Florence to Rome - Italy Cycling Holiday

Discover a new side of Italy on this self guided tour between Florence and Rome. Your journey will take you through the green heart of Italy allowing you to see the country from another angle and experience the calm, mystical and unexplored roads. You visit cities like Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto or Narni, which have incredible art treasures and carry visitors back into the Middle Ages.  The overall appearance of the cities has hardly changed and the landscapes are harmonious and inviting.

Travel along quiet roads through the valleys of the Apennines and through the gently rolling hills around Lake Trasimeno. Your tour ends in the historical city of Rome where you should put aside your bike and explore all the city has to offer.

Prices from £929.00

2020 Date Available

 

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: 3*** and 4**** hotels
  • Start/Finish: From Florence to Rome
  • Distance: 177 miles (285 km)
  • Duration: 7 nights 8 days
  • Availability: Saturdays April to July & August to October
  • Altitude:

This tour has an eight day, seven night itinerary.

Day 1: Florence

Arrive in Florence and settle into your hotel before a tour briefing and distribution of rental bikes. After the meeting its time to explore the beautiful centre of Florence.


Day 2: From Florence to Passignano sul Trasimeno

Leave Florence by train to Arezzo, one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany due to its tradition in goldsmithing.   Located in southeastern Tuscany, it sits on top of a hill at the crossroads of four valleys, the Val Tiberina, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana. Take time to visit beautiful churches and palaces.  Leave Arrezo and cycle along trails and through the vast plains of the Val di Chiana, all the while accompanied by silhouettes of hills and mountains of this Tuscan region.  Pass Cortona and finally reach Lake Trasimeno, the battlefield of Hannibal against the Romans. Here there are gorgeous views over the lake. Head on to where you will spend the night in Passignano. 

Approx. distance 37 miles (60 km ) by bike and a train journey to Arezzo in the morning

Hotel example: La Vela

Day 3: From Passignano sul Trasimeno to Perugia

Cycle along the lake to Torricella then head through open fields and rolling hills to the Umbrian capital  Perugia.  Perugia is a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The city hosts many festivals and events throughout the year like the Eurochocolate Festival in October and the Umbria Jazz Festival in July.  Take your time and stroll through one of the nicest shopping streets in Italy to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Palazzo dei Priori or the Arco Etrusco.

Approx. distance 22 miles (35 km )

Hotel example: Sangallo Palace

Day 4: From Perugia to Assisi

Having crossed the river Tiber, it is only a few kilometres to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. However, before you enter this mystical city, take a detour to one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in Umbria, S. M. degli Angeli.  In Assisi visit the Basilica di San Francesco and immerse yourself in the colourful world of medieval frescoes by Giotto.

Approx. distance 19 miles (30 km ) 

Hotel example: Dei Priori

Day 5: From Assisi to Spoleto

Cycle around the foot of Mount Subasio to the walled medieval town of Spello. Spello lies on a sloping ridge that eventually meets the plain. From the top of the ridge, Spello commands a good view of the Umbrian plain towards Perugia.  At the bottom of the ridge, the town spills out of its walls into a small modern section.  The ride continues through the Valle Umbra to Spoleto. Cities, such as Montefalco, Trevi, and Campello can be seen on the surrounding hills. The Ponte delle Torri is a 236 m long and 90 m high aqueduct and bridge, from here you can enjoy a vertiginous view of the Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco and the former papal fortress of Rocca Albornoz.

Approx. distance 34 miles (55 km)

Hotel example: Charleston

Day 6: From Spoleto to Narni

Cycle between mountains and through beautiful countryside to Terni.  Here you can treat yourself to one of the delicious pastries that Terni is renown, this and having the most creative cuisine in the region. Then on to Narni with its medieval streets that will take you back in time.

Approx. distance 28 miles (45km)

Hotel example: Dei Priori

Day 7: From Narni to Rome

Cycle through the green heart of Umbria and past high mountains to Calvi, the last major town in this region. You can still enjoy the quiet and solitude of the Sabine mountains before you take the train to Rome and immerse yourself in this vibrant city. 

Approx. distance 37 miles (60 km) + train journey

Hotel example: Gambrinus

Day 8: Departure or extension

Individual departure or extra nights

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour will start in Florence and end in Rome.
  • The total distance of this cycling holiday is approximately 285km / 177 miles.

