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Eno-gastronomic cycling tour

A tasty 8-day cycling tour
Spello - Spoleto - Montefalco - Bevagna-Torgiano - Perugia -Deruta - Assisi

Cookery course, sampling delicious wines and excellent local food

This tour for foodies offers the possibility to get to know the beautiful green and hilly Umbria in a different way, thanks to this perfect combination of cycling in a natural environment, exploring around culturally interesting towns and discovering the excellent wines and gastronomic traditions of this lovely area.

town of Assisi

The tour starts in Spello, a lovely medieval town, built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. In the evening a tasting-dinner in an enoteca to start to taste Umbria’s delicacies. The next day you cycle to the cultural interesting town of Spoleto. There is a lot to see and taste. The next morning you have still time to visit the town centre, because cycling to San Luca is short. In the village of San Luca, you will stay in a villa, the Zuccari residence since the 16th century, at the foot Montefalco. A loop ride will bring you to this captivating wine town, famous for its delicious sagrantino wines. In Villa Zuccari you will have a cooking class during which you will discover some secrets of the Umbrian & Italian cookery.  Again in the saddle, you pedal to the medieval town of Bevagna and after it a short ride will bring you to Torgiano, also famous for its excellent wines. These wines you will taste in the Lungarotti winery. 

delicious Umbria

During the second day of your stay in Torgiano, you can choose to make a nature ride in the surroundings, visiting the town of Deruta, famous for its ceramics or to visit the county town of Perugia. In the evening, there is a very special dinner in a nearby restaurant. You will taste delicious Umbrian truffle dishes. Your last short ride will bring you to the graceful Assisi, the town of Saint Francis and Clare. 

 

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Cycling, wine tasting and Cooking Lesson

DIFFICULTY: 2

Medium. You cycle through a landscape of gentle, rolling hills. Throughout these tours the steeper slopes are short and the longer ones are not too steep. Some cycle experience is needed.

The daily distances are restricted to between 15 km / 9,3 mi and 47 km / 29 mi . Total km minimum 169 km / 105 mi – maximum 190km / 118 mi

 Difficulty level 2  


DEPARTURES:

Self Guided: Daily all the year round  Starting on Monday it will not be possible to have the tasting dinner in Spello 

Guided: On request


PARTICIPANTS:
2 or more people. This tour is not suitable for children under 12 years old, because the terrain is too hilly and tour to strenuous.


START/ FINISH: Spello / Assisi


CODE: CG 002 UMB

Prices

From  € 920,00

Daily program of

8-day / 7-night tour

Day 1 | Arrival at your hotel in Spello

The **** hotel is situated in the historical centre of the town and has a terrace offering a magnificent view of the Valle Umbra and the surrounding hills. At the end of the afternoon, there is a route briefing and bike set-up.
In the evening you have a tasting menu in a restaurant and wine bar:
* Selection of Bruschette with cherry tomatoes, black truffle and olive oil from Spello
Wine: Grecchetto dell’ Umbria
* Scrambled eggs with black truffle
Wine: Trebbiano Spoletino
* Tagliatelle with Cacio cheese, pepper and black truffle
Wine: Montefalco: Rosso
* Selection of cheeses and salami
Wine: Sagrantino di Montefalco
* Tozzetti Biscuits
Wine: Sagrantino passito

Day 2 | Spello-Spoleto (45 km /28 mi)

Today you will leave Spello and cycling through the valley you cross the centre of Foligno, an alluring town with not only interesting monuments, but also many good restaurants, bars and shops. Then it goes up to Spoleto. Your **** hotel is situated in an historical building, a restored tannery of the 19th century, at the border of the old town centre

Day 3 | Cycling to San Luca (23 km / 14,3 mi)

This morning you still have time to visit Spoleto, because the ride of today is short. Enjoy its alleys, stately city palaces and engaging monuments. You cycle through an undulating landscape amongst olive-groves to the village of San Luca, built at the foot of Montefalco. Overnight stay in a country Villa.

