Day 1 – Arrival in Perugia
Transfer to your vespas rental place to pic them up and, if you are not an expert, to receive a brief riding lesson. Ride to your accommodation which is only a few kilometers away. Spend the night at Corte del Poggio,a small country Inn where you will meet Cristina’s family. If you arrive early enough, (before 2 o’ clock) you may have a cooking class (not included in the price)
Day 2 – Poggiolo/Montefalco – (55km)
We are now in the heart of Umbria; visit Deruta a famous ceramic makers’ place and Torgiano, Lungarotti wineries home town; if a wine tasting might be dangerous for your safety (!) a visit to the wine and olive oil museum is advised. Spend the night in Montefalco, in a lovely country Inn where, once the vespa is safely home you can enjoy a glass of Sagrantino, the best of Umbria wines
Day 3 –Montefalcoi/Spello/Assisi / Perugia – 60 km
Today visit this beautifull town; then ride to Spello a very nice and less touristy small town on the Subasio slopes. Spend some time in Assisi, with its superb St Francis basilica and its Giotto’s frescoes. End the day in Perugia, the capital city of Umbria. A town that goes back to Etruscan times, with monuments more than 2000 years old, an underground medieval town and an intricate net of narrow alleys and cobbled streets.
Day 4 – Perugia/Cortona 70 km
Skirting the soft olive trees-covered hills overlooking Trasimeno lake, reach Passignano and, weather permitting, take a boat to isola Maggiore for a succulent fish lunch; then climb leisurely to Cortona, the town the Frances Mayer’s “Under the Tuscan sun” has made famous. Spend the night in a lovely villa at the hedge of town.
Day 5 – Cortona /Montepulciano – 47 km
A day for meandering, enjoying the landscape, taking photos and at the end the beautiful town of Montepulciano, with its renaissence palaces, its wine shops. spend the night at a dreamlike villa just outside town admiring the sunset by the swimming pool sipping a glass of the mellow “Nobile” wine..
Day 6 – Montepulciano/Montalcino – 45 km
First stop of the day is Pienza, the town built on the order of Pope Pius II, a jewel of Renaissance art! Also a place for gourmets: pecorino cheese, truffles, the best olive oil of Italy crowd the windows of the many specialti stores lined along Pienza main street. Descend to Bagno Vignoni an ancient Roman thermal spa, then climb to tiny Rocca d’Orcia hamlet, where you can stop for lunch in a lovely “locanda”. St antimo Abbey and its chanting monks will close the day before reaching Montalcino.
Day 7 – Montalcino/Siena- 55 km
The route to Siena is twisting and full of ups and downs, but not traffic ridden and very scenic. You will enjoy the ride! Pass murlo Siena is at the end of it; what better ending for a day than an ice cream savoured while sitting on “Piazza del Campo! Night in a friendly, centrally located hotel.
Day 8 – Visiting Monte Oliveto Maggiore
The rugged, eroded landscape to reach Monte Oliveto Maggiore monastery is awesome and the monastery itself imposing. A sturdy brick building with a beautiful cloister with frescoes by Signorelli. The road to Trequanda is a very scenic ona and absolutely trafficless. Stay in a nice wine producing property of the area.
Day 9 – Back to our starting point to return our Vespas.
Back to our starting point to return our Vespas. We follow the Trasimeno lake shores on the southern side of the lake and can reach Agello by noon in time to catch a train to Florence or Roma.
Alternatively an extra night can be spent at il Poggiolo a charming villa where our office is located.
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