5-day Special Francigena – Tuscany by Electric Bike Tour – details
Day 1 – Chianti, Eroica, the backroads of Tuscany
Our Tuscany bike tour starts from Florence: 8:30 a.m. transfer to our accommodation in Chianti (about 1 hour). After a quick briefing on tour planning, ground rules (including health and safety, security, environment) and e-bike fitting, we will enjoy a wonderful ride on the backroads of Tuscany, the streets of the famous Eroica. The starting point is Gaiole in Chianti (transfer about 45 min). During the bike tour, we will stop for a Tuscan food experience. In the evening we will challenge ourselves with a cooking class. We should better pay attention on what we are doing because this is going to be part of our dinner!
Ride in numbers: 35km/22mi, elevation gain 600m/200ft.
Day 2 – Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Panzano, Montefioralle
Today we will move early to reach the starting point of our Tuscany bike tour (transfer 40 minutes). From Passo dei Pecorai, we will get a “dirty road” that will take us to Greve in Chianti. After visiting Greve in Chianti (get a cup of coffee in the main square is a must) we will proceed to Panzano for a well-deserved food & wine tasting experience. Going back to the starting point, we will take a different path to enjoy new scenic spots. For example, will take the chance to visit a wonderful place; Montefioralle castle, claimed to be the birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci. The rest of the day will be dedicated to relax in the indoor pool in the villa.
Ride in numbers: distance 40km/25mi, elevation gain 900m/3000ft.
Departure at 8:00 to reach Lucca (transfer about 1 hour). This will be our starting point for our Via Francigena experience. First stop at Pieve di Compito (11 km from start). This is an amazing place, famous for camellias. The first Italian tea was made here! During flowering season, the smell of camellias is overwhelming. Next step is Castelfalfi (47 km from previous stop). We will stop at Camporbiano; in a luxury tavern, we will have our lunch (12 km from previous stop). Only 12 km to get to San Gimignano where we will stop for the night.
Ride in numbers: distance 80km/50mi, elevation gain 1200m/4000ft.
First stop is Monteriggioni (25 km from start), then Siena (15 km from previous stop) for a light lunch in the famous Piazza del Campo. We will then reach Buonconvento where we will stay for the night (30 km from prev. stop).
Ride in numbers: distance 70km/44mi, elevation gain 800m/2600ft.
Day 5 – From Buonconvento to Bagno Vignoni
First stop is San Quirico D’Orcia (20 km from start) then Bagno Vignoni (6 km from prev. stop). Now it is time for a relaxing thermal bath in the turquoise color water of Parco dei Mulini. Transfer to Florence.
Ride in numbers: distance 26km/16mi, elevation gain 650m/2100ft.
Riding our Tuscany bike tour with family and friends is more fun! Thanks e-bike…
IMPORTANT – Above all, this Tuscany Bike Tour will allow you to feel the Tuscany Quintessence together with your family and/or friends. Electric bikes do take some of the pain out of climbing; this is a great enabler to live this experience in harmony and safely otherwise impossible. Trust us, we will exceed your expectations!
Tuscany by Bike: Chianti & Via Francigena Tour – Highlights
- Accommodation: typical Tuscany 4 stars Villa and charming Agritourism (shared double).
- Group size: min 4, max 8, dedicated tour leader. Solo travelers are welcome, discount for groups.
- 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.
- Overall distance by bike in the 3 days: distance 105km/65mi., elevation gain: 2000m/6500 ft.
- 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.