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Cycling the real Tuscany

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Bike Excursions

This is a great way to tour! Bike through Chianti and breath fresh and real emotions. You can have your bike tour while having a wine tasting or while visiting a hill top village with its middle age athmosphere. Take a look at our suggestions for 1 day experiences .

But in case you're a bike lover...

Cycling the real Tuscany Tour

A 7 days sightseeing tour by bike through the beautiful and evocative contryside of Tuscany. You will discover the artistic and naturalistic heritage by visiting fascinating, hamlets, abbeys, monasterys, castles and vineyards placed in a very striking view. This tour includes a seven nights accomodation in 7 different excellent hotels (double room with private bath), breakfast, bike rental (including front bag, helmet, water bottle, padlock, tool kit, insurance), clearly marked road maps and itineraries, baggage transfer service every day, emergency road assistance (you will be provided with a special line to call for emergency repairs, transfer from Chiusi-Chianciano train station (a major stop on all the Roma-Florence line) to hotel in which you will spend the first night, possibility of optional transfer from Florence airport or station (reservation required).

Program of Cycling the real Tuscany Tour

We'll meet you at the train station in Chiusi-Chianciano (a major stop on all the Rome-Florence lines) and take you to a small village called "Locanda dell'Amorosa" to introduce you inside a small paradise, preserved through the centuries, the Middle Age and the Renaissance, from the times of the ancient Etruscans.

First day

Amorosa-Petroio-Castelmuzio-S.Anna in Camprena-Pienza

Your tour starts from "Locanda dell'Amorosa" in direction Pienza but before you visit Petroio, Castelmuzio and S.Anna in Camprena, the convent where parts of The English Patient were filmed. Pienza displays a remarkable unity of style, especially in its main square, and a perfect example of Renaissance town planning as requested by Pope Pius II, a scholarly man who wanted to build the ideal town.

Level: Moderate to strenuous

 

Second day

Pienza-San Quirico d'Orcia-Bagno Vignoni-Montalcino

From Pienza you start in direction of Montalcino before visit San Quirico and Bagno Vignoni. San Quirico d'Orcia gained importance because it straddle Via Francigena, which passed through the Orcia Valley linking Rome and the north of Italy. Bagno Vignoni popular for its spring water which was reputed for its effectivennes in the treatment of arthritis and reumatism as far back as Romans times. The houses cluster round an old swimming pool flanked, on one side, by St. Catherine's Portico, a reminder that the saint is said to have come here at the end of her life. The famed wine town of Montalcino is your destination.

Level: Moderate to easy

 

Third day

Montalcino-Abbey Monte Oliveto-Asciano



Ride from Montalcino to Asciano, the centre an nice area called "Crete Senesi". Montalcino is know throughout Italy for its excellent red wine, Brunello, a very high-quality vintage from a restricted wine-growing area. The huge pink brick buildings of this famous abbeynestle among the cypress trees in a landscape of eroded hills. Montalcino's medieval fortress now houses the Enoteca where you can taste (and buy) lots of fine regional wines. Monte Oliveto is the mother-house of the Olivetians, a congregation of Benedectine monks founded in 1313 by Blessed Bernardo Tolomei of Siena.




Level: Moderate to strenuous

 

Fourth day

Asciano-Castelnuovo Berardenga-Brolio-Meleto



Ride from Asciano to Chianti area's. You'll travel through two fascinating areas called "Le Crete" and "Chianti". In this day you'll visit wine cellars where you can taste (and buy) lots a fine Chianti wine, vineyards, Chianti castle's and tonight you'll sleep in one of this!!



Level: Moderate to strenous

 

Fifth day

Meleto-Radda in Chianti-Castellina in Chianti-Monteriggioni

Ride from Siena to Monteriggioni. Today you'll visit the towns of the "Old league of Chianti" and Monteriggioni. This small town stands peacefully on top of one of the gracefull hills north of Siena. It owes its picturesque beauty to the clea-cut outline of its enclosing wall and 14 square towers. The fortress was formerly a Ghibelline outpost, built by the sienese in the early 13th C., and was described by Dante in his Divine Comedy.

Level: Moderate

 

Sixth day

Monteriggioni-Colle val d'Elsa-San Gimignano


Ride from Monteriggioni to San Gimignano. San Gimignano is surrounded by gently-rolling country side dotted with vines and olive tree. Its 14 grey stone towers set on a hiltop are enclosed within an outer wall including five gates. It has all the charm of a small medieval town, built mainly of brick, and has been amazingly well preserved.


Level: Moderate to easy

 

Seventh day

San Gimignano-Siena


Ride from San Gimignano to Siena, the city of "Palio". The "Palio" is the banner awarded as the prize on a horse race. Siena is a mystic, gentle city of art and culture with a passionate and generousus soul, welcoming visitors with its motto which is inscribed above the Camollia Gate- "Cor magis tibi Sena pandit" (Siena opens its heart even wider to you). It is a gothic city.


Level: moderate

 

Included in the program

  • Seven nights in excellent three/four star superior hotels (double room with private bath)
  • Seven breakfasts
  • Seven bike tours
  • Clearly marked road maps and itineraries
  • Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
  • Seven baggage transfers
  • Transfer from Chiusi-Chianciano train station to the "Fattoria dell'Amorosa"
  • Pick-up of bikes and gear in Siena
  • Days bike rental (includes adjustments and gear)
  • Emergency road assistance
  • Optional transfert to Florence airport or city (reservation required)

 

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