After roughly 6 km you’ll spot the skyline of Cerreto Guidi in the distance, to your right. While pedaling, enjoy the view of the photogenic valley that separates you from the town (more vineyards, more olives, more beauty). Cerreto Guidi is set at about km 8 of the itinerary. If you’re up for a break, know that the must-sees in Cerreto are the Medici villa, which happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the MuMeLoc, or Museum of Local Memory.
After leaving Cerreto Guidi behind, head towards Vinci, Leonardo’s hometown. You’ll get there after about 5 km (km 13 of the itinerary). But as we know that you’re up for more cycling fun, we’ll only skirt Vinci past for the moment. When you’re in front of the Santissima Annunziata church, turn right and enter Via Giacomo Matteotti, then keep going along Via Giacomo Calvi and, in just a few seconds, you’ll be back in the countryside, welcomed by a scenic gravel cypress road.
From Vinci, despite some short downhill slopes, you’ll face a long, gradual ascent of about 8 km. Expect gravel roads at first, including a splendid (but hard) straight uphill route, followed by paved bends among countless olive trees.