What to expect
Experience the World Heritage cities of Florence and Rome, and discover Italy’s quieter side as you skirt the Apennine Mountains and tour through Umbria’s green heart, stopping off at ancient towns. As you ride through rural Italy, you’ll pass raging rivers, plunging gorges and roaming sheep. Look forward to peaceful pedalling past the soft hills surrounding Lake Trasimeno and enjoy the tranquility of traditional Umbrian villages. To make the riding even more relaxed, opt for an electric bike.
Each historic town and astounding ancient ruin you’ll visit holds unique appeal. The world famous pilgrimage city of Assisi lives up to the hype, Spello’s streets are some of the prettiest in Italy and the romantic city of Terni is renowned for its excellent pastries and creative cuisine.
An extra day to fully appreciate the endless UNESCO sites and jaw dropping artworks in Florence or Rome is highly recommended if you have time.
At a glance
- Astounding UNESCO attractions in Florence and Rome
- Peaceful mountains, tranquil lakes and quiet hillside villages
- Medieval towns, ancient cities and some of Italy’s prettiest streets
- Cycling through ever-changing landscapes
Day 1 (Sat):
Arrive in Florence
Make your way to Florence, the history-charged capital of Tuscany.
Day 2 (Sun):
Florence - Passignano sul Trasimeno
38 miles (60 km)
Take a train to Arezzo and visit this golden city’s beautiful churches and palaces. Cycle past the vast plains of the Val di Chiana, with a backdrop of southern Tuscany’s hills and mountains. Pass the cultural and artistic centre of Cortona to reach Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake on the Italian peninsula and scene of Hannibal's battle with the Romans. Spend the night in the lakeside town of Passignano.
Day 3 (Mon):
Passignano sul Trasimeno - Perugia
22 miles (35 km)
Ride beside the lake to Torricella, home to a beautifully preserved 15th century castle. Continue past open fields and rolling hills to the city of Perugia and visit the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Palazzo dei Priori and the beautiful city gate of Arco Etrusco.
Day 4 (Tue):
Perugia - Assisi
19 miles (30 km)
Cross the River Tiber and cycle to the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi. Continue up to the mountain city of Assisi, home to one of Umbria's most beautiful sanctuaries, the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, and immerse yourself in Giotto’s medieval frescoes.
Day 5 (Wed):
Assisi - Spoleto
37 miles (60 km)
Continue along the foot of mighty Mount Subasio to the beautiful medieval town of Spello. Ride through the beautiful Umbrian Valley to the ancient city of Spoleto and spot Umbria’s other famous stone towns in the hillsides. Visit an 80 metre high aqueduct for stunning views of the Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco and the Rocca Albornoz Fortress.
Day 6 (Thu):
Spoleto - Narni
28 miles (45 km)
Cycle to the romantic city of Terni, renowned for its excellent pastries and creative cuisine. Continue on to the ancient hill town of Narni and explore its medieval streets.
Day 7 (Fri):
Narni - Rome
37 miles (60 km)
Ride through the green heart of Umbria, passing huge mountains to reach Calvi, the last major town in this region. Appreciate the tranquility of the Sabine mountains before returning your rental bikes at Poggio Mirteto and taking the train to the vibrant city of Rome.
Day 8 (Sat):
Depart from Rome
Check out after breakfast and start making your way home or extend your stay and explore the wonders of the "Eternal City".
3 & 4* Hotels
We use a pool of 3 and 4 star hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- A mix of 3* & 4* hotels
- Breakfast included
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2018 dates on sale
- 7 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels
- Board Basis: Bed & breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
- Welcome briefing
- Local contact number for assistance
- Train journey from Florence to Arezzo (with bike)
- Train journey from Poggio Mirteto to Rome (without bike)
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Tourist taxes where applicable (payable locally)
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
Hybrid 21 or 7 gear with pannier
You can add these when you price your trip
How to Get There
Fly to Florence or Pisa
Take the train (Trenitalia) from Pisa airport to Florence or take a shuttle bus from Florence airport to the centre.
Take a train or taxi to Rome airport.
Fly from Rome
Alternatively, fly from Florence or Pisa.
News, Reviews & FAQs
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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?
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What other customers have said
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Great trip met some really friendly people both on the trip itself and the helpful locals. Got a couple of soakings and it would be handy if some of the hotels had a drying room to help dry out soaked cycling clothes. Hotel in Narni was below par but we had been warned by the rep earlier to expect it. Had a really nice meal in the hotel in passignano which was popular with the locals tooGlenn Patterson, Durham, June 2016