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Fascinating ancient civilizations: Etruscans and Romans

An 8- or 10-day cycling holiday
Assisi-Perugia-Trasimeno Lake-Cortona- Orvieto-Todi

A cycling tour through Umbria & Tuscany

An evocative bicycle tour in the Etruscan and Roman heartlands of Umbria and Tuscany. Watercourses and magnificent scenery landmark these regions, which have been shaped by the forces of nature and by human hand.

cycling tour bear Assisi

The tour starts in Assisi, the most atmospheric and mystical town of Umbria. From here you pedal in a scenery of palpable harmony, where each stretch of land and each citizen has an unmistakable identity: the fruit of millennia of civilizations, which have left thick layers of memories and timeless masterpieces. Tuscany and Umbria are lands of magnificence, where a single fresco can capture a thousand different facets and moods: roads set between rolling hills rich with vineyards and olive groves; watercourses immersed in greenery and lakes of an intense shade of blue; medieval villages; necropolis and other Roman and Etruscan remains of incomparable value. By the end of the trip, having crossed these two regions, one thing is clear: that humankind and nature can achieve a balanced fusion.

Etruscans and Roman cycling tour

The 8- day tour can be extended with two nights. Day 5 will be split up with an overnight stay in Città dell Pieve and day 7 will have an extra overnight in Bevagna. The next day you will visit Montefalco and Spello before returning to Assisi.

Fascinating ancient civilizations: Etruscans and Romans

DIFFICULTY: 3

This tour is moderate to difficult: more leaning to difficult! It is designed for those who like more challenging rides in rolling terrain with hills. You have to be trained with a good physical condition. Cycling is an important part of the day, but there will be still time left to explore the towns you pass through. There are significant differences in height. Not suitable for children under 14.

Average daily distances

8 day tour: 33 and 76 km / 20,5 and 47 miles. Total: 316-323 km / 196-200 mi

10 day tour: 32 and 64 km / 19,8 and 39,7 miles. Total: 336 km / 209 mi

  Difficulty level 3 


DEPARTURES:

Self-guided: daily from April till November 

Guided: on request


PARTICIPANTS:
Minimum 2 persons (single traveller on request)


Start / Finish: Assisi / Assisi


Code: C 003 UMB

Prices

From € 680,00

Daily program of

8-day / 7-night tour

Day 1 | Individual arrival at your hotel in Assisi

You arrive at your hotel in Assisi, a medieval town of global renown. The town is rich in both famous and lesser-known artistic treasures. Embraced within its old town walls on the slopes of Mount Subasio, Assisi is a magical place and the fact that it has hardly changed since ancient times has preserved its charm. You cannot miss the opportunity to admire the Basilica of St. Francis, an architectural masterpiece that consists of two churches, one above the other, and is brimming with frescoes by great masters such as Giotto, Cimabue and Simone Martini.
To appreciate fully this historical town it is also worth visiting historical sites dating back to the Roman period, such as the Roman Forum with its archaeological remains and the Temple of Minerva. Wander the narrow streets and allow yourself to be enchanted by the beauty of all the town’s buildings, both sacred and secular. The magic of this town can also be felt in the evening, sipping a glass of wine in one of the characteristic local wine bars, or at night when you wander the tastefully lit streets and alleys.
At the end of the afternoon, there is the briefing and bike setting
Your overnight stay is in Assisi at a *** hotel or **** star hotel

Day 2 | Assisi-Perugia (Ponte San Giovanni; 33 km / 20,5 mi)

Following quiet roads dominated by hills covered with vineyards and olive groves, you arrive at Ponte S. Giovanni, located at the foot of Perugia. Here you can visit the Ipogeo dei Volumni, which is an Etruscan tomb site discovered in 1840 and now classified as one of the most important monuments of the Etruscan period. This site, along with many other findings, is part of the Palazzone Archaeological Park. From Ponte San Giovanni you can also visit the old town centre of Perugia by public transport. In just 15 minutes you are in the heart of Etrusca Perusia (Perugia) and you can appreciate the extraordinary Etruscan civilisation by visiting the Etruscan Well (Pozzo Etrusco) and the necropolis in the suburbs as well as stopping to admire the old town walls and arches. Perugia is an eclectic and particularly beautiful city, which is rich in culture, architectural monuments, events, shops and characteristic wine bars where you can taste the famous Umbrian wines. Overnight stay in **** star hotel in Ponte San Giovanni.

