Florence to Rome by Bike
A cycle journey through the 'green heart' of Italy, from the enchanting city of Florence to the nation's capital Rome. The contrasts are very noticeable as you leave behind Tuscany and arrive in the peaceful and mystical Umbria. As you cycle approximately 290km you will see cities like Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and Terni, displaying an incredible wealth of art treasures, which take their visitors back to the Middle Ages. The cities have barely changed over the centuries and the rolling landscape dotted with vineyards and hill top towns will give you an appreciation of why the area is so popular with painters. On mostly backroads the route winds through the valleys of the Apennines and gentle hills near to Trasimeno Lake. At the end, the Eternal City of Rome awaits you, a fitting end to this exhilarating Italian journey by bike.
|DAY 1||Join Florence|
|DAY 2||Train to Arezzo then cycle to Trasimeno Lake (60km / 37mi)|
|DAY 3||Cycle backroads to historic Perugia (35km / 21.5mi)|
|DAY 4||Cycle to Assisi (30km / 18.5mi)|
|DAY 5||Cycle to Spoleto through Clitunno Valley (60km / 37mi)|
|DAY 6||Cycle to Narni (45km / 28mi)|
|DAY 7||Cycle through the Sabine Mountains to Calvi (60km / 37mi) then train to Rome|
|DAY 8||Trip concludes|
We enjoyed the ride, which has a very scenic route that stays away from busy roads as much as possible, and includes vists to lovely old cities like Perugia and Assisi. The route is described as easy to medium and that's fair enough in places but although we're both fit and used to riding road and commuter bikes in and around Melbourne and Victoria we found some parts were more challenging than the description and daily distances, ranging from 35 to 65 kilometres, suggested. We'd recommend the trip to people who're used to cycling or who are prepared to train for it.