Experience Tuscany in all its forms as we pass the week cycling through ancient Etruscan sites, picturesque villages of the Tuscan interior, and rolling hills spilling into the Mediterranean.
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We will be passing the week in three unique areas of Tuscany.
Sovana is a sparsely populated area of the southern most region of Tuscany, Grosetto. It was a bustling area in the Etruscan times, and we’ll see remnants of that era as we ride along. Mostly an agricultural area now, we’ll enjoy the quiet roads and proximity to Lazio to explore.
Montalcino is a well known village in the prestigious Brunello wine region. Here we’ll have access to the beech-filled forests of Monte Amiata to the south, and the gorgeous valleys of Val d’Orcia to our east.
Castagneto Carducci is our home village and sits a few kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea. Here our rides will take us through chestnut forests with sweeping views of the sea.
This is a 3-pig tour and an ideal way to enjoy your post-summer fitness.
We will have two longer, 100 – 130k, transfer days. Otherwise, plan on most days ranging from 60 – 70k.
Non-Cycling partners are welcome to join this tour, although we will not have a specific itinerary to offer off the bike, these are lovely locations that will offer hiking, shopping & relaxing. Plus, we’ll staying in two amazing wine DOCs, and then there’s the food…
Sovana and the surrounding area is Etruscan in origin. There are many ruins sprinkled throughout this southern most region of Tuscany. The village itself is particularly small and peaceful, and will be the ideal spot to shake our jet lag and stretch our legs.
Montalcino is a charming example of an early Tuscan village, likely settled in Etruscan times and built up in the medieval period. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and offers examples of classic Tuscan culture in agriculture and architecture.
Castagneto Carducci is an area of Tuscany that is referred to as the maremma and is surrounded by layers of hillside stretching toward Siena to the east and the sparkling, blue waters of the Mediterranean to the west. The soil here is rich and produces some of Italy’s best wines ( we are in the heart of the Bolgheri DOC ) and extra virgin olive oil, as well as an abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables.
The tour begins with and ends with transportation from the Pisa airport.
Flights should be scheduled in/out of Pisa (PSA). Other airports to consider are Florence (FLR) and Rome (FCO) which have train services to Pisa.
Pick-up: 11:00 Friday, Sept 23 at the Pisa airport
Drop off: Saturday, Oct 1 at the local train station in Castagneto Carducci or Pisa airport. We can accommodate early morning flights as well as mid-morning flights from the Pisa airport.