Bevagna - Spoleto by bike

A green route to the discovery of the Umbrian Valley, the heart of Italy. An adventure that touches across culture, history, nature and rural life.
  • Travelling time: 4 hours

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Why we love it: It is a pearl of the bicycle tour that runs through the Valle Umbra, tapping, or touching, in a matter of a few kilometers of the most important historical centers of the region

  • Length: 27 km

  • Total Elevation Gain: 100 m

  • Way to travel: bike, mountain bike

  • Cost: 0 €

  • Our Advice: Not presenting any difficulty of altitude, the cycle tour is an excellent opportunity to get closer to the two wheels even for beginners or families with children.

Map of the Bike route between the treasures of Umbria, from Bevagna to Spoleto
Map of the Bike route between the treasures of Umbria, from Bevagna to Spoleto

Technical Data Sheet

Departure: Bevagna

Arrival: Spoleto

Road surface: asphalt

Recommended bicycles: road, hybrid, MTB

What to see: Bevagna, Montefalco, Trevi, Pissignano, Clitunno Springs, San Giacomo, Spoleto

A Landscape of Umbria Valley, photo by Luca Moglia via Flickr
A Landscape of Umbria Valley, photo by Luca Moglia via Flickr

The route starts from the heart of Bevagna is developed almost entirely in their own office, the beautiful pedestrian path that runs along the banks of Teverone and Maroggia rivers. It is also completely flat and sliding along the Umbrian Valley, offers very beautiful landscapes of towns like Montefalco, Trevi, Pissignano, Campello sul Clitunno, some of which are easily accessible by short detours of a few kilometers.

Vineyards of Montefalco, which produce the delicious wine Sagrentino, photo by la fattina via Flickr
Vineyards of Montefalco, which produce the delicious wine Sagrantino, photo by la fattina via Flickr

It starts from Piazza Silvestri and proceed towards Montefalco, famous for Sagrantino wine and for its stunning visuals that have earned him the nickname "terrace in Umbria".

The village is still enclosed in the walls and is dominated by the thirteenth-century church of Sant'Agostino and the crypt of the Art Gallery, which are enclosed in archaeological finds and sculturedi various eras.

Going back a few meters on the main road at kilometer 0.3, turn left into the pedestrian path. We drive along the river bank until km 4.1, when at Torre di Montefalco get over a bridge and continue to ride on the opposite.

An expanse of silvery olive trees surrounding Trevi, Perugia. Photos robynhub via Flickr
An expanse of silvery olive trees surrounding Trevi, Perugia. Photos robynhub via Flickr

We continue pedaling on the flat cultivated fields and prestigious vineyards, paying attention only to the crossing of some secondary roads that are encountered along the way. At km 9.5 we report on the bank of the left and continue down towards Trevi, which can already recognize perched on the left between the endless expanses of olive trees which produce an oil fine workmanship.

At km 11.7 we pay special attention to a crossing with poor visibility and continue to cycle in the direction of Spoleto. At km 13.4 you can leave the route to make another short detour that, in about 5 km, leads to the center of Trevi.

The water that flows from Clitunno has a magical flavor, photos of Riccardo Cuppini via Flickr
The water that flows from Clitunno has a magical flavor, photos of Riccardo Cuppini via Flickr

We continue straight on overcoming various crossings and leaving on the left the villages of Pissignano and Campello sul Clitunno and the suggestive sources of Clitunno true natural jewel of this area. It is a set of springs, already famous in Roman times, forming a small lake from which the small Clitunno River.

At kilometer 23, in the vicinity of San Giacomo, we go back on the road, cross the river and continue the route still to Spoleto, which now can be seen clear in the distance, with the unmistakable profile of the Albornoz fortress to dominate the city.

Rocca and the Ponte delle Torri, the entrance into Spoleto photo by Andrew Moore via Flickr
Rocca and the Ponte delle Torri, the entrance into Spoleto photo by Andrew Moore via Flickr

We get to Pontebari at kilometer 26.6, where it ends the way: here we return on ordinary roads, turn left and, paying attention to traffic in about 3 km we reach the center of Spoleto, a "town of Two Worlds" as marked by evident roman influences, it keeps intact the structures of the Middle Ages as evidenced by the impressive Cathedral present in the historic center.

Author: Pietro Musso

Cover photo: Autumn colors in Montefalco, photo by Mirco Partenzi via Flickr

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