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A ride along via delle Terme in Amiata

Cyclists can enjoy Manciano and its surrounding area

First stop
From Manciano to the thermal baths of Saturnia
Free Thermal Baths of Saturnia
Free Thermal Baths of Saturnia - Credit: Gonçalo Figueiredo

Leave the center of Manciano and follow signage for Saturnia as you go along the via dell’Imposto. Turn left after 200 meters and proceed towards Saturnia along the SP 159. This gentle 3km road with many curves will lead you downhill toward Montemerano (6.2). Once there, continue along the SP 159, until you reach the crossroads leading to Saturnia (stay right) (6.9). From here, cycle along the SP 10 towards the valley, where you can enjoy the area’s thermal facilities.

After about 3km, you’ll reach a vantage point, with views of the area’s waterfalls. The road then winds through the plain passing near the falls on the left and the spa on the right. After a while (11) it begins to gradually rise towards Saturnia. The junction for the village comes after 2.6 km of ascent and the inhabited center is 1 km from here.

Second stop
Climbing towards Poggio Murella

After stopping in Saturnia, continue your descent along the SP 10, which leads leftwards toward Catabbio. After about 2 km, the trails runs uphill, offering views of the valley. Once you’ve reached the hamlet of Poggio Capanne (20.6), continue along for around 300 meters where you’ll find signage pointing to Poggio Murella. Proceed to the right along the SP 116, going downhill for about 500 meters until you reach a bridge. From there, you’ll begin your uphill journey toward Poggio Murella. At the following crossroads, turn left to reach the center of this small, delightful hamlet (22.8).

Third stop
Along scenic roads
Manciano
Manciano - Credit: TPT

From Poggio Murella continue straight on, following signage leading to the Pro Loco and ‘Castellum Aquarum’. You can leave the town by continuing past it, towards the cemetery. This downhill road offers scenic views of the hills surrounding Montemerano and Manciano. From this point on, the road becomes gravelly and it’s not in good condition. Expect an uphill stretch that lasts for about 800 meters, after which you’ll proceed downhill until reaching a junction; turn left to reach Manciano. The sloping road will continue until you reach the SR 74 (stay to your right) and then turn right towards Manciano.

Fourth stop
Back to Manciano

After 400m, there's approximately 1 km of dirt road that's easy to cycle on. The descent begins back on the asphalt, always on uneven ground. The sloping road will continue until you reach the SR 74 (stay on your right) and then turn right towards Manciano. After 2 more kilometers, you’ll reach the uphill path leading to the town (37.2).

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