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A journey between Umbria, Tuscany, and Lazio, to discover the ancient Etruria, land of the refined civilization of Etruscans. We’ll pedal along the Via Francigena, immersing ourselves in the silences of Val d’Orcia with its well groomed hills and vineyards producing the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the Brunello di Montalcino wines, then crossing the colorful Maremma countryside with its tufa stone villages to end our journey at the fascinating thermal baths of Saturnia.

Highlights


The tufa villages

The tufa villages

Pienza, the Renaissance

Pienza, the Renaissance "ideal city"

The Brunello di Montalcino vineyards

The Brunello di Montalcino vineyards

Saturnia thermal baths

Saturnia thermal baths

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1

Accommodation

Relais Sans Souci and SPA

Benvenuti!

We suggest to arrive at Fiumicino Airport, and we’ll shuttle you to our first hotel by the lake of Vico, the relaxing Relais Sans Souci. After a careful bike fitting we’ll be ready for our warm up ride along the peaceful river of the lake, a perfect start for the upcoming adventure. Dinner will be served at the gourmet restaurant of the hotel.

DAY 2

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Palazzo Piccolomini

Distance 70 km

Vetralla - Orvieto

We’ll start from the heart of Etruria in Vetralla, from here we head up towards Montefiascone, entering the Via Francigena, the pilgrimage trail connecting Canterbury to Rome created during medieval age. We’ll end in Orvieto, admiring its magnificent Cathedral, an absolute jewel of architecture in this umbrian town surrounded by peaceful hills and olive groves.

DAY 3

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Poggio Piglia

Distance 70 km

Orvieto - Chianciano

We’ll discover the heart of Italy, pedalling the luscious hills of the green Umbria region. Today’s ride is absolutely peaceful, you’ll find yourself immersed in an almost meditative ride. One of the highlights of the whole tour is Città della Pieve, birthplace of “Il Perugino" (1450 approx. - 1523) one of the most important painters of the Italian Renaissance and teacher of Raffaello. We’ll stop in town to admire some of his most important works, seeing in its paintings the landscapes of our ride, with the views from Città della Pieve to the val di Chiana and lake Trasimeno. Then we’ll pass through Chiusi, a very important Etruscan town, ending the stage in Chianciano, perfect spot to relax at its delightful thermal baths.

DAY 4

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Hotel Il Giglio

Distance 50 km

Chianciano - Montalcino

We’ll cross the Val di Chiana and enter the perfect scenery of Val d’Orcia, among neat vineyards and well groomed rolling hills. Beauty is everywhere, in the landscape and in the charming villages of Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico arriving at the famous Montalcino, right at the heart of one of the best wine growing area of the world. Our first stop for a coffee, or may be our first glass of the day is in Montepulciano with its “Vino Nobile”, in Pienza we must taste its tasty Pecorino, while in San Quirico we’ll stop to admire the quintessential Tuscan landscape of its countryside, a perfect combination of nature and man work.

DAY 5

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Terme di Saturnia Spa Resort

Distance 65 km

Montalcino - Saturnia

We’ll leave Montalcino crossing vineyards and olive groves along a fast downhill, stopping at the majestic Sant’Antimo Romanic abbey, marvelously immersed in the countryside. If we are lucky we could listen to the monks’ Gregorian chant, a very unique experience. Then we’ll coast the western slopes of massive Monte Amiata, the highest range of southern Tuscany standing up all over the landscape. Our ride ends in Saturnia, probably Italy’s most scenic thermal baths with its “Cascate del Mulino” natural hot spring water falls.

DAY 6

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Terme di Saturnia Spa Resort

Distance 55 km

Saturnia loop tour

Today’s ride is quite rolling, with the scenery along the climb to the towns of Pitigliano and Sovana looking taken out of a fairytale. Those medieval towns along with the village of Sorano create the archaeological park of Tufa towns. Pitigliano is perched on a cliff, entirely built in local Tufa stone, known as the “Small Jerusalem” having had one of biggest jewish district of Italy. Sovana is famous for its many mysterious etruscan canyons and the majestic necropolis, like the Hildebrand tomb.

DAY 8

Departure

Arrivederci!

Well, it’s time to say goodbye, but we are sure this part of Italy will touch your hearts and you’ll come again to visit more.

Will this tour suit me?
Level Active
Nights 6
Activity Cycling
Formula Guided
Total lenght 310Km
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner;
Day to Day
1Arrival in RomeD
2Vetralla - Orvieto 70B L D
3Orvieto - Chianciano70B L D
4Chianciano - Montalcino50B L
5Montalcino - Saturnia65B L D
6Saturnia loop tour55B L D
7DepartureB

The price of this Tour starts from 2.750 €, and it's fully customizable.

This price is based on these services
6 nights in nice hotels
6 breakfast
5 dinners
6 lunches
Snacks, water, energy drinks during the rides
2 English speaking guides
Van assistance
Luggage transportation
Transfer IN from Fiumicino Airport
Transfer OUT to Fiumicino Airport
Wine and food tastings, cultural activities
Peace of mind being with our experienced team

This is a sample Tour

These itineraries are original tours created for real guests, so you may want something different specifically designed to suit your own wishes. The price of every tour is available upon requests, and varies by time of year, number of guests and level of guiding. Start dreaming looking through it, then contact us and let's talk. We'll listen to your needs, we'll suggest ideas and propose experiences, and together we'll create your perfect voyage.


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