From about 480 km/300 miles up to max. 610 km/381 miles. Sport activity combined with overnights in culture and art cities like Volterra, San Gimignano and Siena. Enjoying the wines and the tasty Tuscan cooking will make your Tuscany bike tour just unforgettable!
You will experience all sides of Tuscany’s wonderful landscape, cycling in the hilly Volterra area and to the Mediterranean sea, through the Chianti region, where the “Chianti Classico” comes from, and to the wonderful Crete, in the south of Siena. The Tuscany’s hilly landscape is the perfect place to begin or end a cycling season. The temperatures are perfect to cycle all the year round, so that many professional teams (i.e. T-Mobile Team) are already here in February to prepare them for the cycling season, following up the nice climate and the hilly land.
On this round tour you can choice between two routes from about 70 km/43,75 miles up to about 115 km/71,87 miles everyday. The difference in altitude will be from 7.100 meters up to 8.500 meters. You will move from a place to the next one every second day. It makes possible to live every city more intensively with its surrounding, and furthermore, you don’t have to pack every day. Thanks to the self-elaborated route description and to a further signposting on the route, it will be a real pleasure to cycle on the tour.
Every cyclist with a good ground condition can cycle the tour quite well. Tuscany has a typical hilly landscape and therefore, apart from some longer climbs and more level ground districts, the tour profile is characterised by a continuous up and down. The routes are on mostly good asphalt roads, far from causeways. You may happen to encounter more traffic when entering or leaving a city.
Day 1: Individual arrival at Montecatini Terme. Tour information provided and detailed tour briefing at the hotel. The arrival place: Montecatini Terme. Montecatini Terme is one of the most important spring towns in Italy. Many important people, like Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi, were used to spend their time in the little town to enjoy the curative properties of this already in ancient times famous water. In Montecatini it is possible to visit the gorgeous “Terme Tettuccio” or to take one of the oldest funicular in Italy “Funicolare” (1898), visiting the old town Montecatini Alto. From there you can enjoy the wonderful view on the “Val di Nievole” valley and on the Apennines Mountains. The old, charming, medieval square “Piazza Giusti” offers you the possibility to drink a good glass of wine or to enjoy a delicious “gelato”, choosing the best way to end your cycling day!
Day 2: Montecatini Terme – roundtrip tour (70 km/600 hm or 80 km/ 800 hm). From the spring town Montecatini Terme, in the north of Tuscany, you cycle to medieval city of Montecarlo surrounded with vineyards. First you will cycle in the flat lands of the nature reserve of “Padule di Fucecchio” and then cycling on through the light hilly Montecarlo area with his vineyards and olive groves. The longer tours leads you to Massa and to the beginning of the Apennin mountains.
Day 3: Montecatini Terme - Volterra (90 km/1.300 hm or 110 km/1.600 hm). The stage leads you today through nature reserves and wooded countries, passing the “Arno-valley”, little medieval towns and cycling on to the south. Enjoying the typical Tuscan landscape, you reach your destination Volterra (531 m/ about 1742 feet).
Day 4: Volterra – Marina di Cecina (Mediterranean Sea) - Volterra (90 km/1.400 hm or 105 km/1.400 hm). Enjoying the wonderful view, you cycle from Volterra through the “Cecina” valley to the Etruscan Coast “Costa degli Etruschi”. The beach and the blue Mediterranean Sea in Marina di Cecina will welcome you after the efforts of this first part of the tour!
Day 5: Volterra - Siena (80 km/1.200 hm or 95 km/1.500 hm)The stage of today leads you at first to the city “of the Gender Towers ” San Gimignano. The so-called “Manhattan of Tuscany” is a little medieval town, which invites you to stay here for a longer time. On the second part of the stage you cycle through the vineyards “Colli Senesi”, passing by the castle of Monteriggioni to your destination Siena.
Day 6: Siena - Asciano - Siena (90 km/ 1.400 hm or 110 km/1.700 hm). You cycle to the south of Siena, discovering the bizarre landscape of the Crete. On lonesome asphalt roads and enjoying the wonderful view, you cycle through Asciano to the wooded country “Montagnola”. On the last miles you can already see your destination Siena, the city of “Palio”.
Day 7: Siena – Montecatini Terme (110 km/1.200 hm or 120 km/1.450 hm). Wonderful tour passing the wine region of “Chianti Classico” which is like a great garden of wine mountains, forest, cypress- and olive groves. In the afternoon you will stop in the village birth village of Leonardo da Vinci and go on to the wine region of Montalbano and back to Montecatini Terme.
Day 8: Departure or extension of your stay.
Price per person, double room or price per person single room. Supplement for half board, rental bike.
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