Lucca - Firenze - Siena
Prices from € 1.650,00
Bike Model: Road
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Self Guided

Lucca - Firenze - Siena

The adventure starts in Lucca, a wonderful ancient town hemmed in four kilometers of cycling walls. To experience Tuscany, see all the major sights and travel through incredibly varied landscapes which give each stage a unique ambience and awaken new emotions every day: this is our objective. To this end, besides the art and history of Lucca, Florence, Siena, Pisa and the ancient little towns of Gaiole, Radda in Chianti, Montalcino, Pietrasanta, San Gimignano, to name but a few, our tours will take you on a voyage of discovery of the enchanting Tuscan countryside through gentle yet colorful hills here, wooded areas verging on the mountainous there, abrupt climbs and descents among clay hillsides poor in vegetation but rich in experience. An itinerary, then, to savor the essence of Tuscany and the diversity and rivalry between the different areas, expressed in their traditions and also their food and wine: and you will have a chance to taste the best of them, from Lucca hills to the Chianti, until Brunello di Montalcino.

Stages

Independent arrival in Lucca
Day 1
Independent arrival in Lucca and settling into the hotel. Lucca can easily be reached by local trains or buses from Pisa and Florence, where Tuscany's main airports are. Private minibus transfers from the airports can be arranged on request.
Monte Serra
Day 2

After the briefing in our shop in the historic city center of Lucca, you set off for an enjoyable ride with two climbs, Mount Serra and Mount Pitoro, both used by many professional cyclists (Cipollini, Bartali, Basso, Ulrich, Riis, Sorensen etc.) for their winter training.  The first reaches an altitude of 900 m, including almost a kilometer with an 18% gradient; the second climbs steadily up to 224 m where the delightful panorama takes in Lake Massaciuccoli and the sea. The mandatory stop of the day is, of course, Pisa and the souvenir photo with the bicycle under the Leaning Tower is a must.

Versilia Coast
Day 3
From Lucca, the obligatory excursion takes you along the Versilia coast through vineyards and olive groves across the charming hills separating the city from the sea to Camaiore and Pietrasanta, known as the Little Athens, at the foot of the Apuan Alps where the fine white "Carrara" marble used for building and to create the world's most famous statues is quarried. It is home to many sculptors (Botero is the most famous today), attracted by the ability of a number of small companies to produce statues in marble and bronze.  When you reach the coast with its beautiful beaches and the towns of Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio, don't miss a visit to one of the beach restaurants for a swim (season permitting) and spaghetti with seafood. 
Pinocchio and Pizzorna
Day 4

Did you know that Collodi, Pinocchio's village, is near Lucca? You climb up for 400 m to Matraia, then from there, go downhill along an undulating panoramic road for about 12 km to Collodi, where a photo under the giant wooden statue of the puppet is obligatory.  This is the start of the climb of about 700 m up the Trebbio, followed by a delightful ride down to Bagni di Lucca, famous for its spa muds and the perfect place for a snack at the Circolo dei Forestieri or one of the city centers bars.

Lucca and Florence
Day 5

The journey is mostly through countryside, first on the olive oil and wine routes in the DOC areas of Colline Lucchesi and Montecarlo, bringing us into contact with our first traditional Tuscan cuisine. The local roads take us through small towns, past rural churches, farms and wineries to Montecarlo, a medieval village at the top of a rolling green hill famous for its wines. Our escape in the countryside continues through the magical land where Leonardo da Vinci was born and developed his genius. Montalbano and Vinci, through gentle hills and classic Tuscan scenery, the venue for this year's cycling world championships in September. And then further south towards Montelupo Fiorentino to Signa, traversing the Parco Mediceo around Poggio alla Malva, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Arno and Pesa valley as far as Chianti as you rest between vines, olive groves and ancient ruins. We are very close to Florence; once arrived at our destination we abandon the bikes and pretend to be "normal" tourists for a while as we explore the countless courtyards, squares, palaces, museums, churches, markets and boutiques the city has to offer.

Florence Granfondo (GF)
Day 6

Today's excursion, the middle stage of the Florence Granfondo, takes you through an enchanting hilly landscape with two climbs of more than 800 m and a further two of about 400 m each.  The Mugello area is famous for pastures and knife production.  The small town of Scarperia is worth a visit.

