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ROUTE 01


The hills between Lake Trasimeno and Tuscany
Castiglione del Lago, Gioiella, Villastrada, San Fatucchio, Castiglione del Lago

Technical Sheet

Starting and finishing point: Castiglione del Lago
Distance: 34 km.
Total ascent: 400 metres
Grade: easy
Road surface: asphalt
Recommended type of bike: road, hybrid or MTB
Places to visit in the area: Castiglione del Lago, Lake Trasimeno

This route starts from the sports ground in the small town of Castiglion del Lago, situated on the southern short of Lake Trasimeno, and the first two kilometres follow the shoreline, on a cycle path below the old town centre.

The route does not feature climbs of any note, hence the “easy” grading, although there are a series of ups and downs in the middle section of the ride, which afford the most attractive views of the surrounding landscape.

After three kilometres you reach the roundabout on the main road SS71; go straight across the roundabout towards Gioiella, following directions for the international motorcross track (“crossdromo internazionale”).

After the railway underpass, carry straight on again and you will soon find yourself pedalling along a splendid road through the local countryside, climbing up slightly to the village of Casamaggiore (the gradient is never more than 3% however). After 8 kilometres turn right towards Casamaggiore, which is another 1 km. on, and then at the junction with the SP301, turn left towards Gioiella and Chiusi.

Follow the SP301 as it runs along a ridge between woods, olive groves and fields, with a wonderful view across both the Trasimeno Valley (to the left) and the rolling Tuscan countryside (to the right).

After 12 kilometres there is a short climb of about 300 metres leading up to Gioiella; when you reach the village, turn right towards Villastrada. Shortly afterwards (13.5 km) you come to the turning for San Fatucchio, and at this point, if you want to shorten the ride you can turn left and make your way back directly to Castiglione del Lago.

Continuing straight on, on the other hand, you ride along the Trasimeno Hills Wine Road (“Strada del vino dei Colli del Trasimeno”), past Vaiano, where you get a good view of the nearby town of Chiusi, and after 19 kilometres you reach Villastrada. When you get to Villastrada, ride down for about one kilometre until you reach the junction at the foot of the descent, and turn left towards San Fatucchio and Castiglione del Lago, along a minor road with fields on both sides which in turn runs parallel to the much busier SS71. After 25.5 km. you get to San Fatucchio.

Continue straight on, past Pucciarelli, and when you get to the junction with the SS71 at 28.5 km., turn left and ride for a couple of kilometres along the main road, taking care as this is the only busy section of the entire route, until you reach the roundabout at 31 km. Turn right at the roundabout, and you will shortly find yourself on the lakeside road you rode along at the beginning of this ride.

Before returning to the sports ground, however, you should turn left and ride into Castiglione del Lago town centre, so you can visit its fine buildings and medieval castle, and admire the wonderful views across Lake Trasimeno.




Things not to miss

Castiglione del Lago’s town centre, with its medieval walls and three ancient town gates, is well worth a visit, and also offers a wonderful view right across Lake Trasimeno just below the town.

Building of particular interest inside the town include the Rocca del Leone, an impressive pentagonal-shaped medieval fortress, one of the best surviving examples of military architecture in Umbria, and the Palazzo della Corgna (see photo), an elegant Renaissance residence built in 1560 according to plans drawn up either by Giacomo da Vignola or Galeazzo Alessi.

There are a number of interesting villages situated in the nearby hills bordering Tuscany and Umbria, such as Gioiella, Villastrada and San Fatucchio; and of course, Lake Trasimeno, the largest area of inland water in the Italian peninsula and the fourth largest lake in Italy, is definitely worth a visit.


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