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If you want to see a classic Italian hill town, look no further. A highlight of this bike tour is Civita di Bagnoregio, a tiny rock outcrop— almost untouched by the modern world — that clings to a sky-striking plateau.
Chris D. United States of ...
Had a great time on this tour. Our guide, Emmanuel, was awesome. So much local knowledge. With the E-bikes, only the final hill was a bit challenging. If you can bike slight slopes around your town this shouldn't be too hard to do. Highly recommended.
This tour is highly recommended for fit and accomplished bicyclists. It is a great ride. The information given by Viator in the is somewhat misleading and might be a surprise to some who come expecting a nice ride of a few kilometers in the country. This tour expects you to ride through rush hour traffic to the train station board a train hefting your bike on board, getting them off again. Then off you go for about a 30 plus kilometer slog to Civta di Bagnoregio gaining about 1000 feet in elevation in the process mostly toward the end of this portion of the ride. The mostly down hill portion of the ride to Ovieto is over a fairly busy highway.
Now that I have done with negative, it was great!! Ride a train then bike through the Italian countryside in the midst of wheat fields, vineyards, and over the Tiber. The guide Immanuel was excellent and safety was his priority. He looked over us like a mother goose the entire ride. He also made it abundantly clear when we showed up that this ride was long and that we would need electric bikes. Ah the electric bikes they were life savers. The bikes gave you a push that allowed old folksboth over 60 like us the ability to make it. Mind you we both are fairly fit and go the gym to work out on a regular basis. At both Civita di Bagnoregion and Orvieto you time to explore on your own. Plenty of snacks and sandwiches were provided and a nice nearly full dinner with wine pairings are provided at the end of the trip at Orvieto.
I completed this trip in late March of 2016 and absolutely loved it. Civita di Bagnoregio is stunning and there were few if any tourists I had the city to myself. Orvieto has more tourists but again its a stunning city with a beautiful church - our dinner was excellent. The guide and tour company were excellent and I have no complaints. A few important notes. First, you must be an avid cyclist or spin class attendee to complete this trip. If not utilize on of the motorized bikes. 90 of this ride is on roads where you will not see any cars. There are one or two stretches with heavy traffic - I'm not recommending these sections of roads for kids unless they are comfortable on a bike and can stick to the shoulder. I'd also recommend wearing comfortable cycling clothing and bring some dry clothes. I was worried about protecting valuables in the train station so I gave up some comfort in clothing to have the security. In the future, I will simply buy one of those pouches that hangs from your neck to hold valuables. Again this is a once in a lifetime 50K ride, through wine country. We had lunch on the top of hill surrounded by wineries and olive trees. If you get a chance do this trip!!
What ever you do you must see Civita di Bagnoregio it is the most beautiful and amazing village. Getting there is the difficulty with quite strenuous bike riding even with e-bikes. We raced through the streets of Rome in peak hour traffic on our bikes to catch a train which we felt uneasy with. It's quite difficult loading the bikes onto the train but the initial ride through the Italian countryside was fantastic. We cycled 60k's on this trip and had to rush because of an impending storm. Civita di Bagnoregio is so stunning it deserves a much longer stay. The wine tasting and local food delicacies at Orvieto was a wonderful experience too.
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