Welcome to Malva!
Our recently reimagined bike tour of Tuscany will take in picturesque villages, history-steeped towns, soaring castles, and iconic wine terroirs. We will provide a group shuttle for you from San Giovanni Valdarno train station (at 12pm), or you can meet us at the hotel around 1pm. Here we will enjoy a light lunch, introducing you to our guides and plans for your Tuscany cycling adventures.
Then we’ll help you out with bike fitting, before leaving on a warm-up ride to Loro Ciuffenna, home to one of the oldest operational water mills in Tuscany. Those wanting an extra loop can pedal on to le Balze di Piantravigne, with its beautiful views of the Valdarno Superiore. In the evening we will dine in style at the elegant Ristorante La Cantinella.
Loop to Reggello
After breakfast we pedal through the dramatic sun-drenched Pratomagno range where micro-climates flourish. We stop and visit Castello dei Bonsi for an olive oil tour and tasting before lunch on your own in Reggello. The extra loopers pedal to le Balze di Piantravigne, and the Parco Carabè for an artisan gelato. The normal loopers will have a delightful, easy ride on “Via dei Sette Ponti”. Tonight before dinner at the fantastic Villa Belpoggio restaurant we’ll have an Italian lesson.
Malva to Arezzo
Ride to the Ponte Buriano, made famous by Leonardo da Vinci‘s background on the Mona Lisa. In the afternoon we’ll have a guided walking tour of the town of Arezzo, the backdrop for the Oscar Winning Film “La Vita e’ Bella” (Life is Beautiful). Tonight is a free night to explore the restaurants and cafes of lively Arezzo on your own.
Arezzo to Cortona
Our destination is Cortona, an exquisite hill town filled with Etruscan treasures. We stop for a delicious picnic lunch and wine tasting at the Santa Vittoria vineyard estate. A late afternoon guided walking tour of Cortona leads us to Roman arches, Etruscan tombs, and Renaissance palaces.
Loop to Castiglione del Lago
Today we take a short ride along a very charming lake and we’ll walk along the Palazzo della Corgna. Just before lunch on your own in Castiglione del Lago, we stop to visit a local bike shop where you can purchase Italian-made cycling gear and souvenirs. After lunch, you can either shuttle back to Cortona or get a few more miles under your belt and bike back to Cortona. In the late afternoon, there’s an optional cooking class on the famous Tuscan cantuccini--take some home for a real Taste of Tuscany!
Why not extend your Tuscan journey for a few extra days to see Florence’s Renaissance treasures? Today, after breakfast, around 9am we will shuttle you to Cortona’s train station and we are happy to assist you with any post tour travel needs, whether you are continuing on to a new city or returning to Florence.