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 the riches it offers, don't miss the Duomo one of the most stunning Italian Gothic cathedrals from the XIII c. with famed mosaic facade and frescoes by Italian Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli. We will wait for you at the hotel in the early afternoon to meet your tour leader, followed by a guided tour of Orvieto, tasting of local wines and dinner. Overnight stay in Orvieto.
Day 2: Orvieto-Bagnoregio-Bolsena ca. 35 km | 22 miles
In the morning we wonder through quaint 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, by the lake on the Via Francigena, a pilgrim's road leading to Rome. 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-Vulci-Capalbio ca. 50 km | 31 ml
Following the ancient roman road via Clodia we depart from Tuscania on our way to Vulci. The ancient Etruscan-Roman city of Vulci practically unknown until the 19th century was discovered by chance when part of the land sank with the passage of a herd of cattle. The finding was a sensation and excavations, that continue even today, were once patronized by the younger brother of Napoleon, Luciano Bonaparte during the residency of the latter in the nearby city of Canino. We traverse the borders of Lazio and enter Tuscany to reach Capalbio and your agriturismo/hotel. Overnight stay in Capalbio.
Day 5: Capalbio - loop tour ca. 30 km | 19 ml
Morning bike ride to the ‘Tarot Garden’ by world famous french sculptor Niki De Saint Phalle. Colossal sculptures dressed in bright colors and scales of mirrors blend with the surrounding nature and reflect it, a magic world in an unexpected place to feed your imagination. Time to visit this enchanting and unique sculture park. We continue our cycling to the coast. Afternoon at leisure biking to the beach or inland. Overnight stay in Capalbio.
Day 6: Capalbio-Porto Santo Stefano ca. 45 km | 28 ml Morning bike ride to the ancient Roman city of Cosa perched upon Cape Ansedonia and strategically overseeing the Thyrrenian sea. Cycling across the pine forest of Feniglia, last resting place of the painter Caravaggio, we take a dive in the mediterranean sea. Bike ride to visit Orbetello, cozy tuscan coastal town in the middle of the lagoon. Overnight in Porto Santo Stefano.
Day 7: Porto Santo Stefano-Monte Argentario loop tour – ca. 25 km | 16 ml Discover Monte Argentario's hidden coves, clear sand and crystal clear water for a morning with some climbs rewarded by a fabulous dive in the Tyrrhenian sea. Possibility to visit to the village of Porto Ercole and Stella Fortress (XVI c.) Alternatively, for an easy day by bike, cycle to the Feniglia pine forest and afternoon by the beach. For complete relax, leave the bike and day trip to the Island of Giglio or to the Island of Giannutri (two-way ferry costs not included). Return to your agriturismo/hotel in the evening. Overnight in Porto Santo Stefano.
Day 8: Porto Santo Stefano After breakfast, end of services.
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.