We are heading back to our roots for this tour and splitting the week between Castagneto Carducci and the island of Elba. The itinerary was suggest by several cinghiale alum and we love the idea of spending late May cycling through the green hills and flower blooms, and taking a dip in the mediterranean.
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We will pass our time between two family-run hotels.
Our stay in Castagneto will be at the hotel Zi Martino, run by our dear friends, the Guargualini family. They know us well and offer a wonderful atmosphere to relax after a morning of riding.
Hotel Galli, on the island of Elba, is equally relaxing and has the Mediterranean tempting us from a short walk away. We’ll enjoy dinners al fresco next to the lapping sea.
This is a two pig tour and an ideal way to kick off your summer fitness. The routes are hilly but we’ll take them with a springtime ease. We’ll have opportunities to add more miles in as needed, and do our best to be back for lunch.
Castagneto Carducci is saturated with cycling history; many champions have come from here, trained here, and still live here. Andy has been coming here since his early cycling days with team Motorola and can’t seem to leave. The terrain is quiet, rolling, and varied with vineyards, olive groves, and forests.
We have visited Elba often with our tours over the years, and love the water and beaches, and the ancient Etruscan and Roman history. The island offers a unique flora & fauna which reflects its position in the warm Mediterranean. Late May is when flowers are in bloom, yet before most tourists are in swing.
This tour begins and ends with transportation to Pisa airport (PSA)
Pick-up: 11:00 Saturday, May 20, 2023
Drop off: Sunday, May 28 with a shuttle offered to accommodate the 6:00/7:15 a.m. departures. We will also provide drop-offs at the local train station in Castagneto Carducci for guests who want to travel on in Italy.