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Tuscany cycling from Pisa to Florence
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Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
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ITSB040
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Tuscany cycling from Pisa to Florence

Tuscany cycling from Pisa to Florence

  • A really easy trip, and it's in Tuscany!
  • Great art cities: Florence, Pisa and Lucca
  • Nature Reserves: the Fucecchio Padule an inland wetlands with a great variety of nesting and migratory birds
  • A wine-tasting visit to a traditional wine-producing farm
  • Vinci, the birth place of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Charming village, quiet roads, cypress tree-lined country lanes and cycle paths along the Serchio river
  • Wine, wine and more great Tuscan wine and food
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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: Pisa round trip or Pisa to Calci loop (25 km, 33 km)
Day 3: Ride from Pisa to Lucca (24 km, 32.5 km)
Day 4: Lucca round trip with flat and hilly route (33 km, 39 km)
Day 5: From Lucca to Vinci passing the Fucecchio wetlands (29 km, 54 km)
Day 6: Vinci round trip and then on to Florence (8 km, 15 km)
Day 7: 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:    Pisa round trip or Pisa to Calci loop (25 km, 33 km)

Short route: An easy warm up ride along small roads and bike paths leads you into the heart of Pisa where you can visit the world famous Miracle Square along with its illustrious leaning tower. Admire the many palaces, churches, towers and town squares. Take a break in the Piazza dei Cavalieri as you gaze at the architecturally stunning historic buildings that surround you. Long route: Begin your day cycling through the inspiring countryside between Pisa and the mountain of Monte Serra, stopping for a visit to the grandiose Certosa of Calci monastery. It was founded in 1366 and houses a magnificent, renowned Natural History Museum. The second part of the day is spent in Pisa, as in the short route, visiting its many outstanding monuments.

Long route: Begin your day cycling through the inspiring countryside between Pisa and the mountain of Monte Serra, stopping for a visit to the grandiose Certosa of Calci monastery. It was founded in 1366 and houses a magnificent, renowned Natural History Museum. The second part of the day is spent in Pisa, as in the short route, visiting its many outstanding monuments.

Challenge: 1.5/2.5 hours, 25/33 km, 120/90m ascent, 120/90m descent

Day 3:    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 4:    Lucca round trip with flat and hilly route (33 km, 39 km)

Choose between two trips of varying difficulty on today’s visit of characteristic Renaissance villas in the outskirts of Lucca. Both trips are similar in length, but the easy route is almost entirely flat whereas the hilly route has more height variation and offers enviable aerial views. Experience tours of assorted prestigious villas and stroll their extraordinarily luxurious gardens.

Challenge: 2.5/3.5 hours, 33/39 km, 170/450m ascent, 170/450m descent

Day 5:    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 6:    Vinci round trip and then on 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 hours, 8/15 km, 175/450m ascent, 175/450m descent

Day 7:    Arrivederci Florence!

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

accommodation

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. 

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 Wifi, 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 Wifi, balcony, private bathroom. The restaurant is very good. Breakfast is rich and natural.

www.ilpiastrino.it

Hotel Park Palace - Florence
Hotel Park Palace - Florence

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. 

www.parkpalace.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and November.

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.

Customized ELIOS, Aluminium bike

  • Shimano Deore gears
  • Shimano V-brake
  • suspension: RST, lock out

 

Bianchi Sempre Pro

  • race bike
  • 22 gears, Campagnolo Athena
  • suspension: carbon fork

E-BIKE Customized Peugeot

  • Shimano Deore gears
  • Shimano V-brake
  • suspension: RST lock out

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 6 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Bike delivery to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa), theft insurance and collection from Vinci
  • Luggage transfer on DAY 3 and DAY 5
  • Private transfer (+ luggage) from Vinci to Empoli railway station on DAY 6
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

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

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Bike rental
  • Helmet
  • Rear bags (20€ per bike/ tour; 4€ for extra cycling day)
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa)
  • Transfer from Florence to airport

 

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