in foreign languages and literatures and graduate studies in hospitality and tourism subjects. She is our Area Manager in Umbria and our representative on site. She has a long experience in hospitality management and tourist information in Umbria.

She has a great passion for travel: she has been travelling to many countries in the world, getting to know different cultures, peoples, languages and traditions; she can understand immediately what the expectations and needs of tourists and travellers are.

She loves Umbria, her birthplace, very much: she knows the territory very well and always injects enthusiasm and energy when she talks about it.



Elessar - Responsible transport luggage and customer support

Elessar is an integral part of our team, offering assistance in Umbria. He is of Italian - Dutch origin, young and dynamic, caring and attentive. He speaks good English and is dealing with the care of your luggage, allowing you to fully enjoy the journey, effortlessly and unpacked. Elessar will make sure that you find your luggage at your arrival, in every hotel in which you are going to stay. He also takes care of the bike rental, offering complete and professional assistance to our customers, both by telephone and on-site. Courtesy and competence characterize his profile.



Cristiano Tour escort and Expert Guide, accredited by the Region of Umbria

Cristiano is a hiking guide registered by the AIGAE (Italian Association of Hiking Guides). He lives in Umbria and loves both walking and cycling (MTB and racing bikes). He studied at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Perugia, where his love for nature became more deep. After his university years, he wanted to dedicate himself more often to sporting activities and he donated himself a mountain bike and a pair of mountain boots and so started to explore Umbria on foot and by bike. This was his turning point, he became and still is very fascinated by the beautiful Umbrian landscapes, stunning places with a rich history, villages where time seems to stand still, mule paths, footpaths and country roads through woods, vineyards and olive groves ... a true paradise that he would like to share with you.



Cristiano Tour escort and Expert Guide, accredited by the Region of Umbria.

An enthusiastic walker, who began planning and carrying out short excursions around the Perugia area when he was young.

Today, as well as being a trusted member of our team, he is a voluntary guide for local walking groups and for the Club Alpino Italiano, for whom he is a hill walking escort. He accompanied many individuals and groups in the Sibillini mountains and in central Italy in general.

Cristiano's passion for walking is combined with an insatiable curiosity for history and anthropology, which is reflected in his deep knowledge about the areas he crosses.

Discover also his proposals for lovely walking day trips !  



ECOlogico Tours & Meravigliosa Umbria

Registered office: Lumbreida B19 Marmotta

     CH-6565 San Bernardino, Switzerland


skype petra.de.lind.van.wijngaarden

tel (0041) (0)79 2457505


Local Assistance: tel (0039) 346 3254167

e-mail*: info@ecologicotours.eu   or info@meravigliosaumbria.com

www.ecologicotours.eu / www.meravigliosaumbria.com 


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