A bicycle tour of Tuscany: cycle along back roads lined with stone walls, passing medieval castles, vineyards, and hillside villa estates, while the sun streams through leaves and branches leaving the road ahead dappled in sunlight and shade. Miles of open roads weave through ancient hillside towns leading to the final destination – a vineyard where wine tasting and strolling through the olive groves occupy a few relaxing hours before lunch at a local trattoria. Bread drizzled with olive oil, followed by fresh pasta, and wine are served and devoured before the long ride back to Florence.
Spend other Tuscan days exploring one of the many hillside towns less populated by tourists and more by old stone churches and bustling traditional market days where leisurely days can be spent walking through the hills and drinking wine from local vineyards as long days come to an end. Or a trip south to the coast which can include days spent on the beach sun bathing, sailing, or exploring the local Renaissance architecture.
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Get a taste for the Tuscan way of life cycling though rich fields dotted with art and architectural treasures by day and eating and drinking well by night.
For a cultural holiday in Italy, a two or even three centre trip involving the great cultural centres of Rome, Florence and Venice.
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Pisa and Florence, the starting and finishing points of this cycling trip are two of Tuscany's most famous names, lauded for their art and architecture; but in between this route winds though smaller, though no less beautiful or historic villages.
The landscape of southern Tuscany varies from steep valleys and volcanic slopes dotted with spa towns to forests, lush vineyards and olive groves along the wide river banks. Seeing it by bike ensures you see as much as possible.
There are numerous cycling routes through Tuscany, from day trips round flat valley regions, to more strenuous rides amongst Chiant's hills, to long distance trips stopping, and dealing with the traffic, in major city centres from Todi to Siena.
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