See the beauty of Bagno Vignoni and Pienza by bike. This itinerary covers 5 kilometres of dirt cycle trails.
Departure/arrival point: San Quirico d’Orcia
Road type: Combined trails
Length: 29 km
Total climb: 360 m
Type of road: mixed
Type of bike: all terrain, mountain bike
Please note: This itinerary includes 5 kilometers of dirt roads for cycling. If you’d prefer to take a route that avoids unpaved roads, it’s possible to take a variant from San Quirico d’Orcia, thereby avoiding the first uphill climb. Take the SS 2 "Cassia" to the junction for Bagno Vignoni (5 km): This road does not have rough segments and its provides for nice, easy cycling. However, please note that the Cassia has a lot of traffic and is usually not recommended for cyclists.
Once you’ve gone through the historical center of San Quirico d’Orcia, take the unpaved road that leads to Ripa d’Orcia and the ancient town of Vignoni. After a 2-kilometre climb, turn left for Vignoni, where you’ll start a steep descent into Bagno Vignoni, a small village that’s famous for its thermal bath facilities.
From Bagno Vignoni, continue downhill until reaching the S.S. 2 "Cassia" where you turn left (toward San Quirico). Then, at the first intersection, turn right towards Spedaletto, a town you’ll reach after 4 kilometres of smooth cycling. A little further on, turn left and follow the signs to Pienza. While on this road, cyclists can enjoy the Val d’Orcia’s typical landscape. Once you’ve finished your climb toward Pienza, make sure to stop there. A utopian Renaissance hamlet, it certainly deserves a better look. From here, our journey continues up the beautiful ridge. It’s a 9-km ride to San Quirico d’Orcia.