Rome & Alto Lazio

From € 550

Italy: Rome & the Green Heart of Alto Lazio

Our Rome & the Green Heart of Alto Lazio tour is like pedalling back in time. Note how ancient civilisations have graciously left behind curious remnants of their fascinating existence. Ride beside the lapping waters of prehistoric lakes, admire the flora and fauna of nature reserves, and ascend to a city on top of a rock where its sublime cathedral dominates the piazza. This bike tour has it all.

Rome & the Green Heart of Alto Lazio

Orvieto

Guided / Self-guided | Intermediate | 6 / 8 days

A guided cycling trip through the Lazio countryside is a wonderful way to fully appreciate the splendour of this part of the world. If this Alto Lazio bike tour sounds appealing, you may also like to check out our bike tour from Orvieto to Argentario and the rest of our Italian cycling tours.

Description

A guided cycling trip through the Lazio countryside is a wonderful way to fully appreciate the splendour of this part of the world. Arrive at the hotel just in time for an aperitivo then it's off to medieval Orvieto for a walking tour before dining on typical Umbrian fare. The next days will be spent tracking the Etruscans, Romans, and Lombards from a bicycle seat past fields of wildflowers, gorges hiding natural hot springs and refreshing dives in volcanic lakes. Get in touch with your inner child at the Park of Monsters, an Italian mannerist garden in Bomarzo. Remember that, no matter where you go on this journey, unspoilt beauty surrounds you. Our journey ends in the Eternal city, with a bike tour through the quaint alleys and piazza's of Rome.


Dates 2020

Self-guided
Saturdays  July 11 to October 24

Guided
On request

Dates 2021

Self-guided
Saturdays March 20 to October 23

Guided
March 13, 20, 27,
April 3 ,
May 1, 8,
June 19
September 4, 11

Prices 2020

  6 day 8R day
Self-guided * € 550 € 798
Extras and Supplements
Bike rental € 90 € 126
E-bike € 150 € 210
Single room supp. € 200 € 280
Half-board supp. € 175 € 245
Solo traveller € 180 € 240

Prices 2021

  6 day 8R day
Self-guided * € 620 € 895
Guided * €1340 €1750
Extras All tours
Bike rental € 100 € 140
E-bike € 155 € 217
Single room supp. € 225 € 315
Extras Self-guided
Half-board supp. € 190 € 266
Solo traveller € 192 € 256

* Price per person based on double occupancy.

What's Included

Self-guided tour
5 / 7 overnight stays with breakfast
Luggage transport
Tour information & maps
Route briefing in first hotel
7 Day Service Hotline
GPS tracks available

Also in Guided tour
4 / 6 dinners
1 wine-tasting
Multilingual guide on bicycle
Support vehicle
Transfer Attigliano-Rome
Technical assistance
Guided tours in main attraction points
City/Tourist taxes

Not Included

All tours
Travel to/from the start/end point 
Drinks and Lunches
Entrance fees to museums and parks
Gratuities
Travel insurance

Guided tour
One dinner

Self-guided tour
Dinners
Tourist taxes (approx. 2-4 eur per night)

Day 1:  Orvieto
You are expected at your hotel at the heart of the old historical center starting 2PM. Take the time to enjoy the city and riches it offers, don't miss the Duomo one of the most stunning Italian Gothic cathedrals XIII c. with famed mosaic facade and frescoes by Italian Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli. Late afternoon bike fitting and briefing at 6PM. Overnight stay in Orvieto.

Day 2:  Orvieto-Bolsena  ca. 35 km | 22 miles
In the morning we stroll through charming cobblestone streets, discovering medieval Orvieto once under Papal rule.  We then cycle to Civita di Bagnoregio, the dying city, castled on a rock from witch you will be amazed by the view. We will resume our cycling to descend pleasantly towards Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe, whose banks were already inhabited in prehistoric times. Here you will enjoy sightseeing Bolsena, a Roman-Etruscan city, on the Via Francigena. In the evening enjoy the medieval quarter. Overnight stay in Bolsena at your hotel at the shores of the lake.

Day 3:  Bolsena-Tuscania ca. 45 km | 28 miles
Coasting Lake Bolsena we bike among cozy beaches and fisherman's villages following the path or Sentiero dei Briganti. A  journey through the countryside will take us then to Tuscania, a citadel of Etruscan-Roman origin founded according to the legend by Aeneas' son, Ascanius. Today populated with medieval and Renaissance palaces, it houses two magnificent examples of Paleochristian Basilicas. San Pietro dating from the VIII c. was set for films by Passolini and others including Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet and St Maria Maggiore (V c.) boasts frescoes from the Giotto school. Overnight stay in Tuscania.

