Ruralmente

Behind the Scenes:

Here’s the video of last year’s trip! Grab a beverage, kick back, and see yourself on the trail… Or at the dinner table, sipping local wine at the end of the day.

You’re invited!

Get Ready For A Unique Experience…

I first met Marco, our guide, in 2022. I traveled to Italy to go on the bike trip he designed in his home region in 2023, and could not be more excited to go back and do it again in 2024!
  • Remarkable views like this, every single day
  • Biking 8 to 28 miles every day (13 to 45 km)
  • Riding through mountains, farm fields, & to the Adriatic coast
  • E-bike or regular? Your choice!
  • Sleeping in small, rustic-but-beautiful B&Bs
  • Eating hyper-local, outstandingly delicious food
Il Santuario della Madonna di Frasassi (the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Frasassi), an ancient chapel carved into a cave in Marche, Italy, with the green of the hillside showing behind it. ©KettiWilhelm2023

What’s Included:

  • 7 days, 6 nights accommodation (double occupancy – farmhouse stays, local 4-star hotels, B&B’s)
  • 6 dinners, 4 lunches, 6 breakfasts (Italian style breakfasts)
  • Top-of-the-line bike rental for 5 days (either front e-bike or gravel bike; your choice, it’s included)
  • 4 tours / gastronomic experiences
  • Certified mountain bike instructor 
  • Two Italian – English interpreters
  • Daily briefing from guide & 24-hour support 
  • Support vehicle & daily luggage transfer 
  • Airport or train station pick-up at beginning & end of trip (Fabriano or Ancona)

What’s NOT Included:

  • Flights / trains to trip starting point (Fabriano, Italy)
  • Visas, if needed
  • Snacks & souvenirs
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any medical expenses
  • Optional experiences not listed in the detailed trip description
  • Travel insurance (required). I recommend buying here or here (immediately after booking, if you want trip cancellation benefits).
A vintage green Vespa scooter parked outside our hotel at the end of our bike tour in rural Italy. ©KettiWilhelm2023

Just for you

Discounts:

  • EARLY BIRD: Save $500 on this trip when you book by Feb. 29!
  • And you’ll save another $500 on this trip (Sept. 15 – 21, 2024) just for being a Tilted Map reader! Use the code MAP10RURAL , or just write that Ketti sent you when you make your booking with Marco, our local guide.
    • Can’t come this time? For other dates and trips with Basecamp523, you’ll save 10% with that code!
Sustainability

This trip is designed with sustainability in mind in so many ways

The opposite of over-tourism

We’re visiting rural areas that receive very few tourists – and would actually love to take some away from their over-touristed neighbors like Venice, Florence and Rome. 

100% Local 

Every single hotel we stay at, every restaurant we eat in, every farm we visit is 100% locally owned. Most are entirely organic, as well. These people live here, they know the land intimately, and they care about protecting it. 

As I talked about a bit in our video (around the 1:35 minute mark), these are the businesses that let people in these rural areas thrive and keep their unique cultural traditions alive. 

Our guide, Marco, and his wife, Silvia, who does lots of behind-the-scenes work, are both from the region. Their small business is 100% local. 

Fewer Cars on the Road

While we will have a support vehicle moving our luggage from one hotel to the next, while we bike every day, that’ll be just one vehicle. And it’s not driving through the ancient villages we’ll visit, or up to the magnificent view points we’ll ride to. The way I see it, this trip is an alternative to each of us likely renting a car to see these sites as a road trip, as most people would. 

And hey, if spending a few days on a mountain bike or e-bike on this trip makes you realize you’d like to do that even a tiny bit more at home too, and you could even start replacing some car trips with bike rides, well then that’ll be a lovely side effect. 🙂 (That’s pretty much what happened to me after last year.)

The “Last Mile” by Train

If you don’t live in Europe you’ll probably have to fly to get to Italy. I know, that’s just the way it is. While you could look for flights into the airports of Perugia or Ancona, that’s almost guaranteed to add an extra flight to your route. 

Instead, we recommend booking your flight into and out of either Milan (MXP or LIN) or Rome (FCO). Those are the two biggest hubs in Italy, so it’s most likely you’ll be able cut out a layover by flying there and continuing by train. 

(Both Milan and Rome are just a 2 to 4 hour train ride from Fabriano, where we’ll start the trip. (And will give you some lovely views from the train! If possible, I’d recommend booking a flight that arrives the night before our first day, staying in a hotel in Milan or Rome for one night, and taking the train the next day.)

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Itinerary & Details

Read my blog post about the trip last year for a day-by-day itinerary and what to expect.

Ancient brick buildings bathed in golden hour light stand in front of the rolling hills we've been biking through in Marche, Italy. ©KettiWilhelm2023
The author and travel writer, a white woman, standing in the turquoise water of the Adriatic Sea, on a beach in Sirolo at the end of our Marche by bike e-bike tour in Italy. ©KettiWilhelm2023
Organically grown olives hang on the branch at Colle Nobile olive oil farm in Central Italy. ©KettiWilhelm2023