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Gravel biker on a gravel road lined with cypress in Tuscany

Tuscany – relaxed


Florence, Pisa, Siena. A hilly landscape and cypresses decorating the alleys. These are the first pictures that come to our minds when we think of Tuscany. This relaxed Tuscany cycling vacation offers all that – and adds some impressing insider’s tips along the route: the 34°C warm thermal waterfalls of Saturnia, small towns on hills with an unforgettable view, two typical Tuscan dinners in countryside restaurants – and at the end of the tour a stay by the sea. Immerse into la dolce vita della bella Italia!


Day stages

5,700 m

Altitude difference



  • Scenic view over the typically hilly landscape of Tuscany
  • View above the houses of Siena in Tuscany
  • Gravel bikers riding close to a historic farm in Tuscany
  • Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence with little shops and apartments on it
  • Bright stones smoothed by a thermal waterfall in Tuscany
  • FIAT tractor oldtimer
  • Pisa Cathedral and Leaning Tower of Pisa in twilight
  • Scenic view to San Gimignano in Tuscany
  • Two gravel bikers in a small alley in the historical center of Montalcino
  • Tuscan antipasti with different sorts of salami, ham and cheese, served with bread
  • Scenic view to the thermal waterfalls of Saturnia in Tuscany
  • Three packed gravel bikes leaning on a historic wall in Tuscany
  • Cafés and historical apartment houses on Piazza dell'Anfiteatro Square in Lucca in Tuscany
  • Sea and harbor of Talamone in Tuscany
  • Dusk in Spring in Tuscany


  • Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena
  • Saturnia hot waterfalls
  • Local food
  • Hilly landscape and unforgettable views
  • Overnight by the sea
Map Tuscany relaxed tour by Gravel Bike Tours
Elevation level Tuscany relaxed tour by Gravel Bike Tours


Day 1: Arrival in Pisa

Individual arrival in Pisa. Get an overview of the old maritime republic that Pisa used to be. You reach the historic center easily from your hotel. Overnight in Pisa.

Day 2: Pisa - Fucecchio (65 km)

After breakfast, you get on your bike for the first day’s stage. First, you ride through the innertown, passing directly the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Afterwards, you ride along a river to Lucca city. Lucca impresses with its huge, circling, medieval city wall that is fully intact. You cross the historic old town where you can marvel the beautiful streets and squares. If you have some space in your panniers, you can enjoy a little shopping tour. Afterwards, the many Tuscan restaurants invite for a lunch. Leaving the center, you pass the impressing aqueduct. You continue in flat country until you reach Fucecchio, your first stage finish. In Fucecchio’s old town, especially the old fortress is worth seeing. Overnight in Fucecchio.

Meals: breakfast

Altitude difference: 290 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 3: Fucecchio - Florence (60 km)

Today, you continue in flat country. After a while, you reach the beautiful Arno River. It has its source in the Apennine Mountains and flows into the Mediterranean Sea near Pisa. You follow the Arno River and get finally to Florence. You can immerse into the vital city and explore the city center on the evening. If you extend your stay in Florence (see “Extras”), you will have time on the following day for visiting the Uffizi Gallery or the Palazzo Pitti. Overnight in Florence.

Meals: breakfast

Altitude difference: 250 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 4: Florence - San Gimignano (60 km)

After a large breakfast, you leave Florence and reach immediately a more hilly area. This is where the wine producing Chianti region starts, holding ready for you breathtaking views. Along the way, you can stop for a bite to eat in small restaurants, and also try a small glass of the red Chianti wine. When you continue, you see already a medieval town with towers on a hill – this is San Gimignano, your next destination. The “City of Towers” is part of the UNESCO world heritage. If you are lucky, you find a tower that you can climb (e.g. the bell tower). From there, you have an amazing 360° view. Overnight in San Gimignano.

Meals: breakfast

Altitude difference: 1,130 m – Level of difficulty: 2/5

Day 5: San Gimignano - Siena (50 km)

You leave the City of Towers, and you enjoy the nature and other beautiful villages on your way to Siena. Siena is rightly said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany and Italy. Here you can stroll around the calm historic center. It’s UNESCO world heritage as well. Those who want to extend their stay in Siena (see “Extras”) can test the pub scene at night and visit the many palaces and museums on the next day. Overnight in Siena.

Meals: breakfast

Altitude difference: 660 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 6: Siena - Montalcino (55 km)

Today, you enjoy another beautiful day in Tuscany. Leaving Siena, you ride over hills that offer some fantastic views. Enjoying the Tuscan landscape, you ride on the famous L’Eroica cycle track on white gravel roads, the “Strade Bianche”, and under Italian cypresses. Today’s finish is the pretty mountain town of Montalcino. Here, you have much to discover: the Montalcino fortress, the cathedral, and rests of the medieval city wall. On the evening, you can have dinner in one of the many restaurants. A typical menu consists in pasta (as starter), antipasti, main dish and dessert. In the Montalcino area, pasta with truffle is a popular dish. You can also try one of the many gnocchi dishes. Antipasti are composed by different types of salami, ham and cheese; it is served with bread (in Tuscany usually without salt). A typical Tuscan main dish is first of all steak alla fiorentina, but also tripe is a local delicacy. For dessert, you can order panna cotta or tiramisu, or have an ice cream or sorbet. Overnight in Montalcino.

