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Ride Across Italy

Italy Coast to Coast

Discover the essence of the heartland of Italy. Join us as we dip our toes in the Adriatic sea and traverse the enchanting regions of Le Marche, Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany to the Mediterranean coast.

Along the way, you'll indulge in sumptuous cuisines, world renowned wines and charming medieval towns. You'll ride across the rugged, misty Apennine mountain range, roll through vine-covered landscapes and climb up to the towering tufa mesas of Umbria before you celebrate your journey's end on the stunning Orbetello peninsula in Tuscany with a sunset cocktail. This is truly the once-in-a-lifetime experience for lovers of all things Italian!

Dates:


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Day
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Today's Ride:

Fano to Urbino
Approximately 34 miles with 3,950 feet of climbing

Description:

We start the journey in the Le March region, where you'll meet your Trek Travel guides who will fit and familiarize you to your Trek bicycle. After a beach side lunch, we set off on the first ride of the trip, along an old Roman road through farmlands before climbing into the beautifully-preserved Renaissance-era town of Urbino, that has been attracting artists and scholars from all over Italy and beyond since the 15th century. Tonight we will explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site for dinner as we dine in a small bistro in its winding cobbled streets. It is almost a step back in time, where houses and palaces of weathered brick and pantiles cluster around steep narrow streets, with misty mountains stretching mysteriously beyond, like the background of a Leonardo portrait. It's only the beginning of our odyssey, but one you won't soon forget.

Hotel:

Hotel San Domenico
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
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Today's Ride:

Urbino to Gubbio
Approximately 60 miles with 5,665 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Urbino to Monastero di Fonte Avellana, shuttle to Gubbio
Approximately 40 miles with 3,470 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning's ride takes you into Umbria and the Parco del Monte Cucco before tackling Passo Maddona della Ciima, our first pass in the Apennine mountains. We'll stop for lunch at an 11th Century Monastery where you can refuel with a fresh pasta of the region or "Torta al testo", a typical Umbrian flatbread. This afternoon's ride winds through the jagged cliffs of the Monte Cucco, and to our luxurious hotel situated just a few kilometers from the beautiful medieval town of Gubbio. Enjoy views of the mountains and Mount Ingino from the hotel terrace before joining the group for a traditional and delicious Umbrian dinner at the acclaimed Nicolao restaurant.

Hotel:

Park Hotel ai Cappuccini
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Gubbio to Spello
Approximately 39 miles with 3280 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Gubbio to Assisi, shuttle to Spello
Approximately 30 miles with 2.950 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Gubbio to Spello w/ San Giovanni Climb
Approximately 50 miles 4,920 feet of climbing

Description:

Enjoy an active recovery day today. The ride starts with a gentle warm up and then climbs along forgotten roads through tiny Umbrian villages. Experience the tranquility of the woods mixed with views of rugged farmland and olive groves, then a relaxing descent as you inhale the views of Assisi from above. This stunning medieval village is best known as the birthplace of Saint Francis, Italy’s patron saint, and it is your lunch destination for this afternoon. Choose your own lunch at one of Assisi’s many trattorias and take some time to explore its Roman ruins and sacred shrines. After lunch, it’s a short descent to the quiet hillside town of Spello, our home for the evening. Admire it’s well-preserved Roman gates as you seek out traditional Umbrian fare featuring salami, wild asparagus or strangozzi with black truffles for dinner this evening.

Hotel:

Palazzo Bocci
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Spello to Orvieto
Approximately 62 miles with 5,475 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Spello to Todi, shuttle to Orvieto
Approximately 31 miles with 2,540 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Rocca Ripensena Climb
Approximately 70 miles with 6,230 feet of climbing

Description:

Our ride begins with an easy 20 km cruise through the fertile valley below Mount Subasio before the climbing begins. Remember your camera today as there is no shortage of views, including hilltop towns and hidden fortresses, as we ride through the very heart of Umbria. Take a break when you reach the Todi, an elegant medieval village overlooking the Valtiberina (the Tiber River valley). Stroll to one of central Italy’s most photogenic places, Piazza del Popolo, and duck into a pizzeria or cafe for lunch along the way. Leaving Todi, we will descend to the Tiber River and then work our way back up to the picturesque ridge that delivers us to Orvieto. Built on Etruscan ruins, this town rises some 1500 feet from the floor of the Paglia River valley, and sits atop almost vertical faces of tufa cliffs. It's surrounded with defensive walls and medieval houses made out of the same tufa rock. It's truly astounding. Tonight enjoy a stroll in this enchanting town, where you're free to explore the local flavors for dinner.

