Green Heart of Alto Lazio

From €940

Italian Bike Tour: Cycling through the Lazio Countryside

A guided bike tour through the Lazio countryside and Cimini Mountains, ancient cities of Roman Etruscan origins, beautiful landscapes, archaeological sites and Renaissance villas in unspoilt nature.

The Green Heart of Alto Lazio – bike & hotel

Orvieto

A guided bike tour through the Lazio countryside and Cimini Mountains, ancient cities of Roman Etruscan origins, beautiful landscapes, archaeological sites and Renaissance villas in unspoilt nature.

Description

A guided bike tour through the Lazio countryside and Cimini Mountains, ancient cities of Roman Etruscan origins, beautiful landscapes, archaeological sites and Renaissance villas in unspoilt nature.

 
Availability 

On Request

 

Price per person

In double room € 940

Single supplement € 300

Bike rental € 150

 

Information

Individual arrival in Orvieto, at the agriturismo. Aperitif and presentation of the tour and the group. Dinner and guided tour in the city.We climb to the ancient Balneum Regis, of Etruscan origin, today a crest of medieval houses perched on a tuffaceous hill, in the middle of the Valley of the Calanchi a fascinating island within the mainland.

Once a spur of Bagnoregio now connected only by a narrow bridge due to the landslides and the resulting loss of entire neighborhoods, churches and homes.

Let us take you back in time, to begin this journey through the ages in the footsteps of the ancient civilizations that have dominated these lands, where the Etruscans, Romans and Lombards have followed one another.

We descend among the rolling hills down to the Bolsena Lake, reaching the ancient Roman-Etruscan site of Volsinii. This is the first settlement of Bolsena with the medieval town built just over the valley, along the Via Francigena, on the banks of the largest volcanic lake in Europe, whose shores were inhabited since prehistoric times due to its mild climate and lush vegetation.

We coast the lake by the Path of the Brigantes, through beaches and fishing town, for a nice and lightweight bike journey. Not to miss the boat trip around the islands Martana and Bisentina, two patches of wilderness rich in history. Through the countryside we make our way to continue to Tuscania, in the unspoiled Valley of Marta, today a Natural Reserve. Founded by the son of Aeneas, it recounts of the Romans and Etruscans and houses two splendid Romanesque Basilica.

Leaving Tuscania for Viterbo we bike through an antique Roman road, amongst wildflowers and old houses, then cycling the Etruscan gorges, cut in the rock, we enter the city to visit the medieval quarter and the Papal Palace. A refreshing break at the hot springs, in the open country, will give us the right energy for the climb to Monte Cimino. We enter the Selva Cimina through the ancient Cassia Cimina, used by the Romans and immerse ourselves in the pristine nature of Lake Vico and the Natural Reserve. An intact environment and lush vegetation, centennial woods and a rich fauna.

Caprarola and the Palazzo Farnese, one of the most imposing works of the late Renaissance, where the best painters and architects of the time were called to worked on it, and then down to the valley, Bomarzo, with its Renaissance Sacred Grove or Park of Monsters, only rediscovered in the last century, with colossal sculptures derived from the rocks on found on site. We overnight in Attigliano. After breakfast end of services.

Highlights
  • 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).
Included
  • accomodation in three star hotel or agriturismo for 5 nights with breakfast
  • 1 x lunch 
  • 4 x dinner 
  • multilingual tour leader on bike 
  • luggage transport
  • technical assistance 
  • informative material 
  • guided tours to: Civita di Bagnoregio, Bolsena, Caves of St. Cristina and Catacombs, Orsini Castle, Basilica of St. Peter, Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, medieval district of St. Pellegrino, Reserve of Vico Lake, Palazzo Farnese, Sacro Bosco in Bomarzo.
Excluded
  • travel to/from the point of departure and end of the tour
  • bike rental
  • lunches
  • drinks
  • dinner day 3
  • entrance fees to museums 
  • excursions not in program 
  • taxes and fees
  • anything not specified in “The price per person includes”.
Warnings

Intermediate, 175 km (47 ml)

Itinerary

Day 1 Orvieto
Individual arrival in Orvieto by 6PM.
Presentation of the tour, dinner and guided tour of the city.

Day 2 Orvieto-Bagnoregio-Bolsena 35 km | 21.7 ml
9AM By bike to Civita di Bagnoregio. Lunch in restaurant serving local cuisine. Guided tour of the citadel. In the afternoon on bike to Bolsena. Sightseeing and bike ride along the lake. Dinner and night tour of the medieval quarter. Overnight in Bolsena.

Day 3 Bolsena-Capodimonte-Tuscania 45 km | 27.9 ml
9AM departure by bike. Along the Lake of Bolsena to the beach of Capodimonte. Picnic lunch. Visit to Capodimonte and possible boat trip to the islands. Departure by bike to Tuscania in the early afternoon. Dinner (not included). Overnight in Tuscania.

Day 4 Tuscania-Viterbo-Lake Vico 45 km | 27.9 ml
9AM guided visit of Tuscania. 11AM departure by bike for Viterbo. Lunch and visit of the medieval quarter. Optional bath at the spa. The thermal spring is public and free. It arises on the site of the Roman baths in the open country, near Viterbo. We leave Viterbo and climb to the top of Monte Fogliano before descending nicely to the Lake Vico. Visit the Natural Reserve. Dinner and overnight in Lake Vico.

Day 5 Lake Vico-Caprarola-Bomarzo-Attigliano 50 km | 31 ml
At 9AM departure to Caprarola. Guided tour of the Palazzo Farnese. Stop at a shop of local products. We continue cycling until Bomarzo, through Soriano nel Cimino. Picnic lunch or at the snack-bar (in the park) and a visit to the Sacred Forest of Bomarzo also known as Monster Park. We continue cycling until Attigliano. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 Attigliano 
After breakfast, end of services.

Map

From €940

Duration: 6 days

Start Point: Orvieto

End Point: Attigliano

Intermediate, 175 km (47 ml) 1 Night Orvieto, 1 Night Bolsena, 1 Night Tuscania , 1 Night Lake Vico, 1 Night Attigliano

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