Road cycling across the land of Butteri Cowboys and Etruscans.
7 nights bed and breakfast in 4**** and 3*** hotels
Starting every Saturday from Apr 6th to Oct.19th, 2019
On request, if possible, other departure dates can be arranged
Mostly away from busy main roads
On this tour you will be mainly cycling on roads with little traffic, across the hills and mountains in this almost entirely farming and still unknown region of Tuscany. Olive groves, vineyards, cypress-lines roads and wheat fields characterise the landscape in this area.
The point of departure and arrival for your tour is the “Bike-Hotel Antico Casale“, steeped in nature and close to the lovely wine-growing village of Scansano. The other stages are in San Quirico, located in Val d’Orcia – a valley which is part of the wine heritage area, and in the medieval town of Massa Marittima to the North of Maremma.
Our own tour signposting, combined with GPS tracking, will make for highly enjoyable road cycling. Moreover, on four of the tours, you will have the possibility of choosing between a longer and shorter route.
On these tours across this fascinating region, the beauty of the landscape is at the forefront. Also, you will be cycling through quaint locations such as Pitigliano, Sorano, Pienza, Montepulciano. Last but not least, you will be able to see the ruins of the cloister at San Galgano, as well as fit in a trip to the Mediterranean. It is also possible, if you wish, to visit the highest mountain in southern Tuscany, Monte Amiata, which stands 1734 m high.
The Maremma region will spoil you also from a culinary point of view. Superb food, combined with the excellent Morellino wine will be your reward for uphill cycling during the day.
560 km to 630 km approx.
6 stages between 80 km und 120 km
from 7400 up to 9500 hm gained approx.
good basic conditions
Hilly landscape, characterised by regular ups and downs along the road
a few long climbs and hardly any flat stretches
mostly away from busy main roads
7 nights bed and breakfast in 4**** and 3*** hotels
Bike Hotel „Antico Casale di Scansano“
Personal welcome, tour info and welcome drink!
Luggage transfers from one hotel to the next
We are always available on our Tour-hotline
Carefully designed road cycling route
Own signposting along the route
Tour map with road and tour book (overview maps, altimetry profile, etc.)
4 bike brunches after the tour in Scansano and in Massa Marittima
GPS-tracks on request
Special massages for cyclists on request
Welcome drink, tour info and bicycle delivery.
Up we go, cycling across Maremma. Olive groves, Weinhügel and wheat fields are typical of this region. The first stop in today’s tour ist he medieval town of Montemerano, after which we move on to the famous “Cascate del Mulino” in Saturnia. Those who wish, will be able to enjoy a first relaxing break with free access to the small spa water springs.
Here we are at the heart of the Etruscan region. This ancient Tuscan population settled in the area long before the Romans. A long uphill ride, about six kilometres long, leads to quaint villages such as Sovana and Sorano, as well as Pitigliano which is the highpoint of this route.
From there, cycling through Manciano, we make our way back to our hotel.
On this tour stage you will be leaving Maremma and, towards the end of the route, the region of Val d’Orcia – listed as part of the world’s cultural heritage – awaits you. The initial uphill cycle ride leads to the medieval village of Roccalbegna, famous for its two large cliffs.
Further along the route, there is a possibility to climb the spent volcano and highest mountain in southern Tuscany. Those who do not fancy cycling up its 1738 m, will have the chance to enjoy a shorter and easier route through Arcidosso. The destination of today’s stage, after cycling through the villages of Castiglione and Bagno Vignoni, is San Quirico d’Orcia. Beautiful views over the hills of Tuscany will be a valuable reward for the day’s efforts.
This round tour leads through the beauties of Val d’Orcia. From San Quirico we cycle uphill to the first highpoint: the small Renaissance town of Pienza. Landmarks such as the Cathedral and the Palazzo Comunale are an invitation to stop awhile; it is also well worth tasting some “pecorino”, the sheep’s cheese whose aroma pervades the whole village. Turning off at the “San Biagio“ junction, it is possible to make a detour into the famous wine resort of Montepulciano.
Also here it is worthwhile taking a short tour to Piazza Grande and admire the beauties of the town. The route then leads through the spa town of Chianciano Terme, then Sarteano and on towards Radicofani, whose most famous landmark is the medieval fortress. Cycling through a fantastic hilly route, we make our way back to San Quirico.
After a downhill start of the tour, you will be riding uphill to the hometown of Brunello wine, Montalcino. Next, you will be cycling through macchia mediterranea (maquis) in the Val di Merse and the Tocchi nature reserve. One of the highpoints of this tour is then the old cloister of San Galgano. Through the medieval village of Prata and more woodland areas, we finally reach today’s destination: Massa Marittima.
Today’s tour starts with an uphill cycle to the old town of Monterotondo Marittimo. A cappuccino break between the medial walls is well deserved. After a downhill ride through the “Colline Metallifere“ region, a mining area since Etruscans times, we reach Monteverdi Marittimo. Enchanting views will be a reward for the uphill cycling effort.
You will get more exciting panoramas while riding from Sassetta to Suvereto, on a winding stretch of road through the cork oak forests of Val di Cornia, which is a must-see for any road cyclist. The last third of today‘s route leads to the seaside at Follonica, with excellent swimming possibilities offered by the beaches of Carbonifera and Torre Mozza.
This final tour of the is once again characterised by the unique landscape of Maremma. The ride begins with an uphill cycle, about six kilometres long, through woodland. The medieval villages of Roccatederighi and Roccastrada are ideal for a short break.
After a rapid climb to approximately one hundred meter altitude in Campagnatico, you will get an overview of the Ombrone valley. This part of the tour is a straight and flat cycle ride along the “highways”. After the final long climb of the week, you will have earned a glass of Morellino wine in the square at Scansano, as well as a relaxing massage and an excellent dinner in your bike-hotel.
Was unsere Kunden sagen…
“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
” This is a great road bike tour and we will recommend it to anyone who is interested in joining a future tour. It is extremely well organized/well marked and Raimund was great. He helped us through a variety of issues.”Barbara Donaldson
“The route was superbly marked and the directions very detailed and accurate. We never got lost. The views from Volterra, and then from all the surrounding mountain tops were unforgettable, unreal, like the paintings of Italian masters. Lots of yellows and browns, and deep greens of the sharp cone-like cypresses lining the roads. We visited many little medieval towns, mostly empty of tourists, serene and beautiful. We had a fantastic time! We loved every minute of it! The route selection was excellent. Thank you!”Mirek Gorski