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Cycling in the area of Massa Marittima

A demanding itinerary in the Metalliferous Hills

This itinerary commences on level ground, and then varies. The most difficult parts are the Capanne ascent and the up-and-down Marsiliana road. The city of Massa Marittima is of great interest as well as is the beautiful hilly landscape along the road. Naturalists can plan a stop near the Carapax center (to see turtles and swans). Possible eating options may be found in the first part of the itinerary in Scarlino Scalo and Bagni di Gavorrano, and later in Massa Marittima.

Departure and arrival point
: Follonica
Difficulty: medium, difficult
Incline: 420 m
Type of road: asphalt
Length: 58 km

Departure is from the outskirts of Follonica in Casa Rondelli in the vicinity of the big roundabout that lets out onto the S.P. 152 in the direction of Punta Ala, Castiglione della Pescaia, and Grosseto. Pedaling on level ground along the path of the old Aurelia road parallel to the railroad, you pass through Scarlino Scalo (5). You cross the junction for the entrance ramp onto the S.S.1 Aurelia (9) until you reach the fork on the right (12.5) where you follow the signs for Aurelia, Ribolla, Lago dell'Accesa and take the S.P. 31 "Collacchia" road.

Soon after, turn left again in the direction of Ribolla, Tatti, Accesa Lake and pass under the S.S.1 Aurelia. Pedal uphill for about 1 km, and afterwards go downhill until the crossroads where you will leave the S.P. 31 and turn left onto the S.P. 49 "dell'Accesa" (15.3) in the direction of Massa Marittima. After a couple of kilometers you’ll cross a bridge over the Bruna river and you’ll start to gain altitude, pedaling until reaching the hilltop near the Il Fontino estate (18.8).

From here carry on until you reach the town of La Pesta (20), a place to have a bite near the Accesa Lake. Continue another 600 m along the S.P. 49 until the fork on the right where you take the S.P. 50 toward Capanne (20.6). There’s a gradual incline for about 2 km, then the road continues without difficulty until the village of Capanne (25). When you come to the wide area where the bus stop is located, take the secondary asphalt road that heads uphill, completely immersed in greenery, until Massa Marittima.

When you reach a big roundabout (31), follow the signs toward downtown, which is highly worth visiting. Once you’ve passed through the central square containing the cathedral, you head out of the town center (33.7), taking the S.P. 151 downhill towards in Follonica. At the bottom there’s an intersection where you’ll cross the S.R. 439, taking the S.P. 143 "Marsiliana" (36), and following the signs for Centro Tartarughe (turtles) and Cicogne (swans).

Continue along a lovely road lined with cypresses for about 1 km until you reach a medieval mill (37.1) where you’ll turn left onto a straight road that heads past the area where the Centro Tartarughe e Cicogne is located (38.5). The road then slopes slightly downhill for about 3.5 km; afterwards the altimeter kicks in and from this point on the Marsiliana becomes a continuous up and down in a gorgeously hilly landscape.

Soon after (44) you come to the area of the Scuola Allievi del Corpo Forestale dello Stato (Fattoria Marsiliana) and then after about 5 km reach the connection (49.3) to the S.P. 33 where you’ll turn left. Pedal on without difficulty for 4 km until the next intersection where you’ll turn right onto the S.R. 439 (53.3) in the direction of Follonica. After 1.5 km you’ll cross the S.S.1 Aurelia and carry on for another 3 km until reaching the Casa Rondelli roundabout where the tour began (58).