From Ponte Pattoli to Umbertide by bike

A bike ride in which to breathe the faint smell of the woods enjoying dreamy views. This is Umbria, green heart of Italy.
  • Travelling time: 8 hours

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Why we love it: Riding through forests of beech and chestnut is almost a mystical experience, a sense of freedom and carefree that that reconciles with nature

  • Length: 25 km

  • Total Elevation Gain: 200 m

  • Way to travel: By Mountain Bike

  • Cost: 0 €

  • Our Advice: Suitable for all practicable also with mountain bike is not amortized. The path is characterized by flat stretches and steep climbs slightly.

Map of the cycle tour in the fable forests of Umbria
Map of the cycle tour in the fable forests of Umbria

Technical Data Sheet

Start and finish: Ponte Pattoli

Distance: 24.5 km

Altitude difference: 200 meters

Difficulty: Easy

Surface: 30% dirt, 70% asphalt

What to see: Umbertide, Park Tiber River, Montecorona Abbey 

A stretch of dirt road that connects Ponte Pattoli to Umbertide, Perugia, Italy
A stretch of dirt road that connects Ponte Pattoli to Umbertide, Perugia, Italy

Those who dream of living a biking experience away from the hustle and bustle and pollution that subjugates the largest urban areas, can not fail to take into account the cycle-route that crosses longitudinally the Italian region that most of all pantry acres and acres of green. We are obviously talking of Umbria and more specifically the path that connects Ponte Pattoli to Umbertide.

Sometimes they overlap other asphalt paving, as in this photo of Neil Hunt via Flickr
Sometimes they overlap other asphalt paving, as in this photo of Neil Hunt via Flickr

The route seems to conform to the various needs of cyclists who cross it. Its morphology almost completely flat makes it accessible to all those who should arm themselves with a Mountain Bike (MTB), a helmet and a great desire to plow the driveway white, sometimes unpaved, that characterize the journey.
Do not scare the 24 km and more than expected because the goal is to get to the finish happy, satisfied and why not tired, tired of not being able to relive those moments every day. If fatigue does not manifest itself only in forms psychosocial, do not despair, because the return can sit comfortable on the train that will take you back to Ponte Pattoli, nostalgically recalling also the moments and emotions experienced a few hours before.

A fortress which dominates the Tevere Valley on the Umbrian side, photo by the fattina via Flickr
A fortress which dominates the Tevere Valley on the Umbrian side, photo by la fattina via Flickr

Forfeited more oxygen and positive as possible and we set off to beautiful scenery.

As said, the departure is scheduled from the station of Ponte Pattoli. From there it inbocca the first road on the left that will lead us towards the center of the country. At km 1.2 just after the bridge over the Tiber, turn right towards Migiana of Monte Tezio. Arrived near the church of the said country, turning again to the right side sports field, eventually you start to go up the Tiber Valley between a ride and another leads to the slopes of Monte Tezio, a corner of paradise immersed in intense aromas of the woods of the Tiber Valley.

A fortress embraced by vegetation, photo by la fattina via Flickr
A fortress embraced by vegetation, photo by la fattina via Flickr

Continuing until km 3.2, we realize that the real adventure is only beginning: those that were paved roads free from gravel, dirt driveway now become, easily passable with a Mountain Bike.

This stretch more "wild" ride takes just over 3 km, just long enough to be enchanted by the impressive foliage of beech and chestnut trees therein.

Along the Tiber, you come to La Bruna (9.5 km), a small fraction of Perugia lapped by the Tiber. If you stop for a moment and looks towards the hill overlooking the village, you can see the ancient castle of Castiglione Ugolino, now invaded by lush vegetation.

The fourteenth-century Umbertide Foortress in all its splendor, photo by Martin Thomas Photography via Flickr
The fourteenth-century Umbertide Foortress in all its splendor, photo by Martin Thomas Photography via Flickr

At km 17.5, at the end of a dirt road completely flat, on the left is an old Abbey Camaldolese dating back to 1008, it deserves careful examination.
But even more impressive is the work that rises 700 m above the abbey: the Montecorona Hermitage, historical footprint in the surrounding woods.
Once definitively left us behind the stretches of dirt road, we reach our destination, Umbertide. It stands inevitably what is the distinctive symbol of the city, the superb medieval fortress, now a center for Contemporary Art.

The walls of Umbertide lapped by the Tiber River, Perugia. Photo by Butch Dalisay via Flickr
The walls of Umbertide lapped by the Tiber River, Perugia. Photo by Butch Dalisay via Flickr

Noteworthy are also the various churches who live in the old town: the church of Santa Maria della Reggia; one of San Bernardino (1556), the church of Santa Maria della Pietà (1486), with a fresco attributed to Pinturicchio, and finally the oldest of Umbertide (1299): the church of San Francesco.

After this digression from the strong historical connotations, continuing our journey we pass the bridge over the Tiber, lapping the walls of the city and head to the train station from which we take the train that will take us back to the starting point.

Along the way you will stop at two beautiful eco sustainable accomodations

Sweet Alpacas stroll undisturbed in the quiet of the farm Maridiana Alpaca Umbertide, Perugia, Italy
Sweet Alpacas stroll undisturbed in the quiet of the farm Maridiana Alpaca Umbertide, Perugia, Italy

Agriturismo Maridiana Alpaca, Umbertide (PG) - Italy 

Two beautiful and comfortable eco-friendly houses made of stone, once outbuildings of the farmhouse, an ideal place to stay in the green of Umbria, with panoramic views of the Niccone Valley and over the city of Umbertide.
The two buildings elegantly renovated and furnished in country style, are inside of a farmhouse that first in Italy handled a herd of alpacas and angora goats for the production of fine fibers.

 

Fantastic location of Tribewanted Monestevole Umbertide (PG) - Italy
Fantastic location of Tribewanted Monestevole Umbertide (PG) - Italy

Tribewanted Monestevole Umbertide (PG) - Italy

When a village of the fifteenth century in the green heart of Italy becomes the perfect setting of sustainable practices. It's the case of Tribewanted Monestevole, a eco sustainable community that want to celebrate the joy of living according to local traditions by seeking a new lifestyle.

Cover photo: A moment of the Umbria Bike Tour (2011), photo by Andy Levine via Flickr
 
 

Eco-friendly accommodations

Agriturismo Villa Dama

Gubbio (Umbria)

Starting from 45,00 €
B&B Il Querceto

Perugia (Umbria)

Starting from 60,00 €
Agriturismo San Lorenzo

Valfabbrica (Umbria)

Starting from 60,00 €
Panta Rei Agriturismo Biologico

Passignano sul Trasimeno (Umbria)

Starting from 20,00 €
Podere Vallescura Off The Grid

Perugia (Umbria)

Starting from 50,00 €
Tribewanted Monestevole

Umbertide, PG, Italia (Umbria)

Starting from 100,00 €
Fattoria dei Comignoli

Perugia (Umbria)

Starting from 60,00 €
Ecoresort con suite e camere

Magione (Umbria)

Starting from 89,00 €
Malvarina

Assisi (Umbria)

Starting from 85,00 €
Agriturismo Poggiolo,Umbria

Perugia (Umbria)

Starting from 109,00 €
Libera Università di Alcatraz

Gubbio (Umbria)

Starting from 55,00 €
Ripa Relais Colle del Sole & SPA

Perugia (Umbria)

Starting from 60,00 €
C'era una volta B&B

Perugia (Umbria)

Starting from 60,00 €
Montemaggiore Bio

Gubbio (Umbria)

Starting from 70,00 €
Guinzano Agriturismo

Gubbio (Umbria)

Starting from 120,00 €