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TUSCANY AUTHENTIC

OVERVIEW

We love our land so much and we want  to show you all its incredible beauty. With this trip our goal will be to make you live an authentic experience and not just a trip. You will meet the locals people and you will ride away from the traffic, immersed in the green Tuscan hills, taste fresh food accompanied by great Tuscan wines. You will sleep in beautiful hotels in fantastic locations where you will be welcomed as a “caro amico”. You will feel just like home.

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1: Benvenuti in Toscana, benvenuti a Lucca

2nd June

We will meet at the Florence airport and then transfer to Lucca and our prestigious 4-star hotel in the historic centre of the old town where you will have the time to settle into your room and relax. After your bike fitting, a look over our maps and a chat about your safety on the road we will head off on our own first tour in the countryside around Lucca. We will begin with a complete tour of the sixteenth century walls of the historic town. It’s about 4.5 km long and will allow you to enjoy the beautiful old town in all its glory.


We will continue along the Serchio River, following the cycle path until we arrive at Torre del Lago and the oasis of Massaciuccoli. Massaciuccoli is a coastal lake and the marsh area around it are part of the Natural Park of Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli and the LIPU oasis with its many species of birds. This area is famous for the musician Giacomo Puccini who fell in love at first sight of the lake and of the small village on its banks. We will stop for a light lunch and wine tasting at the farm of our friends, Sardi and Giustiniani.
They have a recognized organic farm where food and wine are produced in full respect for nature.

 

Afterwards we will return to our hotel to get ready for our welcome dinner in the historic centre of Lucca. Tonight, there will also be the presentation of the staff that will accompany you for the week and an introduction of the trip and the exciting things you will go to discover in the following days.


Meals: Lunch and dinner in Lucca’s historic centre
Accomodition: Lucca
Distance: 45kms, 250 metres climbing
Destination: Lucca

Day 2: Valdinievole & Cooking Lesson

3rd June

A true and authentic local experience awaits us today. We head to Monsummano Terme, the area where Fabrizio’s parents live. We will have the opportunity to visit an Italian home, meet the local people as well as cooking and eating Italian food. Here we will meet, Mama Giusy who of course is a great cook who will teach how to cook some local dishes and let us in on a few secrets of real Tuscan cooking.
We will also have the opportunity to eat some homegrown fruit and freshly picked vegetables, and even wine made strictly by Papa Alfio, who is also a great farmer.

It will be a nice and fun experience. On the way back to Lucca, we travel through the spa town of Montecatini Terme where in 2013, the World Cycling Championships were held around the stunning hills of Lucca. Before we return to Lucca we will also make a visit to the medieval villages of Montecarlo.


Meals: Cooking lesson, breakfast, lunch and dinner in Lucca’s historic centre
Accomodition: Lucca
Distance: 65kms, 400 metres climbing (There is also a short option)
Destinations Visited Today: Monsummano Terme, Montecatini Terme, Montecarlo

Day 3: The Lucchesi Hills & Renaissance Villas

4th June

Today will be a special day "A full Italian immersion day in the noble heart of Lucca". You will pedal in the magnificent Lucchesi hills, crossing vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees in classic Tuscan style. Today you will also discover the famous Via Delle Renaissance Villas. The villas are the historic countryside homes of the Lucchesi merchants, built from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, thanks to the fruits of their businesses and banking operations in Central Europe. We will also visit Villa Torrigiani and its garden (one of my favourites).


The first mention of the villa dates back to 1593. It was then bought by Nicolao Santini who in the late seventeenth century rebuilt the south facade in the Baroque style, probably attracted by the architecture of Versailles, where he was ambassador to the Republic of Lucca. After our visit of the villa and the gardens, our ride goes directly to Collodi where Fabrizio lives. Everyone in the world know the fable of Pinocchio, well this is his village. Here we'll have lunch.

 

After lunch we will head back to Lucca giving us a 55km ride with some good gentle climbs. Your afternoon is free for relaxing or shopping along the famous Via Fillungo in the enchanting historical city centre. This evening there will be a guided tour of the birth house and museum of maestro Puccini before dinner.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Lucchesi Hills
Accomodation: Lucca
Distance: 55kms, 650 metres climbing
Destination: Segromigno in Piano, Villa Torrigiani, Collodi, Lucca

Day 4: Truffles & Montaione

5th June

Today will be the first transfer by bike. We will leave the plains of Lucca, crossing the Val d'Elsa before we arrive up to the typical medieval village of Montaione, a small Tuscan village near Florence. Extremely welcoming, it originates from the first settlements of the Etruscan and Roman age. The village is medieval and extends around the Castle, an ancient fort of 12th Century surrounded by towers, with a central square facing the church of San Regolo and the Palazzo Pretorio. The territory was already frequented in Etruscan and Roman times, as evidenced by archaeological findings.


