Tuscany by bike: an unforgettable experience

Cycling is the perfect way to explore Tuscany, especially if you’re sporty. In fact, it’s perfect if you want to enjoy the surrounding nature and delightful landscapes. It doesn't matter if you like mountains or beaches, countryside or city centres, Tuscany has it all and we want to offer you some different routes. If you come to Tuscany without a bike, don't worry: there are plenty of shops and places where you can rent one. There are different kinds of routes: cultural, panoramic, nature, culinary... Just choose the one that suits you best! The Etruscan coast by bike
Castagneto Carducci [Photo Credits: Christian en Mariska van Rij]
Castagneto Carducci [Photo Credits: Christian en Mariska van Rij]
Pedalling the Etruscan coast means discovering the stretch of coastline from Livorno to Piombino. It’s worth a visit because this area is home to some incredible natural settings and hidden medieval villages where time seems to have come to a standstill. It is a bike-friendly place where you can mix different kinds of scenery: from the wonderful pine-woods of Cecina to the little harbour in San Vincenzo, from rolling hills and rural views to vineyards, olive groves and the clear, blue sea. You can also visit the Cornia valley parks, Casale Marittimo, Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci and Suvereto. Plus, don't forget to taste the products of the ‘Wine Road’, known as “Costa degli Etruschi". In fact, this is where some of the world’s best wines are produced. Val di Chiana by bike
Val di Chiana [Photo Credits: Hop-Frog]
Val di Chiana [Photo Credits: Hop-Frog]
This is an area deeply connected to well-being: just think about Chianciano’s famous natural hot springs and the steaming waters of Montepulciano and San Casciano dei Bagni. Montepulciano is the home of the famed Vino Nobile and is a must for lovers of slow-tourism. So, if you love spas, slow life and bikes, this is the place for you! In this area we suggest 4 itineraries:
  • Hills and vines from Torrita di Siena, an easy 32km-long itinerary that passes through the small medieval town of Montefollonico and the town of Montepulciano.
  • From Montepulciano to Fondovalle, a medium 47km itinerary that gets difficult towards the end during the uphill portion to reach Montepulciano.
  • From Chiusi to San Casciano dei Bagni, a medium 51km panoramic itinerary of varying gradients. It winds its way through the eastern part of Monte Cetona.
  • Riding the Monte Cetona, a medium-hard itinerary that rides along a beautiful dirt track through the heart of the mountains.
The Val d’Elsa by bike
Barberino [Photo Credits: Francesco Sgroi]
Barberino [Photo Credits: Francesco Sgroi]
The Val d’Elsa is great for bike tourists, competitors and “occasional” riders alike. Besides vineyards and olive groves, the area explodes with colour during the summer when the yellow of sunflowers stretches for miles around. This is the area that includes Monteriggioni, Poggibonsi, San Gimignano, Colle Val d'Elsa and the Colline Metallifere. Moreover, the paths between Colle Val d’Elsa, Casole, Mensano, Monteguidi and Radicondoli offer stimulating and safe cycling areas. Val di Merse by bike
Chiusdino [Photo Credits: Carlo Tardani]
Chiusdino [Photo Credits: Carlo Tardani]
The Val di Merse connects Monte Amiata and the Colline Metallifere. You can easily reach San Galgano Abbey by bike (built in the 13th century) and the nearby Montesiepi retreat. These are the places where Siena and Florence fought tough battles in the Middle Ages: Sovicille, Montagnola, Chiusdino and Monticiano. The Val di Merse boasts numerous biking trails, for instance, from Chiusdino and the Upper Val di Merse to San Galgano Abbey, An easy trail around the city of Sovicille, The Romanesque itinerary in the Montagnola or the Grand Tour della Val di Merse, a 170km trail to be explored over three or four days. Versilia by bike
Versilia [Photo Credits: Daniele Indino]
Versilia [Photo Credits: Daniele Indino]
Versilia offers different landscapes for your bike tours designed to satisfy travellers with different leisure needs. There are challenging trails for veteran cyclists and easy, relaxing bicycle routes that are perfect for youngsters as well. There are untamed beaches and elegant resorts, mountains and protected areas, medieval hamlets and cool cities: just choose your way! This is just a short list; there are many more bike routes in Tuscany. Do you know another one? Which one is your favourite?