Italian Bicycle Tours – The Best of Umbria and Tuscany

[column col=”2/3″] From San Francesco to Santa Caterina, a mystic land with the soft colours of olive trees and the strong tastes of home made food, with beautiful landscapes and historical art cities, the best of both regions: the peacefulness and softness of Umbria, the sharpness and strength of the Tuscan landscape. With this tour you will truly experience the best of Umbria and Tuscany have to offer

Day 1 – Arrival in Assisi – You will be met at Assisi (Santa Maria degli Angeli) and transferred to your hotel. Visit this beautiful town which is within 10 minutes walk from your hotel. The next morning you are given your informative material: road book, maps, guide book and vouchers, and all the information you may need. You will also receive and try your bikes.

Day 2 – Assisi/Assisi – (50 km) Today the  ride takes you to Spello a very nice and less touristic small town on the Subasio Slopes. You will be riding through olive groves with no major uphill except for the final climb back to Assisi. Night at the same Inn

Day 3 – Assisi/Solomeo – (60 km) On the way to Trasimeno lake an intermediate stop to allows you to visit Deruta a famous ceramic makers’ place and Torgiano, Lungarotti wineries home town; if a wine tasting might be dangerous for your safety (!) a visit to the wine museum is advised. You bike through soft hills and nice villages until you reach either “il Poggiolo” in Poggio delle Corti, a charming, a bit old fashioned villa or a cosy start of the century Inn in Solomeo. The road is continuously rolling up and down hill so it is quite a tiring day and you will be happy to find a nice swimming pool upon arrival. Night in “Agriturismo” or Inn.

Day 4 – Around the lake to Cortona – (50 km) Discover Montecorognola view poin over the lake, Monte del Lago and San Feliciano fisherman village; Take a boat to Isola Maggiore where old ladies weave their age old laces and where you can taste a delicious fish at Sauro’s. Then continue to Cortona where you spend the night.

Day 5 – Cortona/Montepulciano – (45 km) – Today you enter Tuscany through the wine country of Montepulciano; however, before getting there, a naturalistic tour of the small Chiusi and Montepulciano lakes. Once in Montepulciano, tour this beautiful renaissance town not forgetting a visit to the superb Cantine del Redi with their vaulted cellars town; have a taste of the “Nobile” at Crociani winery, smaller, but very friendly.

Day 6 – Montepulciano/Buonconvento – (45km.) After a visit of the San Biagio church, head for Pienza, the beautifull Renaissance town, home to Pope Pio the II and on the way discover the incredible “Crete” landscape with the barren hills, crowned by rows of cypresses. Stop in Montichiello, a little Medioeval borrough where you can sip a cappuccino (or a glass of wine) seated at the terrace of the local cafè. Make the detour to visit the thermal town of Bagno Vignoni with its incredible main square. You will spend the night in a nice agriturismo near Buonconvento or in a modern 3 stars hotel in Buonconvento.

An alternative to this day can be going to Montalcino instead than Buonconvento.

Day 7 – Buonconvento/Siena – (50km) – The road to Monte Oliveto Maggiore Monastery is climbing gently from Buonconvento. Stop and visit the abbey before continuing to Asciano, a small town in the heart of the Crete, and from there to Siena. It is a though day with plenty of ups and downs, but the landscape is superb and very rugged. Spend the night in Siena in a centrally located 3 stars hotel.

Day 8 – Siena – Free time in Siena to visit the town before your departure for your next destination.

Costs: £950,00 per person (in double room) including:

  • 2 nights in half board
  • 5 nights b&b
  • Needed transfers
  • Luggage transfer at each change of Inn
  • Detailed Road book and maps

days bike rentals £ 160,00 (extra day £ 22,00)
[/column] [column col=”1/3″] Montecatini in Tuscany the family home of Gusto Cycling
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