The Valle Umbra is a great starting point for exploring the beauties of Umbria. This fertile valley, full of water and surrounded by green mountains and hills covered with olive groves and vineyards is an excellent place to have a relaxing cycling holiday.
The Valle Umbra valley is famous for its medieval towns and villages because here we find them all: Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco, Spello and Spoleto. Your tour begins in Assisi, the town of pilgrims, situated on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Walking in a maze of streets, alleys and crossing squares with medieval palaces and fountains, you feel like you have travelled hundreds of years into the past. The first ride is a ring tour taking you to Spello, the town of flowers with a well-preserved medieval town centre. It is of Roman origin, where many monuments still remind us of like the Porta Consolare, Porta Venere and the mosaics of a Roman villa. You return to Assisi cycling along panoramic country roads. The next day you leave Assisi to reach Torgiano surrounded by vineyards because it is a famous wine town. It is worth visiting the museums, which are dedicated to wine and olive oil. The next ride will take you to the medieval town of Bevagna, which has a cozy square full of life with not one, but two Romanesque churches. Before arriving at Spoleto you first pass Foligno, famous for have been printing in 1472 the first edition of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri and for its palaces with baroque ceilings. Pedalling along the cycle path, you enter Spoleto and surely, you will be charmed by the late medieval and Renaissance monuments of this city and by the imposing castle that dominates the town from above.
There is also a shorter 5-day version in which you stay only 1 night in Assisi and from Bevagna you cycle along the cycle path directly to Spoleto.