Tuscan Via Francigena by mountain bike




  • Tuscan Via Francigena by mountain bike
  • Tuscan Via Francigena by mountain bike
  • Tuscan Via Francigena by mountain bike
  • Tuscan Via Francigena by mountain bike
  • Tuscan Via Francigena by mountain bike
  • Countryside; Hot Spring/Spa; Bicycle Touring; Empolese Valdelsa; Val D'Orcia; Siena and surroundings; Tours in Tuscany

Description

The Via Francigena is an ancient pilgrimage itinerary that was followed since at least 1000 years by pilgrims coming from Northern Europe on their way to Rome.

The most ancient official description of this route dates back to year 990 aD, when Sigerico, the archbishop of Canterbury, recorded the route of his return journey from Rome in his diary.

The Tuscan section of Via Francigena, which has been recently restored by the Regione Toscana, is a very scenic and evocative route that can be travelled both on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike.

As modern pilgrims we will be cycling the original section of this route from Val d’Elsa to Val d’Orcia, passing some of the best preserved Medieval towns of Tuscany, such as the famous San Gimignano (the “City Of The Beautiful Towers”), the tiny castle of Monteriggioni (mentioned by Dante in his “Divina Commedia”), Siena, Montalcino and many others.

An English speaking certified biking guide will lead you along this scenic and full-of-history itinerary, while a support vehicle (equipped with bicycle racks) will follow the whole party providing assistance and luggage transfer service from hotel to hotel.

During the ride we’ll take our time to visit the picturesque Medieval hilltop villages, castles and Romanesque churches that we’ll meet along the way.

Bike tour starting point is Castelfiorentino, a town situated in the heart of the Elsa valley.

3-day / 4 nights program :

Day 1 - Transfer from Florence to Castelfiorentino, then (by mountain bike) Castelfiorentino to San Gimignano - 26 km. (11 offroad) - total vertical : 650 m.

Highlights of the day : the imposing Romanesque church of Santa Maria a Chianni, the Pancole sanctuary and the medieval town of San Gimignano


Day 2 - San Gimignano to Strove - 25 km. (18 offroad) -
total vertical : 400 m.

Highlights of the day : the evocative abandoned abbey of Santa Maria Assunta a Coneo, the medieval village of Strove

Day 3 - Strove to Siena - 28 km. (18 offroad) - total vertical : 450 m. - (THM)

Highlights of the day : the Romanesque church of Abbadia Isola, the fortified medieval village of Monteriggioni, the castle of Chiocciola, the medieval city of Siena

Overnight in Siena.

7-day / 8 nights version program :

Day 1 - Transfer from Florence to Castelfiorentino, then (by mountain bike) Castelfiorentino to San Gimignano - 26 km. (11 offroad) - total vertical : 650 m.

Highlights of the day : the imposing Romanesque church of Santa Maria a Chianni, the Pancole sanctuary and the medieval town of San Gimignano


Day 2 - San Gimignano to Strove - 25 km. (18 offroad) -
total vertical : 400 m.

Highlights of the day : the evocative abandoned abbey of Santa Maria Assunta a Coneo, the medieval village of Strove


Day 3 - Strove to Siena - 28 km. (18 offroad) - total vertical : 450 m. - (THM)

Highlights of the day : the Romanesque church of Abbadia Isola, the fortified medieval village of Monteriggioni, the castle of Chiocciola, the medieval city of Siena

Day 4 - Day off in Siena

Day 5 - Siena to Buonconvento - 41 km. (31 offroad) - total vertical : 200 m.

Highlights of the day : the medieval fortified granary Grancia di Cuna, the medieval village of Buonconvento

Day 6 - Buonconvento to Bagno Vignoni - 28 km. (22 offroad) - total vertical : 700 m.

Highlights of the day : Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia, Vignoni, Bagno Vignoni

Day 7 - Bagno Vignoni - Radicofani - Ponte al Rigo : 38 km. (17 offroad) - total vertical : 800 m.

Highlights of the day : Castiglione d’Orcia, Le Briccole, Radicofani

Transfer by minivan from Ponte al Rigo back to Florence

The holiday package includes :
- English speaking certified mountain bike guide
- Luggage transfer service from hotel to hotel
- Support vehicle (equipped with bicycle racks) following the group during the ride and providing possible assistance to the cyclists
- Transfer from Florence to Castelfiorentino (for the 3-day version)
- Transfer from Florence to Castelfiorentino and from Ponte al Rigo to Florence (for the 7-day version)
- hotel overnights as follows :

For the 3-day / 4 nights version :
- One overnight in double room with breakfast in a 3* hotel in Florence;
- One overnight in double room half board in 3* hotel in San Gimignano
- One overnight in double room half board in 3* hotel in Strove
- One overnight in double room with breakfast in 3* hotel in Siena

For the 7-day / 8 nights version :
- Two overnights in double room with breakfast in a 3* hotel in Florence;
- One overnight in double room half board in 3* hotel in San Gimignano
- One overnight in double room half board in 3* hotel in Strove
- Two overnights in double room with breakfast in 3* hotel in Siena
- One overnight in double room half board in 3* hotel in Buonconvento
- One overnight in double room half board in 3* hotel in Bagno Vignoni

Price for the 3-day / 4-nights version : 1500 euros per person (minimum 2 people)

Price for the 7-day / 8 nights version : 3000 euros per person (minimum 2 people)

Not included in price:
lunch, drinks at dinner and everything not mentioned in the paragraph above.

Possible mountain bike rent service : 60 euros per person for the 3-day version or 140 euros for the 7-day version



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