(11 reviews)

Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT006

Italy / Tuscany

Pisa to Florence: the cradle of the Renaissance

The landscape of Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and evocative in Europe, with rolling hills laced with verdant vineyards and cypress trees lining the roads. You’ll pedal from one incredible view to the next, admiring Renaissance art and architecture and getting to know the lands of many great artists of the past, such as Leonardo da Vinci and the composer Giacomo Puccini. The towns of Pisa and Florence do not need any further presentation, but in this tour you’ll discover also picturesque villages where you’ll be tempted by the excellent Tuscan cuisine.
  • Day by Day


    1. Pisa

    Individual arrival. The city is famous all over the world for its magic Piazza dei Miracoli with the characteristic leaning tower, the bell tower of the city cathedral. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1987, besides a large number of monuments it also offers the friendly and lively atmosphere of a university city.


    2. Pisa – Lucca (30/45 km)

    Today you are pedalling northwards along the Serchio river for an easy stage. For those who wish a slightly longer itinerary, there is the option of going towards Massaciuccoli Lake before reaching Lucca.


    3. Lucca – Montecatini (45 km)

    Through a panoramic road you reach the little village of Collodi and the town of Pescia. In Collodi, where the author of Pinocchio spent his childhood, you can visit the famous Pinocchio’s Park (created in 1962) and the aristocratic Villa Garzoni. In Pescia you can enjoy a quiet stroll among churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the local flower street market.


    4. Montecatini roundtour (60 km)

    Today’s route offers you again two possibilities. You can relax in one of the most famous thermal cities in Europe and stroll down the narrow lanes of the old city, which is situated on a hill and can be reached by a characteristic cable-railway. Otherwise a picturesque itinerary will lead you among villas of the Medici family, olive groves, vineyards and beautiful historical farms, going past Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace (visit to the museum possible).


    5. Montecatini – Florence (50/65 km)

    Today you have to choose either to start pedalling directly from Montecatini or to shorten the trip through a short train transfer to Pistoia, rich in Romanesque and Renaissance monuments (in particular churches) and having one of the most evocative squares in Italy: Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). From here back onto the saddle, to reach Florence.


    6. Florence

    Free day. It will be up to you to decide how to spend your time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities!


    7. Florence – Empoli – Pisa (40/65 km by bike + 40/65 km by train)

    Today you can choose if either starting pedalling directly from Florence and reaching Pisa through a train transfer from Empoli or taking a train to Empoli and riding to Pisa along the river Arno.


    8. Pisa

    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 your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.



  • Route profile
    • Total length: 225/280 km
    • Total vertical up: 950/1,190 m
    • Terrain: 88% tarmac, 12% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3, 5 and 7


    The itinerary runs mostly on a flat area with some hilly parts which do not require particular athletic skills.


    Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone.




  • How to get there

    Pisa is connected with the following airports:

    Pisa: about 5 km, Florence: about 90 km


    For 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. 


    According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:

    • Cat. A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels
    • Cat. B: 3* hotels, with a family-run 2* hotel in Lucca


    All rooms have en suite facilities and 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 sofa bed.



  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:

    • Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    • E-bike 9-gear Shimano


    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system



    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag per room
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    • 1 combination bike lock

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets, suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.


    Important notes:
    We recommend that you bring your own reusable water bottle with you.

    In order to cycle smoothly following our App, we suggest that you bring with you a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed on the handlebar, as well as a power bank (even if the App can be used offline, too).




  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:

    1. Link to download the App including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks (you can use the App offline, too)

    2. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details

    3. Digital travel documents:

    • Final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • Hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival





  • By your side

    Staff support

    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.

  • 11 Client reviews
    • Paul-Martin

      Departure 05-12 August 2023

      Online from 27 August 2023

      Nice holiday with good 5 friends
    • Dmitry

      Departure 24 September - 01 October 2022

      Online from 06 October 2022

    • Maria Teresa

      Departure 04-11 June 2022

      Online from 22 June 2022

      Abbiamo saputo durante le soste che siamo stati quasi gli unici italiani a percorrere questo tour da quando è proposto. Pur conoscendo bene la Toscana, per noi è stata una vera emozione percorrere colline e pianure in bicicletta,si assaporano esperienze
      uniche. Arrivare sul Ponte Vecchio in bicicletta non è esperienza di tutti i giorni!
    • Rune

      Departure 10-17 August 2019

      Online from 06 September 2019

      Great as always.
    • Susan

      Departure 11-18 June 2019

      Online from 23 June 2019

      Another great holiday to do with a group of Friends slightly more testing than we thought but most of that was due to high temperatures.
    • Dianne

      Departure 2018

      Online from 07 November 2018

      Girolibero runs a very efficient cycling business both self guided and guided. I recommend Girolibero for guided, self guided, and bike and barge cycling tours.