Montaione is also famous because it is located a few kilometres from the Sacro Monte di San Vivaldo, an exact reproduction on a reduced scale of the Jerusalem of the fifteenth century which is known as "The Jerusalem of Tuscany". You will have the opportunity to visit the town of San Miniato Alto, famous throughout Italy for the truffle festival held every year in November, while our final goal will be the noble Palazzo Mannaioni from the 1600s, now converted into a beautiful hotel in the historic centre of Montaione. Your afternoon free, relax, outdoor swimming pool at the hotel.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a local restaurant
Accomodation: Palazzo Mannaioni
Distance: 60kms, 700 metres climbing (There is also a short option)
Destination: Sacro Monte di San Vivaldo, San Miniato Alto, Montaione

Day 5: San Gimignano

6th June

This morning we will discover the beauties of the medieval architecture of San Gimignano, where its historic centre is a UNESCO Heritage Site. Also, famous for its local food and wine, thanks especially to the famous Vernaccia di San Gimignano, which is known and appreciated all over the world as the first DOC in 1966. Lunch will be in the historic centre by our dear friend Patrik with tasting of Siena products. Afterwards we return to the hotel giving us about 40km but with many ups and downs (rolling) on the gentle Florentine / Senesi hills. Dinner will be treat in the private cellar of the Mannaioni family with wine tasting.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the hotel’s private cellar
Accomodation: Palazzo Mannaioni
Distance: 40kms, 900 metres climbing
Destination: San Gimignano

Day 6: Volterra & Costa Degli Etruschi

7th June

Another spectacular day, another famous city on our way before finally arriving on the Mediterranean coast, at Volterra. Famous in recent years thanks to the Twilight Saga, the city is famous for the extraction of alabaster and was also one of the first cities of Tuscany of old (Etruria). Here we will see the Etruscan historical centre, the Roman theatre ruins, medieval buildings such as the cathedral and the Medici Fortress, making this village a real Tuscan jewel.

Our ride will end on the coast where you will spend the last two nights in the enchanting Tenuta La Bandita in Sassetta.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accomodition: Tenuta La Bandita
Distance: 90 kms, 1200 metres climbing (There is also a short option)
Destination: Volterra, Bibbona

Day 7: Bolgheri, the Bordeaux of Tuscany

8th June

Our last ride in Tuscany and we can’t miss Bolgheri, a small medieval village famous all over the world for having established itself over the years as a perfect place for giving life to the prestigious wines now called Super Tuscans. Wines such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Masseto and many others.


We will pay a visit to a winery and taste a great Super-Tuscan. Today will be a great day on the road with an epic route that will take us on a ride of discovery through this still intact part of Tuscany, straddling the coast and the hinterland.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accomodation: Relais Sant 'Elena
Distance: 60kms, 500/600 metres climbing (There is also a short option)
Destination: Bolgheri, Maremma

Day 8: Ciao ciao Toscana

9th June

All good things must as to an end and it is time to say “goodbye”. In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we can help you arrange a transfer to your next destination.

Goodbye, thank you for joining us in Italy and have a safe journey home.

OTHER INFORMATION

TRIP DETAILS
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NOT INCLUDED

Date:  2nd - 9th June 2019
Accomodation: 4/5 stars hotel
Group size: Max 14 guests (3 guides)
Pick up location: Florence Airport
Drop off location: Florence Airport
Cost: Euro 3.990

per person in double

Optional Single supplement: Euro 700

  • Pick up and drop off before and after your tour from convenient rendez-vous location near arrival city.
  • All transport during the trip and all baggage transportation
  • The use of a Italian brand high-performance carbon road bike frame (hybrid and e-bike options available as well)
  • Complete van support every mile of the way to enjoy your vacation at your own pace (with two vans, one specifically dedicated to non-riders)
  • Water, fruit, drinks and snacks during the rides.
  • The service of one expert guides with extensive local knowledge who go above and beyond to cater to your every need (one guide specifically dedicated to non-rider activities)
  • Accommodation in 4 stars hotel
  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, all dinners bar stops and nutritious snacks along the way
  • Regional wines (and/or beer) included with every meal
  • Cycling kit and bib shorts
  • Detailed maps and route suggestions 
  • International and domestic flights
  • Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)
  • Personal expenses during the trip (minibar, laundry, ecc)
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