Tour info: L'Eroica & Chianti 2016
WITH OFFICAL INSCRIPTIONS OF L'EROICA 2015
Note 2016 udate will be half November
Arrival Thursday 1 October – departure 5 October 5 nights’ accommodation in hotel Salivolpi in Castellina and Guaranteed Registration to participate in the L’Eroica 2015 either the 38, 75, 135 or 205km route.
N.B. for partners and guests who don’t want to register for L’Eroica, it’s possible to reduce 100 € per person, from the total price of the packages, on request.
Our hotel Salivolpi is located in Castellina in Chianti only 22 kilometres from Gaiole. The hotel is rated as superb with a 9.0 on booking.com and an old country house recently converted into a hotel whilst keeping its original architectural features. It is located on the hills on the site of the former Etruscan Castellina, near the historical centre of Castellina in Chianti, which is a short walk away
Gaiole is small picturesque village right in the middle of the Chianti region. This beautiful village is situated between Florence and Siena. Every year on the first Sunday of October it seems that the time stops for a magic weekend and we all go back in time for the L’Eroica bicycle vintage event. The L’Eroica cycling trip is a very special one. It includes many unique features and plenty of highlights! This L'Eroica 2015 & Chianti trip will be closed at only 12 persons, so book early. Cycling Italy is great especially the beautiful region of Tuscany & Chianti. Discover the peaceful countryside roads with very little traffic when we climb the rolling hills of Chianti. Beyond the included activities we also visit a vineyard in the beautiful Castello di Brolio and vintage bicycle stands during the L'Eroica Gran Fondo. Last but not least.... you will cycle the Grandfondo L'Eroica in Gaiole. The Grand Fondo L'Eroica is one of Italy's most famous cycling events with over more than 4500 cyclist!
This L'Eroica & Chianti Tour is really magnificent! The Highlights:
Itinerary Granfondo L'Eroica & Chianti 2015
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Your hotel Etrusco Salivolpi is located in Castellina in Chianti only 22 kilometres from Gaiole. The hotel is an old country house recently converted into a hotel whilst keeping its original architectural features. It is located on the hills on the site of the former Etruscan Castellina, near the historical centre of Castellina in Chianti, which is a short walk away. Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees, it has a wonderful panorama stretching over the Elsa valley from Monteriggioni to San Gimignano. The hotel is in a convenient position, about 20 minutes from Siena, 30 from Florence and San Gimignano, and just over an hour from the Tyrrhenian Sea. All rooms have a private bathroom, minibar, satellite TV, dial-out telephone and air conditioning. Outside, there is a large garden, swimming pool and parking available for the guests. The large, warm lounge room and breakfast room welcome you with their arches, terracotta floors and wooden beams, reminiscent of when the hotel was a large farmhouse with its own vineyards and olive groves. We hope to welcome you and see you soon at Salivolpi!
DAY 1 Thursday 01 October
Check in at your hotel Salivolpi in Castellina. This beautiful village will be your starting point for the upcoming L’Eroica & Chianti trip. The tour leader will explain the coming activities and itinerary. Welcomes drink and dinner will be provided.
DAY 2 Friday 02 October
After breakfast you start with a half hour of stretching. Around 09.30 you depart for 50 km preparation ride in the ring south of the Eroica course. Here you can test your bike and get a taste of the Eroica 2015 route. Return to the Fattoria at 3pm for another half hour of stretching and then the afternoon is yours for relaxation: swimming pool, health spa, a nap... There is an aperitif/tasting session with Chianti wines. High-protein dinner at 8pm.
DAY 3 Saturday 03 October
After breakfast you leave for a short stage. Return to the hotel at 12.30pm for lunch and relaxation. At 3pm everyone goes to Gaiole to visit the vintage bicycle market and to collect the race pack. Return to the farm at 6.30pm for a high-carbohydrate dinner.
DAY 4 Sunday 04 October
Breakfast is between 4am and 5am with transfer to Gaiole at 5.30am for the start of the race.
In 1997 the Granfondo L'Eroica started with some 100 riders. In the last edtion of 2014 there were 5500 participants from all around the world. The L'Eroica passes the famous Strade Bianche. The world famous Stade Bianche refers to the white gravel roads in the Siena region and roughly 35 per cent of the course is on the Strade Bianche through the beautiful countryside of Tuscany. The L'Eroica event is specially made for the vintage cycling enthusiast. The week is full of festivities and finally the start and finish find place on Sunday 7th of October. The whole ambience of the event is superb. You can choose the following options 38km, 75km, 135km or the challenging 205km. Enjoy your day!
A rich and varied dinner is served at 8pm: pici hand-rolled pasta, wild boar, cinta pig and many wines for a small prize-giving party!
DAY 5 Monday 05 October
Unfortunately it’s your last day! It’s time to say goodbye and thanks, a good flight back home or else a pleasant stay in Italy. On request : transfers to the airports of Florence or Pisa will be made by the tour guide.
Airport/ Train Information cycle trip L'Eroica & Chianti 2015
Florence international Airport is named after one of the most famous Italians : Amerigo Vespucci. There is no train connection with the airport to the city. From Florence railway station there are good connections to all kinds of cities in Italy. The airport is lies only four kilometers away from Florence. Shuttle buses leaving every 30 minutes. Florence airport is only 80 kilometres away from the airport of Pisa, Galileo Galilei.
Pisa Airport is two kilometres from Pisa and 80 kilometres from Florence. You can find the train station just outside the terminal. Pisa Airport lies directly on the highway Florence-Pisa-Livorno. Because the airport is so close to the city a ride to the center of Pisa does not take more than ten minutes. Both airports are the gateway to Tuscany, one of the most popular holiday areas in Italy.
There are many flights:for example to/from Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, London Heathrow, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Athens, Zurich and many more very important cities from all around the Globe.
The airport of Pisa handles many budget airline companies like Ryanair or Transavia. Ryanair flies to/from Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Liverpool and Transavia to/from Rotterdam airport.
There are many trains leaving to Siena. For example from Lucca,Florence or Pisa.
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