Day 3 |Perugia - Passignano on Trasimeno Lake (64 km /39,7 mi)

To reach Passignano you cycle along roads, from which you enjoy a panorama of the rolling green hills. Passignano is located on the gently sloping northern shores, where the lake meets the rocks. The town is often referred to as ‘l’isola felice’ (“the happy island”) because it is a meeting place for nature and history, art and folklore, peace and vitality.
It was along these north shores, between Malpasso and Passignano, that the epic battle between the Carthaginians and the Romans took place; the battle which marked the beginning of the legendary 20-year war between Hannibal and the Romans. Overnight stay in Passignano at a *** hotel or *** with pool and room with lake view.

Day 4 |Passignano – Cortona - Castiglione del Lago (51 km / 32 mi)

In the morning, you leave Passignano to head for Castiglione del Lago, a charming village at the western shore of Lake Trasimeno. Your journey through Tuscany begins here, in the farmlands of the Val di Chiana. Your route crosses a number of ‘food trails’ – cheese, fruit, olive oil, wine and Chianina beef – adding flavour to the list of attractions alongside history, art and water. Your Etruscan journey continues through legends and mysteries, ancient town walls and necropolis such as those of Cortona. This town is well worth exploring. Enjoy it in all its aspects. There is something of interest for everyone: art, food & wine and shops.
Castiglione del lago is built on a promontory and from the old centre; you have a nice view over the lake and its islands. Evidence can be found in the town of both Etruscan and Roman origins. There is also the 6th century castle Rocca Leone, built by Emperor Frederick II. The town is a real meeting place for the inhabitants of the surrounding villages. Overnight stay in Castiglione del Lago in a *** hotel or a B&B the Charme

Day 5 | Castiglione del Lago – Chiusi - Orvieto (69 km / 43 mi or 76 km / 47 mi)

The first part of this stretch offers you some wonderful atmospheric scenery. You pedal immersed in a green landscape hilly landscape with glimpses of Trasimeno Lake and Chiusi Lake. You can decide to make a detour and visit Chiusi, which rises on a hill on the southern side of the Valdichiana. Between 7th and 5th century B. C. Chiusi got to its greatest splendour under the King Porsenna’s domination. Among the most interesting monuments to see in Chiusi we point out: the Cathedral, the Chiesa di San Francesco, the Bishop’s Palace, the Museo della Cattedra, the remains of the Fortress and Porsenna’s labyrinth. You then climb up to Città della Pieve, where are several important monuments from the 13th to 17th centuries. The town is the homeland of Perugino, the Maestro of Raphael. The city retains some of his most important works. Pedalling along a route with rises and dips until you reach Orvieto, an ancient town rich in art and culture. It is certainly worthwhile to book an extra night in this lovely town to dedicate to its old town centre.
Your overnight stay is in the historical centre of Orvieto at a *** star hotel or **** star

Day 6 | Orvieto –Todi (45 km / 27,9 mi)

Before leaving the splendid Umbrian town of Orvieto don’t forget to visit the Duomo, a masterpiece of Italian Gothic architecture. Its façade is decorated with magnificent bas-reliefs and sculptures designed by the Sienese architect Lorenzo Maitani. Also not to be missed are the Pozzo di San Patrizio, a great work of hydro engineering built by request of Pope Clement VII to ensure a water supply to the town in the case of a siege. He had taken refuge in Orvieto during the Sack of Rome in 1527.
In the saddle once more, you leave Orvieto to reach a panoramic road by Lake Corbara. Pedal slowly, enjoy all the shades of colour nature offers you and stop to breathe the fresh air. If you are a keen historian remember that near here, where the Paglia and Tiber rivers meet are the remains of what was an important river port in Roman times (The Roman Port of Pagliano).

Today’s ride finishes in Todi, which in 1992 Prof. Richard S. Levine of U.S. Kentucky University defined as “the most livable town in the world”. Todi is another Etruscan town, but was founded between the 8th and 7th centuries BCE by the Umbri (whose settlements were on the other side of the Tiber from the Etruscans) and named Tutere, which means ‘boundary town’. In 340 BCE, the town developed significantly when it was conquered by the Romans. It acquired the name ‘Colonia Julia Fida Tuder (1st century BCE) and was granted the right to mint its own currency. The town’s most beautiful Roman constructions were built after it became part of the Roman Clustumina tribe.
Overnight stay in Todi at a *** star hotel or **** hotel

Day 7 | Todi – Bevagna – Cannara - Assisi (54,1 km /33,6 miles)

