Short Escape Gravel Tuscany

Short Escape Gravel Tuscany

Short Escape Gravel Tuscany

Tuscany - self guided

Adventure Unpaved & Escape the Crowds

Val d’Orcia to Siena on gravel road

Gravel Tuscany Bike tour’s Wow Moments

  • Shadow the hilly path of L’Eroica, Tuscany’s internationally recognized vintage bike race.
  • ancient cellars, taste superb Tuscan wines, from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to Brunello di Montalcino.
  • Experience the serenity of the Tuscan countryside and savour the flavours of authentic pasta fresca.
  • Explore the undulating white gravel roads of Tuscany—the famed strade bianche—and immerse your self in Italy’s most classic cycling local.
  • Caffé espresso, cappuccino & best gelato

Most people choose to ride gravel to escape traffic and get off the beaten roads, exploring the hill town tahta made Tuscany so famous.  The amount of pavement varies from destination to destination, but one thing holds true, once you are on gravel, you’ll encounter minimal traffic.

This is a short escape – 4 nights in case you do not have entire week or you want  just to test gravel biking in the legendary white roads

DAY 1

Pienza & Montefollonico

Meet & Greet in Pienza, the purest renaissance town in the world, for welcome and bike fitting. 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 around its cobblestone streets.
If you arrive in time there will be a First test bike ride to Palazzo Massaini, Montefollonico

Distance 25 km /15 miles
12 km asphalt and 13 km gravel – Easy to Moderate

DAY 2

Montepulciano & Bagno Vignoni

Your tour starts with a circular ride from Pienza.
Spring brings red poppy blossoms to the vibrant green wheat fields of Tuscany, and nowhere is the bloom more brilliant than the hills of the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As we pedal through these corridors of proud cypress trees, the scenery may look familiar from such films as Gladiator and The English Patient. Follow the gravel tracks off the beaten path through a timeless slice of Tuscany. You’ll come to Montepulciano, the jewel of southern Tuscany, full of Renaissance palaces. After relaxing a while, you will face a incredible breathtaking yet challenge gravel section that bring you to Monticchiello, the quintessential Tuscan hill town.
back in the valley, next destination is Bagno Vignoni, a thermal spa town that dates back to Roman times, Madonna di Vita Leta chapel is on the way back to Pienza

distance 52 km /31 miles 17 km asphalt and 34 km gravel
moderate difficulty

DAY 3

Pieve a Salti to Brunello Land

To get from Pienza to Montalcino we select the sections of Eroica called Lucignano d’asso and Pieve A Salti. You leave Pienza and after 6 km on paved road you will take with white road toward Cosona and reach the little hamlet of Lucignano – a caffe espresso at little shop emporio – is a must. Once you reach the paved road you ride only one km and start the other Eroica gravel section Pieve a Salti – so beautiful landscape. 9 km up and down in the rural countryside! arrive in Buonconvento by lunch time. Now you have to face the climb to the famed wine town of Montalcino. A total of 10 km: 5 on paved and 5 km on gravel all through vineyards and wineries. Once in town we strongly suggest to visit the fortress and admire the breath-taking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked.
At dinner tonight reward yourself with a glass of Brunello!

distance 41 km /25 miles 17 km asphalt and 24 km gravel
moderate difficulty

DAY 4

Castiglion del Bosco & Siena

L’Eroica—meaning “The Heroic”—is a celebration of the golden age of cycling. The event takes place every October when thousands of hardened cyclists travel back in time to ride these gravel roads on primitive machines of the past. The heavy lugged-steel bikes with down-tube shifters and impossible gear ratios are no match for the red wine in the participant’s water bottles and the hardman mentality. Today, we’ll have our own taste of cycling’s heroic origins as we join one of the most beautiful gravel sections of L’Eroica. From the heart of Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany’s most celebrated wine region, ride to the top Passo del Lume Spento. In fact starts the Castiglion del bosco gravel section. Castiglion del bosco is the biggest brunello winery & farm belonging to Ferragamo, the famous Italian fashion designer. Once in Bibbiano another section called la Piana and reach Murlo after 30 km- caffé & visit! Shortly you will face another legendary Eroica section to Radi, with some steep yet short up and down. At Ville di Corsano you deserve a light lunch. from here you have the last 12 km on secondary paved road to Siena.

Distance 56 km /35 miles 32 km asphalt and 24 km gravel
moderate to challenge

DAY 5

Arrivederci

End of Tour after Breakfast

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Tour start in pienza
Tour end in Siena

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INFO TOUR

best period rom March 15th to November 15th

DIFFICULTY moderate to challenge

TOUR REVIEWS

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Tour Reviews

8 December 2023

This local company knows all the routes, period hotels, and local restaurants. The equipment and logistics are superb and well orchestrated. They are very responsive before and during the trip. This is our 2nd time touring with Cicloposse. We came back because the first time was a great experience. The gravel tour following l’Eroica is very special.

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Price & Inclusions

Cost: € 1150 per person – Price based on double accommodations

single room supplement € 350

Inclusions

Four nights in excellent five, four & three-star superior hotels
Four breakfasts
All Baggage transfers
RideWithGPS App: tracks, route notes, off-line navigation
Trip notes: Sightseeing & meals suggestions
Maps with elevation gain
Delivery bike at Pienza hotel & bike fitting
Pick-up of bikes and gear in Siena
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
Sales taxes

Not Included

Bike Rental per entire tour

GRAVEL OR E-Bike         euro 140

 

il Chiostro – Pienza

Il Chiostro di Pienza is housed in a 15th C convent and sits protected and quiet right in the center of this tiny town. It has been renovated but all the beamed ceilings frescoed walls and ancient tile floors have been preserved, nice garden overlooking val d’Orcia with pool.

Luxury upgrade: La Bandita Townhouse – Pienza

La Bandita Townhouse is a luxury boutique hotel tucked inside the historic center of Pienza. The building is a rambling Renaissance-era palazzo where nuns have lived for over 500 years. the property itself blends in completely with the Renaissance character, is a comfortable, and stylish place

Hotel Giglio – Montalcino

A charming retreat in the heart of town, hotel Giglio, family-run, in a warm and quiet building, facing a gorgeous landscape, the best part is the view of the cliff-clinging houses of Montalcino to your left and the rumpled patchwork of green valleys stretching out below. Plus a great restaurant where enjoy gourmet tuscan dinner

Vecchia Oliviera – Montalcino

Vecchia Oliviera is located in the historic center of the city of Brunello and stands next to Porta Cerbaia, one of the six ancient gates to the city of Montalcino. an old oil mill restored and transformed into this charming hotel with garden overlooking Orcia valley

Villa STR – Siena

Villa STR is a converted 19th-century villa that retains the charm and ambiance of its former origins as a private residence. The decoration in the recently renovated public areas bears the hallmarks of Italian classical design, with a quiet Garden for relaxing . Hotel is a 10-minute walk from Piazza del Campo

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