Published on: 12 March 2013 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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