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Le Marche Self-Guided Tour (7 Nights)

Tour code: UMBSG7B

Tour Overview

This is a challenging itinerary that will appeal to cyclists who would like to see a beautiful part of central Italy far removed from the mass tourism destinations. This is for those who are looking for an “off the beaten path” experience.

From the trailhead town of Sansepolcro and the plains of the Upper Tiber Valley, the first bicycling route leads east climbing along the ancient Via Maggio towards the castle and fortified towns and villages of the Marche. The first destination of San Leo, perched on top of vertical limestone cliffs, is typical – and awe inspiring! From San Leo there is a beautiful ride through the rolling hills of the Montefeltro countryside to the Renaissance town of Urbino for a two night stopover. This UNESCO World Heritage Site may well keep you off your bike for most of the next day, but there are several options for the loop ride, and a visit to the village of Sant’Angelo in Vado is highly recommended. The route from Urbino to Cagli takes you through the forested slopes of the Cesane Mountains and the dramatic Furlo Gorges. From Cagli you cycle south through the limestone massifs of the Appenines to Gubbio, crossing into Umbria en route. The final leg takes you back west towards the Tiber Valley to finish with a demanding climb up to Perugia, Umbria’s regional capital.

See the Regional Details page for further information on the scenery and attractions.
The itinerary follows routes C, P, Q, R, S and U.
The tour is rated B – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • Sansepolcro’s Museo Civico
  • The fortress of San Leo
  • Views of San Marino
  • Sant’ Angelo in Vado
  • Urbino’s Galleria Nazionale delle Marche
  • The Palazzo Ducale in Urbania
  • The Furlo Gorges
  • The Cesane Mountains
  • Gubbio’s Roman amphitheatre
  • Strolling along the corso in Perugia


  • Furlo Gorge
  • Gubbio
  • Orvieto
  • Perugia
  • San Marino
  • St-Angelo-in-Vado
  • Urbino


  • Spend a night or two in Florence before or after your bike tour.
  • Ride from Florence to Sansepolcro stopping in the town of Stia en route.

Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary Start Finish Route Options
En Route
1 arrive at SANSEPOLCRO        
2 route C Sansepolcro San Leo
Upper Tiber Valley; Valmarecchia
3 route P San Leo Urbino  
S. Angelo in Vado, Carpegna, Sestino
4 route Q Urbino Urbino  
Northern Le Marche hilltop towns, Fano
5 route R Urbino Piobbico  
Appenines; Metauro Valley; Via Flaminia; Furlo Gorges; Mt Nerone
6 route S Piobbico Gubbio  
Monte Catria; Fonte Avellana; Gola del Bottaccione
7 route U Gubbio Perugia    
Umbra Valley; Biscina; Valfabbrica
8 depart from PERUGIA        

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
basic cost per person sharing
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
bicycle rental (road)
bicycle rental (carbon road)
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
additional charge per rider

* There is an additional charge of 100 Euros for someone who is travelling on their own.

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