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Umbria and Le Marche Bicycle Tours

Introduction

The patchwork fields, picturesque hill towns and undulating topography of Umbria and Le Marche are classically Italian.

Umbria, christened the Green Heart of Italy, comprises expanses of gentle pastoral countryside that carpet wide river valleys and high mountains that tower above them. The region has more than its share of fabulous medieval hill towns, with Assisi, home to St Francis, being the best known. Umbria’s real heart however is to be found in the smaller towns such as Spoleto and Spello and in the countless tiny rural villages and hamlets that dot the valleys and perch on the hillsides.

The hilly countryside of Southern Umbria rises to the peaks of Monti Sibillini towards the eastern fringes. The river Nera flows along the edge of the beautiful Valerina. In the west the pale tufa soil and the high ridges of Orvieto signal the land of the Etruscans.

Bordering Umbria to the east, Le Marche (march means border) occupies the part of central Italy that lies between the Appenine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea - an enchanting mix of old hill towns, hill country and sandy beaches. The region’s historical peak was reached in the 15th century under Frederico da Montefeltro, whose court at Urbino became one of Europe’s most important cultural centres. The hilly interior offers a real experience of unspoilt Italy.

Umbrians celebrate everything from Renaissance painters to Roman coins to olive oil. The province hosts more manifestazioni - festivals, concerts, parades, fairs, medieval tournaments etc than any other Italian region – and that means a lot of festivals!

Click here for detailed information about the region and its attractions »

Map of the Region

You may find it helpful to view and print off a copy of the regional map and cross reference with the description.

Umbria and Le Marche Biking Routes

Umbria and Le Marche Biking Routes

Route
Start
Finish
Route options
En route
A SANSEPOLCRO SANSEPOLCRO
Upper Tiber Valley; Montedoglio; Anghiari
B
SANSEPOLCRO
Umbertide
   
Citta di Castella; Montone; Tiber Valley
B
Umbertide
SANSEPOLCRO
   
Citta di Castella; Montone; Tiber Valley
C
SANSEPOLCRO
San Leo
 
Upper Tiber Valley; Valmarecchia
D
Umbertide
Assisi
 
Upper Tiber Valley, Assisi
D
Assisi
Umbertide
 
Umbra Valley
E
Assisi
Assisi
Torgiano; Deruta; Mount Subasio
F
Assisi
Bevagna
 
Strada Francescana; Spello; Olive Grove Way; Todi
G
Bevagna
SPOLETO
   
Montefalco; Trevi; Umbra Valley
H
SPOLETO
SPOLETO
S. Maria Reggiana; Appennines
I
SPOLETO
Todi
   
Carsulae Roman ruins; Monti Martani
J
Todi
ORVIETO
   
Middle Tiber Valley; Dunarobba Fossil Forest; Amelia
K
ORVIETO
ORVIETO
   
Lake Bolsena; Civita di Bagnoregio
L
ORVIETO
Sarteano
   
Mt Rufeno reserve, S. Casciano dei Bagni
M
Sarteano
Cortona
   
Chiana Valley; Lake Trasimeno
N
Cortona
Cortona
 
Lake Trasimeno
O
Cortona
SANSEPOLCRO
 
Val di Chiana; Upper Tiber Valley, Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Città di Castello
P
San Leo
Urbino
 
S. Angelo in Vado, Carpegna, Sestino
Q
Urbino
Urbino
 
Northern Le Marche hilltop towns, Fano
R
Urbino
Piobbico
 
Appenines; Metauro Valley; Via Flaminia; Furlo Gorges; Mt Nerone
S
Piobbico
Gubbio
 
Monte Catria; Fonte Avellana; Gola del Bottaccione
T
Gubbio
Assisi
   
Strada Francescana; Pieve San Nicolo
U
Gubbio
PERUGIA
   
Umbra Valley; Biscina; Valfabbrica
V
Assisi
PERUGIA
   
Tiber Valley
W
PERUGIA
Cortona
   
Mantignana, Trasimeno hills

Note:

Towns above in CAPITALS are Trailhead towns.

^ = Public transport option available for part or all of route

* = Route can be divided into two shorter options (with an additional overnight)