San Giovanni d'Asso

Art and nature in the Asso Valley

A route for intrepid cyclists

This route can be organised with a ride on the Treno Natura: get off the train at San Giovanni and go by bike to Torrenieri (18 km and 240 m difference in altitude), where you will be able to re-board the train.

Point of departure and arrival: San Giovanni d'Asso 
Difficulty: easy
Distance: 25.5 km
Total climb: 290 m 
Type of road: mixed
Type of bike: all terrain, mountain bike

The most difficult parts of this route are the short uphill dirt tracks after the bridge over the river Asso and the dirt track hill (1.6km) leading to Lucignano d’Asso. This route can be organised together with a ride on the Treno Natura: get off the train at San Giovanni and go by bike to Torrenieri (18 km and 240 m difference in altitude) where you will be able to re-board the train.

From the station of San Giovanni d’Asso take the state road for 400 m before turning left towards Montisi, passing the level crossing and crossing the bridge over the river Asso. After 200 m turn right onto a dirt track which goes uphill towards the agriturismo “Trove”. Continue up the track for 0.8 km until you reach a junction, at which point you should turn right along a ridge, following path number n° 560 A (continuing straight will take you downhill and back to “Trove”).

At the next junction (200 m) keep to the right and shortly after you will reach a house, at which point the road heads downhill through the plants and trees. Go through a sheep barrier (make sure you close it after you) and pass by a farm before getting to the road. Here you should turn left and head uphill to Lucignano d’Asso (1.6 km). Continue in the direction of Montisi – Pienza until a T-junction where you should keep to the right (the left hand road goes to Pienza). This beautiful road will take you past the village of Cosona and eventually to a paved road (6.5 m from the junction). Here turn right and go downhill to Torrenieri (2 km) where you should follow the Asso valley for 8.5 km on a slight hill until San Giovanni d’Asso.

 
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