Umbria for Food & Wine Lovers: Our Umbria 🍷🍝

Fully Guided Cycling Food & Wine Adventure at the Very Heart of Italy 🇮🇹

Umbria eBike Tour

A Food & Wine Focused Adventure on an Electric Bike

The art of choosing, cooking and eating good food is quintessentially Italian

Ride from hill-top village to village on your customised electric-assist bike. Hear your guide recount tales of history, mystery, and myth to bring this wonderful terrain to life through the flavors, foods, and wines at the very epicenter of Italy's cooking culture.

 

☀️ Cycling to be Enjoyed, Not Endured ☀️

 

Prices from $3,347 per person View Prices

Summary

  • The Long, Wide Valleys of Umbria
  • 8 Days | 7 Nights | Full Time Guide 💁🏼
  • A La Carte Dinners
  • 🏰 Distinctive Accommodation | Villas, Castles & Palazzos
  • 🍷 Wine & Olive Oil Tastings | Ice Cream Tasting | Nonna Lunch
  • 🍇 Vineyard Visits | Ferry Trip | Pizza Evening | Truffles
  • 👩‍🍳 Cooking Lesson in Assisi
  • Small Groups | Maximum 8 Guests
  • Customised Pedal Assist eBike
  • On Safari Luggage Transfers
  • ✤ FULLY GUIDED itinerary & Guarantee of Quality Accommodation ✤

Statistics

  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy/Moderate
  • CYCLING PER DAY: 2 to 3 hrs
  • MAXIMUM DISTANCE: 165 miles
  • TOTAL SADDLE TIME: 13h to 14h
  • LONGEST LEG: 35 miles
  • CYCLE DAYS: 5
  • REST DAY: 1 in Assisi
  • AVERAGE DAY: Less than 30 miles
  • CALORIES BURENED: 4124 approx
  • TripAdvisor READ OUR REVIEWS  |  VIDEO TESTIMONIAL

Day by day

 

Snuggle up close to Italy's local history and habitat on this Food & Wine focused, fully guided, Electric Bike adventure through the broad, green valleys of rural Umbria - Umbria for Food & Wine Lovers: Our Umbria.

Starting on the Umbria/Tuscany border, this magical, seven-night, eight-day guided tour is a ‘gourmet adventure’ of the Italian hills and valleys.

 

- CLICK ON EACH DAY TO DISCOVER MORE - 

 

Day 1: Arriving at Villa di Piazzano, Cortona

You could not wish for a better start to the Umbria for Food & Wine Lovers: Our Umbria - Villa di Piazzano is simply outstanding.

Meet your eBike Leader and learn about your week ahead. Early evening drinks & eBike fitting, followed by dinner.

Highlights

★Villa di Piazzano

Accommodation

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona | ✧✧✧✧

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona - arrive early for time by the pool

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Four Castles, a Valley and a Vineyard

To Montone

Begin with stunning views across Tuscany as you ride towards the border with Umbria.

Wend your way through the Niccone Valley, steeped in history, modern and ancient.

Visit the Gritti winery followed by lunch at the local restaurant. An afternoon riverside ride along the banks of the Tiber to arrive at the medieval village of Montone and a dinner courtesy of Chef Giancarlo Polito.

Highlights

★Niccone Valley ★River Side Ride ★Arrival in Montone

Statistics

29 miles | Average Speed: 12.2 mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 18min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

La Locanda del Capitano, Montone, Umbria

Chef Giancarlo Polito is the owner of the memorable La Locanda del Capitano, Montone, Umbria

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 3: Italy's Camino

To Gubbio

We visit Giuliano Tartufi to learn about and taste Umbria's truffles.

We take a typical village workers lunch in the local piazza trattoria and pay homage to Italy’s brave WWII partigiani ( resistance fighters ) in Pietralunga.

Welcome to Italy's Camino - we cycle the trail of St. Francis of Assisi with its rolling vistas, leading us to an unforgettable arrival into Gubbio grabbing a locally made ice cream along the way.

A quick look at the Piazza Grande in the historic centre of Gubbio. It is here that St. Francis tamed the wild wolf!

Highlights

★2,000 year old Roman Theatre ★Ride the Camino of St. Francis of Assisi

Statistics

30 miles | Average Speed: 12mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 49min | Difficulty: 🚲 🚲

Accommodation

Park Hotel ai Cappuccini, Gubbio, Umbria

This former monastery lies just outside of the town walls, quietly tucked away from the world.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 4: Ancient Trails & Mountain Views

To Assisi

A day of vast views.

