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Along the Nera river towards Marmore waterfall

An amazing day between water and bike!

From Scheggino you are riding along the “Green way of Nera river” an amazing, easy and quiet road. You are riding along the river , in the silence and in the nature. The arrival point is the amazing Cascata delle Marmore! Is a man-made waterfall created by the ancient Romans. Its total height is 165 m, making it one of the tallest in Italy and the tallest man-made waterfall in Europe.

At the end meeting with Gira l’Umbria organisation for a car transfer from the Cascata delle Marmore to Scheggino (30km driving)

Overview 

  • Itinerary Scheggino-Marmore waterfall
  • Distance riding Km 25
  • Ascent 250m
  • Duration 9am-3pm
  • Kind of bike Mountain Bike
  • Start point Scheggino
  • Finish point Marmore waterfall

 

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Art, water and bike, from Cortona (Tuscany )to Spoleto (Umbria)

8 days crossing the center of Italy, from the south of Tuscany to the south of Umbria, easy and fun tour!

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 Indipendent arrival in Cortona

Day 2 Cortona-Castiglione del Lago km 28, a difference in altitude +300m

Day 3 Castiglione del Lago-Passignano, transfer to Assisi km 20,  a difference in altitude +100m

Day 4 Assisi-Spello-Foligno, km 25,  a difference in altitude +150 m

Day 5 Foligno-Bevagna-Foligno km 30, a difference in altitude +100 m

Day 6 Foligno-Spoleto, km 35,  a difference in altitude +150 m

Day 7 Scheggino-Cascata delle Marmore, km 25, a difference in altitude +250 m (off road, cycling by mountain bikes)

Day 8 Departure

Day 1 Arrival in Cortona

Independent travel and arrival in Cortona. Meeting with the company for description of tour and organization. 

Day 2 Cortona-Castiglione del Lago

Optional: Transfer by car from Cortona to the secondary  roads. This is to avoid traffica. 10 minutes driving.

You are cycling on the country side, on the border between Tuscany and Umbria through farms, vineyards and olive groves towards Castiglione del Lago. This is the main centre of the lake area and a beautiful town to visit. The historical heart is surrounded by medieval walls and three gateways and beautiful views over the lake can be seen. Inside the town are the Rocca del Leone, a pentagonal medieval fortress, Palazzo della Corgna, an estageant Renaissance aristocratic residence built in 1560. 

Day 3 Castiglione del Lago-Passignano

Today you are cycling  flat, taking a rest at some of the numerous scenic viewpoints or refreshment places along the way. The route runs close to the water of the lake through a thick wood that is cool even in hot summer weather. Past the wood, you are cycling close to the railway line to Lido di Tuoro (km 14,7), where food and water are available. Passignano is also worth visiting, as it has preserved many of the characteristics of an ancient fortified village protected by walls and a fortress.

Day 4 Assisi-Spello-Foligno

A bike tour to arrive in Spello and then in Foligno. Spello is a little town situated on a spur of Mount Subasio and Foligno is situated  on the  plain. Spello, along with its neighbouring cities, is surely the one which preserves the greatest number of monuments testifying to the Roman era. Foligno is one of the very few Umbrian cities built in the plain!

Wine tasting at winery near Spello

In Foligno there are beautiful “piazze” (squares) and historic buildings. The most significant part is Piazza della Repubblica with its elongated shape, is the junction of four streets at the corners was planned according to the lay-out popular in the 12th and the 13th centuries for many Umbrian town squares. There there are the Cathedral, erected between 1262 and 1265, the Pretorio Palace, the Orfini Palace (1515) and the Trinci Palace, which preserves traces of the original beautiful decorations and some rooms with valuable frescoes, look down on the square.

The cycling road is flat and safe. You will ride crossing the countryside, along secondary roads,  without traffic. Km 25, just flat

Day 5 Foligno-Bevagna-Foligno

A relaxing and flat route for the second cycling day! You will cycle along the cycle and pedestrian path which joins Assisi and Spoleto. The road is easy and amazing, you are riding along rivers and canals. Bevagna is an ancient small and beautiful town.

Its appearance is the result of its developement during the Middle Ages. In fact, even if the Roman had constructed the ancient Mevania in such a way that the Flaminia Road was the decuman axis of the town, the town's center is now placed more to the South. In Piazza Silvestri, you absolutely should not miss the Gothic Palace of the Consuls, the Churches of St. Sylvester (1195 d.C.) and St. Michael Arcangel.

Pic nic lunch close to Bevagna

The road is flat and safe. Is not a loop tour, you will ride along the same road on the firts and second part. Km 30 just flat

Day 6 Foligno-Spoleto

A flat route again for the tird day! You will cycle along the cycle and pedestrian path from Foligno to Spoleto . We recommend an ice-cream break at Clitunno Springs, a natural area very famous in Italy!

The road is flat and safe, you will ride Km 35 just flat

Day 7 Sceggino-Maremore falls…an amazing day!

In this day you will need mountain bikes, we will bring you in the morning.

Transfer,by Gira l’Umbria car’s company, from Spoleto to Scheggino (6km driving). From Scheggino you are riding along the “Green way of Nera river” an amazing, easy and quiet road. You are riding along the river , in the silence and in the nature. At the end …you can visit the amazing Cascata delle Marmore! Is a man-made waterfall created by the ancient Romans. Its total height is 165 m, making it one of the tallest in Italy and the tallest man-made waterfall in Europe.

25km , ascent 250m, This is a tour for mountain bikes., you will find gravel roads, you are cycling a bit up and down.

