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Giro di Toscana “Campagna”

Discover Lucca, San Gimignano, Volterra and the Chianti region.

At a Glance

Individual Road Cycling Tour

7 nights bed and breakfast in 4**** and 3*** hotels

Tour Schedule 2019

Starting every Saturday from 18.05.2019 to 21.09.2019

Flexible arrival dates

On request, if possible, other departure dates can be arranged

Route Profile

Mostly away from busy main roads

Tour Description

Road cycling across the quiet country lanes in Tuscany, characterised by vineyards, olive groves, wheat fields and cypresses, is indeed a unique experience. The tasting of Chianti wine, a visit to the hometown of Leonardo da Vinci and a trip to the medieval tower town of San Gimignano are only a few of the many highlights during this tour.

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.

Weather in Montecatini

Montecatini Terme, Toskana
Wolkig
07:1516:48 CET
das Gefühl: 3°C
Wind: 24km/h 30°
Feuchtigkeit: 70%
Druck: 1021mbar
UV- Index: 0
SaSoMoDiMi
min 6°C
12/3°C
12/6°C
11/5°C
14/8°C

Route Profile

Total Kilometers

about 430 km and 550 km

Stage lenght

6 routes between about 60 km and about 110 km long

Difference in level

about 5800 up to 8800 hm gained

Requirement

good basic conditions

Route Profile

Hilly landscapes characterised by continuously alternating uphill and downhill cycling

Just a few long climbs and hardly any flat stretches

For the most part away from busy main roads

When cycling in and out of towns, traffic is expected to be busier

Tour Map

SERVICES

HOTELS

7 nights bed and breakfast in 4**** and 3*** hotels

Your Hotel

4**** and 3*** Hotels

Personal Welcome

Personal welcome, tour info and welcome drink!

Welcome Drink

Welcome Drink at your arrival!

Luggage Transfers

Luggage transfers from one hotel to the next

ROUTE PROFILE

Carefully designed road cycling route

User-Friendly Routes

Own signposting along the route

Tour Map

Tour map with road and tour book (overview maps, altimetry profile, etc.)

TOUR-HOTLINE

We are always available on our Tour-hotline

GPS TRACKS

GPS-tracks on request

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

Aperitif at the end of the tour-week!

EXTRA SERVICES

Special leg massage with warm oil at the Thai Silk Spa in Montecatini Terme

PRICE 2019

Tour Schedule 2019

2019

Starting every Saturday from: 18.05 to 21.09.2019

On request other departure dates can be arranged.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

YOUR ARRIVAL

Hotelgarage at a charge of € 50,- per week

Airport-Shuttle: on request we can organise airport transfers from Florence and Pisa to Montecatini Terme and back, about €100,- / Transfer

NOTE

Any tourist tax, if due, is not included in the tour price.

(all Prices in Euro, VAT & Taxes Included)

**120€ “Solo traveller” luggage transfer extra charge. From 2 travellers we don’t charge it.

Program

Individual arrival in Montecatini Terme

Welcome and tour-info session at the hotel in Montecatini Terme.

Lucca – Montecarlo (about 90 km / about 1100 hm or about 70 km/ about 850 hm)

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.

Montecatini – Casciana Terme Area (about 85 km/ about 100hm or about 75 km / about 750 hm)

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.

Vada Mediterranean Sea – “Colline Pisane” (about 80 km / 1300 hm or about 60km/ about 1100hm)

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.

Casciana Terme Area – Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (about 95 km / 1800 hm gained or about 80 km/1200 hm)

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.

Chianti (about 90km/ 1800hm or about 65km / 1000 hm gained)

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.

Tavarnelle Val di Pesa – Montecatini (about 110km/1800hm or about 80 km, 850 hm gained)

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.

Departure or extended stay.

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Was unsere Kunden sagen

” All in all a fantastic tour and truly special week. Organization was spot on and we experienced some truly great riding that will definitely leave you feeling like you put in some honest work! Unbelievably beautiful scenery and small towns along the way, with three truly unique cities to explore. For our first bike tour we could not have asked for more…what an adventure!”

Dustin Finley,

12.10.2016

“The tour briefing was very good. Also the tours and the road book were very good, and the signpostings as well. The Formigli bikes were the best I have ever ridden! It was also nice that it was manifactured so close to were we where biking. The price was good and my total rating very good.”

Marcus Nyman

15.11.2016

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