Rolling Hills
Gorgious Wines
Ancient Lands
Majestic Tuscany
Tuscany Cycle Map

Autumn in Tuscany, 7 Days, Slow Cycling Tour Tuscany, Italy

From: £1,975

 

 

 

A cycling tour of Tuscany in Autumn; Golden leaves, warm weather, incredible food & wines & riding the rolling hills. Join this slow cycling tour in Tuscany & experience cycling in Italy at it’s absolute best. The weather & scenery of Tuscany together with it’s history & culture make it an amazing place to explore on bike, at your own pace. That’s exactly what you can enjoy on this small group tour. Only 12 places.our. Only 12 places.

Get in touch
Category: Tags: ,
All about the Autumn in Tuscany, 7 Days, Slow Cycling Tour Tuscany, Italy.

Slow Cycling Tour Tuscany

Join us on a 6-night, supported & guided journey, on bikes & on foot, into a corner of Tuscany bursting not only with medieval citadels, rich forests, meadows & wonderful home cooked food, but also farmers, artisans & winemakers maintaining age-old customs. Along the way enjoy wonderful hospitality in local homes, visit beautiful hilltop villages & lose yourself in vast nature reserves. Above all, as with all or journeys, we invite you to move at your own pace through a land of staggering cultural & natural beauty.

ABOUT THIS JOURNEY

Tuscany is known as one of Italy’s, and the world’s, most beautiful and engaging travel destinations. The cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa and the towns of San Gimignano and Lucca have attracted visitors for centuries. Yet there are parts of the region that feel a million miles away from these tourist centres, and during your time with us we’ll take you on a journey to explore some of our favourite corners. So join us on a 6-night, supported and guided journey, on bikes and on foot, into a corner of Tuscany bursting not only with medieval citadels, rich forests, meadows and wonderful home cooked food, but also farmers, artisans and winemakers maintaining age-old customs. Along the way enjoy wonderful hospitality in local homes, visit beautiful hilltop villages and lose yourself in vast nature reserves. Above all, we invite you to move at your own pace through a land of staggering cultural and natural beauty.

IS IT FOR ME?

Of course, we think this journey is fantastic, but it’s not for everyone. We like to think of our guests as ‘curious travellers with a bit of juice in their legs.’ Sometimes we ride hard but often we’re distracted by the culture, people, food and wine, and nature that make much of the world so special. So, our trips are about more than just cycling. There is always plenty of time to delve into a region’s history and to spend time with its people. When you see something interesting, we encourage you to stop and take it in rather than race by. In most groups we welcome there are novice and experienced cyclists, and those at every level in between. Our guides are skilled at spotting your ability and confidence level and reacting accordingly. This is your holiday and we’re here to make it a memorable one.

Tuscany is a hilly place and the distances we cover, although not huge, are still not inconsiderable. So, while you certainly don’t need to be Chris Froome to complete this journey, you should have good general fitness and be comfortable riding a bicycle on dirt roads and paths, up and down hills. Lastly, there will always be someone travelling at your pace, so if some of the group are slightly faster – or slower – that’s fine. Route extensions and shortcuts are often possible and a support vehicle is on hand if you need it.

TUSCANY, IN BRIEF

People make a place, and never more so than in Italy. Tuscany was the homeland of the Etruscans, annexed by Rome in 351 BC. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, it came under a succession of rulers based around several city states including Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, Pistoia, Lucca and Florence. Over time, Florence rose in importance, with the Medici family providing huge wealth for the flourishing art and culture of the Renaissance. In the 18th century, the Medici dynasty came to an end and, after a succession of Austrian Dukes of Lorraine, Tuscany joined the kingdom of Italy in 1861. Florence was then capital of Italy from 1865 to 1871.

The region’s incredible history means that today it’s a wonderful place to spend time slowly exploring. And very much part of Tuscany’s story are its food and wine, both particularly enjoyable after a day on the move in the outdoors. Local food is essentially simple fare, with the best fresh ingredients bringing out local flavours. Tuscan wine is world renowned, home to Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and the ‘Super Tuscans.’

The region also has an amazing and flourishing array of wildlife in national parks, wildlife reserves, mountains and vast woodland areas. Deep in the Tuscan countryside you may come across hare, deer, porcupines, badgers, red foxes, pheasants, wolves and wild boar, eagles, hawks and tawny owls. So keep your eyes peeled as you pedal along!

