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Assisi-Spoleto-Norcia Cycle route
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Assisi-Spoleto-Norcia Cycle route

An ideal combination of sport, nature, art and culture

The Assisi-Spoleto Cycle Route is the fundamental infrastructure for "soft mobility" in the Umbria Valley, which connects the two great historical towns of Umbria in just over 52 kilometres.

 

It is an entirely flat itinerary (with the exception of the 5 km stretch between Rivotorto and the Historical Centre of Assisi), realized for the most part in its own path (for almost all the 38 km between Spoleto and Cannara), and in parts sharing roads with a low - very low intensity of motor traffic.

 

The cycleway’s connection with the former Spoleto – Norcia railway line means that the entire itinerary, from Assisi to Norcia, stretches 103 kilometres.

The first stage, between Assisi and Spoleto, starts from one of the most beautiful and evocative places in Umbria: Piazza della Basilica Inferiore, right at the foot of the splendid Basilica of San Francesco.

The route from Assisi to Bevagna is almost completely downhill and flat, without any kind of difficulty, except for the kilometre of ascent right in the heart of Assisi, thus being particularly suitable for beginners. This first stage is not a cycle-only surface, but is almost entirely on secondary roads or country roads with very little traffic. The surface is mostly paved, except for 3 km of dirt road between Cannara and Cantalupo.

The second stage of the route starts again from the heart of Bevagna and follows almost completely on the beautiful cycle/pedestrian path that runs along the embankment of the rivers Teverone and Maroggia.

The itinerary is completely flat and runs along the Umbrian valley, offering very beautiful views over villages such as Montefalco, Trevi, Pissignano and Campello sul Clitunno, some of which are easily reached with short detours of a few kilometres.

The route is 26.6 km long and does not present any altimetric difficulty, offering an excellent opportunity to enjoy a pleasant trip on two wheels, even for beginners or families with children.

From Bevagna you can reach the Le Mattonelle bicigrill, just outside Spoleto, and from here you can reach the centre of Spoleto and connect with the beginning of the former railway Spoleto-Norcia through a convenient bike connection of a few kilometres.

The Spoleto - Norcia railway was decommissioned in 1968 and, due to its characteristics, can undoubtedly be defined as an Alpine railway with 19 tunnels and 24 bridges and viaducts.


The Spoleto-Norcia railway is not a particularly demanding off-road track, but to tackle it you need to have a minimum of training and be equipped with a sturdy bike.

The route, which is about fifty km long, passes through narrow gorges, high mountain landscapes with slight slopes, until you reach Caprareccia, the maximum altitude, where the gallery is located .

From Spoleto you enter the Valnerina, through enchanting villages such as Sant'Anatolia di Narco, Borgo Cerreto or Serravalle, and the route continues to Norcia.

For more information:

http://www.bikeinumbria.it

http://www.laspoletonorciainmtb.it