Val d’Orcia to Gaiole, the Eroica town
The Famed White Roads of Tuscany
These white, dusted roads are home to one of pro racing’s biggest dates, with steep climbs and full-blown attacks at every bend.
The Strade Bianche of Tuscany is truly something special due to the region’s rolling vistas and fine wines make this a must-see destination if you love gravel cycling. Strade bianche is Italian for “white roads,” and it comes from the color of the dry limestone gravel that lifts into a fine white dust that lingers along the race course.
Discover the route of the Strade Bianche professional race .
In this self guided Bike Tour we selected the more appropriate unpaved sections from the race and also from the Eroica itinerary.
The Permanent Route of L’Eroica is a unique experience that allows you to live the adventure of L’Eroica all year round. Anyway we offer the tour from March to November.
Traditional L’Eroica course starts in the town of Gaiole and covers some of the most beautiful roads in the area of Chianti and Siena province, winding among historic vineyards, leading to the cypress-lined entrance of Castello di Brolio and Corte Pavone.
Quote from the Eroica home page “L’Eroica invite cyclists to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest. We look to the past of cycling to inspire the future of this beautiful sport”
Carbon frame GRAVEL bike or E-bike are perfect to face this tour
Choose between Scott Gravel Addict 20 Or Scott E-SUB Cross 10
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.
If your vacation is already set and like the idea to do a least one day on gravel in tuscany we offer memorable day trip !
At A Glances:
TYPE: Self Guided
LEVEL: Moderate to Challenge
BEST TIME: From March 15th to November 15th
HOTEL: Charming & luxury hotels
END:Gaiole in Chianti
Pienza & Montefollonico
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
Montepulciano & Bagno Vignoni
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
Pieve a Salti to Brunello Land
Tonight at dinner reward yourself at least a glass of Brunello - we have a list of our favorite.
distance 41 km /25 miles
17 km asphalt and 24 km gravel - moderate difficulty
Castiglion del Bosco & Siena
Distance 56 km /35 miles
32 km asphalt and 24 km gravel - moderate to challenge
Gaiole, the Eroica town
After your gourmet breakfast, head out into magical Chianti. You will exit form Siena via a eroica gravel section Pieve a Bozzone, Vico dArbia making your way through wheat fields before we hit the vineyards of this celebrated wine region. Reach Pianella after 15 km. Form here you will take a long glourios section to Canonica A Cerreto, Vagliagli. All riding through chianti classico vineyards, counting castles and old hilltop hamlets! Get in Radda in Chianit for lunch time after 38 km ride - mostly gravel.
relax .. you have only 8 km to Gaiole following still the Eroica itineray. Last gravel stage: San Donato in Perano and Vertine are amazing, enjoy the breathtakign landscape.
Distance 46 km /28,5 miles
16 km asphalt and 30 km gravel - moderate to challenge
Chianti hills - Castello di Brolio
After you can ride into the gravel section of Eroica, is short and then you will ride on very secondary scenery roads until Castelnuvo Berardenga. It worth a visit and if you are there for lunch time offer many options. Back to the saddle and encounter other small borgo: San Gusmé and villa a Sesta. Back to Brolio: to return to Gaiole you have 2 options, one road downhill and flat so somewhat easy, or challenge uphill to Castagnoli, downhill to castello di Meleto. Tonight you deserve a star michelin dinner: at your hotel il Pievano.
Distance 54 km /33,5 miles
44 km asphalt and 10 km gravel - moderate to challenge
Badia a Coltibuono short loop
Back to Gaiole where you will leave bikes.
Departure: bus available to reach Siena where you can take fast train to other town
il Chiostro - PienzaIl 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.
La Bandita Townhouse - PienzaLa 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 - MontalcinoA 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
Si Montalcino - MontalcinoHotel SI Montalcino is small charming hotel completely renovated, located on the panoramic road to S.Angelo in Colle, one km away from the walls of Montalcino. It is on a natural terrace that dominates the valley overlooking Monte Amiata and from here you can admire the vineyards of Brunello. Pool Belvedere
Villa STR - SienaVilla 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. It is just outside the ancient walls of the historic center of Siena, this hotel is a 10-minute walk from Piazza del Campo. In the summer you can appreciate the silence of the garden and the beauty of the flowers. Breakfast is served here in the summer months.
Castello di Spaltenna - Gaiole in ChiantiCastello di Spaltenna offers an exclusive atmosphere amidst a unique landscape. Located in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region, the manor’s luxurious guestrooms offer any possible comfort along with wonderful views over the valley. Just on hill out of Giaole in Chianti - few meters - restaurant Pievano
Price & Inclusions
Cost: Euro 1490 per perso – Price based on double accommodations
single room supplement euro 560 – Solo traveller supplement on request
Six nights in excellent five, four & three-star superior hotels
Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
All Baggage transfers
Pick-up of bikes and gear in Gaiole
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
Bike Rental per entire tour
GRAVEL OR E-Bike euro 210