No doubt you'll arrive with certain expectations of Tuscany and Umbria. But somehow the sensory feast is still a wonderful surprise. The sheer beauty of olive groves and vineyards. The slow pace of life. The symphony of flavors in traditional dishes. And the rich passione of the locals. Expectations exceeded? Just another day in the heart of Italy.
1-2 Start your journey in Rome, the Eternal City | Ride tranquil bike paths flanked by bright red poppies, cypress trees and undulating hills | On the way to Montefalco, explore timeless Spoleto, perhaps pausing to browse for ceramics, linens and olive wood pieces | Don't miss the medieval hilltop fortress of Rocca Albornoziana | Heading toward Mount Subasio, take a moment to sample fine vintages of velvety sagrantino, Umbria's prize vino rosso | Discover the ancient villages of Spello and Bevagna en route to the World Heritage site of Assisi | Experience warm Umbrian hospitality and hearty cuisine at a dinner in the countryside.
3 Welcome to Tuscany! | Travel north to Sant'Andrea di Sorbello | Ride at your own pace through the lush Val Niccone past tobacco fields, olive groves and sunflowers | Enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration and lunch at La Braccesca wine estate | Unwind at La Corte dei Papi, our enchanting hotel and a perennial favorite in the region.
4-5 Explore historic hilltop Cortona, surrounded by 3,000-year-old Etruscan walls, and the setting for Under the Tuscan Sun | Bike through the colorful landscape of the border region between Tuscany and Umbria | Taste splendid Tuscan wines, like Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino and Cortona's very own rendition of Syrah.