The City of Two Worlds
Benvenuti! Welcome to Umbria! We’ll meet at the Foligno train station and shuttle you to Spoleto, a hilltop town not far from the region’s capital Perugia. Its strategic position along the Flaminian road have made it important since before Roman times. Later from its impregnable walls, the Lombard dukes dominated most of central Italy, and its roman and medieval remains are a testament to its might during the period. Our hotel is located within the walls of the city.
The Hill of the Falcon
Many miles of today’s beautiful ride will be on a completely car-free bike path along the Teverone river, as we enter deep into the heart of the Sagrantino wine area heading towards Montefalco. Sagrantino is the premium DOCG red wine of Umbria and we will visit one of its most prestigious producers, the Antonelli winery for a visit and lunch which includes wine pairings from the vineyard with each course.
Trevi and Bevagna
On the climb up to the village of Trevi, stop to see the oldest olive tree in Umbria and hear about its history. Small countryside roads will take us to a small farm, where we will stop for lunch, meet the family, and feast on the homemade cheese and vegetables straight from the garden. Tonight we’ll have a special musical event to accompany us on another veritable Umbrian Feast.
The City of Francis
Say goodbye to Montefalco as we leave its lovely vineyards and make our way across the tranquil Valle Umbra to Assisi. It's the hometown of Italy’s patron saint, San Francesco, and today we will explore his story and the art his life inspired. Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is “a series of masterpieces of man‘s creative spirit.” In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Tili family and join them in an unforgettable hands-on cooking class and accompanying dinner. Laughs guaranteed!
The Valle Umbra
Leave Assisi for one last leisurely spin, gently dropping to the valley below, and heading towards the lovely Spello, an old Roman colony and now world famous for its “infiorata” festival. Meander its stone paved streets, ancient buildings, tiny alleyways, just like in the 12th century. In the late afternoon, a local guide will give us a tour of the town focusing on the art the life of St. Francis inspired. Afterwards, we’ll take you to our favorite restaurant in Assisi for our final celebration.
It’s time to say goodbye to Assisi and Umbria. Sleep in a little, or take a stroll to the local corner bar for one last cappuccino with the locals before we shuttle you to the Foligno train station and onwards to your next destination.