Central Italy

Published on:  | Last updated: 10 March 2017

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cyclists on the road between Volterra and Siena

Heart of Toscana

This tour takes you through through the heart of Toscana: the Chianti, the Crete Senese, and the Val d'Orcia. Great cycling between some of Italy's great art cities. It links the UNESCO world-heritage listed cities of Firenze, Siena, San Gimignano, and Pienza, as well as the Val d'Orcia. It also takes you to Volterra another of the great Tuscan cities. There are lots of other places to see and visit in Toscana, but these would probably figure on most people's must-see list.

Read more: Heart of Toscana: tour overview.

Seafront cycleway near Follonica

The Tuscan coast

A relaxed 317-kilometre tour following the coast of Toscana using a combin­ation of quiet roads and cycleways. Taking you through coastal pinetas and the Bolgheri wine country. Very little climbing. A good way to start if you need a bit of a warm-up before tackling the more hillier terrain of inland Toscana and Lazio. Or you might use it as a chance to get some time at the beach - possibly on the island of Elba - before returning home. There's also a more challenging option taking in the hilltop towns that overlook the coast.

Read more: Tuscan coast: tour overview.

Gran Tour della Maremma - the road to Abbadia di San Salvatore

Gran Tour della Maremma

A 405-kilometre circular signposted route in the south-west of the Toscana.

Read more: Gran Tour della Maremma

Grand Tour della Val di Merse cloudscape

Grand Tour della Val di Merse

Another signposted route, this time on bliss­fully quiet roads in the hills to the west of Siena

Read more: Grand Tour della Val di Merse.

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