Join us as we chase the Giro d'Italia through the heart of Italy! We'll enjoy great Tuscan landscapes and bike rides to go with them, visit the cities of Lucca and Volterra, the wine town of Montepulciano, and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. We'll see a stage start and finish of the Giro and we watch as the race speeds through the Etruscan town of Volterra. It is hard to find a better combination of great bicycle rides and great Italian food than on this Giro d'Italia tour of Central Tuscany.
Day 1: Arrive in Lucca
Highlights: Arrive in the walled Renaissance City of Lucca; Bicycle the 16th Century walls of LuccaArrive today in Lucca one of Italy's most delightful cities. Lucca was a Roman town, an important Medieval town and today boasts one of the best preserved 16th century defensive walls of any city in Europe. Lucca is such a delight, and little known by American tourists, that you may want to come and spend an extra day or two before our tour begins. We fit bikes this afternoon so you can go ride the walls. Early this evening we'll have introductions before going to dinner together. The Giro d'Italia today: The Giro is in Lombardy and Piedmont today racing from Novara to Novi Ligure. Distance: your choice.
Day 2: Bicycle from Lucca to Carrara
Highlights: Pietrasanta, famous for its stone sculptors, the Tuscan Riviera, and CarraraThe race today comes over the Apennine Mountains to finish in Carrara, famous during the Renaissance for its snow-white marble. We ride to Carrara to watch the finish. Plan to have lunch along the beach resorts between Viareggo and Marina di Carrara before we pedal into the foothills to watch the race finish. We shuttle back to Lucca late this afternoon. Dinner is on your own this evening. The Giro d'Italia today: the Giro course takes them over the Apennine Mountains today to Carrara: 166 km.
Day 3: Bicycle to Volterra to see the Giro
Highlights: Volterra, Central TuscanyThe Giro heads south and east into central Tuscany today. We'll pedal out of Lucca to Volterra to find a place to watch the Giro come by. The climb into Volterra, famous both as an Etruscan city state and as an important Medieval Tuscan town will be the perfect venue. Grab your picnic supplies and get ready to watch the race. Afterwards we'll spend time exploring Volterra before pedaling on in the direction of Siena. We'll gather in a gelato shop (gelateria) along the way to shuttle on to our hotel in San Quirico Val d'Orcia for the next three nights. Dinner is together this evening. The Giro d'Italia today: The Giro course is from Carrara to Montalcino, 215 km Distance: About 80 km (50 miles) or more if you choose to pedal after Volterra.
Day 4: Bicycle to Chianciano and through the Val d'Orcia
Highlights: View a stage start, the Val d'Orcia, Montepulciano and PienzaWe bicycle this morning from San Quirico d'Orcia to the thermal spa town of Chianciano Terme to see the race start. Stage starts are an opportunity to get close to the racers for photographs, autographs and to just enjoy the excitement with the locals. After the race begins pedal back through the wine town of Montepulciano and on the the planned Renaissance town of Pienza. Dinner together. The Giro d'Italia today: Chianciano Terme to Monte Terminillo, 189 km. Distance: 70 km (43 miles).
Day 5: Loop Ride to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Highlights: Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the chalk hills - "crete Senesi" - of Central TuscanyWe pedal into the harsh, chalk hills of Central Tuscany today. Great rides take us along the ridgelines of these soft chalk hills, the "crete Senesi". We'll stop and visit the famous Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore before returning to our hotel in San Quirico d'Orcia where we have dinner together. Distance: 75 km (47 miles)
Day 6: Bicycle from San Quirico d'Orcia to Cortona
Highlights: Pienza, Montepulciano, and CortonaThis is your opportunity to visit Pienza (famous for sheep cheese) and Montepulciano again if you'd like. Alternatively, we'll pedal on toward Cortona, made famous in Frances Mayes' book, Under the Tuscan Sun. Our ride takes us along the boundary line between Tuscany and Umbria. Cortona is one of Italy's most famous hill towns (yes, there's one final hill to climb!). We'll enjoy a final dinner together this evening. Distace: 70 km (47 miles)
Day 7: Our tour ends in Cortona
Highlights:Our Giro d'Italia ends today. Taxis will take you to the train station or, you may want to just relax and spend a day or two in Cortona! Another alternative is to check into one of the villas we work with in the area for a quiet week of relaxing and bicycling - we'll rent you a bicycle! Let us know.
HighlightsSome of our favorite cities in Tuscany including Lucca, Val d'Orcia, Cortona, Montepluciano, Three viewings of the Giro d'Italia including a start and finish, Great bicycling routes, The excitement of bicycle racing
Includes7 days, 6 nights accommodation; 4 dinners with wine, 6 breakfasts
Begin/EndLucca / Cortona
Arrive/DepartPisa, Florence, Bologna or Rome
Total Distance390 km (242 miles)
Daily Distance10 - 80 km (6 - 50 miles)
What to ExpectBeautiful landscapes and historic towns, villages and cities
The hilly terrain of Tuscany.
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