Valdichiana: spas and sports

By bike from Chiusi to Sarteano

If you need a relaxing break that is also revitalizing from a physical point of view, we suggest a short bike ride through an area dotted with spa centres, a bike ride that also leaves you time to visit the villages along the way. All this is possible in the lovely Valdichiana if you follow our tips… Start in Cetona with a visit to the Monte Cetona Prehistory Museum. Then take a short detour to see the prehistoric settlement of Belverde, with its system of 25 caves, populated 40,000 years ago.

Stop by Sarteano, with its medieval village and castle. Along this windy road, you’ll get to view the shimmering lakes of Chiusi and Montepulciano, while, at more of a distance, at the foot of the mountain, you’re sure to appreciate the turquoise Lake Trasimeno.

Itinerary: when departing from Chianciano, follow road signs to Chiusi.
The road, through heavily trafficked, does not present particular difficulties. Once past the Chiusi Station go toward Cetona, moving uphill for about a kilometer and a half.

Travel toward Sarteano, along a longer road whose slope remains quite even. Once out of Sarteano, you’ll be able to give your legs a rest thanks to a flatter segment where you can catch a glimpse of the Valdichiana. Then, keep your eyes on the road for the curvy part that comes next! Once you’ve crossed the Astrone creek, you’ll start climbing again for about 1 kilometre, until you reach Chianciano, after approximately 1.5 kilometers.
Explore the area
The Valdichiana’s borders are as blurred as its daybreaks. They are as blended as the slow reddening of the sunsets reflecting on the calm waters of Crete, or on the evocative white hill peaks, or in the gorges of the Orcia valley. ...
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