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A tough route from the Tiber Valley to Lake Trasimeno

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A tough route from the Tiber Valley to Lake Trasimeno

This tough tour will start and finish in Umbertide and is a route that, in addition to being quiet from a traffic viewpoint, offers some of the most enchanting landscapes in all of Umbria. We will ride from the Tiber Valley to Lake Trasimeno on a route with numerous ups and downs but also quite challenging climbs, so this activity is not suitable for those who are not extremely physically fit. We will set off from Piazza Mazzini in the centre of Umbertide and head towards Castel Rigone taking the initial slopes on the most important climb on our route, the Colle Campana, an ascent that’s not too steep except in its final stretch. Once at the top of the hill, our reward will be the extraordinary panorama that ranges from the Umbria-Marche Apennines and Monte Tezio to Lake Trasimeno and Monte Amiata. Once the climb is over, we will tackle several kilometres of ups and downs that will lead us to the town of Castel Rigone where we will take a refreshing break and maybe visit the Santuario di Maria Santissima dei Miracoli, a 15th-century building attributed to one of Bramante’s pupils and considered one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Umbria. Our route will continue down a panoramic descent to the shores of Lake Trasimeno, where we will cycle along the lakefront to exactly where the Romans were severely defeated by Hannibal’s Carthaginians during the battle of Trasimeno in 290 BC. Once in Tuoro, we will leave the lake behind to begin climbing the Valico Gosparini pass, a beautiful 6-km climb that once completed will give us a magnificent view of Lake Trasimeno. We will continue downhill until we reach the Niccone valley where we will have the chance to stop to refresh ourselves at a small fountain near Niccone from which we’ll return to our starting point a few kilometres further on. However, if you still have enough energy, we advise you to extend the itinerary a bit and visit the medieval village of Montone, our expert guides will be happy to accompany you there too!

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Plan

  1. 1
    Briefing

    h.
  2. 2
    First part of the trail

    h. 00:10
  3. 3
    Lunch break

    h. 03:30
  4. 4
    Second part of the trail

    h. 04:30

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 8 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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