Yes, there are hills to climb, but your efforts will be well rewarded with a sunny Mediterranean ambiance and a spirited flair for hospitality, Tuscany nourishes the soul and leads you to rejoice in the earthly pleasures of daily life.
#Journey into the heart of Chianti—and back in time—to sensational Siena and Castelllina
#Shadow the hilly course of L’Eroica, Tuscany’s internationally recognized vintage bike race
#In ancient cellars, taste superb Tuscan wines, from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to Brunello di Montalcino
Best seller bike tour
Route we selected takes you along tranquil country lanes tracing the expanses between farmland crowned with walled villages, ancient monasteries in secluded valleys, and medieval forts. Staying in Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and heart of Chianti, you are sure to experience the true essence of Tuscany, where history and beauty fill the heart as water fills a well. Strongly suggested, after spinning through rolling vineyards, golden wheat fields and chalky white hills by day, savor pecorino cheese, homemade pasta pici, fruity olive oils and sip Tuscan wines Brunello and Nobile.
Pienza – the perfect town
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. Optional test ride to San Quirico d’Orcia 20km /12,5 miles
Montepulciano & Vino Nobile
Your tour starts with a circular ride from Pienza.
Be sure to stop along the way to visit the remote convent where parts of The English Patient were filmed, and in the enchanting little hamlet of Castelmuzio. By lunchtime you’ll come to Montepulciano, the jewel of southern Tuscany, full of Renaissance palaces. After relaxing a while, return to Pienza with a stop in the village of Monticchiello, the quintessential Tuscan hill town.
Distance: 53,5 km / 33 miles
+ 1068 m / – 1070 m
Montalcino Brunello Land
Ride from Pienza to Montalcino, with a pause in fairy-tale Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa that is among the most unique towns in Europe.
You can have lunch in Castiglione d’Orcia, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo, where you might catch one of several vesper services performed each day by the monks. The famed wine town of Montalcino is your destination. Visit the fortress to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked, then reward yourself with a wine tasting at internal Enoteca. Have a dinner following our suggestions.
Distance: 44,4 km / 28 miles
+ 920 m / -876 m
Siena & Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey
Your detailed directions will take you through typical postcard scenery of Tuscany, Italy’s most photographed region—for good reasons.
Following a picturesque crest road, you’ll ride by Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey , a Benedictine abbey built in the 13th century and famous for its frescoed cloister and stunning setting. Afterwards, you’ll travel through the fascinating area called Le Crete, Tuscany’s answer to the Badlands.
Here the verdant hills give way to little domes of clay and Tuscany reveals another face of its identity, an unusual, almost lunar landscape of chalk cliffs and gullies soaked in a primeval atmosphere.
Distance: 56,7 km / 35,5 miles
+1035 m / -1217 m
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. There’s also the chance to shop at a first-class ceramics workshop just before Radda in Chianti. Arrive in time in Radda for a light lunch and enjoy the last 10 km of gentle rolling hills to get in Castellina Castellina’s medieval street, the Via delle Volte, was originally open to the sky, but over the years houses and shops have encroached on the ancient city walls, covering the street and providing an intriguing underground home for shops and restaurants.
Distance: 55,6 km / 34,5 miles
+ 1019 m / -787 m
Greve in Chianti & Panzano
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
Distance: 55 km / 34 miles
+1019 m / -1019 m
YOUR TOUR ENDS AFTER BREAKFAST
Departure: train and bus available to reach Firenze where extension of vacation is suggested or where you can take fast train to other town
Extra stage on request: Castellina to San Gimignano
Extra stage on request: Castellina to San Gimignano
Cost: € 1490 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement € 390
Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
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 Castellina
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
Bike Rental per entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 180
Race bike, E-Bike, Gravel Bike euro 240
City Tax each village charges a tax per day between euro 0,70 to euro 4,00
Optional Cooking lesson & Wine tasting
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.
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
Villa di 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
Palazzo Squarcialupi – Castellina in Chianti
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
Hotel Salivolpi- Castellina in Chianti
Salivolpi is an old country house recently converted into a hotel whilst keeping its original architectural features. It is located on the hills on the site of the former Etruscan Castellina, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees, it has a wonderful panorama stretching over the Elsa valley
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