Day 1: Arrival
We meet in Assisi for a mid afternoon orientation and bike fitting. Join us for a Welcome dinner. Airlines from a variety of European cities fly into Perugia and the airport is close to Assisi. Trains from Rome, Florence and Milan service Assisi. Overnight in Assisi.
Day 2: Assisi – Solomeo Ride: 52 Km
Our route through Umbria is highlighted by a visit to Deruta, a town famous for its ceramics.Overnight in Solomeo.
Day 3: Solomeo- Cortona Ride: 65 Km
A curvy road will lead us to Lake Trasimeno whose shores teem with migratory birds. We’ll cycle near beautiful olive groves to Cortona, the setting for Francis Mayes’s best seller, Under the Tuscan Sun. Overnight in Cortona.
Day 4: Cortona – Montepulciano Ride: 50 Km
Today we will enter Tuscany through the magnificent wine country of Montepulciano, one of Tuscany’s highest hilltop towns. Renowned for its Vino Nobile, Montepulciano also boasts a unique blend of Renaissance architecture and is perched on a narrow ridge of volcanic rock. We will spend 2 nights in our favorite villa in Italy! Overnight a few Kms from Montepulciano.
Day 5: Montepulciano Loop Ride: 50 Km
Today’s loop ride takes us to Montefollonico, a lovely 12th century hilltop town. We’ll also ride to Montepulciano where we’ll have time to visit the town and can also sample the Vino Noble wines in many of the local wine shops. We’ll return in time to enjoy an afternoon swim and relax in our amazing villa. We return to our same lodging near Montepulciano. Overnight in Montepulciano.
Day 6: Montepulciano – Bagno Vignoni Ride: 50 Km
Today we ride an amazing Cyprus lined downhill to Monticchiello, climb to Pienza for lunch, descend to San Quirico and continue to our lodging near Bagno Vignoni, a famous Roman spa town. Our lodging is a romantic country inn that is a finely restored 16th century horse and carriage station. Overnight in Bagno Vignoni.
Day 7: Bagno Vignoni to Montalcino: 30 Km
Our ride takes us to the gorgeous abbey of Saint Antimo, a well preserved 12th-century church that still echoes with Gregorian chants. We finish our ride among the vineyards en route to Montalcino, a 13th century paradise and the home of Brunello wine. Our ride is shorter today and we plan to arrive in Montalcino at lunch time, so you will have plenty of time today for shopping and sampling some of the fine Brunello wines. Overnight in Montalcino.
Day 8: Montalcino – Siena Ride: 53 Km
The road winds through hills and oak woods to Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the most impressive abbey in Italy. Then it’s on to Siena, our final destination. Siena is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Italy. Its famous Piazza Del Campo is an open-air museum and architectural gem. Overnight in Siena.
Day 9: Departure
Your tour ends after breakfast. There are both train and bus stations in Siena with easy access to both Rome and Florence.