Day 1: Arrival in Cortona
Arrival in Cortona, the small medieval town that Mayes’ book has made famous. The next morning, after welcome meeting proceed toward Trasimeno lake shores descending soft hills covered by the yellow broom bushes. You will spend the second night at Cristina’s house enjoying an Italian family.
Day 2: Ride to Borgo Mandoleto Solomeo along the Trasimeno Lake
Trasimeno lake is known for its olive covered surrounding hills, the lovely villages and the bamboo ridden shores, a resting place for migrating birds. Take a boat to Isola Maggiore where old ladies weave their age-old laces. Discover Montecolognola viewpoint over the lake, Monte del Lago, and San Feliciano fisherman village; Spend the night in a lovely country Inn in Solomeo , the cashmere village. Cooking class possible.
Day 3: Borgo Mandoleto Solomeo loop
You can have a rest day with just a loop to Panicale (50 km) and a cooking class in the afternoon (not included in the price) or an alternative shorter loop to visit Monte Vibiano winery (35 km).
Distance 32 km
Day 4: Borgo Mandoleto Solomeo - Perugia
Your day destination is Perugia, the main town in Umbria, with its fine square and communal palace, its renaissance painting collection, and the Rocca Paolina, the subterranean town. Perugia is also a lively town with shops and fashionable boutiques. Spend the night in town.
Distance 35 km
Day 5: Perugia - Assisi
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 museum is advised. Spend the night in Assisi in a lovely Country Inn just outside town within walking distance from the Basilica.
Day 6: Free day in Assisi
Assisi deserve an entire day to enjoy and your Inn has a lovely swimming pool to relax. However if you want some exercise we have a half day hike to reach the Eremo delle carceri the San Francis peaceful retreat just above Assisi. You can choose a bike loop to Deruta and Torgiano (50km).
Day 7: Assisi - Spello
We bike in the very core of Umbria: from Assisi to Spello, and, if you haven’t had enough, on to Bevagna the lovely medieval town where each summer a huge medieval festival is held that feature ancient workshops and costumes. Overnight in Spello.
Day 8: End of our service
Transfer to Foligno train station to catch the train for the next destination. See you on your next adventure in Italy!