Hotel:

La Badia di Orvieto
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day
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Day
5

Today's Ride:

Orvieto to Porto Santo Stefano
Approximately 81 miles with 4,920 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Orvieto to Farnese shuttle to Porto Santo Stefano
Approximately 40 miles with 3,280 feet of climbing

Description:

After a warm brioche and the perfect cappuccino, start your day with climb from Orvieto to Bagnoreggio, where we’ll visit our favorite pizzeria and behold the ancient ghost town of Civita di Bagnoreggio. Your ride continues with a few rolling climbs until you descend to the serene shore of Lago di Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe. Enjoy a quiet break here before lunch at an agriturismo and your final climb through the forested slopes up to Manciano. Finish your epic journey on the stunning Orbetello peninsula. It's time to dip a toe into the Mediterranean and celebrate in style with a sunset cocktail and toast to a week long Italian adventure!

Hotel:

Torre di Cala Piccola
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Cala Piccola to Porto S Stefano Loop
Approximately 9 miles with 1,080 feet of climbing

Description:

There is still time for one last spin through the classic Tuscan countryside. This morning simply linger over a second espresso and enjoy a leisurely morning, soaking in the gorgeous views from the breakfast patio. Before you bid your farewells, stroll through the grounds of the hotel one last time and savor the picturesque, peaceful landscape of Italy and the Orbatello peninsula.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


OPTIONAL ROME ADD-ON PACKAGE

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Explore the city of Rome

3 days | 2 nights or 4 days | 3 nights

From $999 per person

Based on double occupancy.

About:

Italy’s capital city is a must see for any traveler. Rome’s stunning architecture and history, beautifully told through its ruins - provides a glimpse of ancient times amongst the modern bustle and energy of this stunning metropolis.

We feel it’s invaluable to have a local guide in Rome! That’s why we’ve included a unique city tour with a local expert. For your first day your guide will introduce you to Rome’s most famous monuments and help you get oriented in the Eternal City. Then use your 3 day city pass during your stay for fast track entry to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, an open bus tour, free public transport, and free entry to your choice of popular Rome attractions such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Hotel San Domenico

Urbino, Italy

Standing in the main square of the small village of Urbino, the hotel is a careful restoration of a 16th century religious complex, offering an excellent combination of modern with long-standing traditions. Its mix of modern luxury and rich history is sure to enchant you.

Park Hotel ai Cappuccini

Gubbio, Italy

Lying on the outskirts of Gubbio, in the heart of the Umbrian countryside, is the Park Hotel ai Cappuccini. A carefully restored Capuchin monastery of the 17th century. The hotel captures an incredible mix of ancient and new for your comfort and rejuvenation.
Stay at Hotel Palazzo Bocci on a Trek Travel bike tour across Italy

Palazzo Bocci

SPELLO, Italy

Just south of Assisi, in the charming medieval town of Spello, this beautifully refurbished 17th century palace is now elegantly restored into a refined 4 star hotel. Be sure to explore the hanging garden with two century-old palm trees and its spectacular Hall of Frescoes before enjoying an aperitif on the garden terrace.

La Badia di Orvieto

Orvieto, Italy

This elegant and discreetly luxurious five-star hotel is suspended between the sky and sea. With fragrant gardens, a soothing spa and spectacular views of the Tyrrhenian sea, you are sure to have an unforgettable stay.
Stay at Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola on a Trek Travel bike tour across Italy

Torre di cala Piccola

Porto Santo Stefano, Italy

This elegant and discreetly luxurious four-star hotel is suspended just 100m above the Mediterranean Sea. With spectacular 360 degree views of the Argentario peninsula, a private swimming cove and gourmet restaurant , you are sure to have an unforgettable stay.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Ride Across Italy trip, you will stay in a 4-star hotel in the heart of the medieval town of Urbino, a luxurious country spa hotel in Umbria, an Italian Palazzo in the charming medieval town of Spello, a magnificent renovation of a 17th century monastery in Orvieto, and a spectacular 4-star resort overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • The cuisine on our Ride Across Italy trip is characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, elegant style. Lunches provide bountiful selections of local specialties. Dinners range from local trattoria fare featuring handmade pasta to fine dining, highlighting the best of the season's offerings. On other occasions, you’ll be free to dine on your own, so that you can discover personal favorites.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 3/4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 60
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 4,900 ft.

