A Tuscany & Umbria Photo Tour

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In May, my wife and I traveled to Tuscany & Umbria with Backroads. It was our 23rd trip with our favorite active travel company. A question often asked by fellow travelers is, what keeps you coming back?

Backroads Biking in Italy

Simply put, Backroads is special. Backroads is family. Anyone can place you on a nice bike, take you to beautiful places and feed you good food. Backroads is an immersion experience in the sights, sounds, tastes, history and culture of a region. They do impeccable research for their cycling and hiking routes and their support is exceptional. Not only are Backroads leaders accomplished at their jobs, they are delightful, wonderful humans whom we have befriended on many occasions. Like minds are drawn to like experiences, so it’s not surprising that we have found some of our best friends on Backroads trips. Friends we still travel with, commune with, do life with.

Pasta display on the streets of Umbria For as many friends as we have collected, we have collected a million more memories. Memories of lonely roads canopied by towering trees, endless blue seaside vistas and ancient hillside towns, each with abundant treasures of food, drink and locals anxious to hear about you, and to tell you a bit about themselves. Yes, we have strayed and tried other companies, but we always return to Backroads. If we see a Backroads van, whether it be in Crete, Lake Como or Provence, we always stop and talk to the leaders. Why? Because seeing them is like running into friends in a place far away from home.

The Tuscany & Umbria Biking trip did not disappoint. People often ask, how did this trip rate? That is, how did it stand up compared to the other 22? To be perfectly honest, it was one of our favorite trips ever! Whether you’re new to Backroads or have done 50 trips, this one is a must-do. It has it all. Beautiful scenery, amazing cycling, fantastic lodging, great food, and an abundance of history and culture.


The trip began in Arezzo, a picturesque Italian town, small enough to enjoy in two days and large enough to have everything one wants. Arezzo begs one to take slow walks through its quaint streets, browse its shops and explore its historic buildings. Our first day took us by the Duomo, pictured in this image. The inside will take your breath away.

Duomo in Arezzo, Italy


Our Backroads adventure began when our leaders picked us up at the train station and whisked us away into the heart of Italy. After a delicious farm-to-table lunch at a local farm, our bikes awaited for a ride through magical Umbria.

Backroads bikes staged and ready in Umbria, Italy


The only traffic jam we encountered the entire week were these sheep being herded from field to field by a local farmer.

Traffic jam of Sheep in Italy


The week’s cycling routes took us through the beautiful Italian countryside. Small roads led us to age-old villages where we stopped to explore numerous shops and ate at wonderful trattorias.

Trattoria in Italy on a Backroads biking trip

Check Out the Detailed Itinerary for the Backroads Tuscany & Umbria Bike Tour

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Duane Klaus

Duane Klaus

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Duane funded his college and medical school studies by playing music professionally across Texas. Writing, travel and photography have forever walked alongside him. He and his lovely wife, Naomi, love the outdoors and all it has to offer. Having retired from medicine, he now spends most of his time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with its endless supply of outdoor activities. Writing is his current artistic passion. He’s working on a memoir, Return to Yesterday, Reclaim Your Future by Examining Your Past and a fictional novel, When Lightning Comes. Backroads became part of the couple’s life in 2000. The Backroads experience hooked them on the very first trip. Since then, they have joined Backroads on 23 amazing adventures. Duane and Naomi hope to make it through the Backroads catalog before they’re summoned to no longer travel our planet, but to travel among the stars.
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