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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!

8

Day stages

5,700 m

Altitude difference

460

Kilometers

  • 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

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

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: Talamone area - Albinia (train station) - Pisa (10 km)

Today, you go back to Pisa. At which time you take the train is up to you, they leave every 1-2 hours (website of Trenitalia). It’s 10 km from your hotel to the train station in Albinia. 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. Your hotel is close to the train station. Overnight in Pisa.

Meals: breakfast

Altitude difference: 20 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 11: Departure Pisa

After breakfast and before departure, you can buy last-minute souvenirs. If you want, you can extend your stay in Pisa and experience for example the beautiful cycle path to Pisa’s beaches. Individual departure or extension of stay (see Extras).

Meals: breakfast

Services

ServicesExtrasAccommodation

Included services:

  • 10 nights in double room
  • Visitor’s tax
  • 10x breakfast
  • 2x dinner
  • GPS data
  • Local phone assistance
  • Tour documents
  • Supplement for single travelers (640 EUR)
  • Single room supplement when more than 1 traveler (370 EUR)
  • Discount when more than 2 travelers, booking triple or quatr. rooms (price on request)
  • Rental gravel bike (300 EUR per bike)
  • Spot in a monitored parking garage during the tour (10 nights) (90 EUR)
  • Luggage storage in Pisa (on request)
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (2,000 EUR for 1-6 bags)
  • Transportation of rental bikes from Talamone to Pisa (210 EUR for 1-2 rental bikes, +30 EUR for each additional rental bike)
  • Transportation of own bikes from Talamone to Pisa (570 EUR for 1-4 bikes)
  • Extension of stay at one of the overnight places (price on request, from 50 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 Saxony 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

1 April 2023 to 18 June 2023 & 1 September 2023 to 12 November 2023

1999 EUR per person in single room

1209 EUR per person in double room

989 EUR per person in triple room

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 train: Pisa Centrale
By intercity bus: almost all Europe

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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