E-Bike cycling holiday in Umbria and Tuscany
Description of E-Bike cycling holiday in Umbria and Tuscany
Electric bikes are an excellent way to see the countryside. They make cycling easier and more enjoyable for everyone and are perfect for making short work of the rolling hills of Italy’s interior. This point-to-point cycling holiday includes luggage transfers and lots of time to explore – don’t worry, there are plenty of coffee stops factored in.
Tuscany and Umbria are two regions that make an excellent pairing. Tuscany’s landscape is rightly famous: there are cypress-lined Roman roads and sun-baked villages. Umbria, Italy’s only landlocked region, gets fewer visitors, and feels like a hidden treat for cyclists.
This trip starts in the charismatic Tuscan town of Cortona. From here you’ll ride into undulating Umbria. For parts of the way, you can follow the Via Flaminia – this impressive Roman road once linked Rome to Rimini over the Appenine Mountains. You’ll eventually make your way to Assisi, following old pilgrimage routes to find yourself at the birthplace of St Francis. This town is still an extremely important religious site to this day.
You can't describe a trip to Italy without mentioning the food. This holiday includes stays in agriturismo - hotels specialising in local dishes, where you can dine on mouth-watering fresh salads and home-made pasta. Meals are paired with local Chianti, Tuscany's famous red wine. Look out for bottles from Lungarotti, too, Umbria's most famous winery.
PlanetWe've been delivering holidays by bicycle for over 30 years, encouraging this environmentally friendly activity is at the absolute core of our business.
Our destination managers in Umbria and Tuscany provide all cyclists with a refillable water bottle and share some top tips on how to support the local environment. Ideas such as turning off lights when leaving a room, considering if you need clean towels and bedding regularly and taking no more than one shower daily when possible. We also encourage our clients to stick to marked trails and to take away any waste when stopping off for a picnic or to explore the local area.
At our head office in the UK we recycle paper, card, plastic and metal cans and we always try to use fully recyclable materials for our printed travel documents and marketing communications. We encourage all our staff to cycle when they can and are part of the Cycle to Work scheme. We also like to take part in charity bike rides together each year.
PeopleEach year when we purchase new equipment, we will donate our previous bikes and accessories to local businesses and charities in the local area. We also work with World Bicycle Relief to support bike-led charity projects in developing nations.
All our tours encourage cyclists to get off the beaten track and discover the lesser-known parts of the area, visit small wine producers and eat in local restaurants. This is particularly pertinent in this part of Italy, where over tourism is becoming an increasing concern in some towns. We also work with local suppliers to organise activities that support the local economy wherever possible and offer advice on bartering to offer a fair price for both the client and the vendor.
Our cycle experts and destination managers will also advise our clients to respect local cultures and traditions when visiting the area and its historic or religious sites, including appropriate dress. They will also discuss other ways you can consider your impact on the community such as asking for permission before taking someone’s photograph and learning a few words in the local language – often hello, goodbye and thanks is a good place to start.
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