In the morning, you leave Todi and pedal through a hilly landscape of farmed fields and vineyards to get to Bevagna. This charming medieval village, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, is rich in art, history and cultural events that celebrate folklore and traditions (such as the ‘Mercato delle Gaite’). If you visit the village starting from the upper part, you find some important Roman monuments dating back to the 1st -2nd century AC.
You can see the remains of the Roman forum and of a Roman temple with half columns and pilasters. Not far from this is the site of the Roman baths, of which the frigidarium remains. This is decorated with a very fine mosaic in black and white tiles with designs inspired by the sea. Walking along the narrow streets, you come across the Roman theatre, of which evident, significant signs are still visible, and which determines the curve of the houses built on the remains of this great civilization. The other buildings are of medieval and renaissance origin and demonstrate a perfect example of architectural harmony between the forces of municipal hegemony and ecclesiastical power. Leaving Bevagna you pass through lush, fertile land which belongs to the Sagrantino DOCG area. This is a wine with definite character and intense flavour, which is famous worldwide. Your route takes you to Cannara, which rises on the left bank of the Topino River and is situated almost at the centre of the Valle Umbra in an area which in ancient times was wetland (known to the Romans as Lacus Umber). Cannara, in fact, derives its name from ‘canna’ (cane), an aquatic plant that still thrives today. Historians reckon that the first settlements in this marshy area were founded in around 1000 C.E.
You are now coming to the end of this evocative journey through the art, history and nature of the two unique and uncontaminated regions of Umbria and Tuscany. The last stretch of your trip brings you back to Assisi. Overnight stay in Assisi at a *** star hotel or **** star hotel

Day 8 | End of tour after breakfast

End of tour after breakfast

Daily program of

10-day / 9-night tour

Day 1 | Individual arrival at your hotel in Assisi

You arrive at your hotel in Assisi, a medieval town of global renown. The town is rich in both famous and lesser-known artistic treasures. Embraced within its old town walls on the slopes of Mount Subasio, Assisi is a magical place and the fact that it has hardly changed since ancient times has preserved its charm. You cannot miss the opportunity to admire the Basilica of St. Francis, an architectural masterpiece that consists of two churches, one above the other, and is brimming with frescoes by great masters such as Giotto, Cimabue and Simone Martini.
To appreciate fully this historical town it is also worth visiting historical sites dating back to the Roman period, such as the Roman Forum with its archaeological remains and the Temple of Minerva. Wander the narrow streets and allow yourself to be enchanted by the beauty of all the town’s buildings, both sacred and secular. The magic of this town can also be felt in the evening, sipping a glass of wine in one of the characteristic local wine bars, or at night when you wander the tastefully lit streets and alleys.
At the end of the afternoon, there is the briefing and bike setting
Your overnight stay is in Assisi at a *** hotel or **** star hotel

Day 2 | Assisi-Perugia (Ponte San Giovanni; 33 km / 20,5 mi)

Following quiet roads dominated by hills covered with vineyards and olive groves, you arrive at Ponte S. Giovanni, located at the foot of Perugia. Here you can visit the Ipogeo dei Volumni, which is an Etruscan tomb site discovered in 1840 and now classified as one of the most important monuments of the Etruscan period. This site, along with many other findings, is part of the Palazzone Archaeological Park. From Ponte San Giovanni you can also visit the old town centre of Perugia by public transport. In just 15 minutes you are in the heart of Etrusca Perusia (Perugia) and you can appreciate the extraordinary Etruscan civilisation by visiting the Etruscan Well (Pozzo Etrusco) and the necropolis in the suburbs as well as stopping to admire the old town walls and arches. Perugia is an eclectic and particularly beautiful city, which is rich in culture, architectural monuments, events, shops and characteristic wine bars where you can taste the famous Umbrian wines. Overnight stay in **** star hotel in Ponte San Giovanni.

Day 3 |Perugia - Passignano on Trasimeno Lake (64 km /39,7 mi)

To reach Passignano you cycle along roads, from which you enjoy a panorama of the rolling green hills. Passignano is located on the gently sloping northern shores, where the lake meets the rocks. The town is often referred to as ‘l’isola felice’ (“the happy island”) because it is a meeting place for nature and history, art and folklore, peace and vitality.
It was along these north shores, between Malpasso and Passignano, that the epic battle between the Carthaginians and the Romans took place; the battle which marked the beginning of the legendary 20-year war between Hannibal and the Romans. Overnight stay in Passignano at a *** hotel or *** with pool and room with lake view.

Day 4 |Passignano – Cortona - Castiglione del Lago (51 km / 32 mi)

In the morning, you leave Passignano to head for Castiglione del Lago, a charming village at the western shore of Lake Trasimeno. Your journey through Tuscany begins here, in the farmlands of the Val di Chiana. Your route crosses a number of ‘food trails’ – cheese, fruit, olive oil, wine and Chianina beef – adding flavour to the list of attractions alongside history, art and water. Your Etruscan journey continues through legends and mysteries, ancient town walls and necropolis such as those of Cortona. This town is well worth exploring. Enjoy it in all its aspects. There is something of interest for everyone: art, food & wine and shops.
Castiglione del lago is built on a promontory and from the old centre; you have a nice view over the lake and its islands. Evidence can be found in the town of both Etruscan and Roman origins. There is also the 6th century castle Rocca Leone, built by Emperor Frederick II. The town is a real meeting place for the inhabitants of the surrounding villages. Overnight stay in Castiglione del Lago in a *** hotel or a B&B the Charme

