Tuscany is not a destination. It's a sublime experience. Cypress-lined roads overlooking the vineyards will stop you on your bike. And no view will compare to that view. Until you round the next bend and see another. It's a wonder anyone ever finishes the rides. And that's only what you'll see. Imagine the wines, flavors and luxuries you'll discover.
1 Embark on the quintessential Tuscan journey, offering the most scenic routes from Florence to Siena Sample Tuscan specialties at an agriturismo (working farm) before biking past olive orchards and vineyards Easy pedaling along the sette ponti (seven bridges) road through well-kept villages leads us to our hotel for the night, Il Borro, a former village with an award-winning winery Kick off the week with superb cuisine inspired by Tuscan flavors.
2-3 Descend on quiet roads into the Arno River Valley as you pedal the Strade del Vino Terre di Arezzo toward the heart of the Chianti, passing through legendary wine villages like Gaiole in Chianti Ride into the Crete Senesi, an area known for pecorino cheese Explore Siena's medieval back streets and stunning piazza del campo, home to Italy's most important horse race, Il Palio Learn the nuances of Tuscany's renowned red wines at an exclusive sommelier-led tasting at Borgo San Felice before heading to an osteria dinner.
4 Cruise the ridge to ancient hilltop Radda, a cycling epicenter and former capital of the Antica Lega del Chianti (Old Chianti League) Visit the neighboring (and rival!) villages of Gaiole and Castellina in Chianti, connected by immaculate roads and plenty of ups and downs Settle into luxury with a world-class spa treatment at Castello del Nero Celebrate Tuscan-style with a Michelin-starred dinner at the hotel's La Torre restaurant.
5-6 Point your wheels toward the Colli Fiorentini, northern Tuscany's slice of Chianti wine production Pedal the verdant Elsa River Valley to the spectacular World Heritage town of San Gimignano, crowned by 13 towers Celebrate la dolce vita over a glass of refreshing vernaccia white wine, a Tuscan favorite, before heading to Florence.