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Colline delle crete senesi

The magical Monte Sante Marie area by bike

Biking through the beautiful Crete Senesi

17km of this route is over dirt tracks, and 13km over asphalt. It isn’t very long but takes in considerable differences in height. In particular, the beautiful country road between Asciano and Monte Sante Marie has some steep and challenging slopes. If it is raining, the stretch between Torre a Castello and Mucigliani can be problematic as the clay road is not protected by gravel and can become very slippery.

From the centre of Asciano take the road towards the cemetery (1km), crossing the Garbo bridge over the river Ombrone. From the cemetery the beautiful road goes up and down a bit before arriving at the town of Monte Sante Marie after 7km. From here continue along the hills till Torre a Castello, at which point the asphalt finishes. Turn left, passing in front of the La Fonte dairy (where they sell delicious pecorino cheese).

Follow the S.P. 8 “Torre a Castello” road, which goes downhill for 1.1km, passing a landfill on the left and a farmhouse. The route from here is market by white and red paint and signposted ‘501 Torre a Castello-Mucigliani’. After exactly 1.5km, and opposite a fence, the road forks: turn left following the red and white sign. After 2.8km, and after the farm of Faule, a final hill will take you to the farm of Mucigliani. Another 1km of dirt track will take you back onto asphalt on the S.S. 438 “Lauretana” road, where you should turn left towards Asciano (10 km), passing through Vescona and Pievina.

Departure and arrival: Asciano
Level of difficulty: medium
Distance: 30 Km
Difference in altitude: 440 m 
Type of road: mixed
Type of bike: all terrain, mountain bike
Type of cyclist: amateur cyclists and tourists