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Tuscany Cycling: Self-guided tour from Pisa to Florence
Spend a glorious 7 days exploring Tuscany on a self-guided cycle tour of Italy's finest countryside. The rides follow mostly smooth country roads and quiet secondary roads as you cycle off the beaten track. There are some cycle paths and dirt roads around Pisa and Lucca on the route. Near the larger towns, the roads are busier, as you'd expect, but in general, the tour presents a quiet saunter around the Tuscan countryside at your own pace.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- Duration7 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level1 - Easy
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance74.6 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance14.9 miles
Leonardo da Vinci might have said it himself, "cycle my home town and check out my discoveries". This flexible tour does just that, as you choose your challenge each day. Pedal through the quintessential Tuscan landscape of vineyards and olive groves to Pisa, with its world-renowned Leaning Tower, then to the charming town of Lucca, where you will ride up on the impressive walls of the city. Continue on country lanes to Vinci, Leonardo's birth place, and visit two museums to gain insight into the life and mind of this genius. Finally, visit Florence "cradle of the Renaissance". This is a wonderful discovery tour of Northern Tuscany.
Traveling at a leisurely pace you'll cover distances of approximately 25kms (15mi) per day over 5 days of cycling (2 days for arrival/departure and relaxing). There are options to travel further given, so you can somewhat customize your trip to suit your ability or stamina on any particular day. This truly is a diverse tour, from the cycling options through to the planned itinerary. Aside from the glorious art cities of Florence, Pisa and Lucca, you'll discover the majestic natural surrounds of Tuscany. Pedalling through the beautiful Tuscan scenery, you'll also visit the Fucecchio Padule nature reserve, an inland wetland with a great variety of nesting migratory birds. Cycling on the quiet rural lanes, your vista will be filled with cypress tree-lined roads, charming villages and rolling landscapes as far as the eye can see.
Of course, there will also be plenty of food and wine diversions on the tour including a scheduled visit to a traditional wine-producing farm for some tastings. You'll enjoy everything this special part of Italy has to offer, all at your own pace, as you travel self-guided by bike in Tuscany.