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A Taste of Tuscany Cycling

from $2,199.00

This is classic Tuscany!  Traditional Tuscan food, wine and culture all rolled into a relaxed cycling tour.  You’ll stay for the week in the simple but comfortable Agriturismo La Pietriccia.  Your friendly host leads a cooking class and olive oil and wine tasting sessions. It’s a real immersion in traditional cuisine; the majority of food served from its own farm and orchards.  Cycling across the UNESCO World Heritage Val d’Orica, you’ll pass rich and fertile landscapes on quiet roads before returning to your home base for a lovely dinner on the terrace.

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All about the A Taste of Tuscany Cycling.

This classic cycling tour takes in the ‘real’ Tuscany’.  You’ll experience all of the best parts of this famous region: beautiful landscapes, traditional cuisine, friendly locals and, of course, lovely cycling routes.
It’s a complete immersion into local Tuscan life, with the opportunity to taste local wines and olive oils along with a cooking class with your host.  Sample the wines of Monepulciano, rich Pecorino cheese in Pienza or indulge with a bath in Roman Bagno Vignoni.

The cycling takes you across the rich fertile landscapes of UNESCO World Heritage Val d’Orcia. You’ll pass sparkling lakes, the fortress of Radicofani, sitting on the highest point in the region and pass through ancient towns, untouched by time.

Relax in the evenings at the simple but comfortable Agriturismo La Pietriccia with swimming pool.  Stefano, your host, will welcome you with his passion for all the abundance of nature in the area. The hotel produces the majority of what is served by its own farm and orchards.  And in the heat of summer you can take your dinner outside on the panoramic terrace.

If you wish to do both cycling and walking please call for details.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals
  • Management by local hotelier
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Wine and olive oil tasting
  • One spa entrance
  • Cooking class
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Fabulous insight into traditional Tuscan life: the food, the wine, the culture
  • Exhilarating cycling across the UNESCO Val d’Orcia
  • Delicious classic Tuscan cuisine and cookery class
  • Visit the wine and cheese towns of Montepulciano and Pienza
  • Warm and welcoming agriturismo with a passionate owner
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive in Chianciano Terme

    Take the train from Rome to Chiusi-Chianciano, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Perhaps enjoy a stroll to the old town, before your evening briefing and the first of many superb dinners. (Staying at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia for 7 nights, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 - The Lakes Circuit 41km/25mi

    A gentle start to the week with a lovely descent from your hotel on quiet roads, with wonderful views across to the mountains. A forest tracks leads you to the small town of Montallese and on to Lake Chiusi. Enjoy lunch at the lake then take the Sentiero Della Bonifica, a long-distance path between Chiusi and Arezzo, to the small Lake Montepulciano. This is a nature reserve teeming with birdlife, and there is also a caf to enjoy a refreshment. Returning to the agriturismo you climb on tarmac road passing vineyards for as far as the eye can see, before an undulating track leads you back to your hotel.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 - Radicofani 34km/21mi

    The leg work is done for you this morning as we transfer you to Radicofani, the highest point in the Val d’Orcia – the views are incredible, be sure to take time to walk up to the highest point of the castle. Then follow the road downhill for the next 10 kilometres down into the valley. A gravel track takes you past pretty farms and through the forest to pass the beautiful private gardens of La Foce, before an up and over and down to the Agriturismo. You’ll enjoy a spot of wine- tasting this evening before dinner in a beautiful cantina in the old town.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 - Sarteano Loop 39km/24mi

    Descending from the agriturismo you follow country tracks passing a truffle-growing area before a boulevard of olive trees takes you to a lovely trail crossing the Astrone stream. Continue cycling along a road with beautiful views of the valleys which takes you into mediaeval Sarteano: here you circle the walls and can enjoy a coffee before you carry on to Cetona. A narrow tarmac road takes you up this town, before a climb to Mondo X, where one of the best restaurants in Italy, La Frateria, is housed inside a beautiful convent started by St Francis in 1212. An extraordinary priest uses the monastery as a rehabilitation centre for troubled youths. From here had back to the hotel.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 - Afternoon Cookery Course

    This morning you have time to yourself, maybe walk into Chianciano Vecchia and visit the Etruscan Museum of Chianciano Terme, or use your voucher for the Theia Spa and relax in the healing waters or treat yourself to one of their many treatments. In the afternoon you begin your cookery class where you will learn classic Italian techniques and eat the meal you prepare for dinner.

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Montepulciano Circle 36km/22mi

    Today the route takes you through acres of vineyards as you make your way to Montepulciano. Views of Mount Amiata take your breath away as you ride into this famous wine town. Explore its streets and maybe taste a couple of wines before heading back, passing more vineyards and along the forest road, before cycling down back into Chianciano. Youll pass the Theia Spa on your way; perhaps use your free entrance at the end of the day.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - Pienza and Bagno Vignoni 35km/22mi

    After a short transfer to Pienza take time to explore the town – it is one of the cheese capitals of Italy – and is beautiful mediaeval historic centre. Perhaps pick up a sandwich filled with Porchetta or a slab of rich and creamy Pecorino. The ride takes you downhill to cross one of the stunning plains of the Val dOrcia, and a short detour takes you to Roman Bagno Vignoni with its roman baths and sulphur springs. Follow a long straight Roman road then cross the valley and climb up and down into Chianciano.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Leave Chianciano Terme

    We take you back to the train station where you could possibly head to Florence or Rome for extra nights before heading home.

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Where you stay
Agriturismo la Pietriccia
The Agriturismo Pietriccia is a wonderful place sitting across a small valley from the old town of Chianciano, rewarding you with wonderful views. The simple hotel has large rooms with balconies or terraces. You will be given a warm welcome by the owner Stefano, who is extremely passionate about the produce of the local area and the nature. The agriturismo has a lovely pool and terrace a small garden area with a shady area. The food is superb traditional cuisine, and 65% of the produce is grown or reared on site.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Eating and Drinking

All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals are included

Tuscan food is based on the Italian idea of ‘cucina povera’ (poor cooking); simple inexpensive meals that can be made for large groups. Whilst this was once dictated by the economy and expense of the produce, the tradition has remained. The cuisine of this region doesn’t use complicated seasonings or elaborate recipes, and instead focuses on fresh, high quality ingredients that allow the natural flavours in each dish to shine through. Typical dishes include fagioli con salsiccia (cannellini beans with sausage), tagliatelle al tartufo (pasta in a truffle sauce) bistecca Fiorentina (a T-bone steak often large enough to share!), pici (a fat, handmade spaghetti, often served with tomato and garlic sauce or game meat). Don’t miss the local cacio and pecorino cheeses, and sample the famous wines: Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate).
Average daily cycle: 37km (22.8miles)
No. of days cycling: 5
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organized together. The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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