Day 4 | Loop ride to Montefalco (15 km / 9,3 mi)

This morning a loop route brings you to the charming town of Montefalco. It is a short ride but you have to conquer the hill on which the town is built. Montefalco is famous for its Sagrantino docg wines. The many winebars will give you the opportunity to taste these wines. In the medieval town centre, there are some nice churches to visit and the museum ‘San Francesco’ is certainly a must. A nice downhill ride brings you back to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will have an appetizing cookery lesson!
The cooking class starts at 4:00 p.m and take about 3 hours. You will prepare a multi-course Umbrian meal. The Umbrian cuisine is incredibly rich, varied and tasty. Recipes vary according to the season, utilizing only the freshest ingredients available and providing you with a deeply individual Italian experience.

*in some occasions, the cookery lesson can be in the afternoon the day before.

Day 5 | San Luca – Torgiano (37 km / 23 mi)

After breakfast in the saddle again and you cycle to Bevagna, which has a lovely medieval square with a fountain and two Romanesque churches. The square is a real meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the town.
After visiting Bevagna a short ride mostly through the valley will lead you to the small town of Torgiano, in medieval times a fortified village, situated on the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). The town is famous for its excellent wines. You have enough time to visit the nice wine museum with its rich collection of ceramics and art (subject winemaking) from Etruscan until modern times.
In the afternoon in the ‘winery of the Lungarotti family, you will visit the winery and taste their excellent Torgiano wines. Your *** hotel is in the quiet town centre.

Day 6 | Perugia or a nature ride (24 km / 14,9 mi or 45 km / 28 mi)

Today there are two options:

Visiting the town of Perugia (24 km / 14,9 mi)
Perugia is the capital of the province. A short cycle tour takes you to the station in Ponte S. Giovanni at the foot of Perugia. From here the train or bus will take you into the historical centre of Perugia. You can also choose to cycle all without a bus or train. The centre, with its little alleys and characteristic town squares, is a lively vibrant place. The renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums and many galleries will make a lasting impression. After your visit, you return by train and bike back to the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.

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A trip in the surroundings of Torgiano (33 km / 20,5 mi or 45 km / 28 mi)
Close to Torgiano (6 km) is the village of Deruta, which has, in part managed to retain the highly distinctive features of its medieval buildings. Deruta is universally famous for its ceramics and there are many ateliers to visit. The origins of this ancient art go back as far as the Etruscan times and nowadays the many local workshops still make excellent quality ceramics. Numerous Italian and foreign museums have pieces of Deruta ceramics on show, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. The town hall hosts the art gallery and the ceramics museum. The next stop is the sanctuary of Madonna dei Bagni, which has built after a miracle, which took place in the year 1657. Inside the church, there are more than 600 votive tiles, all testimony to the tradition of the Deruta ceramics. Cycling through a beautiful hilly landscape, you pass typical Umbrian hamlets like Casalalta. Your cycle back to Torgiano is through the Tiber valley.

Tonight a very special dinner will await you in the restaurant Si.Ro. You will taste some typical Umbrian dishes (appetizers, ‘primi’ (pasta –risotto), ‘secondo’ (main course), vegetables and a coffee with grappa or another after-dinner spirit). For the lover of black truffle, you can also enjoy some dishes prepared with these “Diamonds of the Kitchen.”

Day 7 | Cycling to Assisi (25 km / 15,5 mi)

Today a short ride in which you will cross the valley, cycling along quiet country roads. Already from afar, you will see Assisi, like many other Umbrian towns built on a hilltop. Before reaching Assisi, however, you can stop for a moment to visit the Franciscan basilica in S.Maria degli Angeli. Under its impressive dome still lies the humble little chapel ‘Porziuncola’ where Saint Francis came to pray. You will have enough time to visit the main monuments of the town, like the basilica of Saint Francis with its beautiful frescoes by the painters Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti.

On request it is possible to ask for an extra food experience in Borgo Antichi Orti:
• Course to discover the wild herbs & cultivated herbs in the vegetable garden (2000m2) of the Borgo, an ex-Benedictine monastery at the foot of the Basilica of Saint Francis. Here the Monastic Hortuli are reborn and a bio-conservative park of officinal species among the largest in Europe is re-created. You go with the gardener in the vegetable and herb garden to collect fresh products for your cookery course and he will explain the use of herbs.
• one of our Mixtures served by the Bar Alchemists of the Spagirico Lab combined with a snack
• cooking class with the Chef of the Locanda degli Orti using vegetables and herbs from the vegetable garden
• Dinner tasting what is cooked during the course
Price p.p. 110,00

Day 8 | End of tour after breakfast

After breakfast end of this fascinating and tasty tour!