Day 1: Welcome! Benvenuti in Toscana
Pienza the "perfect town" is a remarkable example of Renaissance-era town planning. If you have even the least appreciation for beautiful architecture, it is a treat to stroll about its cobblestone streets. Meet and Greet, we'll fit your bikes and introduce you to each day ride. First loop to San Quirico (14 miles/22 km) to test the bicycle and the equipment!
Day 2: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (34 or 21 miles/55 or 35 km)
Loop bike tour to Montepulciano and Monticchiello. Start your day with a pleasant downhill, you’ll follow a route checkered with vineyards and cypresses. Highlight of the day is Montepulciano, which is famous for the production of Vino Nobile. Back to Pienza through Monticchiello, another hilltop village.
Day 3: Montalcino and Brunello wine (29 or 21 miles/46 or 34 km)
Today bike trip to Bagno Vignoni, a thermal spa town right before reaching the beautiful Castiglione d'Orcia. Enjoy a long downhill to the monastery of Sant'Antimo. On your way to the Etruscan village and wine town of Montalcino, where you will stay you’ll pedal through magnificent vineyards.
Montalcino is a fortified town which was used as a shelter by Siena nobles during the 16th Century, but today it is even more famous thanks to the production of one of Italian’s premier fine red wines, Brunello di Montalcino.
Day 4: Siena and Palio race (36 or 32 miles/58 or 50 km)
Ride from Montalcino to Siena. On the way you'll coast along the forested crest of a ridge, home to the famed Monte Oliveto Maggiore monastery. Stop here to visit the beautiful buildings and perhaps have lunch at the restaurant. Afterwards, you'll travel through the fascinating area called Le Crete, Tuscany's answer to the Badlands.
Easier: Start with 10 km descent and pass through Buonconvento. Heading northbound to Siena, you’ll be treated to more gorgeous cycling along secondary roads. In the village ofMurlo, you can visit the fascinating Etruscan Museum. Continue to Ville di Corsano always on a breathtaking scenery and end up in Siena arch gate Porta San Marco.
You'll have time to take a leisurely stroll around this medieval art city in the afternoon and to visit Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangia and the famous Duomo. Piazza del Campo is famous because here it is held twice a year the disputed DzPaliodz horse race, which opposes the 17 Dzcontradedz of this fascinating city.
Day 5: End of tour
End of bike tour after breakfast.