Cycling Holidays in Tuscany
Tuscany Cycling HolidaysGusto Cycling Offer a wide range of Tuscany cycling options to suit all tastes. Tuscany has it all..History, Art, Culture, amazing gastronomy and great wine..plus the added bonus of enjoyable cycling through its varied countryside and medieval places which have hardly changed for over 600 years!! Its no surprise that Tuscany is so popular and draws people from walkers and cyclists. Its undulating countryside, hilltop medieval towns with rewarding and far reaching views is a satisfying end to great days cycling as your own leisurely pace. Its a relaxing holiday where you stop for a cappuccino when like, have a relaxing lunch when ever you want, enjoy a wide variety of accommodation from agriturismos’ to fabulous villas and hotels to suit your budget. At night after a day of discovery enjoy a delicious pasta and a glass of wine from one of the many vineyards dotted all over the countryside. The emphasis is to discover, enjoy and admire Tuscany and all its cultural treasures as you cycle along quiet country roads, some are undulating of course. A new feature in 2014 is the introduction of electric bikes which has proved more and more popular for those who want to enjoy a cycle experience with their partner or friends and still keep fit!
Why Gusto Cycling?I’ve been a avid cyclist all of my life, I started my cycle business in 2010, my style and attention to detail has seen my business grow year on year , what is particular nice apart from the very positive feedbacks is that i am now begining to see repeat customers returning for different itineraries or via recomendations or who are using my services again for of Tuscan Bike Rental. In the summer I’m based with my family in Montecatini Terme a small but beautifully relaxing spa town (located between Lucca and Florence) its a great base for customers to consider a holiday experiance and to co-ordinate and support the many customers enjoying their cycling holiday in Tuscany. I like to give a very personal service with attention to detail which is my halmark and as is shown in the many positive feedback
Cycling Holidays in Tuscany
Tuscany has some of the most iconic locations, i would like to give you some information to gauge your interest in what type of cycling you would like to do and for how long you would like to cycle each day.
There are two distinct type of cycling holidays in Tuscany…you can shorten the cycling easily to 3, 4, 5 or 7 days as you wish
One option is Tuscany North –
Day 1 Arrive in Pisa/Florence airport – transfer to Pisa area hotel –
Day 2 – Cycle to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa then cycle along the River Serchio towards the medieval town of Lucca accommodation is inside the medieval walls of Lucca
Day 2 – Cycle to Montecatini Terme – lovely small spa town with hilltop town of Montecatini Alto access via Funicolar – stay in a central hotel
Day 3 – Cycle to Montecarlo small medieval village and then visit local wine estate for wine tasting and lunch return to Montecatini Terem
Day 4 – Cycle to Vinci – home of Leornardo di Vinci , visit his house and the beautiful museum nearby – stay in an agriturismo outside Vinci
Day 5 – Cycle to San Gimignano beautiful hilltop walled town famous for the towers and stay outside nearby in an agriturismo
Day 6 – Cycle to Siena stay overnight in Siena
Day 7 – check out and take the train to Florence for overnight
I always try and stay off as much of the main roads as possible but there will be some traffic on some sections especially entering exiting Lucca, Montecatini and Siena.
I have produced similar tours for families, distance are short from 35 – 70km depending on the day
To really find quiet roads then you have to look at starting in Tuscany South.
Day 1 – Stay near San Gimignano area in an agriturismo – famous hill top town of towers.
Day 2 – Cycle to Chianti area , stay inside the medieval town of Radda in Chianti
Day 3 – Cycle around the Chianti area – visiting Greve in Chianti , Gaiole in Chianti and various wine estates
Day 4 – Heading south to the region of Crete Sinesi and Val d’Orcia UNESCO World Heritage Area staying in the Serre di Rapolano
Day 5 – Cycle to Buonconvento and stay in nearby Agriturismo or town of San Quirico
Day 6 – Cycle to Ionic locations of Pienza and Montepulciano
Day 7 – Cycle to Montalcino the home of the famous Brunello Wine estates
The roads are less busy on this tour
Both offer a mix terrain of hills but Tuscany south has more climbing its certainly not all flat Tuscany….you get the chance to see amazing hilltop medieval towns, wine estates , historic towns and great food.
I hope this gives you a better idea of routes and how what you want to experience