At the end meeting with Gira l’Umbria organisation for a car transfer from the Cascata delle Marmore to Spoleto (40km driving)

Day 8 departure

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Walking following the Saint Francis route

A wonderful 8 days walking tour, to visit the most important towns of Umbria and the most important franciscans place, walking in the silence and in the nature

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 Indipendent  travel and arrival in Assisi. Meeting with the company for description of tour and organization.

Day 2 Assisi-Spello (km 12, ascent 250m)

Day 3 Spello-Foligno (km 12 flat)

Day 4 Foligno-Trevi (km 13, ascent 260m)

Day 5 Trevi-Campello sul Clitunno (km 12, ascent 430m)

Day 6 Campello sul Clituno-Spoleto (km 15, ascent 500m)

Day 7 Spoleto lop tour (km7, ascent 250m)

Day 8 Departure

DESCRIPTION

Day 1 Assisi-Spello

In the first day  you are walking along the "Via degli ulivi" (Olives oil tress street) this is a special narrow road, with amazing views on the Valle Umbra.  Spello is a little town situated on a spur of Mount Subasio  with its neighbouring cities, is surely the one which preserves the greatest number of monuments testifying to the Roman era

Day 2 Spello-Foligno

An easy route on the flat bottom of the valley on country roads up to the outskirts and into the centre of Foligno this is one of the very few Umbrian cities built in the plain!

There are beautiful “piazze” (squares) and historic buildings. The most important part is Piazza della Repubblica with its elongated shape, is the junction of four streets at the corners was planned according to the lay-out popular in the 12th and the 13th centuries for many Umbrian town squares. There there are the Cathedral, erected between 1262 and 1265, the Pretorio Palace, the Orfini Palace (1515) and the Trinci Palace, which preserves traces of the original beautiful decorations and some rooms with valuable frescoes, look down on the square

Day 3 Foligno-Trevi

Today you will start your St Francis going towards San’Eraclio  then on a country road surrounded by olive trees, a little above the valley, on your way to the village of Matigge. You will pass quaint little villages and churches before taking a short steep trail up to the convent of San Martino and the panoramic road taking to the beautiful medieval town of Trevi (410m)

Day 4 Trevi-Campello sul Clitunno
You are leaving Trevi going dow and passing the convent of Madonna delle Lacrime (there is an important fresco painted by Perugino) and the church of Croce di Bovara. Over the flanks of Mount  you will head to an isolated Franciscan chapel (520m) overlooking Borgo San Benedetto. For the last part of the day, you will take a solitary mountain road among olive groves on your way to Castello di Campello (480m). From this village you are walking to arrive at Fonti del Clitunno areatowards your hotel.

Day 5 Campello sul Clitunno-Spoleto

From the Fonti del Clitunno you will continue your journey on the St Francis Way. Walking along secondary roads in the countryside you will arrive to the elegant village of Poreta  and up to its castle . Walking up and down over the countryside, between the valley and the mountains, you will pass Bazzano Superiore (570m), Bazzano Inferiore (360m) and Eggi (350m), at the extreme corner of the Valle Spoletana. At the end of tour you are arriving in Spoleto (390m) where you could visit its beautiful cathedral and others monuments.

Day  7  Spoleto urban trekking

This is a special day dedicated to Spoleto. This is a very old and important town. From the hight part of the center you can ride along the "Via dei condotti" a beautiful route to walk in the nature and in the silence.

Day  8

Departure

INFORMATION  Travelling to Assisi and from Spoleto by train, it is very accessible from/to Rom or from/to Florence.

BASIC SERVICES  Luggage transfer, roads notes and maps, local support, Brochure (information about restaurants, monuments...)

EXTRA SERVICES  Personal guide; Booking  hotels, wine and oil tasting, pic nic lunch, GPS to  rent including tracks

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On foot through the heart of Italy

 A brief walking trip through a stunning landscape with so much to discover and enjoy, including forests, fields and water birds. We explore an area on the border between Umbria and Le Marche, the Regional Park of Colfiorito, which is a treasure trove of history, nature and biodiversity.   

 

DAY-BY-DAY  ITINERARY

Day 1 Nature, Water and Archaeology. Difficulty level, easy.   Distance, 10kms.,    Elevation gain,  400mts.

Day 2  The Enchanting Scurosa Valley Difficulty level, medium.   Distance, 12kms.,    Elevation gain,  600mts.

Day 3  Around and through the  Marshlands. Difficulty level, easy.   Distance, 10kms.,    Elevation gain,  400mts.

Day 1 Nature, Water and Archaeology.

 We start with a circuit of the Colfiorito high plains which offers wonderful views of this and the other surrounding mountain plains. During the walk you can see ancient fortresses, marshland birds and amazing views.  The conclusion of the walk takes us to the Colfiorito Archaeological  Museum which houses many remains from the 9th century A.C. 

Day 2  The Enchanting Scurosa Valley.

On the Le Marche side of Mount Pennino, with its imposing  height of 1570 mts, we trek along its foothills, immersed in the surrounding beauty. We are in a solitary, unspoiled landscape of beech forests and mountain streams,  with the only signs of humans being the  remains of charcoal pits.     

Day 3  Around and through the  Marshlands.

The day begins with a visit to the headquarters of the Colfiorito Park and its Natural HistoryMuseum*, after which we begin the loop trek  that takes us along the “Via Lauretana”, an ancient road linked to the ritual of the sacred remains of the Saint Casa di Maria of Loreto and which connects Assisi with Loreto.

INFORMATION  The nearest train station is in Foligno. From Foligno to Colfiorito is 15 minutes driving. Travelling from/to Foligno by train, it is very accessible from/to Rom or from/to Florence.

BASIC SERVICES  Luggage transfer, roads notes and maps, local support, Brochure (information about restaurants, monuments...)

EXTRA SERVICES  Personal guide; Booking  hotels, local food tasting,  GPS to  rent including tracks

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