This is the most challenging stretch. It's about 17 kilometers long and has the greatest difference in altitude of the entire ring-route, but it's also the most charming part. Here, there are several vantage points from which to enjoy the view that present wonderful opportunities to take beautiful photos. Once back at the starting point in Casole d’Elsa, all you have to do is enjoy the rest of the day in this romantic Tuscan town perched on the characteristic hills of the Valdelsa.
For those who want to continue the exploration, Casole d'Elsa is located a stone's throw from the Via Francigena and the famous Strade Bianche, allowing access to numerous itineraries with different levels of difficulty that can also satisfy mountain bike fans, families with children, or roadbike and gravel lovers. If you decide to venture on the other routes by bike, you can access the permanent route of the Gran Tour of the Val di Merse: a ring route of about 170 km that's perfectly signposted and develops across 90% secondary roads. It extends over a large area that reaches the borders south of the Elsa and Cecina valleys, up to the Ombrone Valley passing through the municipalities of Radicondoli, Chiusdino, Monticiano, Murlo and Sovicille.
Are you ready to discover these rolling hills and its fascinating villages? You just have to grab your bike, climb onto the saddle and go!