Umbria: useful websites and other resources

Published on:  | Last updated: 16 February 2017

Websites with routes and information for cycle-tourists

bikeinumbria.it: a number of regional tourist author­ities have websites aimed at cycle tourists. This is defin­itely one of the best. There are routes aimed at both road cyclists and mountain­bikers and off-road tourers. The site features a mixture of day-rides at different levels of diffi­culty and longer tours. There’s an off-​road/​on-​road tour following the course of the Tiber from the border with Tuscany to the border with Lazio, and a road-tour route that visits the main places associated with St Francis of Assisi. Also a circular tour of the Lago di Trasimeno and the ciclabile from Spoleto to Assisi via Bevagna. The Roadbooks altitude profiles and GPS tracks are also downloadable from the site.

Sunflowers - Umbria

Sunflowers - Umbria

The site also includes addresses and phone numbers for bike shops throughout the whole region.

The routes are, in theory available in three books, but avail­ab­ility at tourist offices was a bit patchy and I don’t know whether there are any plans to reprint them.

Another excellent resource - although mainly for mountain­bikers is the Terre di Trasimeno website. The site includes about 30 routes - with direc­tions and GPS tracks. The signposting for the routes was excellent - some of the best I’ve come across anywhere - so the routes would be followable without a GPS but a decent map and GPS would be a good idea.

Coglioni di Mulo

Coglioni di Mulo ("Mule's testicles"). They aren't really.

General tourist information

The Umbria region’s tourist website is the best general source for inform­ation about accom­mod­ation etc.

If you plan to venture to the Parco dei Monti Sibillini, the Parco has an excellent site with lists of places to stay.

Maps

You can get a free 1:200,000 map of the region from tourist offices. This is the same as the TCI map, only printed on paper so less durable - but it does have maps of town centres and some tourist inform­ation.

Kompass produce a number of 1:50,000 maps of the area (give details of the maps and the numbers). In addition there are two very good detailed maps of of the regional parks: the area around the Lago Trasimeno and the linear park along the banks of the Tiber (Tevere). These officially cost 5€ each but you may well be able to get them without charge.

Books

The Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini also publishes a book Pedalando nel Parco with a series of routes in the park - mainly aimed at mountain­bikers. Roadbikers may find the book of car routes  useful - although the routes themselves are very clearly signposted.

Wildflowers on the Grand Piano di Castelluccio in the Monti Sibillini

Wildflowers on the Grand Piano di Castelluccio in the Monti Sibillini (Umbria/​Le Marche border)

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