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.
From the moment you enter Fattoria Santa Vittoria you’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time. Fattoria Santa Vittoria uses modern day equipment, but it’s set among old rooms and impressive old historical equipment. Here you will visit the cellar, have lunch and a wine tasting. 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.
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 for a stroll through town and lunch will be on your own. Pienza is famous not only for its beauty, art, historical monuments, but also for its Pecorino cheese.
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.
Today we’ll ride through the famous Chianti Classico region. We’ll ride along Castello di Brolio, which was built around 1000 AD and owned by the monks of the Badia Fiorentina. 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.
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. Once you get up to the town, a magnificent spectacle unfolds for your eyes: rolling sunny hills dotted with yellow and red flowers, and picturesque olive groves winding through perfect vineyards and isolated cypress trees atop hills. We'll have a picnic lunch at Giuditta Parisi’s (one of your guides) farmhouse Nostra Vita winery, where the Parisi’s produce Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
After breakfast at 9 am, we offer one group shuttle to Terontola train station from where you can connect to Florence and Rome.