TUSCANY – Pisa to Florence

8 day Independent Tour A bike trip in Tuscany is a cyclist’s dream trip, and you will learn this very quickly! Spend a week with us biking in the land of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Experience the Renaissance treasures of Siena, Etruscan ruins, medieval walled villages, and magnificent views, all with a splash of […]

8 day Independent Tour

A bike trip in Tuscany is a cyclist’s dream trip, and you will learn this very quickly! Spend a week with us biking in the land of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Experience the Renaissance treasures of Siena, Etruscan ruins, medieval walled villages, and magnificent views, all with a splash of Tuscany wine. The bright and warm sun, meshed with superb history, rustic cuisine, and breathtaking views, makes biking in Tuscany a trip of a lifetime.

Join us in Italys most beloved landscape, where the extraordinary beauty of daily life never fails to amaze! You’ll sample epic wines and pici con fungi, thoroughly enjoying your week on a bicycle under the Tuscan sun.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Pisa.

Arrival in Pisa, the city famous all over the world for its magic Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) with the characteristic leaning tower, the bell tower of the city cathedral. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1987, besides a large number of monuments it also offers a friendly and lively atmosphere of a university city. 

Day 2

Pisa–Lucca (30/45 km).

Pedalling northwards along the river Serchio, across the Pisan countryside you arrive in Lucca. For those who are better trained there is a more demanding and longer route that runs along the Monti Pisani on their eastern side. 

Day 3

Lucca–Montecatini (45 km).

Through a panoramic road you reach the little village of Collodi and the town of Pescia. In Collodi, where the author of Pinocchio spent his childhood, you could visit the famous Pinocchio’s Park (created in 1962 already) and the aristocratic Villa Garzoni. In Pescia you could enjoy a quiet stroll among churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the typical flower street market. 

Day 4

Montecatini–Montecatini (58 km).

Today’s route offers you again two possibilities. You can relax in one of the most famous thermal cities in Europe and stroll down the narrow lanes of the old city, which is situated on a hill and can be reached by a characteristic cable-railway. Otherwise a picturesque itinerary will lead you among villas of the Medici family, olive groves, vineyards and beautiful historical farms, going past Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace (visit to the museum possible). 

Day 5

Montecatini–Florence (20 km by train + 50 km).

A leg by train will take you to Pistoia, rich in Romanesque and Renaissance monuments (in particular churches) and having one of the most suggestive squares in Italy: Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). From here back into the saddle, immersed in the Tuscan flatland to reach the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence.

Day 6

Florence

It will be up to you to decide how to spend your time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities! 

Day 7

Florence–Pisa (40 km by train + 40/65 km by bike)

A short trip by train will take to Empoli, where you will start to follow the river Arno by bike, pedalling entirely on level ground as far as Pisa for your last overnight stay.

Day 8

Pisa.

Departure. 

 

Rating: Easy to Moderate
Terrain is generally very easy as this part of Tuscany is mostly flat. You will cover 250 – 280 km in 6 stages, riding on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths. There are just a few small hills so anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can accomplish this itinerary.
Trains with bike transportation connect the main cities of the tour, so in case of bad weather, or if you need a day of rest, you can reach your destination by train.
Optional cycle free days are also possible on days 3 and 5.
Airport / Transfers
The nearest airports are Pisa and Florence. Regular bus and train service is available from both airports to Pisa city centre, where your tour starts.

 

Schedule & Price

Departure Dates 2014

Tour departs every Saturday from mid April to early October
Also every Monday from June 30 to July 28

Price per person, double occ CAD $1035
Single room surcharge $300

 

This tour includes:

• accommodation in very nice family run hotels, all a mix of 2, 3 & 4 star, all rooms with private facilities
• buffet breakfasts
• luggage transport
• tour information at your first hotel by our representative
• hybrid bicycle with 21 gears and pannier
• maps & road guide book
• 7 day service helpline

Not Included:

– local taxes of approx. 10-15 euro
– Train transfers: Montecatini–Pistoia (approx. 10 min., 4 € per person);
Florence–Empoli (approx. 30 min., 6 € per person); Empoli–Pisa (approx. 30 min., 6 € per person).