Essential Information:

  • Individual Tour Saturday arrivals: From April to July & Late August to October

Tour character

  • The route is slightly hilly during the whole tour; in between there are longer flat sections. You will find yourself almost exclusively on asphalt tracks and quiet side streets, with some bad road conditions. Only very short sections are on busier roads, particularly when entering or leaving cities.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your cycling holiday in Italy including:

  • City of Florence
  • City of Rome
  • Apennine Valleys
  • Trasimeno Lake
  • Assisi
  • Perugia

Getting to Italy:

By Rail – The are several route options between the UK and Florence.  Which route to choose?

The man in seat 61 says there's a choice of routes from the UK to Italy by train, some fast & direct, some slower but amazingly scenic, some using a sleeper train, some using daytime trains. Browse this website summary, then click on whichever option appeals most.  By all means go out one way & come back another, or stop off on the way, as each train is ticketed separately.

Also here is the trainline website

Getting from Rome to the UK is just as easy, use the man in seat 61 website summary above and use the notes here.

By Bus – Florence and Rome and be reached by bus. 

Use this website to plan your journey

By Car – Florence (Firenze) and Rome can be reached by car via ferry or Eurotunnel and well-maintained motorways.

The multi-storey car park close to the hotel, costs approx. EUR 20 - EUR 36 per day, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible or necessary, car park close to the hotel, costs approx. EUR 70 per week, unguarded car park at the periphery costs approx. EUR 20 per week

There are Good train connections from Rome to Florence.

Here is the AA route planner website

By Air – To Florence or Pisa Airport.

The closest airports to the start of the tour are Florence or Pisa  and Rome is closest to the end.  Use the Skyscanner website to find your flights. 

You can catch a train or bus between Pisa airport and Florence.

See this website for trains

Currently, there are two bus companies operating from Pisa airport to Santa Maria Novella station in Florence; Autostradale and Sky Bus Lines Caronna. The two bus lines travel from the airport every 30 to 40 minutes in an alternating manner.

There are good train connections from Rome to Florence.

For more information on getting to Italy please visit the Italian Tourism website.

Included
  • Seven nights accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive  breakfast
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Train journey from Florence to Arezzo inc. bike
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack (English, German & French)
  • Service Hotline
  • Train journey from Poggio Mirteto to Rome – bike drop off in Poggio Mirteto

  • GPS-data is available
Excluded
  • Meals except breakfast
  • Transport to and from Italy
  • Bicycle Hire (optional extra)
  • Tourist Tax if applicable

This tour has an eight day, seven night itinerary.

Day 1: Florence

Arrive in Florence and settle into your hotel before a tour briefing and distribution of rental bikes. After the meeting its time to explore the beautiful centre of Florence.


Day 2: From Florence to Passignano sul Trasimeno

Leave Florence by train to Arezzo, one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany due to its tradition in goldsmithing.   Located in southeastern Tuscany, it sits on top of a hill at the crossroads of four valleys, the Val Tiberina, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana. Take time to visit beautiful churches and palaces.  Leave Arrezo and cycle along trails and through the vast plains of the Val di Chiana, all the while accompanied by silhouettes of hills and mountains of this Tuscan region.  Pass Cortona and finally reach Lake Trasimeno, the battlefield of Hannibal against the Romans. Here there are gorgeous views over the lake. Head on to where you will spend the night in Passignano. 

Approx. distance 37 miles (60 km ) by bike and a train journey to Arezzo in the morning

Hotel example: La Vela

Day 3: From Passignano sul Trasimeno to Perugia

Cycle along the lake to Torricella then head through open fields and rolling hills to the Umbrian capital  Perugia.  Perugia is a well-known cultural and artistic centre of Italy. The city hosts many festivals and events throughout the year like the Eurochocolate Festival in October and the Umbria Jazz Festival in July.  Take your time and stroll through one of the nicest shopping streets in Italy to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Palazzo dei Priori or the Arco Etrusco.

Approx. distance 22 miles (35 km )

Hotel example: Sangallo Palace

Day 4: From Perugia to Assisi

Having crossed the river Tiber, it is only a few kilometres to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. However, before you enter this mystical city, take a detour to one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in Umbria, S. M. degli Angeli.  In Assisi visit the Basilica di San Francesco and immerse yourself in the colourful world of medieval frescoes by Giotto.

