Perugia to Lake Trasimeno (28 km)
Suitable for: Children aged 8 and above
Setting off from the vibrant capital of Umbria, Perugia, this route leads to the tranquil shores of Lake Trasimeno. As you weave through the medieval streets of Perugia, landmarks such as the Palazzo dei Priori beckon. Gradually, the urban landscape transitions into the serene countryside leading to Italy’s fourth-largest lake. With its moderate distance, this ride offers a harmonious blend of culture and nature, ideal for families.
Assisi to Spello (13 km)
Suitable for: Children aged 6 and above
Embark on a spiritual journey from Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis, to the picturesque town of Spello. This 13 km route, gently downhill, offers families a chance to marvel at Assisi’s sacred sites, including the Basilica of Saint Francis, before rolling through olive groves and vineyards. Upon reaching Spello, the town’s Roman gates and floral adorned alleys make for a delightful end to the ride.
Todi to Orvieto (50 km)
Suitable for: Children aged 12 and above
For families with more experienced young riders, the route from Todi to Orvieto provides a fantastic insight into Umbria’s majestic landscapes. Setting off from Todi, a hilltop town with panoramic views, the journey traverses through verdant valleys to reach the cliff-perched city of Orvieto. This ride not only challenges with its varying terrains but also rewards with cultural gems, notably Orvieto’s captivating cathedral.
Spoleto to Norcia (34 km)
Suitable for: Children aged 10 and above
Begin in Spoleto, renowned for its Roman theater and towering aqueduct, and journey through the Valnerina, one of Umbria’s most pristine valleys. The route meanders along the Nera River, offering glimpses of fortresses and monasteries, culminating in the charming town of Norcia, famous for its truffles and cured meats. This ride is a gastronomic and scenic treat.
Gubbio to Città di Castello (55 km)
Suitable for: Children aged 14 and above
This longer stretch begins in the medieval town of Gubbio, with its narrow cobbled streets and impressive palaces. Cyclists will navigate through dense forests and open meadows before arriving at Città di Castello, a town brimming with Renaissance art and architecture. Given its length and undulating terrains, it’s a route best suited for older children and teenagers.
Bonus Adventure: Umbria Valley Loop (90 km)
Suitable for: Families with teens
For families looking for an epic challenge, the Umbria Valley Loop offers a comprehensive tour of the region’s most iconic sites and landscapes. This route circles through key towns including Foligno, Montefalco, and Bevagna, treating cyclists to a myriad of experiences – from wine tasting in Montefalco, known for its Sagrantino wine, to exploring Bevagna’s medieval workshops.
Owing to the loop’s length and a few challenging climbs, it’s recommended for families with teens adept at longer distances. The loop promises not just intensive cycling but a deep dive into Umbria’s soul.
Venturing through Umbria on two wheels allows families to intimately experience its beauty and cultural richness. Whether you choose a short, scenic route or a demanding loop, the journey promises lasting memories. Embrace the ride, indulge in Umbrian delicacies, and immerse yourselves in the wonders of this Italian gem.