Florence to Rome by Bike

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
8 days
From: $ 1,549 $ 194 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cycling through the superb countryside of Umbria including Lake Trasimeno
  • Experiencing the fabulous hill top towns of Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto en route
  • Shopping for regional specialties such as Perugina Chocolates, Deruta ceramics and leather handbags in the markets of Florence.
  • Enjoying the fantastic cuisine of the region
  • Exploring the renowned cities of Rome and Florence

Short Description

A self guided cycling journey from Florence to Rome exploring the stunning countryside of Umbria

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Italy

Cities & Attractions

Assisi Perugia Rome

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Florence

Arrive Florence. Around 6:30pm there will be a welcome meeting with our representative. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful city.

Day 2 Train to Arezzo then cycle to Trasimeno Lake (60km/37mi)

In the morning, travel by train to Arezzo. On arrival at Arezzo station this morning you will receive your rental bike. Explore Arezzo's splendid churches and palaces and set off, ideally by mid morning, along beautiful trails through the wide plain of Val di Chiana and accompanied by the hilly silhouettes of southern Tuscany. Pass Cortona and continue to Lake Trasimeno, the battlefield where Hannibal fought the Romans. Enjoy wonderful views of the lake, taking time to read the information boards depicting the history of the famous battle fought here. Continue on to Passignano and your overnight hotel close which is to the lakeside.

meals : B

Day 3 Cycle backroads to historic Perugia (35km/21.5mi)

Today you cycle along the lake to Torricella. Then continue along small and secluded lanes through wide fields of sunflowers and local crops, rolling hills and idyllic villages to mesmerizing Perugia. Wander through its old centre, appreciating impressive buildings such as the San Lorenzo Cathedral, Palazzo dei Priori and the Arco Etrusco. In addition to being famous for its Perugina Baci chocolates, this is a university town and each year thousands of people travel here to learn Italian at the ‘Universita per Stranieri’ or University for Foreigners. The city mascot is the griffin, which can be seen in the form of plaques and statues on buildings around the city. Perugia where you will overnight, is a wonderful town with much to see.

meals : B

Day 4 Cycle to Assisi (30km/18.5mi)

Departing through the old stone gates of Perugia at the southern end, you can see the day’s route to the town of Assisi. Cross the Tiber river, past the beautiful sanctuary Santa Maria dei Angeli and up to the mystical Assisi, birthplace of St Francis. There's time to explore the Basilica of St Francesco containing Giotto's frescoes depicting the Saint's life, the Temple of Minerva, the Rocca Maggiore or one of the many other interesting sites this UNESCO listed town has to offer. Couple this with some relaxation time over a coffee in the Piazza del Comune and you have the ingredients of a splendid afternoon. Overnight Assisi.

meals : B

Day 5 Cycle to Spoleto through the Clitunno Valley (55km/34mi)

Cycle along the flanks of Subasio mountain, passing medieval monuments and vestiges of Roman days en route to the medieval town of Spello. Continue through the Valle Umbra to Spoleto. The towns of Montefalco, Trevi and Campello can be seen on the surrounding hills. Visit an 80m high aqueduct for stunning views of the Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco and the Rocca Albornoz Fortress. Spoleto's annual Festival of the Two Worlds, including performances of dance, prose and lyrics, is between the end of June and middle of July. Overnight Spoleto.

meals : B

Day 6 Cycle to Narni (45km/28mi)

Between mountains, today's route follows stunning landscapes to Terni. The town was subjected to heavy bombing during World War II and now has a more modern feel, although the old town centre still has some impressive monuments including the Church of St Francis. The route continues to Narni, another authentically preserved medieval hilltop city with inspiring views of the Nera river. If time allows, explore the Rocca Albornoz fortress that dominates the town and the historical centre including the Duomo, Roman-Gothic churches and Priori public square. Beneath St Dominic’s monastery is the underground of Narni with its ornate frescoes - well worth a visit. The town history also suggests links with the “Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Overnight in Narni.

meals : B

Day 7 Cycle through the Sabine Mountains to Calvi (60km/37mi), then by train to Rome

The cycle route out of Narni ambles along pleasant agricultural countryside where small homesteads dot the terrain. It is quite hilly in this section via Calvi, with the final leg being a freewheeling experience from Casperia to the train station of Poggio Mirteto. The bike support vehicle awaits you here, where your bikes are returned, in readiness for the one hour train journey to Rome. Leave behind the tranquility of the Umbrian countryside to enter the vibrant capital, with its countless museums, galleries, churches and ancient monuments. It’s an exciting end to a glorious week of cycling through the peaceful Umbrian hills. Free time to explore Rome.

meals : B

Day 8 In Rome, trip concludes

Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised in Rome.

meals : B

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Most memorable moment? Cycling through the beautiful countryside and small villages of Holland

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Seeing so many residents on bikes, young and old, and admiring the beautiful neat and tidy Dutch homes and gardens.

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Only ground transport

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7 nights 3 to 4 star hotels

Physical Requirements

MODERATE– GRADE 3 This trip involves 6 days cycling usually along backroads and roads with minimal car traffic (although some short distances will be on main roads). The stages range from 30-60km/18.5-37mi per day. From Florence to Assisi the terrain is mostly flat, and stages after become undulating. There are fascinating stages along the banks of the Trasimeno Lake, along rivers and through the untainted Umbrian landscape. Care is required when changing surfaces - some sections may be on gravel which requires extra attention when cycling and on steep sections - these are usually short. *For safety reasons, we insist that a helmet is worn during the cycle stages although it is not a legal requirement in Italy.

Rules & Other Requirements

Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet and sun hat. (A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

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