Val di Cecina

Cecina Valley

Beautiful landscapes and historical towns

This is a wonderfully scenic itinerary on roads with very little traffic (excluding 3km on the “Volterrana” (SR68). Possible extension: for the more athletic cyclists, from the turn off for Montecatini Val di Cecina, follow the road for Volterra (9.5 km uphill).
Point of departure/arrival: Cecina
Distance: 95km
Total climb: 1,380m
Altitude: min. 9 - max. 508
Road surface: asphalt
Difficulty: challenging

N.B. This is a wonderfully scenic itinerary on roads with very little traffic (excluding 3km on the “Volterrana” (SR68). Possible extension: for more athletic cyclists, from the turn off for Montecatini Val di Cecina, follow the road for Volterra (9.5 km uphill). After reaching the town, you descend on SR68 as far as Saline (9km), where you make a right turn onto SR439 as far as the turn-off for Montecatini Val di Cecina (5.6km). With this detour, the itinerary measures 121km with a total elevation gain of 1,850m.
 
Leave Cecina from the roundabout near the hospital and follow the signs for Riparbella - Montescudaio. Riding on the flat, cross the bridge over the Cecina river (4.9km) and the railway crossing, and when you reach SR68, go straight on as far as the junction (5.8km) where you turn left towards Riparbella. Shortly after the road begins to climb gradually for 2.5km to the hill town of Riparbella (216 MASL, 9.5km), and continues climbing up to Castellina Marittima (375 MASL, 19.9km). At the intersection in the centre of town, follow the signs for Chianni, Casciana Terme and Pisa. After 500m, go right at the crossroads towards Chianni, La Sterza. The easily pedalled road rises for about 4km to the pass (509 MASL). Continue downhill, following the signs for La Sterza (do not go towards Chianni) and go through Garetto.

After a steep, 10%, downhill stretch, you go through I Gulfi, and after 10km downhill, reach the Sterza valley bottom. At the T-junction (34.3km), turn left towards Peccioli, La Sterza. Cycling for 7km on the flat as far as La Sterza (41.1km) and go right towards Volterra. Immediately after, turn right again and take SP45, which goes uphill to Lajatico (205 MASL, 44.8km). From the town, follow the signs for Volterra, and after about 5km you come to San Giovanni di Valdera (49,6km), and at the T-junction, turn left towards Saline di Volterra on SR439.

After around 9km up and down hill, you reach the turn off for Montecatini Val di Cecina (58.5km). Here, turn right onto SP32, which rises fairly steeply towards the town overlooking the Val di Cecina. After 2km, the climb becomes steep; proceed in bursts for 2.5km to the centre of Montecatini Val di Cecina (63.2km). Turn left for Ponteginori, descending for 8km through with twists and turns among the vineyards of Buriano to the junction with SR68 (71.7km), where you turn right for Ponteginori. Here you leave the busy “Volterrana” to turn left onto the “Camminata” (SP19) for Micciano and Querceto. After the level crossing and the bridge over the Cecina River, the road carries on up and down towards Casale Marittimo. After about 9km (82km), you meet the Sterza valley bottom road and carry straight on for Casale Marittimo. Cross the Sterza bridge and then start to climb towards Casale Marittimo. There is a steep climb for 1.2km to an intersection where you turn right and take the Three Communes (SP38) uphill to Casale Marittimo (81.7km) and then follow the signs for Cecina. Ride downhill for 7.8km to a big intersection and turn right, arriving after 2km at the point of departure (95km).


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