Trip Highlights

“Transappenninica”: an experience across Italy

  • Discovering the colourful history and nature of one of the most genuine parts of Italy
  • Bicycle riding through hills and valleys and fairy-tale villages in magnificent landscapes
  • Visiting artistic masterpieces in world heritage sites.
  • Pedalling on country roads, bike paths, lost routes, mountains.
  • Meeting friendly people.
  • Tasting wonderful regional wines, including Montefalco, Sagrantino and Verdicchio and superb olive oil.
  • Enjoying a warm welcome in mostly local and rural accomodations

There is a secret treasure in the heart of Italy: a network of cycling routes, far from busy roads and suitable for all.

From the Tirrenean to the Adriatic Sea, crossing 3 of the Italian regions (Lazio, Umbria and Marche). Excellent food and wine mostly from local, friendly and unconventional producers.

Day 1 Welcome to Tuscia, north of Rome, where all begins.  Smell the Tirrenean sea and, if you wish, take a few sand grains with you. This is the land of Etruscans Backroads will lead you to the amazing town of Tuscania Pedalling up and down we will reach our destination, a family farm house near the medieval town of Viterbo with its well known thermae

Day 2 Ferento, an ancient Roman theatre in the countryside  We will proceed slowly, through small villages and roman ruins, leaving Lazio (the region of Rome) to enter Umbria, where green nature will accompany us for the upcoming days. Crossing the river Tevere (Tiber for Latins) we will reach Amelia with its cyclopical pre-roman walls.

Day 3 On the way to Spoleto Keeping to peaceful and hilly cycling roads, we will make our way through the countryside to Terni and then, crossing the mountains (Monti Martani), we will enter the Serra Valley, in a place that is almost out of time. A few more kilometres and we will reach the city of Spoleto, well known for its magnificent Dome and its amazing roman bridge (Ponte delle Torri).

Day 4 Assisi and Foligno In the morning we will take the quiet cycling route to Assisi where we will spend a few hours visiting the churches of S.Francesco and experiencing the spiritual atmosphere. In the afternoon we will cycle a little further to reach Foligno and its typical palazzi and piazze as well as its finest cuisine.

Day 5 Up to the ridge and the Marche region This is going to be the hardest climb in the trip but don’t worry, there’s no hurry. The Passo del Cornello is the watershed. The rivers flow from here to the Adriatic Sea. We will find very little traffic and a unique landscape. The Septempedana/SP361 road will lead us to S.Severino Marche with its vast piazza (224 meters long and 55 wide) surrounded by arcades, and gothic churches, medieval towers…

Day 6 Macerata and Sirolo Cycling in the hills, with the Marche mountains behind us and the sea in front of us, we will reach Macerata, a little jewel-village bearing traces of roman, medieval and Renaissance history. A few kilometres more and we will find Sirolo, at the foot of Monte Conero. Beaches, nature, birdwatching and a last tasty dinner.

Day 7 Conero and Ancona, a balcony overlooking the Adriatic sea  Easy cycling, the scent of the sea, the extraordinary nature of the Conero Natural Park  Ancona: a Roman Arch facing the sea symbolizes the final destination of the Transappenninica.

This is a perfect trip for ciclotourists who dream of travelling to Europe’s purest and most secret landscapes, and for those who are curious to discover a different, secret side of Italy.

Enjoy cycling coast-to-coast, crossing the Appennini mountains by backroads and bicycle paths.

Discover the charm of the Italian people, the richness of its art and history. Experience the finest food and wine. And relish the true taste of Italy like never before.

In the long summer days, with an average of 65km per day, you will have time to enjoy all the things you are going through…and we will take care of your trip, your bike and your luggage.

Would you like to find out a bit more?
Please email info@ztl-bici.it to receive a detailed trip itinerary including:

  • In-depth information on each trip route
  • Detailed price per person
  • Arrival/Departure and climate information
  • Further information on your accommodation in Rome before/after the trip

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