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7 DAY TUSCAN BIKING PROGRAM

Day 1 - 35 kms

Behind the Scenes of Tuscany: Artimino, Malmantile, Caruso and other medieval villages

  • Head out from your accommodation on the Villa Pandolfini estate's, crossing the private on-site forest.
  • Follow winding country roads through forests and olive groves, passing the stunning 16th century Villa Caruso.
  • Spy Florence's cathedral, Il Duomo, on the horizon and see just how much it looms over the city scape.
  • Pass vineyards, farmhouses, villas and ancient ruins, cobblestoned walls that have stood throughout the ages.
  • Have an Italian coffee with the locals in a typical Tuscan village in the town of Malmantile.
  • Zip past vineyards, see tabernacles nestled in ancient stone walls, and catch glimpses of little villages that seem like postcards from the past. There is the contrast of crumbling ruins nearby extravagant Tuscan Villas sprawling over the land, dissected by little farmer's homes.
  • Opt for a wine and olive oil tasting at one of the region's top producing estates.
  • Push up the rolling Tuscan hills and back down again on this medium-level ride, sometimes going off-road.
  • Visit the factory where they produce hand-made ceramics as they have done in this area since Etruscan times.
  • Next along the road we find the village of Poggio alla Malva, a quaint little village that offers the perfect opportunity for a coffee break and, if you can't resist, one of the region's delicious little pastries.
  • Visit an ancient Villa for a wine tasting.
  • See an Etruscan tomb before heading onto another charming village, winding along olive-tree lined roads covering the rolling Tuscan hills.

OPTION: From here, you have the option of a 6km difficult (we do stress, it is not for the faint hearted!) ride up (and up!) a mountainous road back to Artimino. Alternatively, and understandably, you can opt for your driver to collect you here.

Day 2: Michelangelo, San Nicol & Ograve - 33km

  • Starting out from a piazza on the edge of the River Arno which runs through Florence and disects Tuscany, from where we can see the famous 'old bridge', the Ponte Vecchio.
  • We begin with an uphill climb, snaking upto the Piazzale Michelangelo that overlooks the whole basin in which Florence lies.
  • Taking an alternative route back down the hillside, we pass the ancient city portals on our way to stunning little villages almost untouched despite the passing of the centuries.
  • Visit ancient and unique churches way off the beaten track and relatively unknown to all but us.
  • Have an Italian coffee with the locals in a typical Tuscan village in the town of Malmantile.
  • Cascine del Riccio will be traversed, a typical little town, before we hit a winding road for a mildly hilly run to our next destination of Impruneta.
  • Along the way, pass under arcs that have shaded the centuries, see the little village of Mezzomonte and finally we arrive in Greve
  • Finally we arrive at a charming traditional fattoria for a well-earned carb-packed traditional Tuscan lunch. Your driver will collect you from here and take us back to the Villa Pandolfini.

OPTION: If you wish to spend more time in Greve for a touch of sight-seeing or whiling the time away in the piazza just like the locals who meet for a chat in the afternoons, we can make arrangements for a later pickup time .

Bike Tour 3: Siena region - Sovicille Circuit Ride - 37 km

  • The surrounding area of the Siena region is our focal point for today. We start off and finish in Sovicille, passing a Roman bridge, and into San Leonardo with its church dating back around 900 years.
  • We follow ancient cypress-lined roads, pass little lakes and quaint homesteads and then push up and up a hill to see stunning views from the peak.
  • Cutting through bushland, we discover ancient chapels as we head further into the Tuscany countryside, seeing incredible historical builings and churches as we complete our circuit ride throughout the Siena area of Tuscany.

Bike Tour 4: The hills of Greve in Chianti

  • Exploration of Greve in Chianti, a charming little Tuscan village famed for its top-quality Chianti Classico wine.
  • See a Francescan monastary at the centre of Greve in Chianti.
  • Follow a steep downhill ancient road as the stunning views into the valley below.
  • Visit Millefioralle, a name derived from 'a thousand flowers'.
  • Head into Panzano - a small town with a big history dating back to Etruscan times.
  • A virtually unknown road takes us to Monte San Michele, a nature park inhabited by a large number of species including hares, wild boars, squirrels, hedge-hogs, foxes, porcupines, deer, hawks, owls, pheasants, robins, nightingales and even turtle-doves.
  • Pendici Monte Domini is our next destination, which leads us onto Badia a Montemuro, a charming and remote part of the region.
  • The end of the day's tour is marked by our arrival back in Greve in Chianti at the end of the day's ride

Biking Tour 5: Pienza and the magical Val d'Orcia 39km Circle Tour

  • Undertake a ring-ride through the stunning Val d'Orcia area, beginning in San Quirico d'Orcia nestled in the Siena area of Tuscany. This area is completely different from Chianti and has been made famouse not only for the wonderful Brunello wines it produces but also for the stunning scenery seen in films such as the English Patient and the Gladiator.
  • We follow along the ancient country roads, immersed in the heart of the Italian landscape on the way to Bagno Vignoli, named for its natural hot springs (bagno literally means 'bath').
  • Peddle along the gently undulating hills dotted with Villas and farmhouses.
  • Visit little Tuscan villages, taking back roads and enjoying the countryside tranquillity.
  • We head to Pienza for a tasting of the cheese which this town is famed for before completing our circle back to San Quircio.

Bike Tour 6 Alternative/Extension Tour - Castelnuovo Berardenga Circuit Tour:

  • We begin in Castelnuovo Berargenga, where we see the sparse remains of a castle which once dominated the city.
  • Country roads take us to a little fortified town with a history dating back over a millenium ride on an idyllic stretch of road for approximately 5 km, before having a rapid downhill run, we see the Tuscan countryside laid out before us. In the distance there are famed towns such as Siena, and the Val d'Orcia area.
  • A 2 kilometre uphill run takes us to stupefyingly beauty of the views,as we head towards Castello d'Ombrone and then onto Monastero d'Ombrone, a medieval castle.
  • Riding continues to the town of Colonna del Grillo, our next pass as we complete the final 6 kilometers run back to Castelnuovo Berardegna.

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