The bike tour follows the Via Romea Germanica, an ancient pilgrim route that linked the Northern Europe countries with the holy city of Rome.
The route starts off in Cesena and at first it follows the green Savio valley, that leads us to the first Apennine climbs. We cycle among the silence of the mountains, deep into the shade of the lush Casentinesi forests, until we get to the river Arno valley. Finally, the route follows the river until the art city of Arezzo.
No more climbs for a while in the Chiana valley, crossed by a nice bike path, until we get to the beautiful village of Cortona. We enter in the Umbria region, a hilly area dotted with charming medieval villages: we overnight in Castiglione del Lago, facing the large Lake Trasimeno, and Orvieto, overlooked by a great gothic cathedral.
The Via Romea Germanica crosses the Via Francigena and the Roman Via Cassia in the Tuscia region, another beautiful hilly area featuring many villages carved in the stone: it won’t be a surprise meeting some pilgrims on their way to Rome.
We finally get to Rome following the river Tiber bike path, and we end up in front of the elegant colonnade in Saint Peter Square. Our trip ends here, among the wonders of the eternal city, as thousand of pilgrims did during the centuries.
Individual arrival in Cesena. Meeting with the agency in the hotel. Briefing and bike delivery.
Overnight in Cesena - Hotel Casali ****
We cycle out of Cesena following the river Savio. Despite the original Romea Germanica path is located more to the west, this route is quieter, with few cars on the way, so we can enjoy the beauty of the Romagna hills in complete safety. In Bagno di Romagna, famous spa resort, the climb gets more challenging, but all the efforts are rewarded with great views over the mountains and the peace of the Casentinesi forests. Finally we get to Badia Prataglia cycling fast down a hill, and there we overnight.
Overnight in Badia Pratalia - Hotel Bosco Verde ***
We start cycling among the silence and te peace of the forests, with some challenging climbs. At the end of the climb we get to the Sanctuary of La Verna, a place full of spirituality where Francis of Assisi used to live. After La Verna, the road starts to go down towards the river Arno Valley. We cross some nice villages built by the shore of the river and after climbing a few small hills we get to Arezzo, a pretty art city.
Overnight in Arezzo – Hotel Continentale ****
This day, less challenging than the first two of the trip, starts off with a completely flat section in the Chiana Valley, crossed by a nice bike path surrounded by crops. The landscape changes radically once we approach to Cortona, a nice village built on the top of a hill, surrounded by olive groves and overlooked by the beautiful Santa Margherita church. Then, we cycle again in the countryside until we get to Castiglione del Lago, a charming village facing the large Lake Trasimeno.
Overnight in Castiglione del Lago – Hotel Duca della Crogna ***
We leave the Lake Trasimeno behind and we cycle on winding roads among rolling hills covered with sunflowers and olive groves, sometimes interrupted by nice cypress lines. The route goes up and down on the hills, we cross the medieval villages of Città della Pieve and Ficulle, and we finally arrive in Orvieto, a beautiful town built on the top of a cliff, famous for its gothic cathedral.
Overnight in Orvieto - Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini ****
Right after Orvieto we enter in the Tuscia region, a hilly area dotted with ancient villages carved in the stone: we visit Civita di Bagnoregio, a semi-abandoned hamlet built of a cliff and surrounded by badlands. After the break in Bagnoregio, we cycle up to Montefiascone, a nice town situated on a panoramic hill that overlooks the Lake Bolsena. Down the hill of Montefiascone we reach the ancient Via Cassia, a famous Roman stone-made road, and finally we get to the beautiful city of Viterbo with a short train transfer.
Overnight in Viterbo: Balletti Palace Hotel ****
Here, the Via Romea Germanica and the Via Francigena (the ancient path that linked England with Rome) follow the same route. We go out Viterbo cycling on a Via Cava, a road built by the Etruscan and carved in the tuff stone: riding surrounded by the history will be exciting! We cycle on dirt road among the hills in a area rich of remains from the Etruscan time: the villages of Vetralla, Capranica and Sutri were built during that age. We finally head to Campagnano di Roma, crossing large meadows with pastures and stopping at the Monte Gelato waterfalls for a refreshing break.
Overnight in Campagnano di Roma: Hotel Benigni **
The route twists along country roads on the hills, it reaches the lush Sorbo Valley and then it continues along beautiful roads flanked by elegant maritime pine trees, until we meet the River Tevere. We follow the River Tevere bike path until we get to the city centre: still a few miles and we finally arrive in Saint Peter Square, the end of our trip.
Overnight in Rome: Hotel Andreotti ***
Breakfast in the hotel, free day and individual trip back. On request, it is possible to extend the staying in Rome.
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The tour starts off in Cesena and finishes in Rome, it’s an itinerant trip composed of 8 biking days. The trail follows secondary roads with low car traffic, some stretches with medium car traffic and some other sections in country roads with no traffic. The road bank is mostly asphalt, with some nice dirt roads. The route is hilly, there are a few challenging climbs.
Padlock and one waterproof side bike pannier “Ortleb” are included in the bike rental. Bike delivery and retired on the spot. Discover our bikes here.
Details about the hotels are written on the program; due to reason of force majeure, hotels may be substitute with others of the same (or higher) category.
Minimum 14 – maximum 24 participants.
250 € needs to be deposited as downpayment at the moment of the enrolment. Once the tour is confirmed, balance needs to be deposited not later than 30 days before the departure.
Customer renouncing may be substitute by another person if the organizer receives written notice. The substitute must satisfy all the conditions necessary to the service fruition. The substitute must reimburse the organizer for all the secretarial allowances, 20 € are to be deposited plus any extra costs related with the substitution.
If the customer withdraws from the contract, penalties are applied. Penalties may be refunded by the withdraw insurance, if taken out. Penalties are: from the moment of the enrolment to 46 days before departure, the downpayment; 45 days before departure, 50% of the cost of the tour; 30 days before departure, full cost of the tour.
Information and program changes
Full information will be sent via email before the departure, with tour leaders’ name and contacts. Due to logistic or weather problems, there might be some program changes.