Meals: breakfast

Altitude difference: 970 m – Level of difficulty: 2/5

Day 7: Montalcino - Abbadia San Salvatore (50 km)

The route keeps guiding you on beautiful paths, through small villages, and you pass the first swimming area of the day. It arose naturally, has 20°C and is recharged by a nearby ancient thermal spring. Now, you ride on pretty gravel paths to the mountains. On small country lanes with a beautiful panorama, you ride in the direction of Abbadia San Salvatore. On your way, you pass the Bagni San Filippo. You should not miss this famous swimming area with waterfalls! The thermal source is sulfurous and warm and impresses with it’s natural surrounding. Finally, you reach Abbadia San Salvatore. This small town submontane of Monte Amiata is worth a visit. Especially the local monastery, Abbazia di San Salvatore, that gave it’s name to the town, is worth seeing. Dinner is served at your hotel tonight. Overnight in Abbadia San Salvatore.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Altitude difference: 1,260 m – Level of difficulty: 2/5

Day 8: Abbadia San Salvatore - Saturnia area (65 km)

Today, you pass first a fortress. You ride over country lanes, typical Tuscan gravel roads, through wine-growing areas and to Etruscan graves that are worth a visit. The Etruscans were an ancient people that lived in the north of central Italy and that therefore affected a lot the region of today’s Tuscany. Later that day, you reach your countryside hotel where a dinner is served in a pretty garden restaurant. If you want, you can ride to the incredible thermal waterfalls of Saturnia that are sulfurous and 34°C warm (route is included in your GPS data). Overnight in Saturnia area.

Meals: breakfast, dinner

Altitude difference: 750 m – Level of difficulty: 2/5

Day 9: Saturnia area - Talamone area (50 km)

Since the thermal waterfalls of Saturnia have many visitors during the day – as you might have experienced yesterday -, we highly recommend you to get up early today. Ride to the thermal waterfalls of Saturnia before sunrise and enjoy the sunup in the 34°C warm, steaming water. This in an unforgettable experience. After a shower at your hotel, you can have breakfast and then slowly start to your last day’s stage. Today, you ride in the direction of the sea. Shortly, you ride uphill, afterwards it’s only getting down. You leave the hilly landscape and reach your destination at the Mediterranean Sea around noon. You can spend the afternoon either at the beach or with a walk through the historically interesting coast town of Talamone. Overnight in Talamone area.

Meals: breakfast

Altitude difference: 360 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 10: Departure Talamone

After breakfast and before departure, you can enjoy a last little walk at the beach. Individual departure (see Arrival and departure) or extension of stay in Talamone or Pisa (see Extras).

Meals: breakfast



Included services:

  • 9 nights in double room
  • Visitor’s tax
  • 9x breakfast
  • 2x dinner
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • GPS data
  • Local phone assistance
  • Secured payment certificate
  • Tour documents
  • Spot in a monitored parking garage during the tour (9 nights) (81 EUR)
  • Discount when booking more than 1 room
  • Rental gravel bike: Lombardo Sram 1×11, or similar model (300 EUR per bike)
  • GPS data from Talamone to Albinia train station (at no charge; more information below General information>Arrival and departure)
  • Transfer from Talamone to Pisa: only luggage (530 EUR for 1-4 bags)
  • Transfer from Talamone to Pisa: 1-4 own bikes, 1-3 persons, luggage (770 EUR)
  • Transfer from Talamone to Pisa: 1-8 rental bikes, 1-3 persons, luggage (600 EUR)
  • Extension of stay at one of the overnight places (from 55 EUR p. p.)

All partner accommodations are middle class accommodations. When we chose a partner accommodation, it’s important to us that they all have anything that is particular. If available, the accommodations’ specialties on our Tuscany tour are:

  • Overnight right next to an old castle complex
  • thematic rooms
  • family-run hotel
  • sleep in the middle of the Inner Old Town of Dresden

Dates and prices 2024

In 2024, this tour will no longer be offered with the itinerary described above. Instead, there will be a new, improved Tuscany tour that will go online as soon as possible. If you would like to be informed as soon as the new tour is online, please sign up below.

New tour – rough description: Start and end in Pisa, 6 day stages, 7 overnight stays, difficulty level 2-3. Highlights: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti region, L’Eroica. Recommended travel time: April to mid-June and September to mid-November

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General information

Tour characterArrival and departureTravel and safety notice

40% gravel, 55% asphalt, 5% other road cover

8 Day stages

Altitude difference: 5,700 m

460 km

Level of difficulty: 2/5 (Refreshing)

Nearest airports: Pisa, Florence
By intercity bus: Pisa
By car: Pisa
By train: Pisa Centrale (arrival), Albinia (departure)
Trains from Albinia to Pisa leave every 1-2 hours (website of Trenitalia). The train station of Albinia is 10 km away from your hotel in Talamone (depending on availability). At the ticket machine, you can pick English as your language. Buying train tickets on the ticket machine is very easy in Italy. The price for one person plus bike from Albinia to Pisa Centrale is about 20 EUR. After a 2 hours non-stop train ride, you reach Pisa. If you book an extra night in Pisa, your hotel is close to the train station.

Please take account of the travel and safety notice of your home country for Italy, and the regions Tuscany and Lacio, as same as the applicable regulations in these areas.

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