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From a landscape perspective, the northern part of Tuscany is extremely varied; the routes we have chosen for you include both the typical hilly areas with their cypresses, pinewoods, olive groves and grapevines, as well as the more rugged natural areas at the foot of the Apennine range.
This tour also includes the hill range of Montalbano, training ground for the winner of the “Giro d’Italia” and “Tour de France” Vincenzo Nibali, through the wine production area around the medieval town of Montecarlo; you will be visiting the charming town of Vinci, hometown of Leonardo. With the ascent to the “Monti Pisani“ and the quaint ”Svizzera Pesciatina“ landscape, you will also have to tackle more mountainous terrains.
On three tours, starting in 2017, you also have the possibility of visiting the historic cities of Lucca, Pisa and Pistoia.
Enjoy this sightseeing tour to one of the most beautiful cultural regions of the world, where the challenges of sport are ideally combined with culinary delights.
And if the weather is not good, or if you do not wish to spend the day on your bicycle saddle, there are always the historic cities of Lucca, Florence and Pisa for a worthwhile sightseeing excursion.
Welcome drink and tour-info session at the hotel in Montecatini Terme.
To warm up we will be cycling across the scenic Bientina plain. The mountain range known as “Monti Pisani“ – the most challenging part of today’s tour – can already be seen from a distance. You will reach Pieve di Compito, a village known because of its camellias, and from here there is a climb about ten kilometres long, up to the 900m-high Monte Serra. From its peak there is a breath-taking view of Pisa and the Mediterranean. After the descent, our route leads through the medieval small town of Buti back to the plain and continues across rolling hills back to base.
Without any additional climbing, on the longer route you have the possibility of taking in the town of Pisa, where you will be rewarded by a visit to “Piazza dei Miracoli” and its unique leaning tower.
Our “home tour“ leads first of all through flat and then slightly hilly terrain. This unique cultural landscape follows the wine route known as “Strada dell‘Olio e del vino del Montalbano“, all the way to the small medieval village of Vinci, where you can visit the Leonardo Museum and the birthplace of the famous Renaissance artists. Cycling along olive groves and grapevines, the return trip starts with a longer climb which will give you a fantastic, worthwhile insight of the Monti Pisani mountain range and of the Valdinievole.
The first highlight in today’s excursion is the climb to San Baronto. As part of the World Championship route and having featured many times as a Giro stage, this is a mecca for road cyclists in Tuscany. After quick refreshments, possibly with a tasty “panino“ from the café “L’indicatore“, there is a long descent and finally you will be cycling across the plains around Pistoia, characterized by nurseries and market gardens.
A detour to the medieval town centre of Pistoia is definitely worthwhile. Other exciting climbs will lead you to the foot of the Apennine chain. The landscape changes here and the route is increasingly marked by leafy chestnut and acacia woods. The spectacular views of the mountain world of the Apennines and hilly landscapes of Tuscany certainly make the effort worthwhile.
To begin with the first kilometres run across the “Padule di Fucecchio“ flatland. Then a slight climb leads to the town of Montecarlo on a small mountain. Your efforts will be rewarded by a winding scenic route, which ends up in the hilly landscape 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 over 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.
The final stage begins with the “Giro d‘Italia ascent“ to Vico, which then continues towards the heights at the foot of the Apennines. After a first descent, you will reach one of the intact parts of Tuscany: the picturesque landscape known as “Svizzera Pesciatina“. From the climb which you will have to tackle from here, the gaze reaches as far as the ten medieval villages which stand proudly out of the chestnut woods.
An extended downhill stretch will lead you along the river Pescia in the town by the same name, then – after a final ascent – you will get another impressive view of the rolling hills around Valdinievole and of nearby Montecatini Terme.
For those who do not wish to use their own bike, we have top-of-the-range “Wilier – GTR team” road bicycles.
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