DAY BY DAY ITINERARY - SELF-GUIDED - DIFICULT - 735 KM
Cyclists make their own way to Pisa.
2. Pisa-Lucca (70 km, + 960 m, 4 h).
You leave Pisa, heading for San Giuliano Terme, cycle around Monte Serra and tackle the ascent up the Buti side, the historic testing bench for professional cyclists such as Bartoli, Ulrich and Contador. The road climbs evenly and there is a unique view from the top: the Tyrrhenian Sea with the islands of Elba and Giglio. You then follow a slightly winding route towards Lake Massaciuccoli, ending this stage in wonderful Lucca.
the view from the top is amazing and while pedalling up the Buti side you come across a whole load of cyclists with one eye on their stopwatch. Enjoy this legendary ascent and challenge the great names, remembering however that today is only your first day. Make frequent use of gear ratio 34–26.
3. Lucca-Apuan Alps-Lucca (130 km, + 1,300 m, 6 h).
You leave Lucca for Camaiore, climbing gently to reach Massa Carrara. An ascent takes you into the heart of the Apuan Alps, a new peak of white rock offering a spectacular view over the Tyrrhenian Sea. You yhen cycle down, crossing the valley which then takes you back to Lucca.
Variant (70 km) via Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi.
the stage that goes up to the Apuan Alps is wonderful, with fabulous scenery as you rise; take care in the tunnels and in the rain, as the road becomes very slippery. The valley that takes you from Castelnuovo Garfagnana to Lucca is quick, but a bit busy towards the end. The short route, on the other hand, is very pleasant if you love the sea and... the good life!
4. Lucca-Florence (100 km, + 610 m, 4 h).
From Lucca the road seesaws up and down until a long descent takes you down to Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace, where you can visit the museum dedicated to this genius. Afterwards you tackle the Vittolini ascent that takes you to Florence.
this is a very pleasant route, the ascents are pretty easy and it’s worth forgetting times and enjoying a slice of history (must visit is Vinci and the home of Leonardo). This evening, Florentine steak for dinner with a glass of good Chianti: tomorrow you’ll need your legs!
5. Florence–Siena along the Eroica (90 km, + 1,700 m, 5 h).
Today you’ll cycle on the “Eroica” roads that are at times not asphalted, through wonderful hilly countryside. Ascents are tough, due both to their gradient and the difficulty of cycling on unmade roads. Arrival is in Piazza del Campo in Siena.
Variant (70 km). Without the Eroica road.
on unmade roads you need excellent cycling skills and above all spare tyres-punctures are par for the course here! Careful with descents on non-asphalt stretches too. Despite its difficulties, the Eroica roads are the ones I recommend: the silence, the absence of traffic, the feeling you get of pedalling in 1930 are emotions not to be missed.
6. Siena-Montalcino-Pienza-Siena (120 km, + 1,200 m, 5 h).
A route that follows the Cassia road south to the wonderful town of Montalcino. After about 40 km, the ascent that takes you up to the town is intimidating, but it opens up into the most fabulous panorama and once at the top your reward is a glass of good wine, bread and salami. The rest will get you ready to tackle the next uphill-downhill stretch that takes you to Pienza and then back to Siena. Variant (70 km).
my favourite stage: here we combine (pleasant) effort with unique views, great wines and local culinary specialities. Stopping to eat in Montal- cino or Pienza is almost obligatory!
7. Siena-Pisa (113 km, + 770 m, 4.30 h).
Along the provincial road you come to Colle Val d’Elsa and then head towards San Gimignano, the marvellous city dominated by its fourteen medieval towers. The stage continues along secondary roads, bringing you to back to Pisa, where the round trip and your holiday finally come to an end. Possibility to add an extra night in Pisa on request.
a demanding route, uphill to the 60 km mark, then much easier until Pisa. This is the last stage, very beautiful and peaceful, excellent for making memories of Tuscany.
Departure after breakfast.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM:
975 € 2/3/4* hotels Low Season
1053 € 2/3/4* hotels HighSeason
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- breakfast buffet
- luggage transportation
- GPS tracks for the stages
- 7-days Hotline service.
SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON:
198 € single room
200 € high-end road bike
15 € helmet
Extra nights with breakfast in Pisa:
60 € double room
90 € single room
Arrival on Saturdays: from April 4th to October 10th 2015.