Day 4:  Tuscania-Viterbo-Lake Vico  ca. 45 km | 28 ml
Take time to visit the Basilicas of Tuscania before starting the ride that will lead you to Viterbo. The route today takes you on an ancient Roman road, among wildflowers and old farmhouses, riding through an awesome Etruscan gorges as you enter the city of the Popes. We can take a regenerating dip at the spa in the open countryside before reaching Viterbo, here the medieval quarter and the Papal Palace dating from 1255 are a must. From Viterbo you can cycle up to Lake Vico along the ancient Via Cassia Cimina in use since Roman times (possibility to book a Viterbo-Lago di Vico transfer, not included). Your hotel is located on the lake shore. Take a swim in the lake before dinner or bike and immerse in the pristine nature of the Vico Lake Nature Reserve, amid lush vegetation, centuries-old woodlands and rich fauna. Dinner and overnight in Lake Vico.

Day 5:  Lake Vico-Caprarola loop tour ca. 25 km | 16 ml
Caprarola rises a few kilometers from the lake with its splendid Palazzo Farnese, one of the most impressive late Renaissance works, rich in frescoes from the best painters and architects from the 1500's that worked there. Visit of the Palace, a journey in time through splendid frescoes, including those of the noteworthy geographical maps room. We recommend a visit to the old town. Free afternoon biking in the Natural Reserve of Lake Vico or for a relaxing dive in the lake. Overnight in Lake Vico.

Day 6:  Lake Vico-Attigliano ca. 45 km | 28 ml
Leaving Caprarola, after a pleasant climb through the woods of Monte Cimino, long and panoramic descent, across Soriano nel Cimino to reach Bomarzo. Visit the Renaissance Bosco Sacro di Bomarzo or Monster Park, rediscovered and valued only last century, preserves colossal and monstrous sixteenth-century sculptures made from giant boulders present in the large estate. By bike continue to Attigliano. Your hotel is a few kilometers from the center.

Day 7:  Rome - circular tour  ca. 20 km | 13 ml
Our bike trip continues in Rome. A transfer will take you directly to the beating heart of the capital, for a guided tour of the Eternal City. Pedaling mostly on low-traffic roads, enjoy the historic center of Rome, its monuments, alleys and hidden corners, from a privileged point of view. Rome will appear to you as you've never seen it before, in a succession of emotions, colors and flavors all to discover.

Day 8:  Rome 
After breakfast end of services.


6 day tour
Day 1-4: As program above.
Day 5: Lake Vico-Attigliano (45 km)  Caprarola rises a few kilometers from the lake with its splendid Palazzo Farnese, one of the most impressive late Renaissance works, rich in frescoes from the best painters and architects from the 1500's that worked there. Visit of the Palace, a journey in time through splendid frescoes, including those of the noteworthy geographical maps room. We recommend a visit to the old town. Leaving Caprarola, after a pleasant climb through the woods of Monte Cimino, long and panoramic descent, across Soriano nel Cimino to reach Bomarzo. Visit the Renaissance Bosco Sacro or Monster Parc, rediscovered and valued only last century, preserves colossal and monstrous sixteenth-century sculptures made from giant boulders present in the large estate. By bike continue to Attigliano. Your hotel is a few kilometers from the center.
Day 6: Attigliano After breakfast, the tour is officially over.

All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday.

Highlights

  • Orvieto: Duomo (XIII century), Pozzo San Patrizio (XVI century), Church of St. Giovenale (XI century)
  • Civita di Bagnoregio: Old Town and Church of St. Donato (XV century).
  • Bolsena: Caves of St. Cristina and Catacombs (IV-V century), Church of St. Francesco (XIII century), Orsini Castle (XIII century), Archaeological Area Vulsinii (III century BC).
  • Tuscania: Basilica of St. Peter (VIII-XIII century) cosmaten floors mosaics and crypt, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (V-XII century) with frescoes by Giotto school and Carolingian pulpit, remains of the ancient Roman-Etruscan city.
  • Viterbo:  Etruscan gorges, medieval district of St. Pellegrino, Palace of the Popes.
  • Caprarola: Nature Reserve of Vico Lake, Palazzo Farnese (XVI century).
  • Bomarzo: Sacro Bosco in Bomarzo (XV century).
  • Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps), Pincio Terrace, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant'Angelo, St. Peter's Square, Trastevere.

Map

From € 550

Duration: 6 / 8 days

Start Point: Orvieto

End Point: Attigliano or Rome

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