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Medieval villages, lush valleys and Etruscan, Roman and Byzantine remains: Umbria is a land which still today retains the charm of its ancient history, a varied combination of cultures and landscapes which offer exciting opportunities to cycling enthusiasts.

Do you like pushing hard on the…

Medieval villages, lush valleys and Etruscan, Roman and Byzantine remains: Umbria is a land which still today retains the charm of its ancient history, a varied combination of cultures and landscapes which offer exciting opportunities to cycling enthusiasts.

Do you like pushing hard on the pedals and feeling the wind as you go fast? The hills of Umbria are exactly what you need. You can ride inland on spectacular routes which are long but not too challenging and will give you the opportunity to discover many hidden gems of Umbrian history and culture, charming places which have remained unchanged throughout the centuries. Do you prefer demanding climbs? You will find them in Umbria too. You can satisfy your desire for a challenge riding along the bends of Mount Martani, Mount Peglia or Mount Vettore. If instead you prefer a varied route, choose the Umbrian Valley and the trails winding through Lake Trasimeno and Lake Corbara.

Whether you are a mountain-bike lover, a beginner or an expert freerider, Umbria is the right place for you: a real paradise for riders with many trails and dirt tracks winding through woods, hills and picturesque routes to discover old villages rich in traditions, history and legends. And if you want to get your adrenaline going, you can climb Mount Subasio, Pausillo or Peglia and propel yourself downhill to tackle single-track at full speed.

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Food

Pasta alla Norcina

This is the most typical Umbrian dish which can be prepared in two ways. The most popular recipe uses penne or tagliatelle as the type of pasta and it includes sausage and cream as main ingredients and optionally, a sprinkling of truffle – diluted sheep ricotta was used instead of cream in the past. The other recipe uses a long type of pasta (tagliatelle or linguine) served with the black truffle of Nursia, anchovies, olive oil and garlic.

Truffle

The truffle, in its black or white variant, is one of the most common ingredients in Umbrian cuisine. It is used with appetisers, pasta, risotto and main courses for a triumph of flavour and goodness. The most renowned one is the black truffle of Nursia, an essential ingredient in the most important dishes of Nursia cuisine.

Mule balls

Umbria has a rich tradition in the processing of cured meats, the so-called art of Norcineria. Among the Umbrian specialities, one gets our attention due to its peculiar name: the mule balls. it is a pork-based sausage and—as you can probably guess by its name—it has a typical rounded shape.

History & Culture

Umbria is one the regions with the highest variety of artistic and cultural treasures in Italy: from the ancient villages of Spello, Nursia or Todi to the eternal beauty of Assisi, to the works of great artists such as Pietro Perugino, Giotto or Cimabue. When you come on holiday to Umbria, you can combine healthy sport with many interesting excursions and discover the history of one of the most interesting parts of Italy. Just imagine riding your bike through the region, discovering the places where Giotto lived and which characterised the stay of the Florentine painter in Umbria. Starting from Assisi, you may reach Spello and then proceed towards Spoleto. These are only two of the places where you can admire the most representative works of Giotto and his pupils in Umbria.

Bike hotels in Umbria

Hotel Spa & Golf Valle di Assisi

Assisi, Umbria

1 March - 31 December 2023

from € 60 per night per person

The best cycling routes in Umbria

Tour of Lake Trasimeno and Lake Corbara
UmbriaRoad cycling70 / 87 kmMedium / Difficult
Assisi, Spello and the climbs of Mount Subasio
UmbriaMTB & E-MTB34.5 kmDifficult
Nocera umbra and the slopes of Mount Subasio
UmbriaRoad cycling88.0 kmMedium
Mount Vettore
UmbriaRoad cycling79 kmDifficult
Exploring the Umbrian-Marchean Apennines
UmbriaRoad cycling82 kmDifficult