5/5 (3)
6 nights | 30 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 2900
Bike tour in Italy
Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours
5/5 (3)

Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours

6 nights | 30 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 2900
Bike tour in Italy

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  • Cycling and Cooking in Tuscany

    Welcome to the trip that combines fantastic bicycle routes and cooking lessons, all in Italy’s famous region of Tuscany. After you have worked up an appetite biking through the rolling landscape of Tuscany, you will cook and eat the best food!

    La Cucina Toscana is simplicity in its purest form. Tuscan cooks have the freshest seasonal products at their disposal, including olive oil, wine and cheese, and do very little to alter their natural state. Most days will include a hands-on cooking class or a tasting at a local food artisan. You will also dine out at a simple osteria, family trattorias, and elegant restaurants.

    Cyclists will explore gorgeous loop rides in beautiful Val d’orcia, passing such highlights as Pienza, Montalcino and San Quirico. The routes cross Val di Chiana, through Cortona to Crete Senesi and on to Siena.

    Return home inspired, not only with new recipes to try, but also with the enthusiasm to cultivate the lessons you learn into your lifestyle!

    • Siena, Tuscany, Italy. Massimilian Omoro Sinotto
    • Fresh olive oil in Italy. Lucio Patone@Unsplash
    • Siena, Tuscany, Italy. Agatha Depine@Unsplash
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    • Italian food. Lucia Gherra@Unsplash
    • Montepulciano wine in Tuscany, Italy. PictureSeeker@Unsplash
    • Fresh ingredients. Calum Lewis@Unsplash
    • Harvest time! Zachary Brown@Unsplash

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    Highlights

    • La Cucina Toscana
    • Olive oil, cheese, and wine tasting
    • Val d'orcia
    • Cortona
    • Siena
    • Etruscan architecture
    • Monticchiello, the quintessential Tuscan hill town

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    Learn more about our guided trips or see more bike tours in Italy.

  • Traveler photos

    • Photo 1 (photo by JamieinLA)
    • Stopping for coffee (photo by JamieinLA)
    • Photo 3 (photo by JamieinLA)
    • Our Villa (photo by JamieinLA)

    Cycling and Cooking in Tuscany

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Welcome to the Villa
    Meet at the Chiusi train station (a major stop on all the Rome-Florence lines) at 1:00-1:30-pm. Private van transfer to the country house Palazzi del Papa, just a short drive from Pienza. Check into your room and start the bike-fitting session and meet your guides. After all guest are set with bikes and equipment we'll have a short test bike ride in the valley.

    Then get ready for your first cooking session with Paola – a perfect way to build the team. You'll enjoy this hands-on lesson: preparing fresh pasta as primo piatto, appetizer, tiramisu; after a rest with a Italian spumante metodo Classico sparkling wine as aperitif, we'll share the table with all guest and savor the welcome dinner.

    Day 2: Montalcino and Brunello (30 miles/48 km)
    Our ride starts from the villa: first stop after 10 km easy ride is the ancient Roman spa of Bagno Vignoni. Legend has it that Saint Catherine and Pope Pius II both bathed in the thermal waters here. The water has a constant temperature of 51 degrees Celsius (124 degrees Fahrenheit). At the heart of the village is the "Square of sources," a rectangular tank of 16th-century origin, which contains the original source of water that comes from the underground aquifer of volcanic origins.

    Now the climb to Castiglione d’Orcia is the challenge part of the day. Once at the top, enjoy a long downhill till Romanesque abbey of Sant’Antimo that dates back to the time of Charlemagne. The final effort is 9 km gentle ascent to Montalcino – the hill town famous for Brunello wine made with the Sangiovese Grosso grape and aged a minimum of four years. After the visit we'll reach the Solaria winery: you will taste the Brunello wine, the rosso and the supertuscan. Learn about the aging process, and enjoy lunch at the cellar.

    Day 3: Pienza, Montepulciano & Cinta Senese (29 miles/46 km)
    Our ride today starts from the villa. The first stage is Pienza, a pristine Renaissance jewel, founded in 1458. Pope Pius II chose the famous Florentine architect Rossellino to transform his home village of Corsignano into one of the few examples left of 15th century architecture. The main product in this area is the pecorino cheese, a delicious, pungent cheese made using only sheep milk.

