Tuscany Bike Tours: Explore the Chianti countryside
Anyone who has ever ridden a bicycle knows well that the best way to pedal, when riding in nature, is slow. Pedaling slowly is the best way to regenerate the mind, keep the body healthy and in good form, while at the same time offering the eyes a spectacular display which changes at every bend.
Besides being respectful to the environment while enjoying its quietude, these are just a few more examples for why cycling is the best way to discover the Tuscan countryside. The bicycle allows you to surprise yourself with every turn of the pedal, as you fall in love with new vistas and charming roads that weave through the silent Tuscan hills like precious necklaces. Any lover of cycling who has visited this region will confirm that there is nothing more wonderful than being immersed in the Tuscan countryside, crossing hills and vineyards, walking along dirt roads, visiting medieval villages and farmhouses wrapped in wonderous landscapes. It is an accessible experience for all, thanks to the assisting pedaling of e-bikes, which allow even the less trained cyclists to climb the gentle slopes of the Chianti hills with ease and reduce the effort required during excursions in the plains of Val d'Orcia or the coast.
The Tuscan countryside by bicycle: a green and slow way to travel
While fully respecting the delicate ecosystem hosting us, riding a bicycle through the Tuscan countryside allows you to discover wonderful places. The accommodation facilities immersed in the greenest areas of the region, such as Chianti and Val d'Elsa, offer their guests guided bicycle tours amidst vineyards, hills and medieval villages. Furthermore, it is possible to request a guided tour which includes a stop at a historic cellar. After travelling the less travelled roads of Chianti, seeing its vineyards and breathing the air, you can have a taste of the wines that grow in this land, which reproduces in its every sip the intense sweetness that you felt while cycling in this one-of-a-kind land.
Discover the medieval villages of Tuscany by bicycle
Discovering the medieval villages of Tuscany by bicycle is an unforgettable experience. It will allow you to admire the beauty of the surrounding landscape, as well as become immersed in the history of this region. For those staying in Florence, a bicycle excursion can include climbing Viale dei Colli up to the panoramic point of Piazzale Michelangelo. Those who have chosen a more secluded accommodation, such as a facility in Chianti, will have the opportunity to construct a route through the famous medieval villages of Tuscany. It's incredible how close some of these enchanting destinations are to each other. For example, it is 25km from Montepulciano to Montalcino and in-between there lies a splendid town of Pienza. Castelnuovo Berardenga and Gaiole, in Chianti, have the same distance between them and the famous Brolio castle is located in the middle. In short, cycling through Tuscany also means discovering towns, castles and fortresses, where time has been standing still. It is an active, ecofriendly and fun way to become absorbed in the culture and history of a unique region of the world.
The most famous itineraries in Tuscany: between L'Eroica and the dirt roads
The cycling possibilities in Tuscany are numerous and suitable for cyclists of all levels. There is a variety of bicycle tours of Tuscany with both personalized itineraries and an expert guide. The typical white roads that cross the Tuscan countryside and which are just a string of dirt paths, allow you the opportunity to discover landscapes and medieval villages, which had long ago inspired the great artists of the Renaissance.
The ideal tour of the Chianti hills starts from Florence and passes through some of the most evocative villages of Tuscany, such as Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Badia a Passignano, Panzano in Chianti and Volpaia.
Cyclists with more training can take part in Eroica, one of the most famous cycling events in the world. Scheduled for October, L'Eroica crosses the dirt roads of the Val d'Orcia and the Chianti area and attracts enthusiasts from all over the world every year.
Whether it is a few-hour excursion or a long vacation, Tuscany by bicycle offers a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience. Thanks to e-bikes, the tour is more pleasant and accessible without disrespecting the environment.