The best of Umbria and Tuscany
Tour highlights
Cycling umbria: Assisi
Giotto's frescoes in Assisi
Spello Roman gates
Cortona
Montepulciano vineyards
"Val d'Orcia"
superb landscape
Sagrantino, Brunello and
Nobile wines
Monte Oliveto monastery
Piazza del Campo

Practical informations

Duration: 7 nights/8 days
Meals: all breakfasts /3 suppers

Mileage : 300 km
Grade: medium


Day by day program
Accommodations

Cycling Umbria: St Francis basilica


Day 1 - Arrival in Assisi
You will be met at Santa Maria degli Angeli station and transferred to your hotel. Visit this beautiful town which is within 10 minutes walk from your hotel. The next morning you are given your informative kit: road boosk, maps, guide book and vouchers, You will also receive and try your bikes.


Cycling Umbria:in front of the Basilica


 Day 2 - Assisi/Assisi - (50 km)


Today the  ride takes you to Spello a very nice and less turistic small town on the Subasio Slopes. You will be riding through olive groves with no major uphill except for the final climb back to Assisi. Night at the same Inn. On the return road you can visit Bevagna going through the most famous wine area of Umbria, the Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG

Cycling Umbria:Hills overlooking the lake


Day 3 - Assisi/CortedelPoggio -(60km)

On the way to Trasimeno lake an intermediate stop to allows you to visit Deruta a famous ceramic makers' place and Torgiano, Lungarotti wineries home town; You bike through soft hills and nice villages until you reach la Corte del Poggio in Poggio delle Corti. The road is continuously rolling up and down hill so it is quite a tiring day.

Cycling Tuscany: Cortona

Day 4 - Around Trasimeno lake to Cortona - (50km)

Discover Montecorognola view poin over the lake, Monte del Lago and San Feliciano fisherman village; Take a boat to Isola Maggiore where old ladies weave their age old laces and where you can taste a delicious fish at Sauro's. Then continue to Cortona where you spend the night.


Cycling Tuscany:San Biagio temple


D
ay 5 - Cortona/Montepulciano - (45km)

Today you enter Tuscany through the wine country of Montepulciano; however, before getting there, a naturalistic tour of the small Chiusi and Montepulciano lakes. Once in Montepulciano, tour this beautiful renaissance town not forgetting a visit to the superb Cantine del Redi with their vaulted cellars town; have a taste of the "Nobile di Montepulciano " at Crociani winery, smaller, but very friendly.

Cycling Tuscany: "Crete"


Day 6 -Montepulciano/ Buonconvento (45km.)

After a visit of the San Biagio church, head for Pienza, the beautifull Renaissance town, home to Pope Pio the II and on the way discover the incredible "Crete" landscape with the barren hills, crowned by rows of cypresses. Stop in Montichiello, for a cappuccino (or a glass of wine) with a view.

Cycling Tuscany: Siena

Day 7 - Buonconvento/Siena - (50km)

The road to Monte Oliveto Maggiore Monastery is climbing gently from Buonconvento. Stop and visit the abbey before continuing to Asciano, a small town in the heart of the Crete, and from there to Siena. It is a though day with plenty of ups and downs, but the landscape is superb and very rugged. Spend the night in Siena in a centrally located 3 stars hotel.

 

Day 8 - Siena -

Free time in Siena to visit the town before your departure for your next destination.

 

 

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