In Umbria, one of the regions with the highest density of woods in Italy, you can discover green rolling hills and rural villages that still preserve the signs of their long history.
Enviable natural landscapes deserve to be savored slowly giving them the right time. Cycling is the best way to discover cultural and natural beauties of this little region in the center of Italy.
In Umbria they are not lacking in fact numerous Bike tour, which through the Tiber river crossing landmarks such as Assisi, the Franciscan town, Norcia birthplace of monasticism, and Perugia, city Etruscan art and culture that emanates from every corner.
The various tours available must be accompanied by visits with a strong mystical-religious vocation that has permeated and built the current umbrian identity.
What we tell you is a path that, starting from Assisi leads to Bevagna, a town that has cleverly kept a urban aspect of a Romanesque-medieval.
The route starts with a visit to one of the most beautiful places of Assisi, the Basilica of Santa Chiara and San Damiano; then we go to the Sanctuary of Rivotorto and through beautiful country roads totally immersed in the green, we reach Bevagna.
From here the road continues along the Umbrian valley, with magnificent views of villages like Montefalco (famous for Sagrantino wine and the views over the valley of Spoleto), Trevi, Pissignano, Campello sul Clitunno, some of which are easily accessible with simple deviations of a few kilometers.
The path that leads to Spoleto is pure poetry for the eyes, the view can be seen from Albornoz fortress dominates the city and the surrounding valleys.
Spoleto is certainly one of the most beautiful cities centes of Italy, with its intact medieval structure and the magnificent Cathedral, which combines a harmonious, a façade and a Romanesque bell tower with a Renaissance portico.
The tour ends returning to Torre della Botonta, a tasting dinner of typical products from the bread "bland" to various buns through the various dishes based on game (gnocchi with hare sauce, guinea fowl to "drip pan", "birds"spit, pappardelle with wild boar).
An ecofriendly stay near the route:
Botonta is a ancient castle in the heart of Umbria where you can find an ecofriendly accommodation. Maintaining the original structure mediaval gives this place a unique charm and resilient over time.
Author Pietro Musso
Cover photo: cycling to Bevagna, Umbria, Italy