Relax
Day 7
A rest day is essential to get your energy back and is the perfect occasion for a wonderful visit to the city of Florence.  But if you prefer going for a ride, we have prepared an itinerary to make you happy.
Florence - Siena
Day 8
It won't be easy to abandon Florence, but Chianti is awaiting you with a completely different landscape, with some hilly areas, but also others with woods and vineyards stretching to the horizon and a number of climbs up through higher almost mountain-like hills.  If you haven’t already visited a winery, then this and the next itinerary are still excellent opportunities.  In Chianti, you can still find fascinating historic villages such as Panzano, Radda in Chianti and Gaiole, to name just a few of the places worth visiting.  In Gaiole, you encounter the permanent circuit of the Eroica, a cycling event with classic racing bikes that takes place every year along the region’s characteristic dirt tracks, evoking the bicycle racing of long ago with its purity of intention and contact with nature.  The Eroica’s route takes us across Chianti Classico to Brolio Castle, jewel of the estates owned by the Ricasoli family, with magnificent panoramas and excellent wines.  You ride down through the vines towards Siena which appears on the horizon, a postcard of presentation for this magnificent city.
The tour of Chianti Classico Gallo Nero
Day 9

The first tour of the Siena area crosses the south of Chianti. There are no great climbs, but a constant series of ups and downs which you can feel in your legs at the end of the day.  You ride through the vineyards of Chianti Classico, the world’s most famous wine for excellent quality and the unmistakable black cockerel logo.
Along the route there are numerous small villages such as Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castello di Brolio, Gaiole, Radda and Castellina.
At Gaiole, a visit to the Eroica shop with its extraordinary collection of classical bikes is a must, while Radda in Chianti, enclosed in its medieval walls, is one of Chianti’s most beautiful villages, together with Castellina in Chianti.  We recommend you visit the Chianti Classico Museum and Enoteca Porciatti wine bar and shop in Radda, perhaps for a snack with traditional products, then the Castellina ice-cream shop in the center of the village with the same name.
For a wine tasting, a visit to the Enoteca Fonterutoli wine bar and shop, 4 km after Castellina in Chianti, is mandatory.

Montalcino
Day 10

The day’s excursion heads south towards the clay hills of Siena. You often seem to be riding through a moonscape, the vegetation is different, but there is no shortage of olive groves and vineyards.   You cross the area famous for producing Brunello wine, then after a brief but steep climb, come to the village of Montalcino, steeped in history and full of wine bars and shops. Impossible to offer advice on where to go for a tasting as all the wine is good here. Just go into the wine bar that appeals to you most and ask what they recommend.
After Montalcino, you come to Buonconvento, another splendid village where, even if you don't want to actually stop, it is still worth entering inside the walls and visiting it by bike.

San Gimignano
Day 11

You then head north to the Castle of Monteriggioni, still with much of the 13th century structures. A photo and a visit to the walkways along the walls are mandatory.  You continue to San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where it is worth lingering to visit the town center enclosed in its walls with its characteristic towers. 
Here the typical wine is Vernaccia, one of the few whites in an area dominated by reds. In the city center, there are numerous wine bars and shops where you can enjoy a tasting, while the Dondoli ice-cream shop in Piazza della Cisterna has won the prize for the world's best ice-cream.

The End
Day 12
Sadly it is now time for the final goodbyes... see you again for the next bike vacation!

Waste no more time

Do not hesitate to ask for more information and plan now your holiday

 LUCCA FIRENZE SIENA 12 DAYS 11 NIGTHS
Accomodation in double room with breackfast € 1.650,00
Supplement high season 1/5 al 31/10  €    250,00
Supplement single room €    545,00
Third person in triple room        - 30%  
EXTRA
Wilier GTR Ultegra disc € 330,00
Wilier Cento1 hybrid € 460,00
Helmet €   33,00
Transfer from Pisa airport or railway station to Lucca € 100,00
Transfer from Florence airport/railway station to Lucca € 130,00
Transfer from Siena to Pisa airport/railway station € 220,00
Transfer from Siena to Florence airport/railway station € 180,00
NOTTE SUPPLEMENTARE PER PERSONA 
Lucca from € 90,00
Siena from € 90,00
HOW TO REACH US
By car: you can plan your trip on www.viamichelin.it or www.google.com/maps.
By train: Pisa Centrale station or Florence, info and timetables on www.trenitalia.it
By plane: Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa and florence Peretola, for flight information consult the websitehttps://www.pisa-airport.com/en/ and https://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/
For the transfer from Pisa or Florence to Lucca or Monterosso you can use public transport (bus or train) or we can organize a private transfer.

ACCOMMODATION
4-star hotel with breakfast. Tourist tax must be paid at the hotel reception.

PARKING AREA
You can park for free at our shop.

SERVICES INCLUDED
• 4 star accommodation in a double room with private facilities
• Breakfast
• Welcome briefing at the departure hotel
• Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
• Detailed travel digital documents (maps, route description, locations, important phone numbers)
• Telephone assistance service for the duration of the tour
• Medical and luggage insurance

SERVICES EXCLUDED
• Arrival at the starting point of the tour
• Return trip at the end of the tour
• Lunches, dinners and drinks
• Tourist taxes and all extras in general
• Bike rental
• Optional travel cancellation insurance
• Anything not expressly indicated under "The fee includes"

Hotels

Hotel San Marco

Via San Marco, 368
55100 Lucca 
info@hotelsanmarcolucca.com 
Tel +39 0583495010

Hotel Villa Royal

Via delle Ruote, 52
50129 Firenze FI
info@villaroyalfirenze.com
Tel. +39 055483287

Hotel Chiusarelli

Viale Curtatone, 15
53100 Siena SI
info@chiusarelli.com
tel. +39 057728056