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|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||60 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Apr 12-Jul 12; Aug 23-Oct 18, 2014|
|Start city:||Montecatini Terme, Italy|
|End city:||Montecatini Terme, Italy|
Sport activity combined with overnights in culture and art cities like Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena and Florence. 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. 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 (such as T-Mobile Team) are already here in February to prepare themselves for the cycling season, following up the nice climate and the hilly land.
Each day you can choose between two routes from about 70km/45 miles up to about 115km/75 miles. You will stay two nights in each location and move from one place to the next every second day. This makes it possible to live every city more intensively with its surrounding, and, furthermore, you don’t have to pack every day. Thanks to the well-detailed route description and to signposting on the route, it will be a real pleasure to cycle on the tour.
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Day 1: Individual arrival at Montecatini Terme
Tour information provided and detailed tour briefing at your first hotel. Montecatini Terme is one of the most important spring towns in Italy. Many important people, like Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi, 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!
Overnight in Montecatini Terme.
Day 2: Montecatini Terme (43-49 miles, 1968-2625 feet gained/70-80 km, 600-800 hm gained)
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.
Overnight in Montecatini Terme.
Day 3: Montecatini Terme - Volterra (56-68 miles, 4265-5249 ft gained/90-110 km, 1300-1600 hm gained)
The stage leads you today through nature reserves and wooded countries, passing the “Arnovalley”, little medieval towns and cycling on to the south. Enjoying the typical Tuscan landscape, you reach your destination Volterra (531m/ about 1742feet).
The medieval city Volterra is very famous for its art handicraft with alabaster. The city discloses the Tuscan history from the Etruscan, through the Romans to the late middle ages and the Renaissance. The city is situated on the back of a mountain right in the middle of the Tuscan landscape. Thanks to its impressive position, according to the weather, you can enjoy a wonderful view from the Apuan Alps to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Overnight in Volterra.
Day 4: Volterra – Marina di Cecina - Volterra (56-65 miles, 4593 ft gained/90-105 km, 1400 hm gained)
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!
Overnight in Volterra.
Day 5: Volterra - Siena (50-59 miles, 3937-4921 ft gained/80-95 km, 1200-1500 hm gained)
The stage of today leads you at first to the city “of the Gender Towers ” San Gimignano. The socalled “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. The city of the Gothic Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage site and just few cities could preserve their medieval aspect so intact like Siena.
The Gothic cathedral "Santa Maria” is just one of the many sights that Siena offers. You can appreciate its magnificent facade and admire the paintings inside, that make it the richest Church of the Christianity. In the middle of the city alleys one of the greatest Italian medieval Squares, the “Piazza del Campo,” opens out, like a theatre. The famous horserace “Palio” takes place in this square twice a year.
Overnight in Siena.
Day 6: Siena - Asciano - Siena (56-68 miles, 4593-5577 ft gained/90-110 km, 1400-1700 hm gained)
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”.
Overnight in Siena.
Day 7: Siena – Montecatini Terme (68-75 miles, 3937-4757 ft gained/110-120 km, 1200-1450 hm gained)
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.
Overnight in Montecatini Terme.
Day 8: Departure
Saturdays: Apr 12-Jul 12; Aug 23-Oct 18, 2014
Note: Local hotes taxes are not included and wlll be €1-5 per day.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Days 1 and 2:Hotel Croce di Malta, Montecatini Terme
Days 3 and 4: Hotel San Lino, Volterra
Days 5 and 6: Hotel Italia, Siena
Day 7: Hotel Croce di Malta, Montecatini Terme
Many local hotels in this region will charge a small tax (€1-5 per night), payable locally at reception upon checkout.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented for this tour:
Equipment provided with road bike rental at no additional charge:
These pedal-systems available for this tour include:
Please indicate at time of booking which pedal system you would prefer. At booking you may also let us know if you intend to bring your own pedals.
If you wish to bring your own bike seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Helmets are not provided for rent with this tour. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own bicycle helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
Tuscany has a typical hilly landscape and therefore, apart from some longer climbs and more level ground districts, the tour profile is characterized 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.
The tour is challenging and is ideal for experienced cyclists in above average physical condition.
Tour start and end
Nearest Airports: Pisa or Florence (FLO)
Nearest train station: Montecatini Terme
Train tickets from Florence or Pisa to Montecatini Terme cost about €5.
If you drive, parking is available in the hotel parking lot (about €50/week) or public street parking (€3/day).
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