Cycling routes on well-surfaced country lanes and secondary roads, with some cycle paths and dirt tracks around Pisa and Lucca. Roads are busier near larger towns.
Start: Pisa Finish: Florence
Arrive in Pisa, settle in at your hotel then venture out to explore narrow lanes lined with history. Sip a flavourful Chianti matched with local oil sourced from nearby olive groves. At dusk, the warm air turns into a cool evening breeze, perfect for a stroll past pretty houses on the banks of the Arno.
Short route: Warm up by riding country roads and cycle tracks into the heart of Pisa. Meet the aptly-named Miracle Square, the photogenic leaning tower and a mind-boggling series of palaces, churches and squares. Pause to reflect on Piazza dei Cavalieri as you contemplate the inspiring facades looming around you.
Long route: Choose a challenging route and cycle picture-perfect scenes from Pisa toward Mount Serra. Stop to see the grandiose 1366 monastery of Certosa of Calci and its magnificent and justly renowned Natural History Museum. Then spend the afternoon exploring Pisa, a veritable outdoor museum full of monuments.
Challenge: 25/33 km, 120/90 m ascent, 120/90 m descent
Set off cycling on the flat as you ride 25 km on the River Serchio to reach lovely Lucca. Take time to revel in its gardens and take photos of the vast Piazza Anfiteatro, the bell tower, the 2nd-century amphitheatre. Circle the town as you glide past its sturdy tree-lined walls. Soon you’ll be thinking what marvel is on the menu for dinner!
Challenge: 24/32 km, 80/100 m ascent, 80/100 m descent
Select one of today’s two itineraries and cycle the pretty Renaissance villas just outside Lucca. The rides cover approximately the same distance but the difference lies in the terrain. The easier route is nearly all on the flat while the hillier option offers more challenging ascents . . . and the corresponding panoramic vistas! Get an insider’s view on a tour of these splendorous estates and stretch your legs on a stroll through gorgeous gardens.
Challenge: 33/39 km, 170/450 m ascent, 170/450 m descent
Ride off to Altopascio and the Padule di Fucecchio nature reserve, the largest inland wetlands area in all of Europe. Get lost in the greenery, enjoy a bit of bird-watching and identify both permanent residents and migrating species. Take this sensation of communion with nature on your ride to tremendous Vinci, birthplace of a true genius: the artist and inventor Leonardo.
Challenge: 29/54 km, 250/270 m ascent, 250/270 m descent
Get to know Leonardo da Vinci up close and personal as you explore his home town and two excellent museums which depict his life. The painter’s life secrets, hand-drawn designs and imaginative inventions reveal a creative depth unparalleled in centuries. With your head still spinning, leave your hire bike at the hotel and jump into the taxi for a direct transfer to Empoli. Here you’ll board the train for Florence and prepare for an evening in the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’.
Challenge: 8/15 km, 175/450 m ascent, 175/450 m descent
Your cycling trip comes to an end today after breakfast. An optional airport transfer can be arranged in advance and extra nights can be booked to allow time in fantastic Florence.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
We choose comfortable 3* and 4* hotels and B&B 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.
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 Wifi, air conditioning/heating, TV, minibar. Restaurant and breakfast are normal.
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.
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 Wifi, balcony, private bathroom. The restaurant is very good. Breakfast is rich and natural.
The Hotel Park Palace**** is located in a quiet residential area housed in a historic Florentine villa surrounded by the Tuscan hills at 20 minutel only by walk from city center. Rooms are well-furnished and comortable with TV, free Wifi, private bathroom, minibar, air conditioning/heating. Breakfast is good, not very abundant.
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.
The rental includes: map holder, front bag, repair kit, odometer, padlock. Rear bag and helmet are optional services.
Different models with different prices
GPS tracks are available on request.
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