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Tuscany Easy Biking

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Florence, Italy/Chiusi, Italy

Culture & History, Active Gourmet, Romance &/or Honeymoon, Fine Wine & Cuisine

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Tuscany Experienced With Ease
Sweeping vistas and the famous chalk-white Crete Senesi hills greet you south of Siena—the land of celebrated Sangiovese, and villages rich with Renaissance architecture. On this easy biking trip, we’ve taken our cue from the pace of Italian country life and designed an itinerary that encourages you to stop and smell the cappuccino. Pedal past springtime poppies or autumn’s golden vineyards, then let us shuttle you to such picture-perfect towns as Montepulciano, Pienza and Montefollonico for afternoons of leisurely exploration.

Day 1 Cortona
Meet in Florence Savor a picnic lunch of typical Tuscan fare at an 18th-century villa Pedal the level terrain of the Val di Chiana to Cortona, immortalized by Frances Mayes in her novel Under the Tuscan Sun Postcard-perfect views of the valley are yours to enjoy from this historic hill town.

Days 2–3 Petrignano del Lago
Marvel at Cortona’s majestic architecture during a walking tour with a local guide Let your wheels do the work on a downhill ride to the valley floor, followed by a leisurely spin through a classic southern Tuscan landscape of rolling fields, cypress-lined roads and quiet hamlets Bike to the atmospheric fortified town of Castiglione del Lago, set on a promontory on Lake Trasimeno.

Days 4–6 Montefollonico
No visit to southern Tuscany would be complete without a visit to Montepulciano, the highest of the hilltowns and filled with glorious Renaissance buildings A 4th-generation vintner shares his Vino Nobile Ride to Pienza with expansive views of the Val d' Orcia In historic Pienza, sample locally made pecorino cheese, admire exquisite ceramics and wander down medieval streets Sip a cappuccino in Montefollonico’s piazza.

For more information contact Karen, our Backroads Specialist for active travel by either
email karen@travelteam.ca or call 1-888-991-5448

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Last Updated Feb 20, 2007