Authentic bike tour Italy

This Tuscany’s combination of natural beauty, medieval and renaissance art, architecture and friendly people will enchant you. Pedal to lofty hill towns, spin through broad valleys and follow sinuous country roads past cypress-lined lanes and quiet woodland.

Cycling through unparalleled countryside by day complements incredible Tuscan cucina by night. This gastronomic paradise beckons to lovers of sublime provincial cooking and superb wine; fresh pastas, porcini mushrooms, and locally produced pecorino cheese from Pienza  mark the region’s celebrated dishes, which just happen to be the perfect match for its world-class wines.  Every day will bring new experiences enriching you.

Off your bike, discover unforgettable Renaissance art and architecture, visit winery and cellars: you will be in the heart of Chianti Classico, savour meals created from the finest local ingredients and relax in charming Tuscan retreats.

Highlights riding Terre di Siena

  • Explore some of the region’s most celebrated towns, including Siena, San Gimignano, Gaiole in Chianti
  • Sample fine wines before dining on local specialties
  • Castelli road: the Chianti castles route: the surprising number of castles, fortified farm houses, towers and fortified Abbeys in the area
  • a visit to the famous Castello di Brolio before Gaiole is a must!
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Welcome to Siena

Arrival at hotel in Siena on your own. Siena, a medieval city with beautifully preserved Gothic architecture. The entire city of Siena was built around the Piazza del Campo. ften described as Italy's best preserved medieval city, Siena rivaled Florence for dominance in Tuscany during the 1300s. You'll have time to take a leisurely stroll about 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 “Palio” horse race, which opposes the 17 “contrade” of this fascinating city. Here you'll have time to shop while exploring the many hidden medieval walkways. Meet and Greet, we'll fit your bikes and introduce you to each day ride.
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Chianti hills: castello di Brolio & Eroica

Distance: 50 km/31 miles
Ride from Siena to Castellina in Chianti, following the “chiantigiana” road. Along the way you can stop at Castelnuovo Berardenga, a medieval town that marks the gateway to Chianti country. From here you will ride inside the vineyard of famous chianti classico wine passing through many little hamlet. Not-to-be-missed is Castello di Brolio, a castle and winery. Gaiole the Eroica town worth to stop.
Arrive in time in Radda for a light lunch and enjoy the last 10 km of gentle rolling hills to get in Castellina.
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Montefioralle & Panzano

Distance: 52 km/32,5 miles
Circular bike ride to Florentine chianti: bike along quiet roads to the three villages that formed the Chianti Alliance centuries ago. Visit Tuscany's forgotten abbeys and hamlets then enjoy a winery tour and taste their supple reds, fresh honeys and rich olive oil . Have a stop at Greve's main piazza, characterized by an original formation of irregular triangular shape, defined by beautiful long porticos. Back via Panzano with preserved the old walls, gate and the keep of the medieval castle. relax by the vanishing edge pool spilling into the countryside of endless vineyards
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San Gimignano citta delle torri

Distance: 50 km
Ride to San Gimignano: more vineyards await us today, but you'll be amazed at how different they look once we get into the district of San Gimignano. Hill climbing with many recovery sites on your way including medieval Barberino and Tavernelle the gateway
Soft, colorful, rolling hills of vineyards and sunflowers provide the backdrop to pre-Roman Etruscan remnants on your route to San Gimignano’s "medieval skyscrapers” in the distance you will see the seventeen towers. You'll have plenty of time to wander through the cobblestoned streets, window shop and buy a few last-minute Tuscan mementos for our friends and...why not, for ourselves too!
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Casole d'elsa

Distance: 70 km/43,5 miles
Ride back to Siena via casole d’elsa Stop in Casole d’elsa: originally inhabited by the Etruscans that means before roman empire. The fortress and the defensive walls are still visible today, although the town gates have unfortunately been destroyed during the Second World War.You will be soon in quiet road through Santa Colomba and Celsa pass the medieval hamlet “Fungaia” known to the sienese chronicle since 1247, it is on the old medieval pilgrim trail Via Francigena.
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end of tour - arrivederci!

optional Loop ride to Montagnola Senese
Distance: 60 km/37.5 miles
The bike ride is an exploration of Montagnola Senese, pass through charming little villages and borgo: Sovicille, Ancaiano, Simignano, Pieve Scola all medieval village with picturesque houses. You will be in the Via Francigena, the ancient road and pilgrim route running from France to Rome, very important in medieval times. The subsoil, mainly limestone, is full of marble, including the famous yellow marble, being used also for the Duomo of Florence
Villa del Sole - Siena
Charm & Relax in the historic centre of Siena
Villa del Sole is a boutique hotel located in one of the most picturesque corners of the historic centre of Siena, overlooking the greenery of Orti de 'Pecci, at a stone’s throw from Piazza del Campo. Villa del Sole is the perfect combination of style and comfort.
Palazzo Squarcialupi - Castellina
Palazzo Squarcialupi is part of the history of Castellina in Chianti. It is situated in the historical town center, on a road running along the XV century City Wall. Set in the spacious garden, in a most suggestive position, is the swimming-pool. The palazzo has medieval origins and it has been renewed becoming a luxury palace
Antico Pozzo - San Gimignano
Antico Pozzo the building, now completely restored,preserves the original style of the 15th century, although the earliest part dates back to the middle ages and the founding of the town itself:traces remain of the well and the area around it.

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Price & Inclusions

Price 
Cost: Euro 1280 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement euro 350

Inclusions
Five nights in excellent three-star superior hotels
Five  breakfasts
One Goumet dinner
Route notes and itineraries & sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
All Baggage transfers
Pick-up of bikes and gear in Castellina
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
All tax and service charges

Not Included
Bike Rental per entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 180
Race bike     euro 210
E-Bike         euro 210

City Tax  each village charges a tax per day between euro 0,70 to euro 4,00

Optional
Cooking lesson & Wine tasting
Renting GPS for 6 days – 50 euro
We can rent you a Garmin Edge Touring. It works like the GPS navigator you use in your car, only with maps and features specifically designed to help you find your way by bike. We will upload all the route notes and you will have really no problems in finding your way to the next town!

 

 

 

Tour Reviews

18 ottobre 2016

Hi Giuliana! Thanks so much for the pictures – we had been meaning to write to you! We had such a wonderful time in Italy. The bike trip was one of our favourite highlights … we told everybody about it. Both Sarah and I had such a blast. We really can’t wait to do it again! I’ve attached a few pictures we took, hope you enjoy. Thanks again … all the best.

18 ottobre 2016

We want to thank you for such a great vacation. The biking was the highlight of our stay in Italy. We were able to see such untouched beautiful areas that we just couldn’t have seen otherwise. And, the towns we visited were generally much less touristy than where most people go. Even San Gimignano emptied of the tourists by late afternoon and we were able to wander through this beautiful town in peace. Also, all of the hotels were wonderful and your suggestions of restaurants were all fantastic

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