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February 14, 2018

Best of Tuscany and Umbria – Cycling Italy

Written By Niccolo Forzoni

In this tour you can enjoy the beauty of two beautiful regions such as? Umbria and Tuscany. We wanted to create this particular tour to join together two of the most popular tours offered by us. The tour highlights are: Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi, Spello Roman gates, the city of Cortona, Montepulciano vineyards; “Val d’Orcia” superb landscape, taste the Sagrantino wine, Brunello and Nobile wines, to see the monastery of Monte Oliveto; fomuos the Square del Campo in Siena

ASSISI

Day 1 – Arrival in Assisi

You will be met at Santa Maria degli Angeli station 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 kit: road boosk, maps, guide book and vouchers, You will also receive and try your bikes.

SPELLO AND BEVAGNA

Day 2 – Assisi – Spello – Bevagna – 50 km

Today the ride takes you to Spello a very nice and less turistic 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. On the return road you can visit Bevagna going through the most famous wine area of Umbria, the Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG.

CORTE DEL POGGIO

Day 3 – Assisi – La Corte del Poggio – 50 km

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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; You bike through soft hills and nice villages until you reach la Corte del Poggio in Poggio delle Corti. The road is continuously rolling up and down hill so it is quite a tiring day.

TRASIMENO LAKE

Day 4 – Around Trasimeno Lake – Cortona – 50 km

Discover Montecolognola 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.

CORTONA

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 di Montepulciano ” at Crociani winery, smaller, but very friendly.

MONTEPULCIANO

Day 6 – Montepulciano – Buoncovento – 45 km

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, for a cappuccino (or a glass of wine) with a view.

SIENA

Day 7 – Buonconvento – Siena – 50 km

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.

YOURS DEPARTURE

Day 8 – Visit the town of Siena

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

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Assisi and Bevagna – the most famous wine area of Umbria.
Trasimeno Lake: Monte del Lago and San Feliciano fisherman village
Nobile di Montepulciano” wine tasting in a local winery
Pienza and Monticchiello
Buonconvento and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.

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Niccolo Forzoni

After a law degree I gave a spin to my life and started working in the travel industry trying to convey and share the beauty of my country I joined Viadelsole in 2014 where I relished in the opportunity and challenge to follow the communication and online reputation of the company. I feel really fortunate as my “office” are the Vald’Orcia roads and hills. I take care of our guests, and, if your walking tour starts in Tuscany, I will be the one to welcome you ….possibly around a glass of one of our great wines!

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