Short escape cycling from Tuscany to Umbria
A bike tour that combines the charmed land of Southern Tuscany + the Umbrian corner around Orvieto.
Above all you will start with immersion in Val d’Orcia a Renaissance jewel and the first example of an urban planning project, realized by Rossellino. Wander the evocatively-named streets, like Via dell’Amore and Via del Bacio, filled with characteristic shops offering the typical products of the Val d’Orcia; the standout is the famous pecorino cheese.
Furthermore your days and rides will be off the beaten path: San Casciano hot springs and lovely town around.
Finally enter in Umbria thorough lush chestnut groves and elm forests. This landlocked region’s overwhelmingly medieval character harkens one back to the mysticism and mysteries of the Dark Ages, a land whose rolling hills are dotted with castles, fortresses and watchtowers, whose well-preserved hill towns produce world-renowned handmade ceramics
Pienza to Orvieto cycle vacation Highlights
- Magnificent Orvieto Cycle from an ancient spa to the “Golden Lilly of Cathedrals”
- Off the beaten path crossin Tuscany Umbria borders: San Casciano dei bagni and Cetona
- Be awed by the recently renovated “dying city” of Civita
hot spring thermal bath
Meet and Greet, we'll fit your bikes and introduce you to each day ride. First loop to San Quirico to test the bicycle and the equipment! Stop in the village at Horti e leonini Garden, the top attraction of town.
total Distance 22 km
San Casciano dei Bagni
Today is a completely country ride: for the first 15 km you will ride downhill and after easy gentle rolling hills. You will see Radicofani medieval and enchanting village with a 1200 dating Rocca After lunch at the hill town continue to small outlying district of Celle sul Rigo with its majestic 13th century tower and an unforgettable view
Few km more and arrive to San Casciano Bagni hot spring. The spa is very old and in town there is impressive town hall of renaissance time. The historic centre worth a visit with its characteristic hill town-plan of alleys and small piazzas. Away from the centre, near the Spa, the Chiesa Basilicale which dates to the year 1000 is of great interest. But though San Casciano, immersed in a lush and uncontaminated nature, is a favourite with farm holiday visitors, it should not be forgotten that a great many tourists come for spa cures such as inhalations, baths and mud treatments.
Total Distance: 53 km/33,1 miles
Cetona & Sarteano
Cetona is situated on the slopes of the mountain of the same name, the mount you will climb to get there! So, prepare for some hills today. Cetona retains the characteristic medieval design that consists of small alley ways and little roads that spiral and wind their way to the fortress. This is a must see town and worth the effort! Later you will also visit Sarteano and can take in the unique castle found there! Return to your same hotel in San Casciano Bagni - and maybe a visit to one of the baths?!
Total Distance 45 km/28,1 miles
Today you will pass the border after short downhill- just after the village of Trevinano you will be in Umbria. Across a park and forest and get to Allerona immersed in the wood-covered hills of beech, ilex, and juniper. visible are the ruins of the Castle of Meana, home of the homonymous barony, of a small fortress, known as "rudere dell'Armata" and the Bisenzio Tower. back in the saddle and enjoy the long downhill of the day. Another climb to Castel Viscardo. By late afternoon you'll see Orvieto, looming ahead on its strange plateau, crowned by the cathedral of Santa Maria, considered by one and all to be among the very finest churches in all of Europe.
Total Distance 48 km/30 miles.
Optional loop to Civita - End of Tour
Total Distance 44 km/27,5 miles
Back to Hotel where you leave bikes. Orvieto station is on fast line Rome Florence and can reach your next destination.
Hotel Il Chiostro di PienzaIl Chiostro di Pienza is housed in a 15th C convent and sits protected and quiet right in the center of this tiny town. It has been renovated but all the beamed ceilings frescoed walls and ancient tile floors have been preserved, nice garden overlooking val d’Orcia with pool. www.relaisilchiostrodipienza.com
Sette Querce - San CascianoThe hotel Sette Querce is a recently renovated thirty year old inn constructed of traditional building materials: brick, wood and internal walls painted with different colors. The decor, curated by owner with the invaluable support of the English designer, is a happy union of traditional Tuscan furniture and the bright colors of the designer.
Palazzo Piccolomini - OrvietoThe Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini is remarkable for its beautiful palace created for the pontifical family Piccolomini. The accurate restoration has given new splendour to the different age-long structures; from the refined facade overlooking Piazza Ranieri down to the underground rooms cut into the tuff mass, on which the Etruscan Orvieto rises.
Luxury upgrade in Pienza: Bandita TownhouseLa Bandita Townhouse is a luxury boutique hotel tucked inside the historic center of Pienza. The building is a rambling Renaissance-era palazzo where nuns have lived for over 500 years. the property itself blends in completely with the Renaissance character, is a comfortable, and stylish place www.la-bandita.com
Luxury upgrade in San Casciano: Fonte verdeThe exclusive resort Fonteverde was built in the 17th century by the Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici amid precious hot springs whose therapeutic properties were known since ancient times. Extensive spa centre with various treatments and natural thermal hot waters, 7 swimming pools, a holistic centre and beauty centr
Cost: Euro 1020 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement Euro 250
Solo Traveller Supplement Euro 350
Four nights in four-star superior hotels
Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
All Baggage transfers
Pick-up of bikes and gear in Orvieto
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
bike rental per entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 105
Race bike euro 120
E-bike euro 120
City Tax each village charges a tax per day between euro 0,70 to euro 4,00
Renting GPS for 6 days – 50 euro
We can rent you a Garmin Edge Touring. It works like the GPS navigator you use in your car, only with maps and features specifically designed to help you find your way by bike. We will upload all the route notes and you will have really no problems in finding your way to the next town!