From Assisi to Bevagna

Discover the historical and cultural treasures of Umbria pedaling through monuments steeped in religiosity and Etruscan deposits placed in the poetic setting of its rolling green hills.
  • Travelling time: 4 hours

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Why we love it: Path in the green hills of Umbria that offers the chance to savor the flavors, colors and smells in the name of 'eco sustainability.

  • Length: 20 km

  • Total Elevation Gain: 212 m

  • Way to travel: On foot, by bike

  • Cost: 0 €

  • Our Advice: The enjoyment of the track cycling means that accessibility is transverse. It must still acquire sports equipment.

Map of the Bike tour in Umbria, Italy
Map of the Bike tour in Umbria, Italy

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.

Looming clouds on the sky of Umbria, Italy. Photo by Roberto Taddeo via Flickr
Looming clouds on the sky of Umbria, Italy. Photo by Roberto Taddeo via Flickr

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.

One of the many cycle paths present in the valleys that surround Norcia. Photo by Massimo Valiani via Flickr
One of the many cycle paths present in the valleys that surround Norcia. Photo by Massimo Valiani via Flickr

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 shadow of the trees on the Church of Santa Chiara, Assisi. Photo by Christopher John SSF via Flickr
The shadow of the trees on the Church of Santa Chiara, Assisi. Photo by Christopher John SSF via Flickr

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.

Crazy colour in Umbria, it looks like a painter's palette. Photo by Antonio Cinotti via Flickr
Crazy colour in Umbria, it looks like a painter's palette. Photo by Antonio Cinotti via Flickr

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.

This is the army's backyard inside Albornoz's Fortress in Spoleto. Photo by Luca via Fllickr
This is the army's backyard inside Albornoz's Fortress in Spoleto. Photo by Luca via Fllickr

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.

Ponte delle Torri, Spoleto, Umbria, Italy. Photo by Maria via Flickr
Ponte delle Torri, Spoleto, Umbria, Italy. Photo by Maria via Flickr

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).

The Botonta castle, converted into an ecofriendly hotel in Umbria, Italy
The Botonta castle, converted into an ecofriendly hotel in Umbria, Italy

 

An ecofriendly stay near the route:

Torre della Botonta, widespread hotel, Castel Ritaldi (PG) - Italy

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.

A room of Botonta castle, converted into an ecofriendly hotel in Umbria, Italy.
A room of Botonta castle, converted into an ecofriendly hotel in Umbria, Italy.

Author Pietro Musso

Cover photo: cycling to Bevagna, Umbria, Italy

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