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Exploring nature and history by bike

A cycling route between two rivers

Starting from Poggibonsi head towards Certaldo on the S.S. 49. When you reach a roundabout take the road which goes to San Gimignano. After around 1km and after crossing a bridge over the river Elsa, take the street to the right which goes to Ulignano. Follow the road through the woods for around 4km, keeping straight on. When you reach a crossroad in the village of Ulignano turn left up a steep hill. On the other side of the village and after two sharp bends the road becomes much gentler and continues through open countryside for around 5km. At the next junction take the left hand road towards San Gimignano.

The climb uphill begins shortly after, and after that, on the gentle descent, you will be able to calmly admire the towers of this famous city. After another small uphill stretch take the S.P. 1 which comes from Certaldo. Turn left and, still going uphill, pass San Gimignano along the walls. Continue along the road, going downhill towards Poggibonsi and after around 500m, near a roundabout, turn right heading downhill towards Castel di San Gimignano, which you will reach after around 11km. From Castel di San Gimignano take the S.S. 68 towards Colle Val D'Elsa

At Le Grazie take the right hand road towards Casole D'Elsa and after 100m take the road to the left on the ‘ring road’ around Colle Val D'Elsa. You will arrive at the S.S. 421 and, at the second roundabout, turn right towards Follonica, and enjoy the flat road for around 1.5km. After a bridge and junction at San Marziale turn left twice and after 300m start the ascent towards the crossroads with the S.P. 5 towards Monteriggioni. At this point the route leaves the valley of the river Elsa and heads into the valley of the river Staggia. As you approach the castle take the S.S. 2 Cassia towards Poggibonsi, where you will arrive after around 13km.

Departure and arrival
: Poggibonsi 
Level of difficulty: medium
Distance: 54 Km
Difference in altitude: 350m 
Type of road: mixed
Type of bike: mountain bike
Type of cyclist: amateur cyclists and tourists