Tuscany is a concentration of art, culture and history, with a host of beautiful towns and small hamlets. Then there is the beautiful coastline, the Island of Elba and the Island of Giglio, the peaks of the Apuan Alps, the rolling hills of Chianti and the vast expanses of green of the Maremma region… In short, a perfect synergy of beauty, harmony, and amazement.
Cycling routes and itineraries in Tuscany
As the pandemic begins to subside, Tuscany offers routes and itineraries for all tastes and levels of difficulty. You can, for example, discover the island of Elba by bike. The region also offers family outings and routes for extreme bikers, as well as themed routes such as the Giro dei 4 Vini D.O.G.C. (Tour of the 4 D.O.G.C. Wines) through the vineyards of Vernaccia, Chianti, Nobile and Brunello.
For the more courageous there is the L’Eroica route. L’Eroica is the name of a cycling event that takes place in the province of Siena and evokes cycling of bygone days. Every year, enthusiasts and devoted cyclists meet at the beginning of October and set out on their bicycles, mainly on white roads (mule tracks and dirt roads). The rules of the competition stipulate that you can only take part on a vintage bike.
The Eroica is also a fantastic permanent route that is clearly marked and open all year round.
There are two routes available: the longer route of 205 kilometres and the medium route of 135 kilometres, both of which start and finish in Gaiole in Chianti, a small town in the Chianti hills has become famous thanks to this cycling event.
Cycling with children
For a pleasant cycling trip with children, Tuscany offers a number of different routes, including the cycle path in the Maremma Natural Park.
This beautiful cycle path runs in a sort of corridor through the heart of the Maremma Regional Park, at the foot of the Monti dell’Uccellina.
From the town to the sea you cycle for 8.5 kilometres, to be covered again on the way back, usually with the sea breeze accompanying the outing, pedalling through the relaxing Maremma landscape through maritime pines, wheat fields and even immense pastures, the habitat of horses, foxes and the famous Maremma cattle.
And well, Tuscany is the land of Magniflex!