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Tuscany cycling • From Pisa to Florence 'short break'

Tuscany cycling • From Pisa to Florence 'short break'

Tuscany and the renaissance

  • Visit cities of high historic significance, such as Pisa and Lucca, which have played a major role in the history of Italy, from the ancient Estruscans to the creation of the Republic 
  • Nature Reserves: the Fucecchio Padule the largest European, inland wetlands with a great variety of wetland bird species both nesting and migratory 
  • A wine-tasting visit to a traditional wine-producing farm 
  • Wonderful landscapes, see many different aspects of Tuscany
  • Charming country villages, rich in history and culture, like Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo  
  • Peaceful roads, cypress tree-lined country lanes and lovely bike paths
  • Magnificent Florence, with its Duomo, museums, churches and palaces 
  • Delicious Tuscan culinary specialties
  • Warm, welcoming locals 
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Route

The rides follow mostly well asphalted country roads and secondary roads. There are some cycle paths and dirt roads around Pisa and Lucca. Near larger towns, the roads are more trafficked.

Start: Pisa             Finish: Florence

Day 1: Arrive in Pisa
Day 2: Ride from Pisa to Lucca (24 km, 32.5 km)
Day 3: Ride from Lucca to Vinci passing the Fucecchio wetlands (29 km, 54 km)
Day 4: Short Vinci round trip and train to Florence (8 km, 15 km)
Day 5: Arrivederci Florence!

Day 1:    Arrive in Pisa

Arrive at your hotel in Pisa and take a peaceful and relaxing stroll through the narrow streets of this charming city. Sit down for a glass of local Chianti wine and savor the amazing olive oil produced in the region's vineyards. Before calling it a night, promenade past the chapels and pastel houses lining the banks of the Arno River.

Day 2:    Ride from Pisa to Lucca (24 km, 32.5 km)

Today’s ride is very scenic and nearly all flat. The route follows the Serchio River and after 25 kilometres, you reach the charming town of Lucca. You have ample time to visit the town and explore its splendid gardens, majestic bell tower and impressive Piazza Anfiteatro, a 2nd century Roman amphitheater. Don’t miss a ride along the tree-lined walls of its perimeter. 

Challenge: 2/3 hours, 24/32.5 km, 300/330m ascent, 295/320m descent

Day 3:    Ride from Lucca to Vinci passing the Fucecchio wetlands (29 km, 54 km)

Ride past Altopascio and the fascinating Padule of Fucecchio nature reserve, the largest inland wetlands of Europe. Marvel at the delightful all-encompassing greenness and perhaps you will spot some migratory birds enjoying a well-deserved rest on their way south. Feeling rejuvenated, you cycle on to Vinci, where the famous inventor/artists Leonardo da Vinci was born.

Challenge: 3/4 hours, 29/54 km, 250/270m ascent, 250/270m descent

Day 4:    Short Vinci round trip and train to Florence (8 km, 15 km)

Gain insight on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci as you explore his birthplace and two remarkable museums all about him. Amass insight by viewing his original designs and inventions. When you're ready, leave your bike at the accommodation in Vinci and take a transfer directly to Empoli to board a local train to Florence, for a night in the jewel of the Renaissance.

Challenge: 1/2.5 hours, 8/15 km, 175/450m ascent, 175/450m descent

Day 5:    Arrivederci Florence!

The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked a transfer to the airport or other suplementary services.

'standard' hotels

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

We choose comfortable 3* hotels, farmhouses and B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Airone Pisa Park Hotel (San Giuliano Terme)
Airone Pisa Park Hotel*** (San Giuliano Terme)

Airone Pisa Park Hotel is surrounded by countryside at 3 km only from Pisa and it offers a swimming pool and a large garden. Rooms are simple and comfortable with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning/heating, TV, minibar. Restaurant and breakfast are normal.

www.hotelpisa.it

 Agriturismo Podere di Rosa - San Alessio
Podere di Rosa - San Alessio

Podere di Rosa (Rosa's small farm) is a family run farmhouse placed on the hills in S.Alessio, to 4 km from Lucca. Rooms are well-finished with wrought-iron beds and terracotta floors. Each comes with garden views and a private bathroom. Free Wifi. Continental breakfast is very good with fresh products from the property's farm. Owners are very courteous.

www.alpoderedirosa.it

Agriturismo il Piastrino (Vinci)
Agriturismo il Piastrino (Vinci)

Agritourism Il Piastrino is located near Vinci and it's housed in an ancient farmhouse completely renovated. Rooms are well-finished with dated furniture and TV, air conditioning/heating, free Wi-Fi, balcony, private bathroom. The restaurant is very good. Breakfast is rich and natural.

www.ilpiastrino.it

Hotel Park Palace (Firenze)
Hotel Park Palace**** (Firenze)

The Hotel Park Palace is in a quiet residential area housed in a historic Florentine villa surrounded by the Tuscan hills at 20 minutes only by walk from city center. Rooms are well-furnished and comfortable with TV, free Wi-Fi, private bathroom, minibar, air conditioning/heating. Breakfast is good, not very abundant. breakfast is normal.

www.parkpalace.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March 1st and November 30th

Pisa (PSA), Florence (FLR) and Bologna (BLQ) airports have regular international and low cost flights.

From any airport, you can easily get to the closest railway station. From Pisa railway station, trains are direct to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa). From Florence, you need to change in Pisa Centrale. From Bologna, you need to change in Florence and Pisa Centrale.

From Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station, you can easily reach the airport FLR by bus, whereas you need to take a direct train in case you are flying from either Pisa or Bologna.

Check traintimetables on www.trenitalia.com.

RENTAL BIKES

Race Bikes

Different models with different prices

  

Trekking bikes

E-bikes

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 4 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Bike delivery to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa), theft insurance and collection from Vinci
  • Luggage transfer on DAY 2 and DAY 3
  • Private transfer (+ luggage) from Vinci to Empoli railway station on DAY 4
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes
  • Bike rental
  • Travel to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa) and from Florence
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Bike rental
  • Bike fitting (as extra service, apart from bike rental)
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa)
  • Transfer from Florence to airport
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