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This short break has been especially designed to enable you to gently discover this wonderful area on the Tuscany and Umbrian border.
Equipped with an ebike, we provide you with round trip cycle routes to the best local vineyards, the gorgeous Lake Tresimeno, historical sites, churches and castles as well as the best places for lunch. Based at the luxurious family run Villa di Piazzano, there will be plenty of time to relax, swim in the elegant outdoor pool and dine in the delightful restaurant. Making this a true Italian experience, included in your stay will also be a wine tasting session and pasta making lesson. Buon appetito!
• Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in the luxurious Villa di Piazzano
• Top of the range E-bikes with pannier bags, water bottles and puncture repair kits
• Support from our local representative
• 3 cycle routes with maps, instructions and GPS
• Local support whenever required
• Wine lesson and tasting
• Welcome briefing
• Welcome drinks
What not to miss:
• A visit to the Avignonesi vineyard, one of Montepulciano’s best
• Lunch at Ristorante L’Oso on the tranquil Isola Maggiore
• Wine tasting and a pasta making lesson at Villa di Piazzano
How it Works
This is a single centre tour, with stylish hotel accomodation. It’s a perfect choice for those who are looking for the freedom to run their own schedule on the ground. Cycle as much or as little as you like, take in a host of local attractions, or just spend a few days relaxing by the pool. We provide you with bikes, suggested routes and activities and support from our local representative, meaning all you need to do is turn up and relax.
Suggested Cycle Rides
Bike Ride 1 The Wine Road (24 miles/38km). This gentle round trip cycle heads south from Villa di Piazzano towards the famous Montepulciano vineyards. The route takes you to one of the region’s best known and favourite vineyards, Avignonesi, which is steeped in history, tradition and of course wondrous wines. The magnificent estate has introduced organic and biodynamic winemaking methods, producing the superb Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. A tour of the vineyard and lunch is highly recommended and can be organised by your local representative.
Bike Ride 2 Lake Trasimeno & Hannibal (25 miles/40km). This ride will take you to Italy’s fourth largest lake, Lake Trasimeno and to the lakeside town of Passignano. On route, you will pass through idyllic Tuscan countryside and the historic battlefield where Hannibal staged his famous ambush of the Roman army in 217 BC. Having conquered the alps, Hannibal set a trap for the Romans in a natural amphitheatre just below Tuoro sul Trasimeno, now tranquil and dotted with silver-green olive groves. From Passignano, you’ll take the ferry (payable locally) to Isola Maggiore with your bike for lunch on shore at one of the lovely restaurants such as our favourite Ristorante L’Oso. Then it’s on to Tuoro on the ferry and back to your Villa, via the ancient dogana (customs) post where a sign reveals a fascinating list of famous people who have passed through the arches.
Bike Ride 3 Castles and Churches of the Umbria and Tuscany Border (28 miles /45km). Enjoy cycling along the Niccone Valley, where Tuscany meets Umbria, which has acted as a thoroughfare and frontier for centuries. The area is dotted with castles, churches and ancient monasteries such as the Castle of Lisciano Niccone and the remarkable Pierle Castle, which overlooks Mercantale di Cortona. The wide valley plays host to stories of St.Francis of Assisi and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany amongst others.
This tour is operated by our preferred local partner
We highly recommend the half board package so you can enjoy gourmet meals at the Vila di Piazzano. However, if you prefer to eat out, your local representative can suggest local restaurants and organise taxis for you. Please note that the restaurant at Vila di Piazzano is closed on Tuesdays.
A fine selection of hotels to choose from
Dating back to 1464, the Villa di Piazzano is an elegant Historic Estate set on the border between Umbria and Tuscany. Cardinal Silvio Passerini originally built the villa as a hunting lodge which has now been lovingly restored into a luxurious hotel. It is located close to Cortona, tucked away in beautiful Italian countryside and a protected natural reserve. This family run hotel has an elegant swimming pool, landscaped gardens, wine cellar and a terrace with panoramic views. The lovely restaurant specialises in serving Tuscan cuisine using fresh local ingredients. The chef and sommelier host wine tasting and pasta making lessons for our guests on this fabulous single centre break. (Please note that the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays).
Tour Only Prices
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||Board Basis||Adult Price|
|April to October||4||Bed and Breakfast||£TBA|
|April to October||4||Half Board||£TBA|
|October 2017 Special||4||Bed and Breakfast||£895|
|October 2017 Special||4||Half Board||£985|
Single Supplement: On request
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