A bike trip in Tuscany is a cyclist’s dream trip, and you will learn this very quickly! Spend a week with us biking in the land of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Experience the Renaissance treasures of Siena, Etruscan ruins, medieval walled villages, and magnificent views, all with a splash of Tuscany wine. The bright and warm sun, meshed with superb history, rustic cuisine, and breathtaking views, makes biking in Tuscany a trip of a lifetime.
Join us in Italys most beloved landscape, where the extraordinary beauty of daily life never fails to amaze! You’ll sample epic wines and pici con fungi, thoroughly enjoying your week on a bicycle under the Tuscan sun.
Arrival in Pisa, the city famous all over the world for its magic Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) with the characteristic leaning tower, the bell tower of the city cathedral. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1987, besides a large number of monuments it also offers a friendly and lively atmosphere of a university city.
Pedalling northwards along the river Serchio, across the Pisan countryside you arrive in Lucca. For those who wish a slightly longer itinerary, there is the option of going towards Lake Massaciuccoli before reaching Lucca.
Through a panoramic road you reach the little village of Collodi and the town of Pescia. In Collodi, where the author of Pinocchio spent his childhood, you could visit the famous Pinocchio’s Park (created in 1962 already) and the aristocratic Villa Garzoni. In Pescia you could enjoy a quiet stroll among churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the typical flower street market.
Today’s routes again offer you two possibilities. You can relax in one of the most famous thermal cities in Europe and stroll down the narrow lanes of the old city, which is situated on a hill and can be reached by a characteristic cable-railway. Otherwise a picturesque itinerary will lead you among villas of the Medici family, olive groves, vineyards and beautiful historical farms, going past Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace (visit to the museum possible).
Today you have to choose either to start pedalling directly from Montecatini or to shorten the trip through a short train transfer to Pistoia, rich in Romanesque and Renaissance monuments (in particular churches) and having one of the most evocative squares in Italy: Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). From here back on the saddle, immersed in the Tuscan flatland, to reach Florence.
It will be up to you to decide how to spend your time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities!
Today you can choose to either starting pedalling directly from Florence and reaching Pisa through a train transfer from Empoli, or taking a train to Empoli and riding to Pisa along the river Arno.
RATING: Easy to Moderate
Terrain is generally very easy as this part of Tuscany is mostly flat. You will cover 250 – 280 km in 6 stages, riding on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths. There are just a few small hills so anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can accomplish this itinerary.
Trains with bike transportation connect the main cities of the tour, so in case of bad weather, or if you need a day of rest, you can reach your destination by train on days 3, 5 and 7.
The nearest major airports are Pisa and Florence. Regular bus and train service is available from both airports to Pisa city centre, where your tour starts.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Tour departs every Saturday from April to early October. Also every Monday from June 25 to July 23
Departure Dates 2018
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1165|
|Single room surcharge||$340|
|Season 2 surcharge||$130|
|E-bike surcharge: $170|
This tour includes:
– local city hotel taxes of approx. 10-15 euro per person
– Train transfers: Montecatini–Pistoia (approx. 10 min., 4 € per person); Florence–Empoli (approx. 30 min., 6 € per person); Empoli–Pisa (approx. 30 min., 6 € per person).
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment