Italy: Villages of Umbria

Self-Guided Biking Tour, Italy: Villages of UmbriaSelf-Guided Biking Tour, Italy: Villages of Umbria

Italy

Villages of Umbria

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This riding adventure in central Italy’s little-known oasis of beauty and tradition follows the lower-lying bike paths and quiet paved roads connecting some of Europe’s most scenic medieval towns and villages. Here, along the Olive Way, you’ll pedal to walled towns like Spello, which holds two millennia of historical treasures, and discover Spoleto, an acclaimed center for the arts. Contemplate the rural panoramas outside Bevagna, then venture inside its gates to explore 13th-century palazzi, a medieval theater, and an ancient Roman temple and baths. The tiny, circular fort town of Torre del Colle offers photogenic streets, while the wine center of Torgiano features the famous Lungarotti cellars, where you can enjoy a tasting before cycling on to Brufa to try the local olive oils. HeadwaterStop whenever something beckons—whether it’s to enjoy delicacies like grilled rabbit or tagliatelle ai funghi (pasta with mushrooms) at a local trattoria, or to cool your feet in a piazza fountain, the choice is yours on this self-guided tour of this wonderful region.

 

Activity Level
Easy to moderate;
16-22 miles daily
Meet
Foligno, Italy
Depart
Foligno, Italy
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Self-Guided Biking 
9 days, 8 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast and dinner daily; beverages not Included
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • High quality bicycle with 21-speed Shimano gears (helmet not provided), tire repair kit, lock, map/route note holder, and panniers
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW and Headwater staff
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2+ travelers
Single Supplement
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2014
May 3 - June 30
$2,117
$238
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July 2 - Sept 8
$2,219
$238
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Sept 10 - 30
$2,129
$238
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Oct 2 - 14
$2,029
$238
$0
2015
May 3 - June 30
$2,223
$250
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July 2 - Sept 8
$2,330
$250
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Sept 10 - 30
$2,235
$250
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Oct 2 - 14
$2,130
$250
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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Spello
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2
Spoleto
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3
Spoleto
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4
Marcellano
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5
Marcellano
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6
Torgiano
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7
Torgiano
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8
Spello
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9
Spello
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Day 1

Spello

Arrival in Spello

We meet you at Foligno station and take you (25 mins) to picturesque Spello in time for dinner in your hotel’s atmospheric restaurant.

Hotel La Bastiglia

Spello, Italy

Located in a former 16th-century grain mill in the walled medieval town of Spello, this elegant hotel boasts a wide terrace with panoramic views overlooking the Chiona Valley and outdoor swimming pool.

Day 2

Spoleto

Spello to Spoleto; 36km/22mi

Today is level cycling most of the way along the Teverone Valley with some of the best views of the week. We strongly recommend the short uphill detour to Trevi, a beautiful hilltop village dating back to Roman times and capital of the Umbrian olive oil industry. Finally through ancient San Gia como and on to one of the friendliest hotels we’ve ever stayed in just outside of Spoleto.

Albergo La Macchia

Spoleto, Italy

Set on the outskirts of the historic center of Spoleto, this simple, family-run property is surrounded by Holm oak and olive groves. Its simple rooms are named after different flowers with color schemes to match their floral namesake. It has a bar, reading room, and a swimming pool, and an excellent restaurant frequented by both locals and tourists alike, decorated with railway memorabilia and antiques.

Day 3

Spoleto

At Spoleto

Our hotel here is just 3 km from the fascinating historic city of Spoleto. Apart from being a great art city, Spoleto has buildings seemingly reflecting every major architectural style in history, including a roman arch, a C10 church, C12 Duomo and an 80m high C14 aqueduct. The castle here was a former prison and now houses an impressive art museum. Lots of lovely cobbled squares crammed with traditional trattorie for lunch.

Albergo La Macchia

Spoleto, Italy

Set on the outskirts of the historic center of Spoleto, this simple, family-run property is surrounded by Holm oak and olive groves. Its simple rooms are named after different flowers with color schemes to match their floral namesake. It has a bar, reading room, and a swimming pool, and an excellent restaurant frequented by both locals and tourists alike, decorated with railway memorabilia and antiques.

Day 4

Marcellano

Spoleto to Marcellano 39km/24mi

The wines of Montefalco are known throughout the world, in particular the fine red Sagrantino. There is a climb up to the old vill age itself, ‘the balcony of Umbria’, but you are well rewarded with wine-tasting, magnif icent views and beautiful mediaeval streets. Continue from here past lush green fields, poppies and buttercups before your last climb up to the mediaeval village of Marcellano. Your four star hotel is set within its own lovely gardens—fabulous panoramic views across the entire valley.

