Treat yourself to a stay in Tuscany, among wonderful views, sunflower hills, the most famous cuisine in the world and a unique atmosphere in the fantastic Montecatini Terme.
Ride your bike and be enchanted
All the routes designed for scyclists will take you far and wide through Tuscany. Anyone who has tried a mountain bike trail at least once knows the irresistible feeling of freedom that pervades the whole body. To experience all this, in Tuscany, you don’t have to wait for the summer: from the Valdinievole to the Apennines, the mountain bike season goes from March to late autumn.
A Panoramic excursion or a single track?
In Tuscany, in addition to an extensive network of official routes and landscapes of extraordinary beauty, all the flavours of local cuisine is also waiting forawait you. Mountain lodges offer delicious specialities including traditional Italian recipes and of course a glass of good Tuscan wine.
Padule, Vinci, San Baronto
The cycling championship roads
The itinerary begins in downtown Montecatini Terme and leads you along the roads that were included in the cycling world championship in 2013. This is the part with the longest climb of the championship. Right at the bottom of the descent you can go back to where the itinerary began, cycling along uncongested roads.
Montecatini Terme, Lucca, Versilia
The climb of the historic “Del Rosso” cycling race
The itinerary goes leads you along the roads of the Del Rosso cycling race. It includes a long but not too tough panoramic climb overlooking the whole Valdinievole area.
Monsummano Terme, Fucecchio, Vinci, San Baronto
Fucecchio Marshland, Vinci, San Baronto
With its 2,000 hectares, the Padule di Fucecchio is the largest Italian lake area. Thanks to the rich flora and fauna and the hydrogeological and landscape features, the Padule territory is a protected natural area. When cycling through the hilly Montalbano area, you will arrive at the famous resort of San Baronto, the legendary climb that, with its 3 slopes, is the training ground for then greatest Tuscan professionals, such as the winner of the Tour de France winner, Nibali. Obviously, you can’t miss out on a coffee break in Vinci, the town where the great Leonardo was born and possibly a visit to the house and the museum.
If you choose this itinerary you will have the possibility to ride your bike through a marvellous green area, heading towards the village of Pontito. Pontito, together with other villages in the area, is part of the “Svizzera Pesciatina”, which was named so by Jean Charles Leonard Sismonde de Sismondi, who thought this area looked like Switzerland, his homeland. This is a unique and unforgettable opportunity to ride your bike in harmony with nature, away from the traffic, in a land where time seems to be standing still.