Italy Tuscany tourer classic road holiday 8 days. An easy paced road cycling tour exploring one of Italy’s premier cycling locations. Tuscany – the word itself is evocative, conjuring images of classic Italian landscapes, rolling hills, cypress trees and medieval hill-towns.
The region also offers superb cycling and is an international training ground, attracting riders from all over the world. Cycling is a way of life here and is taken seriously. We spend our first evening in the charming medieval town of Casciano Terme, a spa town retreat scattered
with great restaurants and superb gelateria.
The following morning we head south through the olive groves to the atmospheric twin-castled hilltop town of Volterra. Moving onwards we ride into the Parco Della Val d’Orcia, a World Heritage site with a distinctive landscape of conical hills rising from the flat chalk plains.
Wine-lovers will be in their element as the tour progresses and we’ll be spending evenings in both Montalcino and Chianti where we will set time aside for a glass or two of Brunello and Classico. Travelling north again through the land which lies between Siena and Florence we head for San Gimignano, a fascinating “town of towers” and one of the best preserved medieval settlements in Italy.
We’ll stay here for the evening before our final day on the bikes takes us back to Casciano Terme in good time to take advantage of the town’s soothing thermal waters.
• Duration: 8 days
• Grade: Grade 3