Where to go cycling in Tuscany
The Tuscan countryside was made to be cycled through. The rolling hills, undulating fields and striking views all combine into a cycling dream. Whether one is rolling down hills or panting upwards, Tuscany should be every cyclist’s dream location. And whether you are travelling long distance or on a short trip, it’s easy to get to and from your chosen start-point via Tuscany’s excellent bus or train networks.
What could be finer than cycling through Tuscany’s stunning country-side en route to a glass of fine wine? If getting to some of Italy’s finest wine under your own steam is definitely for you, then cycling ‘La Chiantigiana’ is a must.
Strada Regionale 222 is the road that connects Florence and Siena, directly through the Chianti Classico wine zone of central Italy. It passes Italy’s oldest golf-course as well as some wonderful vineyards, meaning that stop-offs at a number of chateaus are a definite option. Wine-tasting via bicycle – just another unique option Tuscany has to offer.
Cycling along the Etruscan coast
Tuscany’s coast is an exceptionally beautiful place, with its warm sea-breeze and fantastic cliff-top views. Some of Tuscany’s prettiest towns, including Pisa, Livorno and Piombino are all located on Tuscany’s coastline and it’s here that you can find some truly exceptional sea-food.
Catching the ferry from Piombino to Elba will undoubtedly become one of the highlights of your trip. Elba is a firm favourite for cyclists, both on- and off-road. The Capoliveri bike park offers over 100 kilometres of stunning biking trails and paths through some spectacular and technically difficult terrain.
L'Eroica is a cycling race which only traditional and antique bicycles can enter . This festival, which has been running since 1997, starts and ends in the Tuscan village Gaiole in October. The route takes you past Siena and through the sublime Tuscan countryside, with supporters and on-lookers cheering you on your way.
The festival is part of a local effort to preserve the tradition and heritage of cycling in Tuscany through local action. There are a total of four routes available to choose from, ranging from the amateur friendly 38km option up to the more gruelling 209 km route.
If you are looking to go cycling in Tuscany, why not break up your route with a stop-over in one of our Tuscan villas ? Indeed, if you are interested in starting or ending your trip with a stay in one of our properties, why not contact us today for more information?