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Olive oil and wine on the shores of Lake Trasimeno

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Olive oil and wine on the shores of Lake Trasimeno

Cycling along the shores of the lake, among olive trees and magical landscapes

69 km in length, this moderately difficult route starts from the municipal swimming pools in Castiglione del Lago and winds its way around Lake Trasimeno. Set among softly rolling hills and cultivated plains, this lake is the fourth largest in Italy and the area surrounding it is one of the most beloved by foreign tourists for its great naturalistic attractions. Starting from an altitude of about 260 m in the company of our guides, we will cycle for several kilometres along secondary roads between pine forests and olive groves reaching 319 m a.s.l. in Puntabella, a splendid panoramic viewing point providing an exhilarating view of the lake. We will then pass by Passignano, an captivating example of medieval urban architecture that is typical of Umbria’s ancient heritage and is crammed with exquisite buildings, including the 15th-century Chiesa di San Rocco. From here we can take a ferry over to two of the three lovely islands on Lake Trasimeno, Isola Maggiore and Isola Polvese. Continuing along the shores of the lake, we’ll pass through the pretty fishing village of San Feliciano, where you can still breathe in the atmosphere of bygone times and where there’s a relic of San Feliciano, the saint who lends his name to the place. Continuing along our route, and before returning to Castiglione, we’ll tackle a small hill with a 500-m climb that will take us up to Poggio di Braccio, where there is still a post house dating back to 1500. Here you’ll be able to see another breath-taking view of the lake. The last leg of the route includes a short climb to the historic centre of Castiglione del Lago, an ancient Etruscan village whose historical and artistic treasures definitely deserve to be seen.

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Plan

  1. 1
    briefing

    h. 09:30
  2. 2
    first part of the trail

    h. 09:40
  3. 3
    lunch break

    h. 13:00
  4. 4
    second part of the trail

    h. 14:00

Recommended clothing

  • For this activity we recommend comfortable clothing that does not restrict your freedom of movement.
  • Bring a windcheater/anorak with you, even if the activity takes place in the summer months.
  • We recommend wearing the right footwear for the type of bike you are going to use.
  • We strongly recommend the use of a crash helmet suitable for biking.

We also recommend you bring:

  • A comfortable backpack suitable for cycling/walking
  • A warm sweater, such as a technical sports shir, for sudden drops in temperature
  • A change of clothes (especially socks) in case of sudden rain
  • Hat with a sun visor
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen

Included

  • Expert guide
  • Mechanical assistance for repairs in case of punctures, problems with brakes or other malfunctions that can be dealt with on the spot.
  • In most cases a car will be on hand to provide any complex assistance or to keep drinks and food chilled.

Not included

Bicycles and related accessories are not included in this itinerary.

If you wish, you can choose bike hire from amongst our additional options. We will provide you with the bike that’s best suited to the type of route, taking your preferences into consideration, including helmets, pedaling accessories and spare parts for ordinary repairs. We have various types of bikes available, including e-bikes.

Time

The activity will last about 7 hours, including small stops. However, the duration may vary depending on the pace of the group and the need to take fewer or more breaks.

Languages

  • Italian
  • English

When

You can enjoy this experience throughout the year.

Children

This activity is also open to children provided they are accompanied by their parents.

Pet policy

We are sorry but no pets will be allowed to accompany you in this activity.

Requirements

To do this activity it is essential to have a good level of physical fitness and to be in good health.

Additional information

This activity includes a lunch break, so we advise you to bring a packed lunch or to select the option ‘packed lunch’ so that we can provide it for you. Don’t forget to tell us about any allergies, intolerances or other special dietary needs: we will be happy to adapt your lunch to your needs.

Important

  • This activity can only be undertaken in favourable weather conditions, which will be evaluated by our partner and confirmed 48 hours in advance. In case of poor weather conditions we will immediately contact you and propose an alternative activity or a refund of the price paid.
  • This activity is subject to our operators’ availability. We have a large selection of collaborators capable of leading this activity, but if on the day you selected we do not have operators availabile, we will immediately, or in any case within 48 hours of booking, suggest an alternative activity you might wish to do or the choice of receiving a full refund of the price paid.
  • The times shown in the program are indicative and may vary according to your requests or those of the other participants in the group. These are always and in any case previously agreed with our staff or with the guide.
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Cancellation policy

If you cancel the reservation for this activity up to 24 hours before the event we will refund you 100% of the price.

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