May 10th to 20th
Arrive and depart at Pisa airport
Italy, Tuscany and your bike.
Rolling into a small village for lunch on the piazza after a great morning of riding is only surpassed by the knowledge that you get to keep going after lunch for even more riding on the intimate, twisty roads, dense with history and present day beauty.
Join us for a delightful trip through the varied landscape of Tuscany. You will experience all Tuscany has to offer from the lush forested Alpi Apuane in the north, then south to the vineyards and olive groves of Chainti and the classic open rolling hills of the Crete Senese.
We will stay in the stunning, vivacious town of Lucca for the first four nights. Lucca is a medieval walled city, home of Pucini and full of life along the narrow ancient streets. Dinners at our favorite restaurants, very local, very Italian.
Rides from here include:
Tour of the Villas in the foothills just north of Lucca
The Monte Sera route with an 8km climb and a view over Pisa and the coastal plain to the sea.
The marble quarry classic ride from Massa to lunch in Castelnuovo and returning to descend to the ocean.
A visit to the source of tale of Pinnochio deep in the Alpi Apuane. This ride includes tiny remote mountain villages after riding along the Serchio river valley.
For the second half of the adventure, we bring you a couple hours south into the heart of Tuscany, the Chianti region. Staying in the village of Radda you experience an ancient hill town with incredible views in every direction.
Rides from Radda will include the following:
Riding north we will visit Greve for lunch and stop in Panzano to say hi Dario Cecchini the butcher.
South from Radda we will ride through Gaiole the home of the Eroica event, the premier gravel ride in Italy.
A short drive will take us to Asciano for the start of the stunning crete senese route. Up and down the high ridges of this unique landscape will leave an indelible impression
We will visit a long list of villages you will likely not have heard of. Volpaia, Dudda, Lucolena, Gaiole, Monteluco, Asciano, Piazza, Castello Brolio, Greve and Panzano are just a few of places we will ride through.
An excellent one day Tuscan cooking class at Badia Coltibuno is available on request.