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Join CycleItalia on a fully guided and supported version of their popular self-guided Tuscan itinerary. Tuscany has long been an expression of the Italian dream. This guided adventure offers quiet roads, cypress-covered hills, and inspiring views of a famous and charming region of Italy. CycleItalia has married their unabashed passion for Italy with their extensive experience leading high-performance bicycle tours to produce hand crafted, bike tours guided through cycling heaven. In no other country will you feel such respect for the sport of cycling.
CycleItalia leaves no stone unturned in the search for ideal accommodations for your cycling holidays Italy. Their charming and authentic hotels, inns, and guesthouses are always of the highest quality, offering double rooms with private baths, nutritious breakfasts and secure bicycle storage. In addition, they look for properties with something special, whether its an agriturismo offering private rooms on a working farm, olive oil press, or vineyard, a locanda housed in a historic convent, medieval castle or Renaissance villa, or an albergo classico with a spectacular view or a prime location.
CycleItalia often books hotels with resort amenities such as swimming pools and gardens. Some offer optional activities such as massage, golf, tennis, or horseback riding. In Montopoli, you will be staying at CycleItalias charming headquarters hotel, known for its Renaissance ambience and Slow Food restaurants, while in Colle Val dElsa, you will be staying in a historic restored paper mill.
A buffet breakfast starts around 08:00 and continues until 10:00. Most guests start their rides around 09:30 with the plan to complete the first 50 kilometers before lunch. After a leisurely pranzo youre back on the road around 14:00, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the second 50 kilometers before arriving at our nights lodging. The van usually arrives by 16:00 so you can check in, wash your cycling gear, and still have time for a dip in the pool or a stroll around the town before your nightly briefing.
On days when you return to the same hotel, you can depart and return at any time, though CycleItalia generally follows the same schedule. Dinner usually begins at 19:00 - 20:00 depending on the region. They delight in sampling antipasto, first and second plates along with dessert, all accompanied by wines chosen to complement the dishes. Most guests are in bed dreaming of the next days challenges by 23:00 or midnight.
Arrive at Montopoli Val dArno, a classic Tuscan hilltop village midway between Pisa and Florence. Youll be welcomed by Luigi and Fulvia at the charming headquarters hotel, known for its Renaissance ambience and Slow Food restaurant. Assemble your bike and store your case, then take a warm-up ride through the local hills or relax in the garden by the swimming pool, taking in the view of the valley.
Pedal east along the edge of the Arno Valley on peaceful country roads through magical Tuscan terrain. Pause for a leisurely pranzo toscano, marvel at the magical views, and perhaps taste some wine. Then pedal south through the Chianti hills toward Colle Val dElsa, the crystal capital of Italy and your lodging in a historic restored paper mill.
The famed village of San Gimignano makes an ideal espresso stop on todays ride west. Take a short morning loop and spend the afternoon shopping and sightseeing in Colle Val dElsa, or spend the full day riding, working up an appetite for dinner, perhaps at the Michelin-starred Arnolfo.
The Gallo Nero, symbol of Chianti Classico, appears often on this ride through vineyards and forests where beautiful vistas appear around every bend as you wind along hillcrests toward the Etruscan and Roman hilltop city of Volterra. Leave time to visit the ruins and enjoy some refreshing gelato before wandering among medieval vicoli in search of that perfect trattoria.
Head north for a loop among peaceful, cypress crowned hills, stopping for a lunch of crostini misti and pappa al pomodoro while taking in the view of distant hilltop villages. A shorter ride will leave time to explore Volterras museums, or to browse local artisans workshops for their famed alabaster and jewelry.
Your final ride heads northwest and you might catch a glimpse of the Ligurian Sea before winding your way back to Montopoli. Roll through Palaia, where a world-record white truffle was recently found, pack your bikes, then relax with dinner complemented by one of Luigis special local wines on the peaceful terrace overlooking the valley.
This holiday will take place in Italy, visiting Montopoli Val dArno, San Gimignano, Colle Val dElsa, and Palaia.
You will be having daily cyclists breakfast, welcome, farewell and hotel arrival dinners, including regional wine selections.Most cyclists agree that Italy has the best food in the world. CycleItalia takes the time to research the gastronomy and cuisine of each area they visit. Through their partnership with Slow Food, they are able to treat their guests to some of Italys best regional cooking. All CycleItalia trips include daily breakfast and most dinners.
Group dinners include antipasto, primo, secondo, dolce, vino, and caffe. Open nights allow you the freedom to explore local ristoranti at your leisure.Wine is one of Italys greatest treasures, and each region has its own bounty to offer. CycleItalia includes a selection of local wines with each group meal and their ride guides include reviews of unique local wines and point out wineries and wine shops in the area.
Enjoy the regions wines
Relax in the garden by the swimming pool
Spend the afternoons shopping and sightseeing in Colle Val dElsa
Please book your flight to arrive at Malpensa International Airport (MXP). CycleItalia will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.