Etruscan Trails

Etruscan Trails – 2 weeks
Italy:  Tuscany and Umbria

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The Etruscans were a mysterious people, absorbed into the Roman Empire without a hiccup some time shortly before Christ showed up.  They left their name to Tuscany (think “Etruscany”), but the Renaissance supplanted them there more than it did in neighboring Umbria, where they are still running the Perugia bus system.

Our bike ride traverses their stomping grounds, and offers an understanding of the contribution that they made to Italy as a whole, and to their corner of it in particular.  In many ways, their self-assured but poorly recorded civilization still marks these land's current lifestyle.  And not just in the operation of Perugia’s buses.

These regions share roots and landscapes, and many elements of history and art.  But we are equally struck by their differences, in temperment, welcome, cuisine, and overall “feel.”  Perhaps Umbria is Tuscany of 50 years ago.  Perhaps it is just different, more turned towards Rome and a bit less towards Florence.  Either way, the contrast is a treat.  And, in the scheme of the timeline in effect in these parts, 50 years is not a very long time....


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of the places we stage trips

Departure Calendar
of our scheduled trips

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... the Trip Cost

Additional Services...
...which you can add to your trip.

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Thumbnail view of the trip’s itinerary
For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days of the Week
Region Visited
Travel to Pisa, night there.
Our trip assembles in either Pisa or Empoli on Sunday morning.
1 - 8
Su - Tu
San Gimignano, the Elsa Valley
Tu - Th
Siena, Colline Sienese
Fr & Sa
Sa & Su
Night in Florence, train to Spoleto
8 - 14
Su, Mo
Spoleto, the Umbrian Apennine
Tu - Th
Valle Umbra, Assisi
Th - Sa
Perugia, Lago Trasimeno
The trip disbands at the end of a full riding day on Saturday, in Terontola.
The post-trip Terontola Access Package includes a train to Florence or Rome, and a night in either.
Access Package
travel date

Etruscan Trails — Facts & Figures
2018 Dates
Baggage Services Offered**
May 27 - June 9
$3,895 US
$4,895 C
2,995 €
Daily, Half, Lite

* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.  Click here for details.

Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate. The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question. Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Pisa
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Terontola