Approx. distance 19 miles (30 km ) 

Hotel example: Dei Priori

Day 5: From Assisi to Spoleto

Cycle around the foot of Mount Subasio to the walled medieval town of Spello. Spello lies on a sloping ridge that eventually meets the plain. From the top of the ridge, Spello commands a good view of the Umbrian plain towards Perugia.  At the bottom of the ridge, the town spills out of its walls into a small modern section.  The ride continues through the Valle Umbra to Spoleto. Cities, such as Montefalco, Trevi, and Campello can be seen on the surrounding hills. The Ponte delle Torri is a 236 m long and 90 m high aqueduct and bridge, from here you can enjoy a vertiginous view of the Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco and the former papal fortress of Rocca Albornoz.

Approx. distance 34 miles (55 km)

Hotel example: Charleston

Day 6: From Spoleto to Narni

Cycle between mountains and through beautiful countryside to Terni.  Here you can treat yourself to one of the delicious pastries that Terni is renown, this and having the most creative cuisine in the region. Then on to Narni with its medieval streets that will take you back in time.

Approx. distance 28 miles (45km)

Hotel example: Dei Priori

Day 7: From Narni to Rome

Cycle through the green heart of Umbria and past high mountains to Calvi, the last major town in this region. You can still enjoy the quiet and solitude of the Sabine mountains before you take the train to Rome and immerse yourself in this vibrant city. 

Approx. distance 37 miles (60 km) + train journey

Hotel example: Gambrinus

Day 8: Departure or extension

Individual departure or extra nights

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour will start in Florence and end in Rome.
  • The total distance of this cycling holiday is approximately 285km / 177 miles.

Essential Information:

  • Individual Tour Saturday arrivals: From April to July & Late August to October

Tour character

  • The route is slightly hilly during the whole tour; in between there are longer flat sections. You will find yourself almost exclusively on asphalt tracks and quiet side streets, with some bad road conditions. Only very short sections are on busier roads, particularly when entering or leaving cities.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your cycling holiday in Italy including:

  • City of Florence
  • City of Rome
  • Apennine Valleys
  • Trasimeno Lake
  • Assisi
  • Perugia

Getting to Italy:

By Rail – The are several route options between the UK and Florence.  Which route to choose?

The man in seat 61 says there's a choice of routes from the UK to Italy by train, some fast & direct, some slower but amazingly scenic, some using a sleeper train, some using daytime trains. Browse this website summary, then click on whichever option appeals most.  By all means go out one way & come back another, or stop off on the way, as each train is ticketed separately.

Also here is the trainline website

Getting from Rome to the UK is just as easy, use the man in seat 61 website summary above and use the notes here.

By Bus – Florence and Rome and be reached by bus. 

Use this website to plan your journey

By Car – Florence (Firenze) and Rome can be reached by car via ferry or Eurotunnel and well-maintained motorways.

The multi-storey car park close to the hotel, costs approx. EUR 20 - EUR 36 per day, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible or necessary, car park close to the hotel, costs approx. EUR 70 per week, unguarded car park at the periphery costs approx. EUR 20 per week

There are Good train connections from Rome to Florence.

Here is the AA route planner website

By Air – To Florence or Pisa Airport.

The closest airports to the start of the tour are Florence or Pisa  and Rome is closest to the end.  Use the Skyscanner website to find your flights. 

You can catch a train or bus between Pisa airport and Florence.

See this website for trains

Currently, there are two bus companies operating from Pisa airport to Santa Maria Novella station in Florence; Autostradale and Sky Bus Lines Caronna. The two bus lines travel from the airport every 30 to 40 minutes in an alternating manner.

There are good train connections from Rome to Florence.

For more information on getting to Italy please visit the Italian Tourism website.

Included
  • Seven nights accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive  breakfast
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Train journey from Florence to Arezzo inc. bike
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack (English, German & French)
  • Service Hotline
  • Train journey from Poggio Mirteto to Rome – bike drop off in Poggio Mirteto

  • GPS-data is available
Excluded
  • Meals except breakfast
  • Transport to and from Italy
  • Bicycle Hire (optional extra)
  • Tourist Tax if applicable
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