WHAT TO EXPECT

A FLEXIBLE APPROACH

There are very few people who know the hills, villages and people in this area of Tuscany better than our local guides. This brings many benefits, but something we are particularly proud of is our ability to take each day as it comes and react to the different abilities, tastes and personalities in the group. We believe that travel is at its best when flexible and so we ask that you treat this itinerary as a guide to how you will spend your time with us, rather than as a rigid framework. You are bound to have experiences, see places and meet people that we haven’t listed here. Equally, there may be occasions when we cannot, for good reason, fulfil every detail in this itinerary. Finally, please treat distances as estimates because we will sometimes make route changes in the hope of giving you the best holiday possible.

ACCOMMODATION & OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

We aim to use accommodation that enhances your overall experience, rather than simply providing a roof for the night. Most of the places we use in Tuscany are home- or farm-stays or small guest houses. There are more luxurious villas and bigger, more celebrated hotels in Tuscany, but we believe the accommodation we provide gives our guests a wonderful sense of place as well as access to local people. Rest assured that you will always be comfortable and well looked after. Lodging is based on twin sharing. If you would like to ensure your own room for the duration of your stay, you may do so by paying a single supplement. Please let us know when you fill in the online booking form. The accommodation listed in this itinerary is a guide. Substitutes, if required, will be of a similar quality

FOOD & DRINK

Tuscan food is, of course, absolutely superb and you will eat well during your time with us. Sometimes you’ll eat out in the open, at other times in private homes, trattorias and small guest houses. Tuscan wines are world renowned, and for good reason. Centuries of viticulture have determined the very best grape varietal selection for complementing local food – a delicious and rewarding combination. During the day we provide local snacks to keep your legs turning. Allergies and other preferences are all taken care of at the time of booking.

CLIMATE & WEATHER

Tuscany’s climate is typically mild and pleasant. The best time to visit is April, May and June, and then September, October and November. In the spring and early summer, daytime temperatures are typically around 20-27°C, but can be as low as 8-15°C. In the autumn months, daytime temperatures steadily come down from around 27°C to 15°C, but can be as low as 15-7°C. Clearly, weather extremes can occur, and as we’re travelling outside, always bring a full range of clothing, and a day rucksack to cover any weather eventuality. Rainfall, and storms, can occur at any time of year. Except in the height of summer evenings are cool.

INFORMATION PACK

You will be provided with an online Information Pack full of details you need before you join us. Included is a reading list populated with some of our favourite fiction and non-fiction books about the region.

SUPPORT, GUIDES & EQUIPMENT

SUPPORT VEHICLE

A support vehicle will accompany you throughout your time with us. Your bags will be taken ahead each day and the vehicle will often – although not always – be on hand to give you a lift if you really need one.

GUIDES & HOST

We know that guides can make or break a trip like this, which is why we are so pleased to work with a fantastic local team of guides with interests ranging from history to the natural world, conservation to wine and food culture. They all live locally, speak great English, love sharing their region with our guests and, we’re sure, will become your firm friends by the time you leave us. In addition to two local guides, the group will be accompanied by Duncan Grossart, a Director of The Slow Cyclist who will act as your host all week.

TERRAIN, BIKES & ELECTRIC BIKES

Tuscany is a hilly place and if you are considering coming cycling with us you should have a good level of general fitness and be happy cycling up and down hills, off- and on-road.

The cycling terrain will consist of quiet tarmac roads, gravel roads, mule tracks and forest trails. The variety of terrain means that hard-tail (front suspension) mountain bikes are the best tool for the job. We also have access to fantastic electric mountain bikes which open the countryside up to those who may not otherwise be able to enjoy it in the same way. Availability and sizes of electric bikes are limited so please let us know in your booking form if you are interested in using one.

TRAVEL OPTIONS

FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS

Flights are not included in the cost of the trip. You are responsible for booking your own flights to and from Pisa. There are a number of flights from a variety of cities and airports to Pisa, and you will be able to make the best selection for your own convenience.

We will transfer the group from Pisa Airport at 12 noon on the day of arrival, so please make sure you are in the arrivals hall at this time. If you are not ready to meet us at this time we may need to charge for your transfer to Volterra.

