Umbria self guided cycling holiday, Italy
You can rent electric bikes or hybrid bikes. You can upgrade the accommodation. We will be happy to personalize your tour, making it longer or shorter or adding services.
Description of Umbria self guided cycling holiday, Italy
This wonderful week of self guided cycling over Umbria’s undulations will place you in medieval hilltop towns and peaceful rural settings but without the crowds congregating in the county next door.
Pedalling to Perugia is an absolute pleasure as is Assisi, Bevagna and Montefalco where Umbria unveils her cultural treasures one church, castle and ramshackle artist’s workshop at a time.
Distances and gradients are fairly easy going with an average of 32kms a day allowing for afternoons at wine cellar doors, such as Monte Vibiano, leading from lazy lunches at traditional trattorias or alfresco picnics unpacked from panniers.
Places like Perugia offer ample excuses to explore the Umbrian way of life with some incredibly important Etruscan antiquities combining with the woven fabrics, stained glass and regional arts and crafts that are still being created in traditional workshops to this day.
The cycle route from Perugia to Assisi is the longest of this week of self guided cycling but then it is only 35kms and completes in one of central Italy’s best loved small towns where narrow alleys and winding roads lead you back in time as well as to your overnight locally-owned accommodation.
Lesser-known Umbrian options include the twin church piazza of Bevagna and the imposing Palazzo dei Consoli in Gubbio, both of which provide plenty of peaceful places to pause for a rest prior to pedalling onwards to Montefalco to sample a drop of Sagrantino – one of Umbria’s finest reds.
Cycling in Umbria allows for an excellent introduction to the towns, countryside and authentic ambience of one of Italy's lesser-known gems.
3 Reviews of Umbria self guided cycling holiday, Italy
Reviewed on 07 Sep 2020 by Patrick WaldockExcellent, thoroughly recommend the personal service provided by the operator. Nothing was too much trouble. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Oct 2019 by Chad HainlineWe enjoyed the time at the farmhouse and visiting with the host family Read full review
Reviewed on 20 May 2016 by John HolderSuperb, we would not hesitate to take this holiday again. Read full review
Planet1) We choose our suppliers among the ones that sustain the environment. For example, Monte Vibiano farm has been awarded with the prestigious "Premio Impresa Ambiente" award, "the highest recognition for Italian private and public companies that have distinguished themselves in the interests of Sustainable Development, Environmental Issues and Social Responsibility". It has been the first farm in Italy to receive the prestigious reward and certification of DNV ISO 14064, to have reached the zero emission of CO2, using solar and wind power. We sustain them also by buying their precious wine for our guests.
2) We support a local NGO, TAMAT, that is working on a project to develop sustainable mobility (H2power project) and we buy their gadgets to fund their activities. They are working, with other partners, on developing a demonstrator vehicle that is using as fuel a variable mixture of methane and hydrogen, that can be produced from renewable energy sources. They also organize awareness raising events for citizens and students about sustainable development and mobility and about the solution to preserve our environment.
People1) We give information to our guests to visit some local art and crafts workshops that maintains alive old techniques. In 2010 an association of craftsmen “Associazione botteghe artigiane del centro storico” was set up in Perugia to promote the historic, artistic and cultural heritage of the city and make people aware about Umbria cultural heritage. The association promotes the project “ArtiCity” to support the local handicraft, among them : the Studio Moretti Caselli that still uses a characteristic ancient technique to produce stained glasses, the Giuditta Brozzetti Atelier, that produces woven fabrics with ancient techniques, and Anna Barola’s workshop “Art and craftsmanship” that produces handmade traditional embroidery
2) We give information to our guests to visit and buy souvenirs and presents from a social cooperative, RELEGART, that employ people with physical and psychological disabilities to support their social inclusion and to give them the chance of a real job. They work leather and paper to bind books, and to produce home accessories and notebooks. Most of the products are handmade. The cooperative is not only a place where people with disabilities can work but it’s also a place where they can use their competences and skills in producing artistic objects in a friendly environment.