Serre di Rapolano; warm-up ride
Welcome to Tuscany! Upon arrival to Asciano, we’ll have an intro lunch to get everyone acquainted with each other and get to know your guides, Sandro and Marcello. We’ll have a bike fitting and a rolling warm-up ride in the hills of Asciano, where olive groves and travertine quarries dominate the landscape.
Val D'Orcia with loop to Pienza
Today, we’ll plunge into Val d’Orcia, considered one of Italy’s wonders. Val d’Orcia was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Medieval castles, sunny rolling hills, isolated hilltop towns, charming isolated rural homes, and golden wheat fields are just some of the elements of the fantastic landscapes of this area.
We’ll stop in Pienza for a stroll through town and lunch is on your own. Pienza is famous not only for its beauty, art, historical monuments, but also for its Pecorino cheese. In the late afternoon at Il Molinello, you’ll have an olive oil tasting course with Sandro, who’s an official ONAOO taster and EVOO producer.
Today, we’ll have a ride that will lead you to Montalcino, the city of the famous wine Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. We’ll ride along the Pecorile road in the heart of Crete Senesi and the Asso Valley. Montalcino, renowned all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine, has changed very little in appearance since the 16th century. We’ll have a picnic lunch at Giuditta Parisi’s (one of our guides) farmhouse, Nostra Vita winery, where the Parisi’s produce Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. There will also be a cooking lesson, music, and dinner later on back at Molinello!
Molinello – Asciano – Monteroni – Siena with extra loop to Murlo
Today we’ll ride through the “Crete Senesi,” a range of clay hills situated between Siena and the Val d’Orcia. With its ever-changing seasonal colors, winding roads and the lunar landscape of its clay ridges, this ride is considered a cycling classic in this part of Tuscany. There will also be an Italian lesson and dinner will be at Taverna di San Giuseppe.
Today will be a well-deserved rest day. In the morning, you’ll have the opportunity to do an ‘urban’ hike, which will allow you to explore Siena (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and its secret corners. You could also see the underground river La Diana or visit Palazzo Pubblico. Lunch will be on your own, and you’ll have a free afternoon in Siena to do some more exploring or strolling. We’ll have dinner in a private Tuscan home.
Radda in Chianti
Today, we’ll ride from Sienna to Radda, stopping for a Ciclismo Classico scenic picnic in Castagnoli along the way.
Pre-race day; Radda in Chianti
Today we’ll have a ride in one of the most famous regions in Italy: The Chianti. We’ll get acquainted with our vintage bikes and give them a test ride on some sections of the gravel roads of L’Eroica. Riding along some of these roads will give you a completely different perspective of the area and of the idea of cycling as a whole. It will be the perfect introduction to L’Eroica.
The ride starts and ends from the historic center square of Gaiole in Chianti, where you’ll ride with more than 7,000 other cyclists experiencing the thrill of L’Eroica. You’ll be fueled and rewarded by stunning views of the Chianti hills, the town of Montalcino, Crete Senesi—and more! You’ll also pass miles of vineyards where the annual grape harvest will be taking place. After the ride, we’ll have dinner at Casa Chianti Classico, the headquarters of the Chianti Classico Consortium.
The tour ends after breakfast around 9 a.m. We'll provide a shuttle to Montevarchi train station, where you can connect to Florence or Rome.