On the day you leave we will make sure you arrive at Pisa Airport no later than 10:00.

 

Check Out More Bike Tours

You may also like:

Autumn in Transylvania, 6 Days, Slow Cycling in Romania

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airport transfers (for recommended flights)
  • Support vehicle
  • Slow Cyclist host
  • English-speaking local guide/s
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals, snacks & soft drinks
  • Wine & beer at meal times
  • All activities & entrance fees
  • Bicycle & helmet hire
  • 100% financial security through Travel Vault
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  1. Day 1 VOLTERRA & MAZZOLLA

    For those arriving on the recommended flight (see Travel Options section), we will provide a free transfer to Volterra (1 hour), a walled town with a history dating back to the 7th Century BC. After a light lunch, Annie, who lives in Volterra, will show us some of her favourite parts of the town before her husband, Francesco, a sommelier, introduces us to some of Tuscany’s finest wines. Not yet on two wheels, we will drive out of the town to the tiny hilltop hamlet of Mazzolla, your home for the night. We will have dinner in a lovely little trattoria, where Bepe, resident owner and chef, will prepare our first night’s feast. We will stay in the charming Pecora Nera, owned by Sardinian Giovanni Cannas and his wife. Depending on group numbers, some might lodge in the grounds of La Villa di Mazzolla, the fortified home of the Viti family.

  2. Day 2 MAZZOLLA TO MONTEGUIDI

    Morning, 11 kms by bike
    Afternoon, 2.5 hours on foot

    It is onto bikes for the first time this morning, downhill from Mazzolla towards the Riserva Naturale di Berignone, an extensive protected forest with hugely diverse flora and fauna. In the past, lumberjacks and charcoal workers laboured here, collecting wood to heat the vapour ovens used to make Volterra salt. We will have a picnic lunch at the remains of remote Castello dei Vescovi, which the Marquis of Tuscany gave to the Bishop of Volterra in 896. After lunch it is uphill, out of the forest and into the Province of Siena. We will end the day enjoying spectacular views at Erta Winery, home to eight hectares of vines outside the village of Monteguidi. Varno, the owner, is passionate about his wine making and will welcome you with his wines and dinner on the terrace.

  3. Day 3 MONTEGUIDI TO PAUGNANO

    Morning, 15 kms by bike
    Afternoon, 3 hours on foot

    Downhill from Erta and Monteguidi, we will cross the Cecina river before climbing to Radicondoli. This is no easy climb but the breathtakingly beautiful views at the various stopping points cannot fail to inspire further uphill exploration. Perched at the top, always in sight, Radicondoli awaits. There will be refreshment and relief at ‘Bel Canto’, from Alessandra who will look after the bikes for us while we lunch an hour’s walk away across the fields. Swiss born Cristina, her son Michele and his wife Katrin are our hosts in their home, Serraia, bought as a ruin and restored by themselves over many years. After lunch, we will walk back to collect the bicycles and head on uphill to Radicondoli, a village known for its sense of community, farm-to- table cuisine and sustainable lifestyle. There are paintings by local artists hanging on the walls of the streets, an impressive church and we will have our much deserved ‘aperitivo’ on the terrace of La Pergola. The farm at Paugnano is an easy four kilometres ride from the village and is where you will spend the third night. Giovanni, Giovanna and their two daughters have farmed organically for over 25 years and almost everything is home-produced. Dinner will be at the farmhouse table with the family, the farm workers and whoever else happens to be there.

  4. Day 4 PAUGNANO TO SIMIGNANO

    Morning, 17 kms by bike
    Afternoon Walk (Optional)

    By the time we have breakfast, Giovanni will have already milked his herd and may well be making pecorino or ricotta cheese. Today we ride to the highest point on the trip through the protected nature reserve of La Selva, then downhill in the direction of the ‘Montagnola Senese’, a range of hills older than the Appenines. We will be relieved of our bikes once in the valley, proceeding on foot through a quarry that is home to yellow Sienese marble. At the top is the tiny cemetery of Molli, filled with the graves of the Partisans who died in the Battle of Molli. To the west, the hills roll all the way to the sea, with barely a building in site. To the east is the Duomo of Siena. Rita will be at the chapel to greet us with a picnic, which we will enjoy in complete relaxation, knowing that the walk through chestnut woods to the tiny hamlet of Simignano is downhill all the way. Fabrizio and Anke, our hosts this eveningng, have restored the priest’s house next to the village chapel. We will be able to watch Fabrizio whilst he makes pizzas for the evening in the wood fired oven and enjoy his musician friends’.

