Ancient trades, a ghost town, the fossil forest, thermal baths and catacombs.
Dedicated to those with a passion for nature, history and culture.
Assisi-Spello-Bevagna-Montefalco-Massa Martana-San Gemini
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Difficulty: easy; Duration: 6 days and 5 nights; Recommended period: April –September, (at other times of the year, the opening dates and times of archaeological sites can’t be guaranteed). Recommended for individuals and small groups.
This biking holiday combines with archaeology and history to offer an original and enjoyable way of discovering Umbria. You will find ancient catacombs, splendid mosaics, fascinating medieval trades, roads from the Roman era, forests, hills, fields and a fossil forest. A perfect mix that tells of Umbria and her history.
1 Gather in Assisi, meet the organisors, receive your bikes, maps and explanation of the itinerary.
A simple route to begin with, along a path called la via degli ulivi , “The Road of Olives”, which crosses the slopes of Mount Subasio , arriving at Spello. From here we cross the Valley of Umbria to reach Bevagna. We take a short break in Spello where you will be amazed by more than 300 sq.metres of mosaics from the III-IV centuries A.D., arches, walls and gates from the Roman era.
Arrival in Bevagna, settle into the hotel, independent dinner
Distance Km 25; 100m of elevation gain, Road surface: Asphalt and gravel
3 Bevagna-Montefalco + visit to the Roman thermal baths and medieval workshops
The day begins in the beautiful city of Bevagna with a very slow pace! We start the day with a guided visit to the remains of the flooring of the ancient Roman baths and the renowned Gaite: medieval workshops which bring back to life the ancient crafts of that era, and which demonstrate how simple every-day objects were made. After this special journey into the past, we travel up the hill, along a panoramic road, to Montefalco, the home of wine. Along the way, it is almost obligatory to take advantage of the many photo opportunities ….and to have a well-earned rest!
Distance Km 20; 350m of elevation gain ., Road surface Asphalt
Arrival in Montefalco, settle into the hotel, independent dinner.
4 Montefalco-Massa Martana +visit to the catacombs of Saint Faustino the ruins of Via Flaminia
From Montefalco we encounter a series of ups and downs through hills, fields and wine cellars, and then, we descend, retracing the Roman road, Via Flaminia. At Massa Martana we are taken on a short journey through the past with a guided tour: a visit to the ancient catacombs.
Distance km 35; 450m of elevation gain , Road surface Asphalt
5 Massa Martana-Dunarobba-San Gemini +visit to the fossil forest of Dunarobba
From Massa Martana there are a few ups and downs through hills and greenery that bring us to the Fossil Forest of Dunarobba, an open-air museum containing fossilized tree trunks that date back two million years. From Dunarobba, a tiny village immersed in pristine nature, we pick up the road that takes us to San Gemini , a small town surrounded by water.
Distance km 35; 600m. of elevation gain. Road surface Asphalt
6 San Gemini-Carsulae-San Gemini
Distance km 13; 250m. of elevation gain, Road surface Asphalt
We visit the ancient Roman city of Carsulae, a settlement, (that is now immersed in an archaeological park), containing many important monuments of the era: the piazza of the Forum, arches, roads, the theatre and amphitheatre.
Meet with the organisors and departure for Terni ( responsibility of the organisation).
Basic Services bikes to rent (helmet, pump, lock , kit to repair), maps, road notes, GPS (including tracks), luggage transfer, accomodation B&B service
Extra Services offered by “Gira l`Umbria” : wine tasting at a local wine cellar, GPS rental with assistance for the bike, expert support guide, entrance tickets to museums and payment for guided visits at centres of cultural significance, chosen by the organisors.
The above programme may be subject to alteration or modification during the tour, as a result of organisational issues or inclement weather.
This package is sold with the technical assistance of trusted travel agencies.
Contact and Information
Tucci Antonella for Gira l`Umbria
Tel: +39 3188.8.131.528