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If you are eager to embark in the venture to explore one of the most famous regions of Italy, this itinerary across Tuscany is what you are looking for. The region is famous for its wines, its cities of artand the warm welcome you get from its inhabitants, that is to say the best combination of emotions, scents and traditions perfectly combined and ready to be discovered by bike. From Piazza della Signoria in Florence to Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, you will pass through Siena, San Gimignano and then Volterra. Starting with a short visit of Florence, the first part of the tour brings you to the very heart of Tuscany, along the “road of wines”, where the famous Chianti is produced. Here take a bit of time off the pedals and enjoy a wine tasting in one of the numerous local wine cellars. Passing through Siena, the tour then continues towards Colle Val d’Elsa, the “Bohemia of Italy”, then heads to San Gimignano, famous for its towers enriching the landscape , and Volterra, the city of alabaster. Finally, you reach Pisa, where the Leading Tower dominates over Piazza dei Miracoli.
Individual arrival in Florence, a gem of Medieval and Renaissance art, one of the most important historic cities all over the world. Overnight in Florence.
Today your adventure leads you through the heart of Tuscany, rich in art, scents and traditions. Departure by bike from Florence to Impruneta, a landmark for Italian terracotta art, where you can visit its ancient villas and the Basilica. After approximately 10 km, you reach Mercatale, a small town surrounded by the Chianti hills; here, you will have the chance to taste some local wine varieties and typical products of the area inside the wine cellar of the Palagio Castle.
Riding your bike, you will discover one of the best-known Tuscan areas: “the road of wines”. Departure from Greve in Chianti across the fortified medieval village of Montefioralle; then, after the splendid village of Panzano, you reach Radda in Chianti. The Chianti area, situated between Florence and Siena, appears like a hilly landscape varied and colourful. It is here that the famous wine was born during the Etruscan Age. In Radda in Chianti, it is possible to admire the Palazzo Pretorio dating back to 1400 and the remains of the city walls and medieval towers.
Today the tour leads you from Radda in Chianti to Siena. The first stop will be at the Meleto Castle, an ancient fortification transformed into a magnificent typical villa immersed in the Tuscan countryside. Cycling over the fortified village of Castagnoli, you will continue towards the famous Castle of Brolio which is rich in suggestions coming from ancient times. Here you can enjoy a wine tasting in the Ricasoli wine cellar. In the afternoon, pedalling through the colourful hilly surroundings, you will reach Siena, famous for its Palio. Visiting the city, you will discover some of the most remarkable monuments of Italy: Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, and the Duomo di Siena, built in the 12thcentury and fully covered in white and dark-green precious marble.
Leaving Siena and cycling through the rolling downs of the surroundings, you will come cross small villages such as Sovicille. Before reaching Abbadia a Isola, the stretch of the ancient Francigena Way that you are following at the moment flanks Mount Maggio. You will continue until reaching Colle Val d’ Elsa, the so-called “Bohemia of Italy”. Colle Val d’Elsa is an ancient Etruscan city; since 1100 it had been allied to Florence against Siena. From the 15th century onwards, the town started to flourish, mainly thanks to the development of the glass craftsmanship and trade and the related exploitation of the river Elsa. Possible visit to an handicraft laboratory of crystal manufactures.
From Colle Val d’Elsa you cycle to San Gimignano. From the hilltop where it was founded, this town dominates the Elsa Valley and stands as a splendid example of a well-preserved Medieval city. Its fame is mostly due to the numerous towers still adorning it. Thanks to its uniqueness, in 1990, it was awarded the title of World Heritage Site by Unesco. The village, rising behind its high walls, is split by two main axis forming a cross: the east-west axis stretches from the Hill of the Tower to the Hill of Montestaffoli, while the north-south axis goes from the Gate of San Giovanni to the Gate of San Matteo, another pass-through point of the Via Francigena. In the late afternoon, you arrive in Volterra. This city can boast about 3000 years of history and is known all over the world for its workshops specialized in the sculpting of alabaster. You can visit the Acropoli, the roman theatre and the walls enclosing the historical centre.
Departure from Volterra to Ghizzano, a village immersed in a landscape of vineyards. After approximately 2 hours cycling, you reach Calcinaia, then continuing towards Pontedera. From here, transfer by train to Pisa, the city of the Leaning Tower.
The tour ends after breakfast. Free time to visit the city, with its Cathedral, the Baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower dominating Piazza dei Miracoli.
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