The day begins with a ride towards the dramatic Apennine mountains. The views just get bigger and more imposing.

An unforgettable private lunch of typical Umbrian dishes precedes our arrival at the 4-star Giotto Hotel & Spa and the town of Assisi. Pizza from a wood-fired oven puts a seal on a perfect day.

Highlights

★Quiet Country Lanes ★Remarkable Views of the Apennines

Statistics

35 miles | Average Speed: 11.7mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 59min | Difficulty: 🚲 🚲

Accommodation

Giotto Hotel & Spa | Assisi ✧✧✧✧

The best view we have had on our tour. The reception is particularly friendly and lovely. Would definitely stay again.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 5: A Day in Assisi

We'll head off to learn how the Italian cook such wonderful food. Your morning is taken up with a cooking lesson! And Pay attention, because you eat what you cook!

In the afternoon we recommend that you take a short walk to the very center of Assisi and absorb this wonderful town. The City of Peace.

There is a very special atmosphere here.

Highlights

★Cooking Lesson ★Assisi ★The Basilica

Statistics

Rest Day in Assisi

Accommodation

Giotto Hotel & Spa | Assisi ✧✧✧✧

A flabbergasting experience from the moment you enter the NUN estate until you leave. A splendid renovated monastery which is a fusion between unlimited comfort and the authenticity of a cultural heritage gem.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 6: Crossing the Assisi Valley

To Tavernelle di Panicale

The astounding view of Assisi as we depart Assisi sets the tone for the day. The first section today is busier, as we cycle by the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli where St. Francis established his religious order.

A return to the Umbria countryside means 'wine'. We pay a quick visit to the Wine & Olive Oil museum in Torgiano with the highlight of the day at the Goretti vineyard; a wine tasting and lunch to remember.

Highlights

★Views of Assisi ★Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli ★Goretti Wines Tasting

Statistics

33 miles | Average Speed: 12 mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 46min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

Villa Monte Solare, Pannicale, Umbria | ✧✧✧✧

Get lost in your own Umbrian escape.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 7: Lake Trasimeno, Umbria

To Villa di Piazzano

A dramatic change of atmosphere. Cycling the shores of Lake Trasimeno is captivating.

This vast expanse of freshwater hosts many surprises and a micro-climate that creates unique wines.

The shore-side ride to the ferry and lunch on Isola Maggiore is just one of the many highlights.

Highlights

★Views of Lake Trasimeno ★Lake side-cycling ★Ferry Ride with bike ★Lunch on the Island ★History: Hannibal; Byron; Michelangelo; WWII

Statistics

36 miles | Average Speed: 13.5 mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 39min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona | ✧✧✧✧

"This place is amazing. Top-notch and the 500-year-old building is straight out of a fairy tale ... we ate and drank outside, surrounded by stunning scenery and flowers growing everywhere. The food was also really good, we actually walked around and found the fresh herb and vegetable garden. The location is in the countryside, away from the bustle of Italy's cities, but it's a short drive to many beautiful things to do including Lake Trasimeno.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: Departure

Take breakfast on the terrace, drink in the solitude and gather your week long memories.

Highlights

Villa di Piazzano Breakfast

Journey Map

“Writing [the Google review] pulled on my heartstrings and made me want to do it all over again.”

Marion Clare Williams, USA on a Guided Umbria Electric Bike Safari

“My wife and I wanted a holiday with a difference and a bit of an adventure - and that's what we got. From start to finish the management, arrangements and attention to detail for this e-cycling holiday were excellent.”

Ashely Blackett

“Although we researched the tour, we underestimated how hilly the terrain was in Tuscany. However, this trip will remain in our memory for a long time to come. We will definitely be back! Thank you Inspired Italy, you made our holiday so much fun...”

Colin & Heather, Canada

“Inspired Italy - it is their first-hand personal experience and knowledge which allows you to eat and stay at the most amazing places ..”

David C, UK

Best Bits

  • Pizza, Pasta, Porcini & Pecorino
  • Wines of Umbria - Vineyard Visits, Wine & Olive Oil Tastings
  • Mystery, Myth & Tails of History from your Full Time Guide (from the region)
  • Outstanding Views & Scenery in the Heart of Italy
  • Top Quality eBikes with BOSCH Pedal-Assist power

FAQ's

“... 2 to 3 hours cycling per day.”

 

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  2. VIDEO REVIEW - CLICK HERE

 

Here, we try to cover some of the more often asked questions ...

