Tuscany Green Bike Tour

A cultural exploration and bicycle tour of Tuscany, based at the Sandro Draghi family farm.

 Biking in Tuscany is an ideal option for cycling enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you’re looking to pedal calmly along the gentle lanes of this beautiful region, or to challenge yourself on the very same hills that cycling legends—including Bartali, Cipollini and Bettini—have trained on, Tuscany can truly be said to be a land of cyclists, and much, much more.

From Agriturismo Il Molinello you’ll be able to enjoy a diverse array of Tuscany cycling routes. There are bike routes to the UNESCO World Heritage site Val d’Orcia, tracks across the stark but gentle landscape of Crete Senesi, or lanes cutting through the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino. You’ll also get a chance to walk the hallowed halls where the Chianti wine was born, or to stroll in such renowned and beautiful towns as Siena and Pienza.

You will be warmly welcomed for all 6 nights of your Tuscany bike tour at Il Molinello, a family-run farm stay, or agriturismo. This is an excellent way to discover Tuscany at its most real and authentic. As well as being a working farm, Il Molinello has premium accommodation options with luxury trappings—perfect for couples, solo travelers, and families alike.

Ecological sensibilities are also fully respected on this greenest of Tuscan bike tour vacations. The farm at Il Molinello has its own organic extra-virgin olive oil production and an organic vegetable garden, and all the apartments have been restored with locally sourced material (travertine and wood). Il Molinello is also energy-independent thanks to solar PV panels, solar water-heating, and other renewable energy sources.

And a complete cultural immersion into the Tuscan lifestyle—together with a warm hospitality—is guaranteed from Sandro and his wife Elisa, together with his parents Mauro and Paola, and his children Emma, Guido, and Bernardo. Not forgetting, of course, their four-legged friends Nerone, Princess Fichina and Regina, il gatto.

Highlights

  • Accommodation in a 14th-century mill, whose remains are still visible
  • A central position that lets you experience 6 spectacular Tuscany cycling routes in 6 different parts of Siena Province
  • Visits to local farms and wine cellars to discover the people behind your food and drink
  • Breakfasts and dinners inspired by the localism movement for sustainable food
  • Wine and olive oil tasting courses
  • Relax at the spa and thermal springs of Rapolano Terme

Trip Details

Price
$3,995
*Call for 2019 pricing
Single Supplement
$600
Length
7 days / 6 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
204 miles (without extra loops)
Daily Average
34 miles
Terrain
Rolling with a few hills
Start/End Locations
Asciano/Asciano
Trip Dates
05/26/19 - 06/01/19
09/22/19 - 09/28/19

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Itinerary

Asciano Warm-Up

Welcome to Tuscany! Our optional group shuttle will depart Terontola train station at 11:30 am and will take you to Agriturismo Il Molinello in Asciano in about 35 minutes. We’ll get together at 12:30 pm in the Molinello Enoteca for lunch and a brief introduction talk. In the afternoon after a bike fitting, we’ll ride around Asciano (with an optional extra loop).

Val Di Chiana

Today we’ll ride along the Val di Chiana (with an optional extra loop) reaching Fattoria Santa Vittoria for a truly rustic, historical and organic experience. The Val di Chiana is a huge fertile plain bordering Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. It has an esteemed agricultural production, becoming the symbol of the Terre di Siena and of entire region.

In the afternoon at Il Molinello, you’ll have an olive oil tasting course with Sandro, who’s an official ONAOO (the National Organization of Olive Oil) taster!

Val D'Orica

Today we’ll plunge into Val d’Orcia, considered one of Italy’s wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Medieval castles, sunny rolling hills, isolated hill top towns, charming isolated rural homes, avenues of cypresses, and golden wheat fields are just some of the elements of the fantastic and harmonious landscapes of this area. We’ll stop in Pienza, another UNESCO World Heritage site, for a stroll through town.

Rapolano Terme, Siena and Crete Senesi Loop

Today is a rest day! There will be an optional loop ride along the Crete Senesi, the world’s most photographed panorama! For those who don’t want to ride, spend the morning at the Spa and natural hot spring San Giovanni in Rapolano Terme. Hot springs are naturally produced by the emergence of geothermal heated groundwater from the earth’s crust. The Terme di San Giovanni is a natural terrace overlooking the sea of hills that is the Crete Senesi, so while relaxing in the pools or having lunch, you can enjoy a breathtaking view on this gorgeous landscape.

Chianti Classico

Today we’ll ride through the famous Chianti Classico region. We’ll ride along Castello di Brolio, built around 1,000 AD and owned since 1141 by the Ricasoli family, the oldest winery in Italy and the second oldest in the world. Afterwards, we’ll stop for lunch in Gaiole in Chianti, the starting point of L’Eroica, and we’ll visit the vintage “White Roads” to browse a selection of artisanal products. In the late afternoon, we’ll return to Il Molinello for a three-hour hands-on cooking class. You’ll create a complete menu, from appetizer to dessert, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Montalcino

Our last ride will lead you to Montalcino, the city of the famous wine Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. We will 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 scarcely changed in appearance since the 16th century. Once you get up to the town, a magnificent spectacle unfolds for your eyes.

We will have a picnic lunch at Giuditta Parisi’s (a Ciclismo Classico guide) farmhouse Nostra Vita winery, where the Parisi’s produce Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

Arrivederci!

After breakfast at 9 am, we offer one group shuttle to Terontola train station from where you can connect to Florence and Rome.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike equipped with a Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo Classico jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttle at the beginning and end of your bicycle tour of Tuscany, as well as for certain specified activities mentioned in the program

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • One wine tasting course, one olive oil tasting course, and one cooking lesson
  • Visit and wine tasting at two local wine estates
  • Guided walking tour of Siena

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners

Meet the Guides