Grosseto, the southernmost of the Tuscan provinces, is often overlooked as a top cycling destination. The neighbouring city of Siena, with its famous Strade Bianche (komoot.com/collection/1918078), more often attracts the interest of those wishing to spend a few days in Tuscany. But the Grosseto region, one of the least densely populated in Italy, has an unexpected charm that deserves just as much attention.
Its main town, entirely surrounded by walls built in the 16th century and remaining mostly intact to this day, is home to many treasures. Although sparsely populated, this tranquil town boasts a wealth of artistic, cultural, wine-growing and gastronomic treasures. Being well connected to the Tyrrhenian coast by both rail and motorway, it's the ideal starting point for a cycling trip to discover the Maremma.
I recommend travelling to Grosseto by train, as the Livorno-Rome route stops in Grosseto. By car, go via the Via Aurelia or the A12 motorway. As it remains at lower altitudes, I’d advise against embarking on this adventure in the middle of summer when the heat is most oppressive. The best seasons to explore the Maremma are spring and autumn. As the route is entirely on asphalt, a road bike is ideal.
Not all municipalities in which you’ll stay are well-known tourist destinations, so book your B&B or hotel in advance. If, on the other hand, you intend to wild camp, you’ll find plentiful spots almost everywhere in the Maremma. Many areas are particularly suitable because they are sparsely populated and completely free of noise and light pollution.
If a different trip that’s off the beaten track is what you’re looking for, this is the adventure for you.
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Last updated: September 25, 2023
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After touring the streets of Grosseto and visiting, among others, the Aldobrandeschi palace, you can leave the city and head towards the sea. The first abundant 20 kilometers are almost all equipped with a cycle path: if you don't have particular ambitions for speed, I suggest you take advantage of them…
After an initial and short descent towards the town of Ghirlanda, a long but not hard climb allows you to further enter the metalliferous hills of Grosseto. The toughest slopes (7%) are just beyond the hamlet of Niccioleta, sadly famous for the killing of some miners by the Nazis in 1944. A dozen kilometers…
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Leaving Campagnatico, a splendid view of the countryside below anticipates the descent: almost 200 meters of altitude lost and so much plain to grind under the wheels. A narrow and very charming road leads you to the ruins of the Sabatina castle, where Guido di Montfort took refuge in the thirteenth…
Reluctantly left Santa Fiora, another stage with over 1,000 meters of elevation gain awaits you. After less than ten kilometers you reach the Cima Coppi of today's stage, the 806 meters above sea level of the Selva hamlet, within the provincial nature reserve of the Santissima Trinità forest and on the…
This fifth and final stage is also over 80 kilometers in length and it too starts downhill. In fact, it overtakes the Albegna stream to take a long secondary road, which mainly serves farmers and shepherds of the Maremma. You will certainly not miss the long rows of cypress trees on the sides of the…
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