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Ride Across Italy is best suited for our Type 3 and 4 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Level 3 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is consistently hilly, with quiet, narrow and winding roads. Many towns sit atop hills and ascents and descents can be steep. See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination. As an alternative, call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866.464.8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:

  • Tuscany
  • Piedmont
  • Costa Brava
  • Barcelona Villa

Spring in the heart of Italy is usually clear and sunny, with warm daytime temperatures (65F-75F) and evening temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler. A jacket or wrap will be useful in the evening. Rain is always a possibility, however, so be prepared with wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Falconara Airport in Ancona (AOI).

Regional flights operate from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Once you have arrived in Ancona there are regular trains and taxis to Ancona Centrale train station. From here, trains to Fano operate every 30 minutes and take approximately 30 minutes.

Hotel Astoria | Fano, Italy

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Hotel Astoria (Viale Cairoli, 86 - Lungomare Lido 61032 Fano, Pesaro e Urbino, Italy) at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After some introductions, our guides will spend the morning ensuring you have the perfect fit to your Trek Domane this week.You'll then enjoy a light lunch before our 1st ride of the week. Have your first day's cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel San Domenico (+39 0722 2626), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel, Hotel San Domenico in Urbino, for approximately 70 euros. The trip takes 60 minutes from the center of Fano.

Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola | Porto Santo Stefano, Italy

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola, Porto Santo Stefano. You’ll depart by private shuttle for the train station in Orbetello-Monte Argentario, arriving close to 11:30 AM. From here trains connect to Rome, Pisa, Florence and other Italian cities. Please do not book seats before 12:00 PM. Visit www.TrenItalia.com for train information.

Before: Fano, Italy

Fano is a pretty and historic town on the Adriatic coast of Italy that has a history dating back 2000 years. The ancient settlement of Fano was born around the temple dedicated to the Goddess Fortune, in an area that under Roman rule in ancient times. They fortified the city with a mighty wall and built palaces and a cathedral that can still be seen today. Outside the city walls you can enjoy the long sand beaches, taste the local wines and local specialties such as parpadelle with chestnuts. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Astoria Hotel

This simple family run hotel is perfectly situated right on the beach of the Adriatic sea with the old town of Fano just a few minutes walk. Their terrace restaurant serves fish specialties and enjoys a unique location with enviable views of the Lido di Fano and the Old Town.

Viale Cairoli, 86 - Lungomare Lido | +39 0721 800077 | www.HotelAstoriaFano.it/ | ~$100

Hotel Cristallo

Located directly on the beach in Fano, this family run hotel is close to all that you need. Restaurants and cafes are nearby, and just outside your door is the Adriatic Sea! Clean, comfortable, and affordable, Hotel Cristallo is just what you need.

Via Cesare Battisti 49 | +39 0721 803282 | www.hotelcristallo-fano.it/ | ~$80

Hotel Elisabeth Due

Facing the sea on the main esplanade in the seaside resort of Fano, Hotel Elisabeth Due enjoys a splendid view of the Adriatic sea, standing out for its well-refined, comfortable interiors.

Piazza Amendola, 2 | +39 0721 823146 | www.hotelelisabethdue.it/ | ~$130

After: Rome, Italy

Rome is a powerhouse of stunning architecture and ancient history, beautifully told through its ruins and buildings. It seems that every street you walk down provides another unexpected glimpse of ancient times, yet modern bustle and energy abounds as well. The Coliseum, the Forum, Vatican City, and the Pantheon are some of the must-see attractions. Be sure to linger on the Spanish Steps one afternoon and take advantage of great shopping and fantastic cuisine. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Hotel Barocco

This 37-room hotel is tucked away in central Piazza Barberini. It boasts a refined, simple style with all of the comforts and amenities needed for a relaxing Roman getaway.

Della Purificazione, 4 | +39 06 487 2001 | www.HotelBarocco.com | ~$285

Hotel Capo d’Africa

Located in the heart of Imperial Rome, between the Forum and the Domus Aurea, the Hotel Capo d’Africa boasts contemporary decor within a beautiful, early 19th century building. 64 rooms.

Capo d’Africa, 54 | +39 06 772801 | www.HotelCapodAfrica.com | ~$425

Mecenate Palace

In front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, this hotel is within walking distance of most of the important monuments and shopping areas found in Rome. Guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the hotel’s roof garden. 62 rooms.

C. Alberto, 3 | +39 06 44702024 | www.MecenatePalace.com | ~$260


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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