Grand Relais Laurenti

Marcellano, Italy

Just outside the walls of the hilltop village of Marcellano, this former convent (also known as the Palazzo Gradoli) retains parts of the structure dating from 1516. Following meticulous refurbishment, the well-appointed guestrooms are endowed with original features such as exposed wooden beams on the ceilings. The property is surrounded by manicured grounds with a solarium and outdoor swimming pool and comprises over 200 acres of farmland supplying beef, lamb, and olive oil to the hotel restaurant, where you dine overlooking the swimming pool and lush valley below. Two chefs use other locally sourced, fine ingredients such as truffles and porcini mushrooms in a blend of traditional, regional, and cosmopolitan fare.

Day 5

Marcellano

At Marcellano

It’s tempting to spend the day relaxing by the pool in the hotel’s tranquil grounds, but it would be a shame to miss the Roman walled town of Bevagna (10 mins by taxi; die hards can cycle!)—Umbria’s hidden gem. Visit the C13 Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli, the golden mediaeval theatre, or the C2 Roman temple and baths that include a spectacular lobster mosaic.

Grand Relais Laurenti

Marcellano, Italy

Just outside the walls of the hilltop village of Marcellano, this former convent (also known as the Palazzo Gradoli) retains parts of the structure dating from 1516. Following meticulous refurbishment, the well-appointed guestrooms are endowed with original features such as exposed wooden beams on the ceilings. The property is surrounded by manicured grounds with a solarium and outdoor swimming pool and comprises over 200 acres of farmland supplying beef, lamb, and olive oil to the hotel restaurant, where you dine overlooking the swimming pool and lush valley below. Two chefs use other locally sourced, fine ingredients such as truffles and porcini mushrooms in a blend of traditional, regional, and cosmopolitan fare.

Day 6

Torgiano

Marcellano to Torgiano 44km/27mi

It’s picture perfect views all the way this morning as you arrive at the impossibly photogenic mediaeval village of Gualdo Cattaneo with its imposing C15 castle and C13 crypt. There’s a downhill whizz before gentle, flat cycling across the plain and a final short ascent into the old wine town of Torgiano—famous for its Lungarotti cellars.

Grappolo d’Oro

Torigiano, Italy

In the center of the medieval town of Torgiano, this hotel (literally named “the golden bunch [of grapes]”) is a recently restored nineteenth-century residence. The 15 individually decorated rooms are appointed with warm colors and fabrics, hard wood floors, some with original stone walls, and classic wooden furnishings for a comfortable and natural feel. You may relax in the art-filled reception area, in the cozy leather couches by the bar, or in the garden by the swimming pool. Traditional Umbrian cuisine is served at the restaurant located a five-minute walk from the hotel through the quaint streets of the town that houses museums of both wine and olive oil.

Day 7

Torgiano

At Torgiano

There is a dedicated wine and olive oil museum—with tastings!—in Torgiano’s pretty centro storico . Alternatively it’s a short bus or taxi ride (appr ox 15 mins) to the university town of Perugia, famous for one of I taly’s finest art collections and home to the renowned Baci chocolates.

Grappolo d’Oro

Torigiano, Italy

In the center of the medieval town of Torgiano, this hotel (literally named “the golden bunch [of grapes]”) is a recently restored nineteenth-century residence. The 15 individually decorated rooms are appointed with warm colors and fabrics, hard wood floors, some with original stone walls, and classic wooden furnishings for a comfortable and natural feel. You may relax in the art-filled reception area, in the cozy leather couches by the bar, or in the garden by the swimming pool. Traditional Umbrian cuisine is served at the restaurant located a five-minute walk from the hotel through the quaint streets of the town that houses museums of both wine and olive oil.

Day 8

Spello

Torgiano to Spello 36km/22mi

Your last day’s cycling takes you along the ‘Wine and Art Road’ to Brufa—lovely views of Perugia and Assisi—and on through the Chia scio Valley, on country lanes passing sunflower fields, ochre colored farmhouses and meadows redolent with wild apricots and figs. There’s time to visit spect acular Assisi—the beautiful Piazza del Comune, the C13 Giotto frescoes and of course, the UNESCO recognized Saint Francis’ basilica—before cycling on along the lovely traffic free Via degli Ulivi and through olive groves back to Spello.

Hotel La Bastiglia

Spello, Italy

Located in a former 16th-century grain mill in the walled medieval town of Spello, this elegant hotel boasts a wide terrace with panoramic views overlooking the Chiona Valley and outdoor swimming pool.

Day 9

Spello

Leave Spello

Leave Spello after breakfast for your flight home. Alternatively, perhaps spend extra nights in Rome—we can easily arrange these for you.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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