This cycling tour leads you over quiet country roads among the sunny, colourful fields with a beautiful backdrop of hills covered with silver-green olive groves and fertile vineyards. Your discovery of the Valle Umbra starts in Assisi, a small jewel that attract millions of tourist each year, but you visit also Spello, Foligno, Spoleto, Montefalco and Bevagna which are by no means minor attractions. It are towns offering a blend of art, history, food, wine and nature.
Spello and Assisi are hill towns striding up a spur of Monte Subasio. These splendidly intact towns are still walled-in and offer a maze of small alleys, which often, unexpectedly offer fascinating views of the surrounding green landscape. You continue your ride through the valley and reach Spoleto, ancient capital of the Lombard dukes. It is a friendly and welcoming town to tourists and walking up the small streets, you will have suddenly a surprising view of the 12-13th century cathedral S. Maria Assunta, which houses the stunning frescoes by Pinturicchio and Filippo Lippi.
First stop of the next day is the wine town Montefalco. It stands on a hilltop carpeted with vineyard and silver green olive groves. Montefalco was one of the very few Italian cities where wine growing was also practiced in the urban centre. The town has a medieval setting, surrounded by medieval walls and towers. Don’t leave it without tasting one of its excellent wines. A relaxed downhill ride brings you to Bevagna, included among the most beautiful villages in Italy. You come to the piazza Silvestri overlooked by the Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli and the Romanesque churches of San Silvestro and San Michele Arcangelo. Interesting are the splendid mosaics depicting mythological or marine subjects such as dolphins, octopuses, lobsters of the Roman baths. On the last day, you can decide to visit Torgiano with its fascinating wine museum or to go directly to Assisi, to spend some extra time in this lovely town.