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Exploring the Merse Valley and the Crete Senesi by bike

A cycle route with breathtaking views

The route starts from the car park below Murlo castle, and heads downhill on the SP 34/c-d “Murlo” road towards Vescovado di Murlo. After passing through a small village (km 1.7), continue along the SP 33 “Rocca di Crevole” road towards Casciano di Murlo and Grosseto.
Point of departure and arrival: Murlo 
Difficulty: medium
Distance: 28 km
Total climb: 460 m 
Road surface: mixed
Type of bike: all terrain, road bike

After just 600m you will get to the village of Lupompesi and, at the next crossroad (2.8 km), turn right towards Radi. Shortly after the SP 34/b “Murlo” road turns into a firm gravel track for 4km, heading downhill, fairly steeply at first and then gentler. Continue through the Monteroni d'Arbia area, passing the Stile river, firstly heading uphill for a short time and then down again until you reach a crossroad in the middle of the countryside with a cypress tree in the centre (7.3 km). From here, after 200 m, you will come to the small town of Radi.

At the crossroad take the SP 23/b “Grotti” road towards Ville di Corsano. This asphalt road follows the line of the hills, taking in some quite challenging uphill climbs, before arriving at San Giovanni Battista a Corsano on the left hand side. From here you will arrive at Ville di Corsano after just 1.2 km, where, at the crossroad with the SP 46 (the Ville di Corsano road), you should turn left towards Casciano di Murlo. After 900 m uphill you will find yourself at the foot of Grotti castle (km 12.6), which has been converted into a villa. Continue up a very slight hill for around 2 km, passing by Pulcianese farm, before reaching Selva, at which point the road goes downhill for 1km.

Following this there is a challenging climb of 2.3km, shortly after which you will find yourself in Murlo. At the junction at the end of the hill take the SP 33 towards Vescovado di Murlo. After 800 m you will get to the Rospatoio crossing (512 metres above sea level), and from here the road does downhill along a road with beautiful views over the Crete Senesi. After 2.2 km you will pass by the ruined castle of Crevole. After another 3.5 km you will arrive at Vescovado di Murlo, and from here, after a hill of 2 km, you will find yourself back at Murlo castle.

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