Via Francigena e-Bike Tour 5-day
Discover Tuscany riding an electric bike – details
Day 1 – From Massa to Lucca – 55km
Via Francigena e-bike tour starts from Florence: 8:00 a.m. After a quick briefing on tour planning, ground rules (including health and safety, security, environment) and e-bike fitting, we will transfer to Massa with a private van.
The proximity of the Mediterranean Sea is a great opportunity so, from Marina di Massa, we will cycle along a cycle path by the sea, a beautiful cycle path that leads us to visit Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta. After lunch, we will head to Lucca, an ancient and wonderful city entirely surrounded by gigantic walls. A bike ride on the walls of Lucca is not to be missed.
Day 2 – From Lucca to San Miniato – 46 km
First stop at Pieve di Compito. This is an amazing place, famous for camellias. The first Italian tea was made here! During the flowering season, the smell of camellias is overwhelming. Very interesting is Ponte a Cappiano, where there is a hostel quarried from an ancient Medicean bridge. Stop in San Miniato for the night.
Day 3 – From San Miniato to San Gimignano – 42 km
A marvelous route. From San Miniato, after few kilometers of asphalt road, we enter an extraordinary track among hill crests in Val d’Elsa. Just lovely. We will cycle through the vineyards for hours.
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena. It is famous for its medieval architecture, and for its tower houses. A unique skyline. Stop in San Gimignano for the night. The city is also called the “Manhattan of middle ages“.
Day 4 – From San Gimignano to Siena – 60 km
First stop is at le Caldane, Etruscan/Roman thermal bath. If you like cold natural spring water, you will love this place. Cycling on amazing Tuscany backroads, we will reach Monteriggioni where we will stop for a delicious lunch. Aanother 25 km to reach Siena. Walking in Siena and sitting in the middle of Piazza del Campo is really rewarding. Wow…
Day 5 – From Siena to San Quirico – 55 km
The landscape is now changing, we are in the area called Crete Senesi. The landscape is phenomenal. Impossible to avoid frequent stops to take pics. We are in the heart of dreamlike views of the Val d’Orcia, along the white roads leading to Torrenieri. Along the Via Cassia, still paved, we will get to San Quirico D’Orcia. A private van, we take us ba back to Florence.
Via Francigena e-bike tour – Highlights
- Accommodation: typical Tuscany 4 stars agritourism (shared double).
- Group size: min 4, dedicated tour leader.
- Good physical fitness is required as well as the ability to ride an e-MTB.
- Safety: we reserve the right to modify/cancel the tour in case of adverse weather.
- Touring pace (this is not a race), stopping often to see, touch, smell, and taste the area around us.
- Free “best moments video”: video and photos from the drone and WIFI during the tour.