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Tuscany Bike Tours

Tuscany is about experiencing the most perfect harmony and balance between “la terra” and human existence. Tuscany’s natural wonders have always been a well of inspiration for arts and culture. Return to the source and engage with a place that has captured hearts for thousands of years: long, twisting, winding rolling hills peppered with groves of trees, stone houses and vineyards; a broad coastline with aquamarine waters and ancient ports; and thoughtful agriculture that interweaves with daily life. All the more enchanting to discover from the seat of your bicycle.

Essence of Tuscany

  • Quintessential gentle climbs leading up to stunning hilltop towns
  • Fresh, very simple but fresh delicious food that compliments the sport of cycling
  • Endless storytelling around art, history, producers, farmers, artisans; passionate people
  • A very strong cycling culture and history

 

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Tuscany Culture

It has been said that 60% of the world’s art treasures are in in Italy–and much of it in Tuscany. The Etruscans indulged the creation of elaborate funerary objects, and the Romans, always partial to puffing up their own importance, left their usual legacy of monumental sculptures. But it was during the Medieval and Renaissance periods that Tuscany really struck gold, with painters, sculptors and architects creating world-class masterpieces. Tucked away in endless churches, museums and galleries all over the region, art in Tuscany is truly unmatched. Edgy street art in Florence, a modern art museum in Prato, art found in wine galleries and rural sculpture parks bring the art scene of the region right up to date.

Tuscany Food & Wine

With it’s incredibly rich, fertile soil, the food in Tuscany certainly starts off on the right foot. Tuscans are known to spend hours on end thinking about, discussing and consuming food and wine. Local, seasonal and sustainable is the fabulous trio and Tuscans share enormous pride in the quality of their produce. Sangiovese grape is the king of all grapes in Tuscany, showing up anywhere from a SuperTuscan to a family-produced Brunello, and of course, Chianti Classico. Artisan pasta chefs are now rolling out pasta made with ancient grain flours in a variety of shapes and sizes; and this is the place where the Chianina cow reigns: bistecca all Fiorentina simply melts in your mouth. Soups make with hearty Tuscan bread are abound and wonderful, salty meats like prosciutto toscanofinocchiona and wild boar sausage show up as the typical starters. What’s not to love?

Tuscany Landscape

Imagine gently rolling hills dipped in soft morning mist dotted with what appear rows of painted cypress trees. The classic Tuscan “postcard” images of Tuscany really do exist. Golden wheat fields, silver olive groves and pea-green vineyards marching in sharp terraced rows on hillsides form a graceful prelude to soul-soaring medieval hilltop villages, mountain ranges and rich, dense forests in the north, and a garland chain of tiny islands to the coastal south. This gorgeous, alluring landscape is a cyclist’s dream come true.

Best Time to Visit Tuscany

Late April through end of October

What to Bring on a Tour of Tuscany

On the Bike:

  • 2-3 pairs of cycling shorts with chamois lining
  • Chamois cream
  • 2-3 brightly colored bicycle jerseys (one will be provided by us)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes and pedals (if you use them)
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof wind breaker or rain jacket
  • Light weight jacket or vest
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Day pack/hip pack
  • Arm and leg warmers
  • Saddle (optional)

Off the Bike:

  • 2-3 interchangeable evening outfits – our style is very casual and comfortable; jacket and tie not necessary
    • We occasionally have a more formal evening, feel free to bring something for that occasion
  • 1-2 lightweight sweaters
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts or slacks
  • Intimate clothing/sleepwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes for evenings in town

For Alpine Tuscany Tours:

Pack warmer clothing (layers), waterproof gear, warm gloves and hat

Personal Supplies:

  • Passport and photocopies of your passport
  • Wallet
  • Airline ticket/e-ticket information
  • Camera and camera charger
  • Cell phone
  • Electrical adapter and adapter plug
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions or other medications
  • Bathing suit and sunscreen
  • Cash for guide gratuity and meals on own
  • Cash for wine kitty (optional)

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