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A heavenly week in Tuscany

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A heavenly week in Tuscany

Road Cycling Collection by komoot

8

Tours

37:56 h

415 mi

36,100 ft

Wine, cycling and... Tuscany. There aren't many places that one can claim are absolutely perfect for cycling. And that makes Tuscany extra special. Here, in this beloved Italian region, you can enjoy the comfortable Mediterranean climate, breathe the scent of pine cypress trees — and enjoy the view of olive groves and vineyards as you glide past on two wheels. A landscape of undulating hills, you'll also find the right mix of ascent and descent, with none of the climbs proving overly grueling. What's more, from the top of every hill, you'll be met with breathtaking views of the lush Italian landscape — before gliding back down the beautiful road, straight into stunning Tuscan towns bursting with Italian flair and innumerable culinary delicacies. Sound like cycling heaven? Welcome to Tuscany.

In this Collection, we present you with a six to eight-day ride through Tuscany. Your starting point is in Florence, from where you'll cycle south-west towards the Etruscan Riviera, crossing the world famous Chianti area. From there, a small detour to the island of Elba is something we highly recommend. After all, a short ferry ride is all it takes.

As you travel on, you'll experience the art of Italian grape-growing in the Chianti area. This is a Tuscan speciality that is impossible to ignore. As you continue onwards, you'll pass the places of origin of other famous Tuscan wines, namely Scansano, Montalcino, Montepulciano and, of course, Siena. Here, why not stop for a moment and take in their treasure trove of cultural and historical sights?

From Siena, you're presented with the second possibility to break for a detour and to extend your great Tuscan-Tour. From here, you can follow in the footsteps of the L' Eroica, the once-a-year classic cycling tour frequented by fans of classic racing bikes. This heroic, 125-mile (200-kilometer) ride culminates on the white gravel roads of Tuscany. The truncated version of this ride we present to you below has its start and end point in Siena and will let you emulate the cycling heroes of years gone by, before getting you back on the road to Florence for the next leg.

To ensure you're able to make the most of your great Tuscan Tour, we have a few pieces of advice: The best way to arrive is via Pisa airport. Alternatively, you can also arrive via Florence or Milan, or fly into Rome if you're arriving from a destination outside of Europe. The best time to undertake this ride is in the spring or the fall. That way, you'll avoid both the striking heat of the summer months and the massively inflated tourist numbers that tend to converge on the region between June and September. Regarding accommodation, the Italian agriturismo farms are ideal for cyclists: They offer a great night's stay at really reasonable prices, and they usually offer space for you to store your bike. In the Chianti area, you will find numerous agriturismo in wineries, which offer an even more unique setting to lay your head after a day in the saddle. Visit agriturismo.it for more information.

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    Eine Woche in der Toskana Etappe 1 – Von Florenz nach Volterra

    Difficult
    04:55
    50.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    6,225 ft
    4,750 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    It starts in the Tuscany capital of Florence. Our tip: set off early, because then you can really enjoy the city. The streets are still empty early in the morning and the light of dusk sets the deep street canyons and their splendor of color perfectly in scene. You cross the Arno via the Ponte alla Carraia

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  • Intermediate
    04:06
    59.6 mi
    14.5 mph
    2,875 ft
    4,550 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This tour is very rich in contrasts and leads you from the hilly inland of Tuscany on winding country roads and through picturesque towns in the much more modern-looking port city of Piombino.

    

    Until then you will ride on some of the most beautiful roads in Tuscany and master two exhausting climbs. The

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  • Difficult
    04:44
    50.9 mi
    10.8 mph
    5,975 ft
    5,975 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    If you are planning a Tuscany tour, a trip to Elba should be there. Elba adds the cream to the already beautiful Tuscan landscape and combines the varied hilly landscape with the most prevalent view of the Mediterranean and a pleasantly mild climate.

    

    Elba itself is quite small. The manageable coastline

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    67.1 mi
    12.4 mph
    4,400 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour is a bit atypical for Tuscany. Because you will be driving on flat roads for a while now. This is a peculiarity of the swampy Marremagebietes, which makes up for it in large parts with a view of the sea.

    

    And do not be afraid of boredom. We said "a while". Two really athletic climbs are still

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  • Difficult
    05:15
    60.9 mi
    11.6 mph
    6,150 ft
    6,025 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    We could easily call this tour tour of the red wine. The area itself is well known for its wine growing. The places you drive today produce three absolute Tuscan classics: Scansano, Montalcino and Montepulciano may be the reason you are not quite fit tomorrow.

    

    If you are not a wine lover, today's stage

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    37.9 mi
    13.2 mph
    2,500 ft
    3,325 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Today's tour is a bit shorter. Finally, in Italy, time to enjoy the Dolce Vita a little bit. The stage destination Siena offers so many attractions that it would be a pity not to pay attention to this exciting city.

    

    But even the ride itself will cast a spell over you. You will ride sections of the L'Eroica

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  • Difficult
    05:06
    39.6 mi
    7.8 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour is definitely something different. Instead of well-paved highways we send you today on the world-famous white gravel roads of Tuscany, where you will follow a part of L'Eroica round.

    

    The L'Eroica is THE event for friends of classic racing bikes. Once a year, around 7,000 heroic cyclists in cotton

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    48.5 mi
    8.7 mph
    4,350 ft
    5,250 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour takes you right through the heart of Tuscany. From Siena you will first drive over some of the most beautiful country roads over the typical hills, which will take you from time to time out of breath. At half distance, it gets really exhausting again. Shortly after Radda you master the last

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    415 mi
  • Duration
    37:56 h
  • Elevation
    36,100 ft

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