Self-guided Bike and Hotel
Italy / Tuscany variation 1
Siena, Chianti District and 2 nights in Florence
- 3 Client reviews
Day by Day
2. Siena – Radda in Chianti (45 km)
From Siena you head north towards the beautiful village of Radda in Chianti. The remains of its ancient walls show the significance that this town had in the competition between Florence and Siena.
3. Radda in Chianti – Greve in Chianti (40 km)
The route brings you to Greve over the rounded hills with beautiful views.
4. Greve in Chianti – Florence (40 km)
You will cycle to Florence, capital of Tuscany, and admire the masterpieces of Leonardo and Michelangelo.
A full day to spend visiting Florence. The city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the Medici family.
6. Florence – Colle Val d’Elsa (40 km by train + 25 km by bike)
In the morning a short train transfer will bring you to Certaldo. From here you will then cycle further up to Colle Val d’Elsa.
7. Colle Val d’Elsa – Siena (40 km)
From Colle Val d’Elsa you will cycle to the beautiful town of Siena, which is not only one of the most fascinating towns in Tuscany but is also in a particularly beautiful position, with lovely surroundings.
Departure after breakfast.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
- Total length: 190 km
- Total vertical up: 3,180 m
- Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved
- Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
- Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: NO
Heavy, with sloping landscapes dotted with steeper inclines, but not overwhelmingly so. The daily distance is about 40 kilometres. Though the daily routes are not too long, they can be strenuous, so we do recommend being in reasonably good physical condition for this tour.
Moderate: hilly areas, numerous climbs and downhill stretches. Suitable for regular cyclists with a good level of fitness.
How to get there
Siena is connected with the following airports:
Florence: 85 Km, Pisa: 150 Km.
For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.
Accommodation and meals
We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. The hotels of this tour are:
Category A: 3* hotels (sometimes a cosy B&B in Colle Val d’Elsa)
All rooms have en suite facilities; some hotels may be without air conditioning.
When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
- double room is a room with one double bed
- twin room is a room with two single beds
- triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.
Bikes and accessories
Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes:
- City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
- Electro-bike 8-gear Shimano Nexus
- aluminium frame
- comfort gel saddle
- anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
- ergonomic bicycle grips
- Speed Lifter system (only for City bikes)
- 1 cycle computer
- 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
- 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
- a water bottle (0.75 l)
- 1 repair kit per room (which includes 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers)
- 1 combination bike lock
The Information Pack (one per room) includes:
- roadbook describing the cycling route stage by stage
- bike maps
- Girolibero Greens Cycling Guide
- final hotel list: due to overbooking or organisational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
- luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
- hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
- restaurant vouchers (if you have booked half-board).
By your side
For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
- office +39 0444 330724 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
- emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
Vacanza del 2010
pubblicazione 20 August 2010We have just returned from an amazing trip through Tuscany! The routes were well thought out, the maps and directions very clear and easy to follow, and the hotels were nice and in great locations. Thank you to Girolibero---this was the very best way to experience Tuscany. We look forward to our next trip!
O. B. S. - USA
Vacanza del 2009
pubblicazione 03 March 2010Antonio, I have been meaning to write you and thank you for your efforts in making our bicycling trip to Tuscany a fabulous one. Your iteniary was excellent!
Teresa G - USA
Vacanza del 2009
pubblicazione 03 March 2010We are about 3-months overdue with our trip report, but we do want to let you know what a wonderful trip we had cycling through Tuscany. Everything was well-planned from the choice of hotels to bicycle rentals to road trip directions and route choices. The description of the degree of route difficulty, in our case "leisurely", was spot on: a reasonable degree of fitness was required as this route consisted of many rolling hills. Our group paid attention to this advice and we are glad to say we felt our level of fitness matched the terrain. It was quite clear that the road book of directions had been written by people who had ridden along each route, as the directions were very precise in their description of where to turn and included a double check feature of stating what the distance traveled should be at the time of turning. As our group members were committed to enjoying all the tastes of Tuscany as much as the sights and sounds, we assessed each stage of our trip as being a one-scoop or a two-scoop gelato day depending on how challenging the hills were. We do have two comments to make about hotel choices. While the hotel in Tavarnelle (Park Hotel Chianti) was fine, its location meant that we ended the day going downhill, knowing that the next morning we started the day immediately with a steep climb back up the same hill and a ride of 3km before starting the next stage. The other hotel comment concerns the first stage ending in Radda. Hotel Podere Le Vigne had been reserved for us, but, unfortunately, closed down due to a lack of business. This information was communicated to us by the owner of a substitute hotel driving his car up the last hill of the day and stopping to talk to us as we were resting before completing our climb, although two of our members had in fact reached the top. The result was that we had to ride back down the mountain, knowing that we had to reclimb it in the morning. The hotel was brand new and very beautiful, and the owners drove us back up the mountain to Radda for dinner later, all of which compensated us well for the sudden change, but other groups doing the same tour spent several hours at the hotel in Radda, which had not been locked up, waiting to be shown to their rooms. As they had made it to the hotel, they were, fortunately, able to leave their bicycles locked up there and were taken down to the alternative hotel by car, so that they did not have to repeat the climb the next day. They too felt that the alternative arrangements were fine. On returning to Siena at the end of our trip we felt victorious and felt we had experienced Tuscany in the best way possible. Girolibero provided a first-class service (including excellent bicycles) and we look forward to doing another trip. Teresa G.
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