Weekly Cycle: Cycling Tuscany - Chianti & Siena
This week we're turning water into wine to showcase our tour through Italy's wine region of Tuscany
. Home to sumptuous cuisine, and famed Chianti, Brunello and Nobile wines, this tour is sure to please cyclists that our also foodies or wine enthusiasts!
In a Nutshell:
Where is it?
Starting your journey in Poggibonsi in the heart of Tuscany you'll enjoy days cycling from one artisan village to the next discovering the wines, foods and crafts the villages and region are famous for. Highlights include Siena, the thermal-spa town of Bagno Vignoni, Pienza, and photogenic Montichiello and Montepulciano.
Distances are 32-46 km each day.
This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate depending on the route you choose. The longer/steeper routes require a reasonable level of fitness/experience. The routes follow surfaced country roads and secondary roads. Near larger towns there are some roads with more traffic. For these reason this trip is not for beginners.
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Why Cycle Tuscany?
You will get to discover traditional Medieval and Renaissance hill-top villages with they're recognizable red and earthen-colored buildings.
Foodies will revel in the cuisine the region is renowned for! Local pecorino cheese, black and white truffles, lardo di colonnata, bistecca all fiornetina, cacciucco, and torta di ceci are few not to be missed if they're on the menu. And of course don't miss the wine!
Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Siena with it's Duomo architecture and San Gimignano with its multitude of towers, as you cycle through the Val d'Orcadia a World Heritage Landscape.
Cycle through the 'Crete Senesi' a range of hills, woods, and villages known for their grey color.
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Pecorino cheese in Pienza, Tuscany[/caption]
Planning and Preparation:
This tour is available from March to early November, and you can choose to start your holiday on any date in the season. We offer this trip from March to early November when the spring, early summer and autumn days are perfect temperature for cycling and capturing the essence of Tuscany's colourful landscapes. During the hotter summer months it's worth considering hitting the road earlier in the day.
The tour is self guided so you cycle at your own pace and on this trip your choose the routes as well. If you'd like to take a look at the trip online click here
, or contact us at [email protected]
to start booking your holiday.
Other great cycling tours we have are our Tuscany: Pisa to Florence
and Pedalling Prosecco, Padova & Venice.