Heart of Tuscany
The Quintessential Ciclismo Bicycle Touring Experience in Our Home Away From Home.
This quintessential “best of Tuscany” bicycle tour immerses you in life “under the Tuscan Sun” for seven glorious days as we savor the best of this fabled region’s incredibly rich and varied cultural wealth and natural beauty. From the quaint town of Radda in Chianti to San Quirico D’Orcia, we cycle through the Tuscan countryside along Via Chiantigiana (literally, Chianti Street), a classic and rustic route that passes through the heart of the Chianti wine region. Here the landscape resembles a Renaissance painting alive with wildflowers in the spring and crushed grapes in the fall. Our Italian bike trip also features a visit to Siena, where a medieval air lingers amidst the twisting streets of warm, brown brick. Strolling Siena’s narrow maze of cobblestone walkways is an amazing architectural journey – with its incredible masonry, delightful piazzas, a marble cathedral, and Torre del Mangia, and breathtaking views from Siena’s famous tower!
Great Culture, Cuisine and Company on this Grand Tuscan Biking Adventure
Chianti, a wine practically synonymous with Italy itself, is an exceptional wine that benefits from a great terroir, and produces some of the best Italian reds, as you’ll discover on our bike tour’s route. We’ll pedal to Montalcino, hometown of the most famous Tuscan red wine, the Brunello di Montalcino, and through Greve and Panzano, literally immersing us in Chianti! Complemented by outstanding meals, along the way you’ll learn about Tuscan cuisine and olive oil at the homes of local producers (including Ciclismo guides!), and take a cooking lesson in a local expert’s kitchen. We’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia and ride the “Crete Senesi,” one of the most beautiful rides in Tuscany, before staging a great finish to our bicycle touring adventure in Pienza, one of Tuscany’s best-preserved medieval cities, celebrated for its charm and beauty.
- Stay in luxury hotels and countryside inns
- Learn more about Tuscan cuisine, wines and olive oil in exclusive visits to the home of local producers (and Ciclismo guides!)
- Memorable rides in the Chianti area
- Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia, Siena and Pienza
- Ride the “Crete Senesi,” one of the most beautiful rides in Tuscany
- Immerse yourself in Tuscan life with a cooking lesson
- Ride to Montalcino, hometown of the most famous Tuscan red wine, the Brunello di Montalcino
Day by Day
Radda warm-up ride
We will get together at 12:30 pm in the hotel lobby for lunch and a brief introduction talk. In the afternoon after a bike fitting we will ride to Castellina in Chianti to taste an exceptional artisan ice cream. An optional extra loop will take you to Lucarelli followed by a long and fun descent immersed in the Chianti vineyards.
Today we ride on the Chiantigiana road through the Chianti region of Italy! Greve and Panzano in Chianti are the two destinations of our ride: we’re literally immersed in the Chianti, an exceptional wine that benefits from a great terroir, to create some of the best reds in Italy. Extra loop takes you to Badia a Coltibuono (Abbey of the Good Harvest), an abbey founded in 1051 by Vallambrosa monks
Today we leave the Chianti region for another beautiful ride and an extra loop to Castagnoli. We cycle to the medieval city of Siena. En-route we will stop for lunch and a wine tasting at the Felsina Vineyard. This afternoon, our friend Serena invites us to her family’s villa in the countryside where we will meet her family and learn to cook!
Siena & Monteriggioni Loop
Today is a rest day in Siena. There is an optional loop ride out of Siena to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni in the morning, with an extra loop to Scorgiano, cuore della Montagnola Senese (heart of the Montagnola Senese).
Siena to San Quirico D'Orcia
We will ride through the “Crete Senesi,” a range of clay hills situated between Siena and the Val d’Orcia. Lunch today is at the home of our guide Sandro and his wife Elisa at their Agriturismo il Molinello, a family-run farm stay that combines agriculture and tourism. You’ll be treated to a traditional Tuscan cuisine and olive oil tasting. End the day with a final ride to San Quirico D’Orcia.
Loop to Montalcino
Today we ride in the UNESCO Site of Val d’Orcia. We’ll ride to Montalcino, hometown of the famous Brunello di Montalcino Tuscan red wine. After lunch we head to the home of our guide, Giuditta, whose family owns a small winery called Nostra Vita. After the wine tasting the extra loopers ride to Pienza while the rest of the group heads back to the hotel.
After breakfast at 9 am we offer a 45-min group shuttle to Chiusi-Chianciano train station from where you can connect to Florence or Rome in less than 2 hours.
- Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttle at the beginning and end of the tour
On The Tour
- 3 cycling clinics
- Guided tours in Siena
- Olive oil tasting
- Cooking lesson by local chef
- 2 wine tastings
Accommodations & Meals
- All Accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 5 dinners
- 4 lunches
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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The 4-star Relais Vignale is situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. It dates back to the 17th century and has been carefully restored, maintaining the atmosphere and charm of an elegant country manor house. The hotel is air conditioned, has a beautiful pool and gardens, and a panoramic terrace to view the Tuscan countryside. Dinner is included.
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Hotel Athena is a 4-star hotel with views of the surrounding countryside and rolling hills. It’s located in the heart of the old town center inside the ancient city walls.
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The beautiful 3-star Casanova is located in the Val D’Orcia area. In addition to a restaurant, this hotel features an outdoor tennis court, spa, and bar/lounge.
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