    You'll continue to next village Montepulciano, known as the Pearl of the 16th Century. Our lunch will be at Fattoria Madonna della Querce a small farm specialized in cinta senese pig. After learning about the traditional black pig, what they eat and live and how is fine the meat you will enjoy this special meal ending with vin santo & cantucci. Back in the saddle last stop in the village of Monticchiello, the quintessential Tuscan hill town. Bold cypress trees line our route to the Orcia valley where you bike through the fields that inspired Renaissance painters.

    Day 4: San Casciano & Spa day (23 miles/36 km)
    After welcome breakfast ready to start from the country house: across completely the orcia valley. Pass 2 small villages Contignano ad Celle sul Rigo and get destination: the hot spring town San Casciano dei Bagni. The spa is very old and in town there is impressive town hall of renaissance time. The historic centre worth a visit with its characteristic hill town-plan of alleys and small piazzas. Let’s enjoy the thermal pool, with a series of powerful swan neck jets, a stunning waterfall for intense natural massages, and the healing power of the hot springs, our Therapeutic Pool promises a journey into revitalization unlike any other Back to the villa by van for the second Cooking lesson followed by dinner

    Day 5: Radicofani and Pici (34 miles/55 km)
    Today another terrific bike ride. Start from the villa and reach Radicofani, a medieval and enchanting village with one of the most impressive fortresses in Tuscany. Radicofani is included in the Park of val d’Orcia – a Unesco site and Via Francigena (which was the main route followed by pilgrims in antiquity who went to Rome), but still is off the beaten path. This will be the quietest day.

    From Radicofani now we will ride another secluded road called le Conie and reach Bagni San Filippo. Enjoy the downhill back to the valley. The valley rises along Francigena road near the old Spedaletto Castle, shelter for wayfarers who, in the Middle Ages, wanted to get to Rome from all over Europe. The castle was readapted in a granary, a real fortified farm. On the way back let’s stop at the cheese farm to taste the delicious Pecorino di Pienza, 100% sheep milk with variety of aging.

    We'll head back to the country house by bike. This afternoon let's learn the classic pasta of the area: pici all’ aglione sauce and pici al ragu di chianina. Pici is a fresh spaghetti, handmade one by one. local Orcia red wine to sip.

    Day 6: Siena and Le Crete (38 miles/60 km)
    After breakfast ride toward San Quirico, an Etruscan origin village with a superb Italian garden: the Horti Leonini. Pass through Asciano and Le Crete with strange rock formations and lone a farmhouse flanked by twin cypress trees.

    Let's pedal through vineyards and forest and arrive in Siena, a medieval city with beautifully preserved Gothic architecture. The entire city of Siena was built around the Piazza del Campo. Visit the shell shape square where the Palio horse race is run and enjoy lunch on your own. Back to the villa, you'll have time for a jump in the pool and a rest. Here we'll have time to shop while exploring the many hidden medieval walkways. Go soon to visit the shell shape square where the Palio horserace is run and enjoy a free lunch on your own.

    We'll have our farewell dinner at a restaurant at la bandita townhouse in Pienza.

    Day 7: Individual departure
    After a farewell breakfast all together, we will transfer you to the Chiusi train station around 10-11:00am. (On request we will arrange transfer at different time.)

    Surface and terrain

    The daily cycling itinerary is designed to be a vacation, not a race! The pace is relaxed to enable you to enjoy the scenery. The terrain will be gently rolling with some hills. Each day will cover an average of 25-35 miles (40-56 km) a day. If you are an advanced cyclist who wants to do more mileage, that can be accommodated. Backup transportation and support is always available.

    It is possible to have non-riding participants, as there will be optional activities to do instead of cycling. Shorter options are always available, enabling riders of all abilities will have a selection of distances to choose from each day.


    Hotels

    Podere Palazzi, val d’Orcia
    The farmhouse was built in the 1930s by the Marquis Origo replacing an old inn where the Eminences used to rest when they were going through the nearby Francigena road. The villa has 9 rooms.


    How to get there

    Tour start and end
    Nearest airport: Florence, Italy (FLR); Rome, Italy
    Nearest train station: Chiusi-Chianciano

    From Fiumicino airport train Leonardo Express (takes about 30 minutes) start each half hour and is direct from Airport to termini train station.

