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5 Reasons Why You Need To Cycle In Tuscany

Written by Jonathan B on 2nd November, 2018

Tuscany offers an explosion of culture and colour. The sweeping countryside rides are a treat for seasoned and less experienced riders alike. Find out why this destination is so special with our 5 reasons to travel to Tuscany.

Perfect for experienced riders and newcomers

Tuscany is the perfect cycling location, regardless of your riding experience. Seasoned cyclists will enjoy long days on the bike with the hilly terrain offering a unique challenge. Alternatively, less experienced riders can spend more time relaxing in boutique accommodation or exploring the picturesque towns and villages that make up the quintessentially Italian landscape. Few locations offer the choice of riding conditions like Tuscany

Cyclist rides along the coast

Stunning Countryside

You’ve heard it before but there’s no harm in us reminding you how beautiful the Tuscan countryside is. The rolling country lanes offer riders a flawless cycling experience whilst the vibrant fields provide you with incomparable views. You will do well not to fall in love with the hilltop towns and surrounding vineyards that make the area so special. The area between Florence and Siena is a particular favourite of ours with quiet country roads guiding you through the serene landscape.

4 Cyclists ride along the vineyards

Traffic free roads and paths

The routes we recommend you follow in Tuscany will guide you through the most idyllic, smooth roads. Stay away from the traffic and experience central Italy in a way that is only possible on two wheels. One of our most popular itineraries involves you starting your cycling holiday in Florence before heading south through Chianti, San Gimignano and Siena. Ride between hotels and spend long days exploring the rural heartlands of Tuscany.

Traffic free roads in Tuscany

San Gimignano

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is consistently labelled by travellers as the highlight of their Tuscany cycling holiday. Riding up to the medieval town, you’ll struggle to picture anywhere in the world that offers such special views. Once you reach the top, stop in one of the quaint coffee shops or try the traditional cuisines on offer in the 13th century town.

View of San Gimignano

Authentic Tuscan Lifestyle and Accommodation

There’s a number of things we love to do doing when visiting Tuscany. From tasting Dondoli’s famous Gelato in San Gimignano to exploring the traditional markets and visiting the historic city of Florence, make sure you throw yourself into the authentic Tuscan lifestyle. If you’re a lover of wine, visit the Chianti vineyards before ending the day watching the sun set over the countryside from your luxury boutique accommodation.

Dondoli’s famous Gelato in San Gimignano

Places to Eat, Drink and Explore

  • Castello di Bolgheri – The 14th century castle is surrounded by a vibrant vineyard and is a great place to jump off the bike and give yourself a breather. Find out more about the castle’s origins and taste the wine that is made on the same land.
  • Blandis Wine & Cafe – A relaxing and trendy place to grab a hot or cold drink in Siena. Loved by the locals and one of our favourite places to grab a coffee mid-ride.
  • Locanda Il Boschetto restaurant – When staying in Locanda, make sure to grab lunch or dinner in this authentic Italian restaurant. Fish is the go-to meal here but choose anything from the menu and you won’t be disappointed.

To find out more about cycling in Tuscany and to book your next cycling holiday, check out the link below:Love velo Florence and Tuscany by bike