Day 5 | Castiglione del Lago-Città della Pieve (30 km / 18,6 mi)

Leaving Castiglione del Lago, you say goodbye to Lake Trasimeno. You cycle through a rural undulating landscape until the Etruscan town of Chiusi, which rises on a hill on the southern side of the Valdichiana. Between 7th and 5th century B. C. Chiusi got to its greatest splendour under the King Porsenna’s domination. Among the most interesting monuments to see in Chiusi we point out: the Cathedral, the Chiesa di San Francesco, the Bishop’s Palace, the Museo della Cattedra, the remains of the Fortress and Porsenna’s labyrinth. You then climb up to Città della Pieve, where are several important monuments from the 13th to 17th centuries. The town is the homeland of Perugino, the Maestro of Raphael. The city retains some of his most important works. Your overnight stay is in a **** star hotel

Day 6 | Città della Pieve-Orvieto (42 km / 26 mi)

You leave Città della Pieve and pedalling along a route with rises and dips until you reach first the small town of Fabbro and then Orvieto, an ancient town rich in art and culture. It is worthwhile to book an extra night in this lovely town.
Your overnight stay is in the historical centre of Orvieto at a *** star hotel or **** star

Day 7 | Orvieto –Todi (45 km / 27,9 mi)

Before leaving the splendid Umbrian town of Orvieto don’t forget to visit the Duomo, a masterpiece of Italian Gothic architecture. Its façade is decorated with magnificent bas-reliefs and sculptures designed by the Sienese architect Lorenzo Maitani. Also not to be missed are the Pozzo di San Patrizio, a great work of hydro engineering built by request of Pope Clement VII to ensure a water supply to the town in the case of a siege. He had taken refuge in Orvieto during the Sack of Rome in 1527.
In the saddle once more, you leave Orvieto to reach a panoramic road by Lake Corbara. Pedal slowly, enjoy all the shades of colour nature offers you and stop to breathe the fresh air. If you are a keen historian remember that near here, where the Paglia and Tiber rivers meet are the remains of what was an important river port in Roman times (The Roman Port of Pagliano).
Today’s ride finishes in Todi, which in 1992 Prof. Richard S. Levine of U.S. Kentucky University defined as “the most liveable town in the world”. Todi is another Etruscan town, but was founded between the 8th and 7th centuries BCE by the Umbri (whose settlements were on the other side of the Tiber from the Etruscans) and named Tutere, which means ‘boundary town’. In 340 BCE, the town developed significantly when it was conquered by the Romans. It acquired the name ‘Colonia Julia Fida Tuder (1st century BCE) and was granted the right to mint its own currency. The town’s most beautiful Roman constructions were built after it became part of the Roman Clustumina tribe.
Overnight stay in Todi at a *** star hotel or **** hotel

Day 8 | Todi-Bevagna (32 km / 19,8 mi)

Also today, you pedal through a hilly landscape of farmed fields and vineyards to get to Bevagna. This charming medieval village, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, is rich in art, history and cultural events, which celebrate folklore and traditions (such as the ‘Mercato delle Gaite’). You can see the remains of the Roman forum and of a Roman temple with half columns and pilasters. Not far from this is the site of the Roman baths, of which the frigidarium remains. This is decorated with a very fine mosaic in black and white tiles with designs inspired by the sea. Walking along the narrow streets, you come across the Roman theatre, of which evident and significant signs are still visible and which determines the curve of the houses built on the remains of this great civilization. The other buildings are of medieval and renaissance origin and demonstrate a perfect example of architectural harmony between the forces of municipal hegemony and ecclesiastical power. You will stay in the centre in a *** or **** star hotel

Day 9 | Bevagna –Montefalco-Spello-Assisi (36,8 km / 22,9 mi)

Leaving Bevagna you go to Montefalco cycling through lush, fertile land which belongs to the Sagrantino DOCG area. This is a wine with definite character and intense flavour, which is famous worldwide. In addition, Montefalco is a hilltop town, called the balcony of the Valle Umbra, because of its stunning views over the valley. The town has a nice museum in the Saint Francis church. Then you descend into the valley and you pass Foligno, a lively town famous for its cosy restaurants and shopping streets. Your route takes you to Spello, another medieval town, which is well preserved, like Assisi. It has Roman past and the museum of Mosaics is certainly a visit worth. A panoramic road amongst olive groves will bring you back to Assisi, start point of this tour.

Day 10 | End of tour after breakfast

End of tour after breakfast