  5. Day 5 SIMIGNANO TO NOVELLETO

    Morning, 20 kms by bike
    Afternoon, 1.5 hours on foot

    Today we will be crossing the ‘Montagnola Senese’ and riding across countryside quite different from the previous days. Our first stop will be at Villa Cetinale, once the summer residence of Pope Alexander VII. An avenue – one of the longest in Europe, begins at an immense statue of Hercules and continues beyond the villa to a Roman Amphitheatre and on up 250 steps to the ‘Romitorio’. In 1978, British born Lord Lambton bought Cetinale and spent the rest of his life restoring it and the gardens. From the Romitorio and Pernina we will head through Marmoraia, downhill past the hamlet of La Senese and on to lunch in the impressive stables at Scorgiano. There will be a short walk up mule paths into ‘Montemaggio’ and a downhill homeward stretch to Ebbio, an 800 year old classic Tuscan farmhouse where we will dine and spend the night.

  6. Day 6 NOVELLETO TO LILLIANO

    Morning, 15 kms by bike
    Afternoon, 1 hour on foot

    The morning’s departure from Ebbio marks a transition from wilderness to the softer, cultivated hills of Chianti’s wine country. The neat vines and easy tracks will be a contrast to the woodland mule tracks of yesterday, as we head north-east. We will pause for lunch at beautifully situated Setriolo, where Susanna Soderi produces awardwinning Chianti Classico. Susanna’s mother will cook for us before Susanna herself shows us the vineyard. Here our bicycle journey ends. We will leave Setriolio on foot, bound for Lilliano for our last night’s stop, and an evening in the piazza in nearby Castellina in Chianti.

  7. Day 7 DEPARTURE

    After an early breakfast we will transfer to Pisa Airport and say a final farewell before your departure.

Accommodation

We aim to use accommodation that enhances your overall experience, rather than simply providing a roof for the night. Most of the places we use in Tuscany are home- or farm-stays or small guest houses. There are more luxurious villas and bigger, more celebrated hotels in Tuscany, but we believe the accommodation we provide gives our guests a wonderful sense of place as well as access to local people. Rest assured that you will always be comfortable and well looked after. Lodging is based on twin sharing. If you would like to ensure your own room for the duration of your stay, you may do so by paying a single supplement.

Food

Tuscan food is, of course, absolutely superb and you will eat fantastically well during your time with us. Sometimes you’ll eat out in the open, at other times in private homes, trattorias and small guest houses. Tuscan wines are world renowned, and for good reason. Centuries of viticulture have determined the very best grape varietal selection for complementing local food – a delicious and rewarding combination. During the day we provide local fruits as well as delicious energy slices by UK-based GB Chew. Allergies and other preferences are all taken care of at the time of booking.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Airport transfers (for recommended flights)
  • Support vehicle
  • Slow Cyclist host
  • English-speaking local guide/s
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals, snacks & soft drinks
  • Wine & beer at meal times
  • All activities & entrance fees
  • Bicycle & helmet hire
  • 100% financial security through Travel Vault
  • Flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Travel insurance

Activity Level: Fairly Easy

Of course, we think this journey is fantastic, but it’s not for everyone. We like to think of our guests as ‘curious travellers with a bit of juice in their legs.’ Sometimes we ride hard but often we’re distracted by the culture, people, food and wine, and nature that make much of the world so special. So, our trips are about more than just cycling. There is always plenty of time to delve into a region’s history and to spend time with its people. When you see something interesting, we encourage you to stop and take it in rather than race by. In most groups we welcome there are novice and experienced cyclists, and those at every level in between. Our guides are skilled at spotting your ability and confidence level and reacting accordingly. This is your holiday and we’re here to make it a memorable one.

The cycling terrain will consist of quiet tarmac roads, gravel roads, mule tracks and forest trails.

Tuscany is a hilly place and if you are considering coming cycling with us you should have a good level of general fitness and be happy cycling up and down hills, off- and on-road.

Overall Rating
0/5

LEAVE YOUR COMMENT