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.
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.
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
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
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
The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked a transfer to the airport or other suplementary services.
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 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.
The Carignano hotel is located 5km from Lucca, is surrounded by countryside and has cycle paths. The rooms are simple and furnished in a rustic style and offer TV, free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom. Large common areas and garden with swimming pool. Breakfast is not particularly plentiful but can be requested in the room. The staff is helpful and welcoming.
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.
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.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and November.
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.
Customized ELIOS, Aluminium bike
Bianchi Sempre Pro
E-BIKE Customized Peugeot
GPS tracks are available on request.
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