The Grand Tour Val di Merse is a permanent bicycle tourist route that offers newly implemented amenities such as electric charging stations for e-bikes.
The loop itinerary can be started at any point, passes through six Municipalities (Casole d'Elsa, Radicondoli, Monticiano, Murlo, Chiusdino, Sovicille) and stretches through 4 valleys (Val d'Elsa, Val di Cecina, Valle dell'Ombrone and, of course, Val di Merse from which it takes its name).
The 172-km route runs on very low-traffic roads alternating between asphalt and small sections of dirt roads. It can be done in a day for the better trained cyclists, but we suggest you divide it into several stages by staying at the many facilities along the route.
Set on a rise at the foot of the Montagnola, Sovicille is enclosed by a 15th century circle of walls. Don't miss the historic town center, the ancient Pieve di Ponte allo Spino, the Ethnographic Museum of the Orgia woods and the ancient Villa di Cetinale.
Perched on a hill, on an ancient Etruscan settlement, Casole d'Elsa offers breathtaking views. Don't miss the Archaeological Museum of the Colleggiata, the ancient 14th century fortress and the Church of San Niccolò.
With its panoramic terrace in the town hall, Radicondoli is the ideal balcony from which to admire the valley below. The Belforte Castle and the Museum of the Energie del Territorio are also worth visiting.
Known for the famous San Galgano Abbey and the sword in the stone, Chiusdino still retains its medieval appearance, enhanced by the structure of the castle and the surrounding village. Also worth a stop is the Montalcinello Castle.
Monticiano is characterized by fascinating and wild places where nature is the absolute protagonist. The Petriolo thermal baths, the Tocchi Castle, and the Church of St. Augustine are some of the attractions that cannot be missed.