Program your GPS: Firenze, Impruneta, Radda in Chianti, Poggibonsi, Colle Val d'Elsa, Monteriggioni, Siena, Taverne d'Arbia, Asciano, Buonconvento, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Chianciano Terme, Bagno Vignoni, Campiglia d'Orcia, Bagni S.Filippo, Radicofani, Abbadia S.Salvatore, Castell'Azzara, Sorano, S.Quirico, Manciano, Grosseto, Marina di Alberese, Orbetello
We turn on our engines in Piazzale Michelangelo, which looks out over Florence and is the perfect meeting point for both new and old bikers. The first curves we will tackle will be those of Viale Galileo. We go through Porta Romana and pass by the entrance to the Gardens of Boboli, the way that Dante escaped from the city. We climb roads that pass through olive fields in the homeland of terracotta: Impruneta, where every year the harvest is celebrated with processions of huge allegorical floats. We head on to SS222 just beyond the Pecorai Pass, a fun and spirited drive. Greve in Chianti offers us a warm gastronomic welcome in the main piazza and then we stop to visit the new museum of wine. Following the curves is fun: the road twists and bends all the way to Radda in Chianti. There are two wonderful, optional stops: Volpaia and Badia a Coltibuono. Next, we pick up the SP429: at first it’s a bit dull but then it’s amazing. The road ends in Poggibonsi, but we’ll only stop and put down our kickstands a bit farther on in Colle Val D’Elsa: from the old town to the new town it’s one beautiful vista after another.