Chianti

Chianti on two wheels

Chianti boasts 400km of road that are yours to discover

LAND OF WINE
This is a land for wine lovers and slow travellers. Biking in Chianti allows you to penetrate the area’s reality through direct contact with the land and through tasting the wines that make the region famous.
 
The area boasts four grape varieties—Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia—it is now one of the most famous wine regions in the world.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
Castelnuovo Berardenga, Gaiole, Radda and Castellina are the main stops on a bike tour of Chianti. Cyclists will find challenging roads and breathtaking views. The paved roads that alternate with more rustic dirt roads offer the perfect variety for all. It is a sort of cycling-habitat, one that the Associazione Parco Ciclistico del Chianti has been promoting for the last ten years as a prime spot for environmental tourism.

The itineraries are as follows:

Grand Tour of Chianti
Departure and arrival point: Castelnuovo Berardenga
Distance: 98 km
Total climb: 1,150 m
Type of road: asphalt
Type of bike: city, hybrid
Difficulty: challenging
The Grand Tour passes through four cities in the province of Siena. Good for distance cyclers who have no problem with steep inclines like the one at Monte Luco. Beautiful roads and continuous up and downhill portions.

In the footsteps of Barone Ricasoli
Departure and arrival point: Gaiole in Chianti
Distance: 39 km
Total climb: 400 m
Type of road: asphalt
Type of bike: city, hybrid
Difficulty: medium/easy
Itinerary through the heart of Chianti among vineyards and castles. Free of sharp hills that usually characterize the area.

Between Rada and Volpaia
Point of departure and arrivalt: Radda in Chianti
Distance: 19 km
Total climb: 630 m
Type of road: asphalt and dirt
Type of bike: MTB, hybrid
Difficulty: medium
Short but not easy route thanks to sharp uphill portion towards Castelvecchi and Volpaia. Beautiful views. Go slowly to fully appreciate an environmentally “perfect” part of Chianti.

Towards Monteriggioni
Point of departure and arrival: Castellina in Chianti
Distance: 51 km
Total climb: 675 m
Type of road: asphalt
Type of bike: city, hybrid
Difficulty: medium
Beautiful and historically interesting itinerary. Shave off 5 km by taking the shortcut from the Cassia, 4 km after Monteriggioni on the left. Shortcut is dirt road but easily biked even with city bike. Most difficult portions are the short but steep slope towards Staggia and the final climb towards Castellina.

Cycle to the gates of Siena
Point of departure and arrival: Radda in Chianti
Difficulty: challenging
Distance: 65 Km
Total climb: 815 m
Type of road: asphalt
Type of bike: road bike
An undulating route, with no extremely difficult climbs but a great number of uphill stretches. Detours into the historic centres of Siena, Certosa and Pontignano are recommended. The last section passing through San Sano, Lecchi, Ama and Andine is particularly beautiful.

Explore the val d'Arbia, heading towards Vagliagli
Point of departure and arrival: Gaiole in Chianti
Difficulty: challenging
Distance: 26 Km
Difference in altitude: 520 m
Type of road: Mixed
Type of bike: Mountain Bike
A short but challenging route which should not present technical difficulties but has some tough sections.

Discovering churches and castles by bike
Point of departure and arrival: Castelnuovo Berardenga
Difficulty: challenging
Distance: 28 Km
Total climb: 440 m
Type of road: Mixed
Type of bike: Mountain Bike
This cycle route through the cypress trees is quite short, but has a great number of hills to face. There are no very long uphill climbs, but there are also no flat sections between Badia and Berardenga, Monastero d’Ombrone, Montalto Castle and the medieval town of Montebenichi.

Contacts:
Associazione Parco Ciclistico del Chianti
c/o Ufficio Turistico, Via Casabianca, Gaiole in Chianti
tel. 0577 749411
www.parcociclisticodelchianti.it 
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