Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
Pedal from one unbelievable view to the next. Marvel at extraordinary Renaissance art and architecture. And savor delicious pecorino cheese, homemade pasta, fruity olive oils and tiramisu. Few things in this world live up to the hype. We're happy to report that everything your family has heard about Tuscany is true.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Plus Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start Arezzo / End Florence
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Explore some of Tuscany's most celebrated towns, including Pienza, a World Heritage site famous for exquisite ceramics, pecorino cheese and Renaissance architecture | Regional specialties provide the perfect fuel for rides on cypress-lined roads | Bike through southern Tuscany's rolling terrain into the Val d'Orcia | Take a family stroll on the winding streets of Montepulciano, pausing for an aperitivo or gelato on one of its hidden squares.
This enchanting family-owned hotel overlooks the town's central piazza, whose ancient pool is fed by underground thermal springs. (pool, spa)
A sea of vineyards lines our bike route to Montalcino, a wine village where enoteche pour samples and—on a clear day—remarkable views reach as far as Siena | Visit Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, the region's most notable monastery, where monks still pray in Gregorian chant.
An agricultural estate standing on a high ridge between the Chiana Valley and the famed Crete Senesi. (pool)
Join a renowned local author for a fascinating Q&A session | Ride past the sun-drenched chalk hills of the Crete Senesi, often depicted in 14th- and 15th-century Sienese and Florentine paintings | Sheep-dotted pastures and crumbling stone farmhouses lead to olive groves and oak woodland | Explore magnificent Siena with your family | Bike rolling hills alongside legendary Chianti Classico and Sangiovese vineyards | Discover ridgetop Radda, the center of Chianti wine production | Up for more mileage? Ride to Castellina, a medieval village with a unique arcaded passageway | Shop for souvenirs at family-owned Ceramiche Rampini, offering ceramics hand-painted in the Renaissance tradition.
A tranquil 16th-century villa with wooded grounds, an Italian-style garden and a small church with frescoes by Arcangelo Salimbeni. (pool)
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.