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In bici nella Valdichiana

Val di Chiana: Bike your way to wellbeing

Perfect place for biking and relaxation

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The area’s tourism is inexorably linked to Chianciano’s famous natural hot springs, as well as the extraordinary hilly landscape perfect for biking. Besides the waters of Chianciano (don’t miss the Terme Sensoriali), visitors can immerse themselves in the steamy waters in Montepulciano and San Casciano dei Bagni. The Val di Chiana is rightly nicknamed the “Terre delle acque” (Land of waters) and is the perfect place for those who love biking and relaxing in a spa environment.

The Leopoldo Grand Dukes were responsible for transforming the area from swampland into an important agricultural center. The area’s economy is still contingent on its agricultural products such as cheese, olive oil and wine. Montepulciano is the home of the famed Vino Nobile and is a must for lovers of slow-tourism. Situated near the Umbrian border is the picturesque town of Chiusi, which boasts ancient Etruscan roots. Fascinating mysteries abound in the area’s underground filled with catacombs and tombs like the Labyrinth of Porsenna. The journey through the past continues with visits to the area’s parks, archeological and prehistory museums such as the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi, il Museo della Preistoria del Monte Cetona, Parco Archeologico Naturalistico and Archeodromo di Belverde. Also worth a visit are the museums in Chianciano Terme and Sarteano.

The itineraries are as follows:

Hills and vines from Torrite di Siena
Departure and arrival point: Torrita di Siena
Length: 32 km
Height difference: 330 m
Type of road: asphalt
Type of bike: city, hybrid
Difficulty: easy

This trail departs from Torrita di Siena and winds its way through hilly terrain by following the hills and vines of the Val di Chiana. It passes through the small medieval town of Montefollonico and the town of Montepulciano, which merits a closer look. Torrita di Siena can be easily reached on the Siena-Chiusi Scalo line.

From Montepulciano to Fondovalle
Departure and arrival point: Montepulciano
Length: 47 km
Height difference: 460 m
Type of road: asphalt and dirt
Type of bike: city, hybrid
Difficulty: Medium

The trail gets difficult at the end during the uphill portion to reach Montepulciano. It is almost entirely asphalted (only 3.5 km on dirt road). The trail goes near the Montepulciano train station.

From Chiusi to San Casciano dei Bagni
Departure and arrival point: Chiusi
Length: 51 km
Height difference: 600 m
Type of road: asphalt
Type of bike: city, hybrid
Difficulty: Medium

Panoramic itinerary that winds its way through the eastern part of Monte Cetona. Beautiful countryside. Ideal for biking tourists and bike lovers looking for a path of varying slopes (especially in the first part).

Riding the Monte Cetona
Departure and arrival point: Sarteano
Length: 32 km
Height difference: 510 m
Type of road: asphalt and dirt
Type of bike: MTB, hybrid
Difficulty: Medium-difficult

This trail makes up part of the ring on the slopes of the Monte Cetona. It is not very long, but there are several steep portions in a 7 km radius that make riding a bit more strenuous. Ride along a beautiful dirt road that passes through heart of the mountain.