With the new expansion, starting in 2017, we also offer a tour to the fantastic town of Lucca, a trip to the Mediterranean, a stay in Lari, the town of pasta, as well as an exciting visit to the Etruscan village of Volterra. Every day, you can also choose to cycle a shorter route.
The point of departure and arrival is the spa town of Montecatini Terme, in northern Tuscany which is a hub providing ideal connections.
The stage localities of Casciana Terme and Tavarnelle are located deep inside the Tuscan hilly landscape; apart from the numerous environmental beauties, they offer excellent opportunities for relaxation. The culinary delights of Tuscan cuisine and vintage wines will complete your sensory enjoyment.
All the hotels in this round trip have a swimming pool. Every two days we move on to the next stage locality. Well-marked routes and extra signposting along the way help make these excursions a real pleasure, which means you can concentrate on the essentials: road cycling and relaxation in a wonderful environment.
Welcome and tour-info session at the hotel in Montecatini Terme.
To begin with the first kilometres run across the flat “Padule di Fucecchio“. Then a slight climb ends in the town of Montecarlo on top of a small mountain. Your efforts will be rewarded by a winding scenic route, which leads up to the rolling hills around Lucca. This is where Tuscany shows its well-known traits: old vineyards with cypress-lined avenues, olive groves and grapevines now characterise the landscape.
The following ups and down will provide you with charming insights and views of the heart of Tuscany. With its Piazza dell‘Anfiteatro, San Martino Cathedral and impressive city walls, Lucca is a truly fantastic highlight. After a short stretch on a plain, you will be cycling along rolling hills back towards Montecatini.
If you wish, you can take a shorter route which is a round trip going only through Montecarlo.
This stage leads first of all through Mediterranean woods and nature reserves. After crossing the Arno valley, following the first challenging climb to the small medieval village of Palaia, you can regain your strength by savouring a tasty “panino“.
The route then continues southwards and you will delve deeper and deeper into the Tuscan hilly landscape. Before you finally reach your destination, it is worthwhile to stop in the charming village of Lari and enjoy a plate of delicious pasta by the local company Martelli.
Today’s tour leads us across the “Colline Pisane“. From Sant‘Ermo to Orciano Pisano; you will be taking a panoramic route including some unique Tuscan hill landscapes. Further on you will be cycling uphill again to Castelnuovo, then on a long and well-deserved downhill stretch until you reach the beauty of the Mediterranean, with its ”spiagge bianche“ at Vada. After an invigorating swim in the sea, the route takes in the medieval village of Castellina Marittima, then a long uphill cycle to Monte Vaso, and finally the return your accommodation.
The shorter route goes from Orciano Pisano directly up to Monte Vaso, then back to the point of departure.
Today’s tour leads through the ”Colline Pisane“. From Sant‘Ermo to Castellina Marittima you will be following a scenic route which in certain points overlooks the sea. Through the woodland area around Monte Vaso you will reach the medieval village of Chianni before returning to Casciana Terme.
Already shortly after starting, you will once again get a wonderful glimpse of the Tuscan hilly landscape. Apart from the particularly charming sites, the continuation of this tour includes the town of San Gimignano – where it is really worth spending some time – which is also known as the “Manhattan of Tuscany” because of its medieval towers. After crossing the Elsa valley and a final ascent, you will reach your destination at Tavarnelle Val di Pesa.
The shorter route does not include Volterra and goes directly to San Gimignano.
The Chianti area, from a landscape perspective, looks like an extensive garden, where vineyards, olive groves, cypresses and woodland merge harmoniously. The typical ups and downs of this unique region are linked in an especially close way with the charm of historic wine production areas such as Radda, Greve and Castellina.
The longer route includes an uphill ride to Panzano. From there you will be rewarded with a long descent to Greve and, after a short visit to the lovely Piazza Matteotti, you will be cycling uphill for about ten kilometres through woodland areas to Radda.
Having left behind you the hilly area known as “colli fiorentini“ you will be cycling along the Arno valley heading north. The route continues through the hometown of Leonardo da Vinci and the beautiful wine production area of Montalbano. Before returning to the starting point at Montecatini Terme, the climb towards San Baronto will give you once again beautiful glimpses over many stretches of the region which you have cycled across during the week.
If you wish to see more of Tuscany, why not experience the long route to San Baronto followed by a strenuous but exciting uphill ride through the forested Apennines, finally returning to your point of departure through Montecatini Alto.
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