      We had an opportunity in the fall of 2018 to ride their self guided tour for a week from Pisa to Florence and back to Pisa. The accommodations were excellent, the transfer of gear reliable, and the ride with gps routes as well as the hard copy of the routes made it doable to navigate this countryside even when you have never been here. Five of us rode together, we all enjoyed the Pisa to Florence to Pisa loop.

      In addition to meeting the groups needs, I am a below the knee double amputee who rides a tandem bicycle. Girolibero organized our hotel accommodations so that my physical needs concerning bathrooms were accommodated. This made the trip doable for me and my captain.

      I have a suggestion for expanding the options for the Pisa to Florence to Pisa loop. I would suggest that Girolibero consider doing the Pisa to Florence to Pisa route over an extended period of time, such as two weeks, so those people who like to cycle (and are slow) can be tourists too. The possible activities that can occur at each site are endless and the information packet given to each couple makes you want to stay and enjoy each small town and its historical gifts. For those of us who are retired and somewhat slow, this would be a fun option.
    • John

      Departure 2018

      Online from 25 June 2018

      Hein is mistaken. It did not go just “well”….it went “exceptionally well!” in fact so well I would say it was FANTASTICO! The trip exceeded all of my expectations. My two children were thrilled as well. I’ve copied all the adults that “funded” the trip so they can provide their own independent feedback directly to you.

      All parts of the trip including biking, hotels, restaurants, wine, beer, wine tasting, bus, pasta making, fit together perfectly. The hotels selected were excellent and above my expectations. The hotel is Bevegna as well as the hotel pool in Montecatini were highlights. I did not note or experience any issues or problems during the entire trip.
    • Chris

      Departure 2018

      Online from 25 June 2018

      It was absolutely fantastic! Trips like this do not occur without significant planning, and the planning that was done by you and our hosts, Hein and Marjolein, was perfect. I would not change a thing about how the trip unfolded.
      Thank you so much for attending to all of the details behind the scene.
      I will be recommending Girolibero to anyone planning a trip to Europe, and I personally hope to be using Girolibero again sometime in the future.
    • Laurie

      Departure 2018

      Online from 25 June 2018

      That was one of the most spectacular trips ever! Everything was perfect. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best, it was a 200! My two favorite parts were the cycling and our hosts, Marjolein and Hein!

      Thank you so much for your hard work to make this such a special return to Villevallelonga. And thank you Marjolein and Hein for all of your stories and all the laughter you generated! I can’t wait to see you again.

      Ciao :)
    • Oddmund, Norway

      Departure 2017

      Online from 09 October 2017

      We are very satisfied with the trip and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others. Another successful Girolibero experience.. Also, Girolibero was very forthcoming in allowing us the cycles for an extra day and also to provide for the use of the pool and garden of Ercolini E Save in Montalcini.
      Thanks for that!
    • Gianfranco

      Departure 29 April - 06 May 2017

      Online from 13 May 2017

      Molto bene.

Tour details


from 730 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, Cat B

Tour type



Departure dates

SA 8.04 - 7.10.2023
Special departure dates for at least 6 people.



Season 1 | 15.04 - 21.04 and 30.09 - 7.10.2023
Season 2 | 8.04 - 14.04, 22.04 - 12.05 and 9.09 - 29.09.2023
Season 3 | 13.05 - 8.09.2023


Price per person

Season 1 | 15.04 - 21.04 and 30.09 - 7.10.2023

Cat. A | mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels
830 € in double room
1,120 € in single room
650 € 3rd person in triple room

Cat. B |  3* hotels, with a family-run 2* hotel in Lucca
730 € in double room
980 € in single room
580 € 3rd person in triple room



  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • App including maps, roadbook, points of interest and GPS tracks
  • Digital tour information
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 20-25 €)
  • Train transfers
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person

110 € season 2 | Cat. A+B | 8.04 - 14.04, 22.04 - 12.05 and 9.09 - 29.09.2023
160 € season 3 | Cat. A+B | 13.05 - 8.09.2023

Girolibero rental bikes
including insurance against theft and damage
100 € Touring bike
250 € E-bike
15 € Helmet | head circumferences 54-61 cm

Extra nights
in double / single room with breakfast
70 / 100 € in Pisa Cat. A+B


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