    From fiumicino airport to train station: the first at 07.37, 08.07, 8.37….the last at 22.37

    From Termini station to airport: the first at 06.51, 07.21, 7.51 the last at 21.51

    From Florence Peretola bus or cab to Florence station

    To get in Chiusi by train: many train from Rome and from Florence look for timetable in English at official web site h"p://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en some train are marked IC (intercity: faster) or marked R (regional: slow)

    The tour company will transfer you to and from the Chiusi train station. On Day 1 the tour company will meet you around 1:00-1:30-pm. On Day 7, you will go to the train station after breakfast. This service is included in the cost of the tour package.

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    Cycling and Cooking in Tuscany

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  • Dates

    May 12, Jun 09, Sep 15, Oct 13, Oct 27, 2023

    Prices

    Tour package

    Per person, double occupancy €2900
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €3390

    Bike Rentals

    Hybrid touring bike €180
    Full carbon road bike €210
    Electrically assisted bike €210
    Gravel bike €210

    Included services

    • 6 nights in country houses
    • Breakfast each morning; 6 dinners and 2 lunches
    • All maps, trip notes, and detailed route directions
    • All shuttles and technical assistance
    • Support van
    • Services of an experienced guide
    • 2 cooking classes
    • 2 wine tastings; 2 cheese tastings
    • Branded water bottle
    • Transfer on Day 1 from Chiusi train station
    • Transfer on Day 7 to the Chiusi train station
    • Sales taxes

    Local hotel taxes are not included and are to be paid directly to each hotel (approximately €1-5 per person/night).


    Bike rentals

    Bikes available for rent (in advance at the time of booking) on this tour are:

    • Hybrid touring bike, 27 or 30 speed, equipped with:
      • Aluminum frame
      • Full Carbon
      • Shimano Deore components 
      • Gel saddle
      • Upright handle bar
      • Wheelset: Shimano RS30
    • Road bike, 20 speed, equipped with:
      • Full Carbon fiber 
      • Carbon forks
      •  Shimano Ultegra  or 105  – 11/32 –  11 speed
      • Drop handle bar
      • Wheel set: Shimano R561
    • Gravel bike
      • Addict Gravel Disc Hmf / Imp Carbon
      • Shifters: Shimano St-R8020 Disc  Dual Control  22 Speed
      • Seat: Syncros Tofino T-Cutout 2.0
      • Wheel set:Syncros Rp2.0 Disc  Syncros Rws
    • Electrically assisted bike with 250w Sunstar motor
      • Frame E-Sub 6061 Alloy
      • Bosch Performance 250w System W/ 500wh Power Tube Battery
      • Brakes: Shimano Br-M365 Disc
      • Rear Derailleur: Sram Nx 11 Speed

    Equipment included with bike rental:

    • Helmet
    • Water bottle
    • Handlebar bag or map holder
    • Repair kit (mini pump, inner tube, tire levers)
    • Computer mileage counter
    • Lock (one lock with key per 2 bikes)
    • E-bike and hybrid, we include a front bag
    • Gravel and race bike, we include saddle bag

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. You can also bring your own pedals and shoes, along with the necessary equipment for installing the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are required on this tour. Helmets are included in the tour package; however, we recommend you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons.


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    Cycling and Cooking in Tuscany

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  • Route Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.


    Cycling and Cooking in Tuscany

     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • JamieinLA June 13, 2019

      Ride, eat and cook through Tuscany

      The ride through Tuscany was breathtaking. Guiliana, Marco and their family planned a wonderful week. Even with the rain (we only ride 3 of the 5 days), they made the trip memorable. And our cooking experience was wonderful. I’m glad I booked an ebike. The hills are steep.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 24, 2019
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • Photo 1 (photo by JamieinLA)
      • Stopping for coffee (photo by JamieinLA)
      • Photo 3 (photo by JamieinLA)
      • Our Villa (photo by JamieinLA)
      • 3/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • mkleyn October 3, 2017

      Better than I expected!

      Our guide,GiGI, was fabulous. He knew everyone's style and accommodated each of us. Loved the cooking in a homey kitchen. The restaurants we were taken to were in small local towns, and the food was fabulous!

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept. 23-29
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was the first one.
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • erinmargo April 26, 2016

      Best vacation ever

      There were so many positives on this trip. We were fortunate to have a fun group of like minded people on our tour. The villa is spectacular, Pometti was a fabulous, down to earth host, the food awesome, wine so good I shipped a bunch home and every location we visited was special. Marco & Guiliana are such a great team and excellent tour leaders. I have told many people about this wonderful experience and recommended to many.

      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens, Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)

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