Tuscan lifestyle bike tour
Welcome to the bike trip combining fantastic moderate bike rides and cooking lessons, special tasting: olive oil, wine and cheese.
La cucina Toscana – simplicity in its purest form.
Tuscany cooks take advantage of the freshest seasonal products and tamper with their natural state as little as possible. The cooking and the cycling aspects will please anyone who has a strong interest in one or both of these great passions.
Be aware that in Italy a genuine meal can tell the story of local culture.
A variety of bike rides pursuits get you deep into some of the world’s most iconic and famous landscapes, while a sampling of food and drink experiences keep your mouth watering as you dig into the real way Tuscan people eat.
One cooking lesson will be about local fresh Pici pasta – read about in our blog
You will explore gorgeous loop rides in the beautiful val d’orcia, Unesco site since 2004: Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico. Not-to-be-missed San Casciano dei Bagni, Discover le Crete Senesi: a rolling sea of land, sightsee the gothic Siena town.
Each mail will be paired with a Tuscan wine: besides the must Brunello, Nobile and Chianti classico you will learn about and sip Morellino di Scansano, Super Tuscan & Bolgheri, Orcia doc, Vin Santo, Syrah di Cortona.
How much cooking will we do?
After you have worked up an appetite, we will feed you very well! Most days include a hands-on cooking class or a visit to taste local food artisan. Our dining-out experiences range from a simple osteria, to a family trattoria, and an elegant restaurant. You will come home inspired, not only with new recipes, but also with the enthusiasm to cultivate these lessons into your lifestyle.
Carbon frame road bike, hybrid, gravel E-bike ALL YOU NEED IS TO CHOOSE,
- Return from your trip with actual know-how to create a Tuscan dinner back home—it’s the ultimate keepsake!
- Pedal rolling hills past Sangiovese vineyards
- Enjoy Brunello wine tasting AND LUCNH AT CELLAR
- Eat Hand-rolled pici pasta, pecorino cheese, olio nuovo fresh-pressed olive oil, truffles, porcini mushrooms, Chianina beef, and cinghiale wild boar
- Cycle the picture-perfect Crete Senesi, a route lined the waves of golden wheat fields and solitary cypress trees
At A Glances:
DAY 1-2 Immerse yourself in the beauty of southern Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia region | Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pienza, renowned for its pecorino cheese and Renaissance architecture | Ride along scenic cypress-lined roads, soaking up the undulating landscapes | Indulge in Tuscan delicacies and relax at our charming country house.
DAY 3: Embark on a thrilling climb to Montalcino, a picturesque wine village offering breathtaking views | Enter the enchanting Crete Senesi area, characterized by its chalk hills and charming farmhouses | Experience farm-to-table Tuscan cuisine at a local agriturismo | Enjoy a sunset aperitivo at la Foce
DAYS 4-6 Traverse the captivating landscapes of Crete Senesi, reminiscent of Renaissance paintings | Cycle through sun-drenched pastures, olive groves, and oak woodlands | Discover the treasures of Siena at your own pace | Ride amidst the renowned vineyards of Sangiovese | Visit San Casciano, hot thermal town
Friday: Welcome to Val d'Orcia
Private van transfer to the country house Palazzi del Papa , 14 km /9 miles from Pienza
Check in at your room and let’s start bike fitting session and meet your guides.
After all guest are set with bikes and equipment let’s have a very short bike ride test in the valley.
Ready for your first cooking session with Paolo – perfect way to build the team.
Hands-on lesson: prepare fresh pasta as primo piatto, appetizer, tiramisu; after a rest with a Italian spumante metodo Classico sparkling wine as aperitif, let’s share the table with all guest and savor the welcome dinner.
Saturday: Montalcino & Brunello
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. Last effort -9 km gentle up to Montalcino - the hill town is very famous for Brunello wine made with the Sangiovese Grosso grape and aged a minimum of four years. After the visit let’s reach all together Solaria winery winery: you will taste their Brunello wine, the rosso and the supertuscan. Learn about the aging and enjoy the lunch at cellar.
Distance 48 km /30 miles
DINNER IN MONTICCHIELLO
Sunday: Pienza, Montepulciano & cinta Senese
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.
Distance 46 km /29 miles
DINNER IN BAGNO VIGNONI
Monday: San Casciano & Spa day
Total Distance km 36/22,5 miles
COOKING LESSON FOLLOWED BY DINNER
Tuesday: Radicofani, Pici & Pecorino
Distance 55 km /34 miles
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
Wednesday: Siena & Le Crete
Distance km 60 /37,5 miles
FAREWELL DINNER IN PIENZA
Thursday : Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour
On request we will arrange transfer at different time.
Podere Palazzi del PapaThe Palazzi del Papa farmhouse was built in the thirties by the Marchesa Origo - La Foce - replacing an old inn where the Eminences used to rest when they were going through the nearby Francigena road.
Podere Palazzi Del Papa - RoomFurnished with rustic antiques, the country house has a warm atmosphere authentic Tuscan charm.
The Agriturismo has 9 double/twin bedrooms With en suite facilities with both showers and baths
Podere Palazzi del Papa - GardenThe Country house stands in the centre of the natural reserve of Lucciola Bella, in the heart of the Orcia valley - Unesco site since 2004
Podere Palazzo Del Papa - room close upThis marvelous 17th century Country house belongs to a large estate property of Nardi enzo
Podere Palazzo Del Papa - BreakfastNowadays, the Company owns 100 ha cultivated with cereals and wheat which is mainly used for the Chianina-breeding. This activity is, among others, the most important one.
Podere Palazzi del PapaFrom the vineyards a wonderful red DOC Orcia wine is produced. Of course, it is available to be tasted for all our kind guests. They produce wine, olive oil, Chianina meat.
Price & Inclusions
Cost: Euro 2900 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement euro 490
Six nights in private villa;
Six dinners & Two lunches
two cooking classes;
one wine tour;
one cheese tasting;
All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions;
All Shuttles and technical assistance;
Services of experienced guide;
Cicloposse water bottle;
Transfer on day one from station;
Transfer on day seven to the station
Airfare to Italy, train to Chiusi, 5 lunches, beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature
Bike Rental for entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 180; Road bike, gravel, E-Bike euro 250