  1. Am I fit enough? The Umbria for Food & Wine Lovers: Our Umbria requires 2 to 3 hours of cycling per day. eBikes do not give you a free ride. You need to pedal. While the eBike makes things much easier, you still require a reasonable level of fitness. The fitter you are, the greater your enjoyment. The oldest person that we have had is Geoffrey who at 84 years of age. The youngest was 12 years.
  2. How busy are the roads? Italian roads tend to be much quieter than people are used to. The vast majority of your itinerary is along quiet country roads. There is one exception - crossing the Assisi valley. The first 3 or 4 miles (30 mins maximum) is through a small town.
  3. I haven't ridden a bike for a while, but I'd like to come on an eBike trip. That's fine. We strongly recommend that you put in a little time on a bike before you come. The fitter and more comfortable you are on a bike, the more you will get from your vacation.
  4. My Luggage - whats happens to it?  Each transfer day sees your luggage moved by our support vehicle from one hotel to the next. We provide you with luggage labels.
  5. What should I wear? Our eBikes have a very comfortable Gel Saddle and a suspension seat post. Despite this, you might choose to wear padded cycling shorts/skirts for extra comfort. Our eBike Leaders wear padded underwear, which we think is more flexible than the padded short. You can then choose to wear this with your favourite shorts. And yes, there are ladies versions too! You do not need a whole wardrobe of special cycling clothes! A few well-chosen items will help keep you cool/warm and comfortable on your eBike trip. Sun cream and a neckerchief or scarf are a very good idea.
  6. Footwear - You need a pair of shoes that are resistant to weather and have a good grip. They should also be comfortable for walking. Our eBikes do not use the cleat system.
  7. Do you provide Helmets? Yes, we provide helmets. Its included in the price.
  8. Do I have to wear a helmet? No, you don't. It is not a legal requirement to wear protective headgear. If you choose not to wear a helmet, that is entirely your own decision and choice.
  9. What is provided with the bike?
    •  - Water Bottle & Holder - Each bike is equipped with a handlebar-mounted water bottle holder and water bottle.
    •  - A Rear View Mirror is fitted on the bike to help you keep the group together and improve safety.
    •  - Pannier - each bike is fitted with a single safari pannier. There is sufficient room for a wallet, camera, sun cream etc.
    •  - Wet Weather Cape - yes, it does rain, occasionally. We provide a high-quality bike cape for each rider.
    •  - Battery Charger - each bike has a battery charger.
    •  - Power Adapter - to make charging easier.
    •  - Spare Inner Tube - we don't expect you to fix punctures. We provide a replacement inner tube.
    •  - Pump - you have a small, portable pump for roadside emergencies. Each hotel keeps a large air pump.
    •  - Hi-Visibility Jacket - in case of roadside maintenance, we provide you with a Hi-Vis jacket.
    •  - Security Cable - to lock your bike.
  10. Your Guide also carries...
    •  - BOSCH Nyon GPS
    •  - Tool Kit
    •  - Basic First Aid Kit
  11. What should I carry with me?
    •  - Passport
    •  - Insurance Documentation
    •  - Cash for the day
    •  - Credit/Debit Cards
    •  - Change of clothing to anticipate changes in weather
  12.  What is the best time of year to take an Umbria for Food & Wine Lovers: Our Umbria? Great question. We have written a whole piece on this - CLICK HERE

 

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Andrew Main

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Your adventure includes:

Your adventure includes:

  • 8 Days | 7 Nights
  • MEALS...
  • 🍽 6 Evening Meals including 5 A La Carte Dinners & 1 Pizza Evening
  • All Breakfasts 🥐
  • 🍴 3 lunches including Nonna Caterina Lunch & Drinks 🍝
  • 🥂 Welcome Drinks & Prosecco Celebration
  • Full Time Bike Leader 24/7 💁🏼
  • 👩‍🍳 COOKING COURSE: Half Day Cooking Lesson & Lunch in Assisi
  • 🍷 WINE & OLIVE OIL TASTINGS: Gritti, Goretti Vineyards & Wine Museum
  • 🍕 PIZZA: Wood-fired Oven Pizza Evening in Assisi
  • TRUFFLES: Visit & Tasting at Giuliano Tartufi
  • Lake Trasimeno Ferry Ride | Ice Cream at Mocaiana 🍦
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  • A Rest Day in Assisi
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  • Luggage Transfers & Emergency Support Vehicle 🧳
  • Small Groups | Max 8 Guests
  • Special Memento
  • EXCLUDES: Flights & Airport Transfers - we will support you with arrangements