La Francescana

Totally flat and home to important cycling companies and cycling associations, Foligno is the Umbrian city of cycling. Just from this theater ideal for cycling, this year, September 22, 2023, will start the ninth edition of La Francescana, non-competitive period cycling through the most beautiful villages and cities of art of the Umbra Valley.

There will be two paths.

A longer journey of 70 km, with a drop of 626 meters, in which you will climb between the hills cultivated with olive trees to pass, then, on the opposite side, that of the vine cultivations of Sagrantino. Starting from the Piazza di Foligno, leaving the city, you will soon reach the Castle of Sant'Eraclio, the starting point of the ancient Via Lauretana. From here the route winds through the olive groves to Trevi, home of Umbrian extra virgin olive oil. Before returning to the valley, recommended a ride in the garden of Villa Fabri to enjoy a wonderful postcard view of the valley of Spoleto. For those who want to take a break, we also suggest a visit to the Art Collection S. Francesco and the Museum of the Civilization of the Olive.

The route continues towards Campello sul Clitunno and from here continue, through white roads, towards Torre di Montefalco. Stop at the prestigious Arnaldo Caprai winery and then leave for Bevagna, whose spectacular walls line the medieval square, one of the most interesting in the whole region. It goes up to the village of Torre del Colle to proceed to Cantina Lunelli, the Carapace, cellar-sculpture designed by the artist Arnaldo Pomodoro. From here you go down to Piandarca, the place of the preaching to the birds of S. Francesco, up to the village of plain of Cannara. From Cannara you return to Foligno, through country roads.

The choice can instead be, with a lower difficulty, a shorter route totally in the plain of 35 km, suitable for any type of bicycle, even walking. The roads are not closed to traffic but there are long stretches of cycle paths that make the route very safe. We must, however, be careful and respect the rules of the road.

Always starting from the Piazza di Foligno, leaving the city, the path winds through paths and white roads; from the Foligno countryside, along Casco dell'Acqua, crossed by the river Clitunno, and continue to the prestigious Cantina Caprai di Montefalco that boasts, as well as decorated wines, also a beautiful view of the Sagrantino vineyards.
Continuing, you cross the square of the medieval village of Bevagna, along the small Lake Aiso and return to Foligno.

Both routes will lead, therefore, into hidden and incredible natural landscapes, also having the opportunity to discover the typical Umbrian food and wine.

For more information about the regulations and registration HERE

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