Leaving San Miniato behind you, keep heading south towards Castelfiorentino, which we reach along the spectacular via di Calenzano. At this point, we’ll come to the via Francigena: over the centuries, pilgrims, merchants, thinkers and writers have all taken this road on their various quests, discovering the beauty of this land.
Continuing on from Castelfiorentino, we’ll come to the Romanesque Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Chianni and, a few kilometres later, Gambassi Terme. This city and its famous miracle waters will encourage a break, allowing you to better appreciate the sense of our “slow” journey.
Next, let’s head to the junction of Castagno, where we’ll find a refreshment post, before cycling along a nice descent to San Gimignano, in the heart of the Val d'Elsa. On the way to San Gimigano, we’ll see a side of Tuscany that has been endlessly painted, narrated and photographed for its immense beauty.
The itinerary now skirts close to the territory surrounding Siena before heading west. Once in Colle Val d'Elsa, make sure to explore what the skilled hands of refined crystal engravers are able to do. These artisans play with the material, creating masterpieces of glass and crystal: in this work of men and hands, water and fire, no movement is random and everything fits perfectly.
Heading west, we’ll come to a wavy, uphill road. The next destinations are beautiful landscapes in the Val di Cecina and, to finish, Volterra. Discover the ancient Veláthri through its Etruscan heritage (don't miss the Etruscan Acropolis and the Etruscan Guarnacci Museum), craft workshops (fun fact: Volterra is well-known for its alabaster crafts) and contemporary art.