DAY 1 – Welcome to Umbria! (6miles/10 km)
Your guides will meet you at Bevagna, an ancient Roman city. A briefing will be held at the hotel L’Orto degli Angeli on the use of the e-bikes: bike fitting, safety and tour review. Short visit to Bevagna and light lunch. And then off for a short ride to visit Torre del Colle, a tiny medieval village focus of a recent refurbishment project committed to the preservation of cultural and artistic heritage. Dinner at L’Orto Degli Angeli
DAY 2 – The Trail of Saint Francis (12miles/20 km)
Very early in the morning we’re off to Assisi today to explore the home of Saint Francis, the Upper and Lower Churches and the art life inspired by his life. After a tour in Assisi we’ll ride up to the Saint Francis’s hermitage at the foot of Mount Subasio: an art jewel harmoniously integrated in a thick wood of oaks; visit to the hermitage and to the most significant places of the Saint Francis’s life. Light lunch nearby Assisi. The strong riders may even dare to attempt the extraordinary ride up to Mount Subasio through stunning forests. The rest of the group will cycle through the stunning Via degli Ulivi – Olive Tree Way – to Spello, a small and tranquil medieval city. Back to Bevagna, in the evening ride to the Caprai’s winery to taste their excellent wines. Dinner to Spiritodivino in Bevagna.
DAY 3 – The vineyards of Castelbuono and Pomodoro’s Shell (21miles/33 km)
We start the day with a ride through fields and farms as we pedal to the gorgeous Lunelli Winery. Here, you will make a guided tour of the winery built by the Italian renowned artist Arnaldo Pomodoro where you will also taste their excellent products. Then we will take you for a beautiful ride to the top of the hill passing by Collemancio, a village with its evocative Roman remains and Castel- buono, another medieval city fascinating for its silence and its outdoor permanent art exhibition. After, we’ll ride back to Bevagna, where you will have an unforgettable dinner at the exquisite Osteria Tagliavento.
Day 4 – Trevi, Palazzo Trinci in Foligno and Spoleto (23miles/38 km)
After an excellent breakfast at the hotel we’ll ride with our e-bikes to Trevi, a very nice medieval city on the top of a hill, famous for its excellent food and in particular for its black celery and its delicious “crostini” with celery pesto sauce. After a quick lunch, we’ll ride along the bike track to Spoleto, a well known still intact medieval city, with its famous Duomo di Santa Maria and the stun- ning frescoes of Pinturicchio (end of 14th century). Visit of the historic centre, with its lovely squares, its Torre dell’Olio and the magnificent Ponte delle Torri, 230 m long and 90 m. high, a civil work of great importance for that historical period. Departure by minivan to Valnerina and arrival at Norcia in the evening. Check in at the Hotel de Charme Palazzo Seneca, an ancient Mansion in the heart of the medieval city. Dinner at the excellent restaurant of the Hotel.
Day 5 – Monti Sibillini: Wide Open Spaces, Small Cities and Beautiful Rural Churches (25miles/40 km)
In the morning we’ll take you by minivan to the heart of Sibillini Mountains at an altitude of 1,660 m. We’ll start our ride and reach Castelluccio, a remote village on the top of a hill, surrounded by a magnificent valley and by wild mountains: This is the plateau of Sibillini Mountains, in the heart of one of the most pristine places of Italy. At Signora Mariella’s we’ll taste the excellent local food: the Norcia ham, the “ricotta” cheese and the lentils of Castelluccio. We’ll ride then to Castelsantangelo sul Nera and finally down to Visso. This is a small city, a stop-over of the itinerary of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”, with its typical coloured houses and the inevitable Piazza del Duomo, that maintains the proportions and harmony of the large and famous squares of Umbria Region on a small scale. Transfer by minivan and visit of Sant’Eutizio Abbey, of Campi, a small perched village, and of San Salvatore Abbey. Back to Norcia, you may relax at the wonderful spa located in the ancient caves of the mansion. Wine tasting at the Wine Shop and dinner in a typical local restaurant.
Day 6 – Goodbye to Norcia
The morning of the sixth day is dedicated to the visit of the historic centre of Norcia and to shop- ping. After lunch, departure for Rome.