Cycling in Tuscany
Day 1 Rome
Welcome! Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Chianciano Terme (1B,1D)
Enjoy a local Italian breakfast before an orientation walk around Rome. In the early afternoon we go by train to Chiusi and then by private transfer to our agriturismo just outside the charming hill town of Chianciano Terme. On arrival after settling in, our host Stefano, will welcome us with the first of our many wonderful meals comprised of local, often organic, produce.
Day 3 Chianciano Terme/Pienza (1B,1D)
Today we cycle up to the hill town of Pienza. Considered to be the epitome of a Renaissance town, and rebuilt in this style, the cycle up to this town is well worth the reward. We cycle up through the winding paths that cover many of the Tuscan hillsides and through hill-lined streets before we arrive. There is time to relax and wander around the town before we return to Chianciano Terme. Please note a support vehicle is provided for this day. Total time: 4-5 hrs with lunch break (35km each way, medium difficulty) Altitude: 550m
Day 4 Chianciano Terme/Montepulciano (1B,1D)
Experience the quintessential Tuscan landscape in today's cycling tour, during which we will stop in the classic medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano. This is the landscape you have dreamed of, with rolling hills, cypress trees and flower-bedecked villages - and cycling is an excellent way to appreciate it. Though getting up those slopes taxes the legs and lungs somewhat, the appreciation of the soul-stirring views is all the greater for having worked to get them! Total time: 5 hrs (40km medium difficulty) Mostly gravel paths Altitude: 500M
Day 5 Chianciano Terme/Tuscan Lakes (1B,1D)
Enjoy a full day bike tour of the Tuscan lakes. Depart in morning in the direction of Lake Chiusi. Cycle around the lake and then follow a cycle path through the Tuscan countryside to Lake Montepulciano. Stop for lunch at a natural oasis by the Sentieri della Bonifica, before returning to the agriturismo. Please note a support vehicle is provided for this day. Total time: 5 hours (60km challenging difficulty) Mostly gravel paths
Day 6 Chianciano Terme/Bagno Vignoni (1B,1D)
Cycle out to beautiful spa town of Bagno Vignoni, a popular holiday spot since Etruscan and Roman times. You may want to take the option of a relaxing soak in the thermal pools, enjoy a tasty tuscan treat or just relax and take in the views. Please note a support vehicle is provided for this day. Round trip distance: 55km (challenging difficulty) Altitude: 660M Mostly country lanes and some gravel paths Round Trip: 6 hrs (including a lunch break)
Day 7 Chianciano Terme (1B)
Today is the departure day, a courtesy group transfer from the agriturismo to Chiusi Station is provided this morning. You will arrive at the station at approx 10:30am, in time to catch the: 10:59am train to Rome (arrives 13:00 in central Rome, connection arrives 13:55 in Rome Fiumicino airport) OR the 10:58am to Florence (arrives 12:48pm) OR the 10:43am to Siena (arrives 11:51am). If you wish to stay in Chianciano you are more than welcome to do so, but the transfer is only offered on Day 7. On the other hand if you wish to depart earlier we can help organize a transfer at your own expense.