Green Heart of Alto Lazio

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Italian Bike Tour: Cycling through the Lazio Countryside

A guided cycling tour through the Lazio countryside. Visit the Cimini Mountains, ancient Roman and Etruscan cities, beautiful landscapes, fascinating archaeological sites, and idyllic Renaissance villas. All of the cycling routes on this enchanting Italian cycling tour take full advantage of the region's unspoiled natural landscapes.

The Green Heart of Alto Lazio – bike & hotel

Orvieto

Take a guided cycling tour through the Lazio countryside. Visit the Cimini Mountains by bicycle to fully appreciate the natural beauty of this part of the world! On this cycling tour, you'll also visit numerous ancient Roman and Etruscan cities, exploring the various impressive ruins left by these two ancient civilisations. 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.

As you cycle through the stunning Lazio countryside, you'll find beautiful landscapes everywhere you look, as well as fascinating archaeological sites and idyllic Renaissance villas. All of the cycling routes on this enchanting Italian cycling trip explore the region's beautiful, completely unspoiled natural landscapes.

Travel back in time to see the ancient civilisations that are an intrinsic part of Italy's fascinating, vibrant history. Cycle through the amazing rural landscapes and back through the centuries, visiting Civita di Bagnoregio, Bolsena, the Basilica of St. Peter, Bomarzo, and the Caprarola nature reserve. And if you're looking for even more options, check out our entire range of European cycling tours and get in touch if you have any questions. 

Lazio Countryside Cycling Tour Description

Come with us on an Italian cycling odyssey as we take a guided bike tour through the Lazio countryside.  Visit Bolsena Lake, climb the Cimini Mountains, and visit the ancient Roman and Etruscan ruins at Volsinii and other ancient ruins scattered around the area. Explore the beautiful landscapes, archaeological sites, and gorgeous Renaissance villas.

 
Availability 

On Request

 

Price per person

In double room € 940

Single supplement € 300

Bike rental € 150

 

Lazio Bike Tour Information

Individual arrival in Orvieto, at the agriturismo. Aperitif and presentation of the tour and the group. Dinner and guided tour of the city. We then 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, it is 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 and influenced 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. We also take the enchanting boat trip around the islands Martana and Bisentina, two patches of wilderness rich in history. Through the countryside, we make our way to Tuscania, in the unspoiled Valley of Marta, today a nature reserve of exquisite beauty.

Leaving Tuscania for Viterbo, we bike through an antique Roman road, amongst wildflowers and old houses. Then, we cycle through the Etruscan gorges, cut in the rock, where we enter the city to visit the medieval quarter and the Papal Palace. Here, you will have a refreshing break at the hot springs, in the open country. This short reprise is enough of a break to give us the energy we need to climb to Monte Cimino. We enter the Selva Cimina through the ancient Cassia Cimina, used by the Romans. Here, we immerse ourselves in the pristine nature of Lake Vico and the nature reserve full of lush vegetation and countless majestic animals.

The town of Caprarola, and the Palazzo Farnese that rests there, is arguably 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. 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 found on site. We overnight in Attigliano. After breakfast, it is the end of the cycling tour.

Highlights of our Lazio Bike Tour 
  • 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)

Lazio Bike Tour 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 start. Cycle to Civita di Bagnoregio. Lunch in a restaurant serving local cuisine. Guided tour of the citadel. In the afternoon, we travel by bike to Bolsena. Sightseeing and bike ride along the lake. Dinner and night tour of the medieval quarter. Overnight stay in Bolsena.

Day 3: Bolsena-Capodimonte-Tuscania 45 km | 27.9 ml
9am departure by bike. Cycle along the Lake of Bolsena to the beach of Capodimonte. Picnic lunch. Visit Capodimonte and a 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 start, with a guided visit of Tuscania. 11am departure by bike for Viterbo. Lunch and visit to 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, at a leisurely pace, 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, we depart Caprarola. We take a guided tour of the Palazzo Farnese, then stop at a local shop. We continue cycling until Bomarzo, through Soriano nel Cimino. Picnic lunch or at the snack-bar (in the park) and we visit the Sacred Forest of Bomarzo also known as Monster Park. We continue cycling until we reach Attigliano. Here, we eat dinner and stay overnight.

Day 6: Attigliano 
We eat breakfast, then the Lazio cycling tour is officially over.

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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