People Cycling Rides

Umbria and Etruria - the green heart of Italy.

This is a Approved Ride
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Alma Worthington
Tour Dates
Start Location
Pienza, Italy
End Location
Orvieto, Italy
Cost (est.)
$3800 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1500 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
Hike & Bike Italy
Avg. Distance
31 mi / 50 km
Avg. Elevation
2297 ft / 700 m
Ride Description

NOTE:  This ride ends a few days before the start of the Ride Across Italy so participants can choose to do both rides back to back.

OVERVIEW:  “Nel Cuore Verde d’Italia..”
In the Green Heart of Italy art and history abound. Cycle to mystical monasteries and churches with outstanding frescoes. Receive a warm welcome from the residents of fabled medieval hill towns. Umbria exposes her guests to the best of Italian life with its cuisine: truffles, mushrooms, homemade pasta, game and fantastic red wines such as Sagrantino and Torgiano, and white wines like Orvieto Classico. The beauty of the countryside is like a painting with a thousand colors; the silver-green of the olive groves, the yellow of the sunflowers, the red of the poppies against the green of the wheat, the white and pale pink of the tiny little medieval villages perched on the hillsides.

THE RIDES:  This itinerary starts in Pienza, Eastern Tuscany part of the ancient land of the Etruscans (Etruria), from where you will initially cross the Pre-Apennines to follow the Upper Tiber Valley along the river. Then to the white limestoned Gubbio. Continue traveling south west towards Assisi, entering a valley that will take you to Roman and medieval villages, olive oil regions and wine territories to get to stunning medieval villages like Spello and Bevagna then the charming old town of Spoleto with its Towers’ Bridge. Get to the perched village… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

Our ride leaders are volunteers and do not financially profit on tours they lead. They are also given broad discretion on how to lead their tours, and we consider them our greatest asset.

People Cycling tours are operated at cost or at lower cost (as negotiated by our ride leaders) than individuals can obtain on commercial tours. Within the cost of a tour, there is a nominal fee to support club operations and provide tools to ride leaders to manage their rides.

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