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Italy's Umbria region on a bike 8-day Gourmet Food Tour
This tour offers the possibility to get to know the beautiful green and hilly Umbria in a different way, thanks to this perfect combination of cycling in a natural environment, exploring around culturally interesting towns and discovering the excellent wines and gastronomic traditions of this lovely area. The tour starts in Spello, a charming medieval town, built on the slopes of Mount Subasio. In the evening a tasting dinner in an enoteca to start enjoying Umbria’s delicacies. The next day you cycle to the cultural interesting town of Spoleto. There is a lot to see and taste. The next morning you have still time to visit the town centre, because the cycling to San Luca is short. In the village of San Luca, you will stay in a villa, the Zuccari residence built in the 16th century, at the foot Montefalco. A loop ride will bring you to this the wine town, famous for its sagrantino wines. In Villa Zuccari you will have a cooking class during which you will discover some secrets of the Umbrian & Italian cookery. Again in the saddle, you pedal to the medieval town of Bevagna and after it a short ride will bring you to Torgiano, also famous for its excellent wines. These wines you will taste in the Lungarotti winery. During the second day of your stay in Torgiano, you can choose a nature ride in the surroundings, visiting the town of Deruta, famous for its ceramics or to visit the county town of Perugia. In the evening, there is a very special dinner in a nearby restaurant. You will taste delicious Umbrian truffle dishes. Your last short ride will bring you to Assisi, the town of Saint Francis and Clare.
You cycle through a landscape of gentle, rolling hills. Throughout the stages the steeper slopes are short and the longer ones are not too steep. The daily distances are restricted to between 15 km / 9,3 mi and 47 km / 29 mi
You arrive at your hotel in Spello The hotel is situated in the historical centre of the town and has a terrace offering a magnificent view over the Valle Umbra and the surrounding hills. At the end of the afternoon, there is a route briefing and bike set-up. In the evening you have a tasting-menu in the restaurant and wine bar Drinking Wine: Selection of Bruschette with cherry tomatoes, black truffle and olive oil from Spello, Wine: Grecchetto dell’Umbria Scrambled eggs with black truffle, Wine: Trebbiano Spoletino Tagliatelle with Cacio cheese, pepper and black truffle, Wine: Montefalco: Rosso selection of cheeses and salami, Wine: Sagrantino di Montefalco * Tozzetti Biscuits, Wine: Sagrantino passito
Spello-Spoleto Distance: 45 km /28 mi
Today you will leave Spello and cycling through the valley you cross the centre of Foligno, a town with not only interesting monuments, but also many good restaurants, bars and shops. Then you go up to Spoleto. Your hotel is situated in an historical building, a restored tannery of the 19th century, at the border of the old town centre
Cycling to San Luca (Montefalco) Distance: 23 km / 14,3 mi
This morning you still have time to visit Spoleto, because today's ride is short. You cycle through an undulating landscape to San Luca, a village at the foot of Montefalco.
Cycling to Montefalco
This morning a loop route brings you to the lovely town of Montefalco. It is a short ride but you have to conquer the hill on which the town is built. Montefalco is famous for its Sagrantino docg wines and in the medieval town centre there are some nice churches and the museum ‘San Francesco’ to visit. A nice downhill ride brings you back to your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will have a cookery lesson with Lorenza Zuccari .The cooking class starts at 4:30 p.m and takes about 3 hours. You will prepare a a multi-course Umbrian meal. The Umbrian cuisine is incredibly rich, varied and tasty. Recipes vary according to the season, utilizing only the freshest ingredients available and providing you with a deeply individual Italian experience. in some occasions, the cookery lesson can be in the afternoon the day before.
San Luca – Torgiano Distance: 37 km / 23 mi
After breakfast, you cycle to Bevagna, which has a lovely medieval square with a fountain and two Romanesque churches. The square is a real meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the town. After visiting Bevagna a short ride mostly through the valley will lead you to the small town of Torgiano, in medieval times a fortified village, situated on the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). The town is famous for its excellent wines. You have enough time to visit the nice wine museum with its rich collection of ceramics and art (subject wine making) from Etruscan until modern times.
In the afternoon in the ‘winery of the Lungarotti family, you will visit the winery and taste their excellent Torgiano wines. Your hotel is in the quiet town centre.
Visiting the town of Perugia (24 km / 14,9 mi or 32 km / 19,9 mi) or a cycle tour in the surroundings of Torgiano (33 km / 20,5 mi or 45 km / 28 mi)
Today there are two options: Perugia is the capital of the province. A short cycle tour takes you to the station in Ponte S.Giovanni at the foot of Perugia. From here the train or bus will take you into the historical centre of Perugia. You can also choose to cycle all the way without bus or train. The centre, with its little alleys and characteristic town squares, is a lively vibrant place. The renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums and many galleries will make a lasting impression. After your visit you return by train and bike back to the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano. Cycling and train/bus or A trip in the surroundings of Torgiano Distance: 45 km / 28 mi or 33 km /20,5 mi Close to Torgiano (6 km) is the village of Deruta, which has, in part managed to retain the highly distinctive features of its medieval buildings. Deruta is universally famous for its ceramics and there are many ateliers to visit. The origins of this ancient art go back as far as the Etruscan times and nowadays the many local workshops still make excellent quality ceramics. Numerous Italian and foreign museums have pieces of Deruta ceramics on show, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. The town hall hosts the art gallery and the ceramics museum. The next stop is the sanctuary of Madonna dei Bagni, which was built after a miracle in the year 1657. Inside the church there are more then 600 votive tiles, all testimony to the tradition of the Deruta ceramics. Cycling through a beautiful hilly landscape, you pass typical Umbrian hamlets like Casalalta. Your bike ride back to Torgiano is through the Tiber valley.
Tonight a very special dinner will await you in restaurant Si.Ro. You will taste some typical Umbrian dishes (appetizers, ‘primi’ (pasta –risotto), ‘secondo’ (main course), vegetables and a coffee with a grappa or another after-dinner spirit). For lovers of black truffle you can also enjoy some dishes prepared with these "Diamonds of the Kitchen."
Cycling to Assisi (25 km / 15,5 mi)
Today a short ride in where you will cross the valley, cycling along quiet country roads. Already from afar, you will see Assisi, like many other Umbrian towns built on a hilltop. Before reaching Assisi, however, you can stop for a moment to visit the Franciscan basilica in S.Maria degli Angeli. Under its impressive dome still lies the humble little chapel ‘Porziuncola’ where Saint Francis came to pray. You will have enough time to visit the main monuments of the town, like the basilica of Saint Francis with its beautiful frescoes by the painters Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti.
On request it is possible to ask for a special cooking food experience in Borgo Antichi Orti. The course will cover the wild herbs & cultivated herbs in the vegetable garden (2000m2) of the Borgo, an ex-Benedictine monastery at the foot of the Basilica of Saint Francis. Here the Monastic Hortuli are reborn and a bio-conservative park of officinal species among the largest in Europe has been re-created. You go with the gardener into the vegetable and herb garden to collect fresh produce for your cookery course and he will give you an explanation of the use of herbs: one of our Mixtures served by the Bar Alchemists of the Spagirico Lab combined with a snack cooking class with the Chef of the Locanda degli Orti using vegetables and herbs from the garden * Dinner tasting what is cooked during the course Net price p.p. 110,00 EUR
End of tour
Departure after breakfast
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