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8 days
  • self guided cycle
  • 7 nights 3-4 star hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts





Trip Code: UMS

Trip highlights

  • Cycling through the superb countryside of Umbria including Lake Trasimeno
  • Experiencing the fabulous hill top towns of Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto en route
  • Shopping for regional specialties such as Perugina Chocolates, Deruta ceramics and leather handbags in the markets of Florence.
  • Enjoying the fantastic cuisine of the region
  • Exploring the renowned cities of Rome and Florence

A cycle journey through the 'green heart' of Italy, from the enchanting city of Florence to the nation's capital Rome. The contrasts are very noticeable as you leave behind Tuscany and arrive in the peaceful and mystical Umbria. As you cycle approximately 290km you will see cities like Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and Terni, displaying an incredible wealth of art treasures, which take their visitors back to the Middle Ages. The cities have barely changed over the centuries and the rolling landscape dotted with vineyards and hilltop towns will give you an appreciation of why the area is so popular with painters. On mostly backroads the route winds through the valleys of the Apennines and gentle hills near to Trasimeno Lake. At the end, the Eternal City of Rome awaits you, a fitting end to this exhilarating Italian journey by bike.

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Arrive Florence. On arrival at the hotel you will receive tour documentation including your train ticket to Arezzo and details about the bike hand over and tour briefing tomorrow in Arezzo. In the afternoon and evening you are otherwise free to explore this beautiful city.

Meals:  Nil

In the morning, you will take the train to Arezzo with your bike (ticket included). A tour briefing and bike handover will take place at the train station. Take some time to explore Arezzo's splendid churches and palaces then set off, ideally by mid morning, along beautiful trails through the wide plain of Val di Chiana and accompanied by the hilly silhouettes of southern Tuscany. You will pass Cortona and continue to Lake Trasimeno, the battlefield where Hannibal fought the Romans. You can enjoy wonderful views of the lake, taking time to read the information boards depicting the history of the famous battle. Continue to Passignano and your hotel.

Meals:  B

Today you cycle along the lake to Torricella, then continue along small and secluded lanes through wide fields of sunflowers and local crops, rolling hills and idyllic villages to Perugia. Here you can wander through the old centre, appreciating impressive buildings such as the San Lorenzo Cathedral, Palazzo dei Priori and the Arco Etrusco. In addition to being famous for its Perugina Baci chocolates, this is a university town and each year thousands of people come to learn Italian at the ‘Universita per Stranieri’ or University for Foreigners. The city mascot is the griffin, which can be seen in the form of plaques and statues on buildings around the city. There is much to see in the Umbrian capital.

Meals:  B

Departing through the old stone gates of Perugia at the southern end, you can see the route to Assisi. Cross the Tiber river, pass the beautiful sanctuary Santa Maria dei Angeli and up to picturesque Assisi, birthplace of St Francis. There's time to explore the Basilica of St Francesco containing Giotto's frescoes depicting the Saint's life, the Temple of Minerva, the Rocca Maggiore or one of the many other interesting sites this UNESCO listed town has to offer. Couple this with a relaxing coffee or aperitivo in the Piazza del Comune and you have the ingredients of a splendid afternoon or evening. Overnight Assisi.

Meals:  B

Cycle along the flanks of Subasio mountain, passing medieval monuments and vestiges of Roman days en route to the medieval town of Spello. Continue through the Valle Umbra to Spoleto. The towns of Montefalco, Trevi and Campello can be seen on the surrounding hills. Visit an 80m high aqueduct for stunning views of the Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco and the Rocca Albornoziana Fortress. Spoleto's annual Festival of the Two Worlds, including performances of dance, prose and lyrics, is between the end of June and middle of July. Overnight Spoleto.

Meals:  B

Cycling between mountains and through stunning landscapes you reach Terni. The town was heavily bombed during World War II and now has a more modern feel, although the old town centre still has some impressive monuments including the Church of St Francis. The route continues to Narni, another authentically preserved medieval hilltop city with inspiring views of the Nera river. If time allows, explore the Rocca Albornoz fortress that dominates the town and the historical centre including the Duomo, Roman-Gothic churches and Priori public square. Beneath St Dominic’s monastery is the underground of Narni with its ornate frescoes - well worth a visit. The town history also suggests links with the “Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Overnight in Narni.

Meals:  B

The route out of Narni takes you through pleasant agricultural countryside where small homesteads dot the terrain. It is quite hilly in this section via Calvi, with the final leg being a freewheeling experience from Casperia to the train station of Poggio Mirteto. The bike support vehicle awaits you here, where your bikes are returned, in readiness for the hour long train journey to Rome. Leave behind the tranquility of the Umbrian countryside to enter the vibrant capital, with its countless museums, galleries, churches and ancient monuments. It’s an exciting end to a glorious week of cycling through the peaceful Umbrian hills. Overnight Rome.

Meals:  B

Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised in Rome on request.

Meals:  B



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Bicycle, 21 or 7 speed with pannier and bicycle insurance for theft/damage (27 speed superior bike and e-bike available - supplement applies)
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage Transfer, 1 piece maximum 20kg, supplement applies for excess
  • Digital information pack including smartphone app with maps and useful information (printed documents must be requested at time of booking - no additional charge applies)
  • Train tickets Florence to Arezzo and Poggio Mirteto to Rome
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Florence and from Rome
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks daily
  • Helmet - Available to purchase locally, must prebook
  • Excess luggage
  • Storage of luggage and parking
  • Guide – this is a self guided cycling holiday
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel taxes (payable locally - allow €10-15 )
  • Paper documents (can be provided at the joining hotel, on request at time of booking)
  • We recommend bringing a handlebar phone holder - to follow the route more easily using the app
  • Items of a personal nature

Bike information



MODERATE– GRADE 3 This trip involves 6 days cycling usually along backroads and roads with minimal car traffic (although some short distances will be on main roads). The stages range from 30-60km/18.5-37mi per day. The whole route is hilly overall, with flat sections in between. From Florence to Assisi the terrain is mostly flat, and stages after become undulating. There are fascinating stages along the banks of the Trasimeno Lake, along rivers and through the untainted Umbrian landscape. Care is required when changing surfaces - some sections may be on gravel which requires extra attention when cycling and on steep sections - these are usually short. *For safety reasons, we insist that a helmet is worn during the cycle stages although it is not a legal requirement in Italy.

Departure dates

Every Saturday from 30 Mar to 29 Jun and 24 Aug to 12 Oct


Mid Season
High Season
MId season 13 Apr - 10 May and 7 - 27 Sep. High season 11 May - 29 Jun and 24 Aug - 6 Sep, supplement applies
This trip can easily be combined with our 'Venice to Florence Cycle'.

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Options & Supplements*
  • Superior 'Plus' Bike Supplement (mens frame only)USD$90
  • E-Bike SupplementUSD$200
  • Single SupplementUSD$490
*Prices listed are per person

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