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