Check in around 14.00 at your charming hotel in Lucca. There will be a briefing, bike setting, GPS and maps delivery. Airport - railway transfers from Pisa or Florence airport (on request). Overnight in Lucca.
Lucca to Pisa - Lucca 58 km - altitude flat
The tour starts from Lucca, leaving the Lucca walls behind you and cycle along Arno river to reach an ancient aqueduct. You will start biking on Puccini's bike way up to San Giuliano Terme (ancient thermal baths) and Monti Pisani which separate Lucca from Pisa. Following over quite country roads you will finally reach Pisa historical centre. Time to visit the town and leaning tower so time to take some important pictures. On your way back you will see charming villages like Nozzano Castello an ancient hamlet maintaining. Soon you will seeing the famous walls of Lucca again.
Lucca to Montecatini Terme 48 km - altitude 250m
The new Lucca-Montecatini stage is mostly developed along the local wine roads of Lucca and Montecarlo d.o.c. areas. Its a nice opportunity to taste good wines and taste local Tuscan specialities. Montecarlo is a medieval village on a short hill famous for its wines, different from Chianti thanks to a large cultivation of French grapevines, coupled with Sangiovese. The road to Montecatini goes then over very low traffic roads on the plains and soon you arrive Montecatini Terme where you need to enjoy the famous night-life and excellent local restaurants.
Montecatini Terme to San Miniato 47 km - altitude 170m
We were speaking about Montecatini Terme night-life, but the town is mainly known because of its famous and ancient thermal baths and wellness centres. So we suggest to enjoy the hot natural baths or relax in a swimming pool before starting the next tour. This stage will bring you to San Miniato biking along the Padule di Fucecchio trough marshy areas with special fauna rich in migratory birds. The last stretch is along the Arno river via Francigena. Besides the historical art interest, San Miniato is also famous for its annual festival devoted to the precious white truffle which is harvested in this area. Try some at the local shops and restaurants.
San Miniato to Vinci to Poggio alla Malva 45 km - altitude 250m
Today's ride is a great tour around the rural scenery where Lonardo Da Vinci was born and his genius developed. Your will cycle from San Miniato to Cerreto Guidi and Vinci over light rolling hills; In Vinci you cannot miss the chance to visit Leonardo Da Vinci museum, Who loves can go uphill a little more to the country house where Leonardo was born. Come back down to the river and follow the banks of the Arno River again, you will arrive at Montelupo Fiorentino, a nice small village. From here continue along the river until the feet of Poggio alla Malva, an old hunting estate by Medici of Florence. Here a steep climb will lead you Poggio alla Malva. At the latter you can enjoy the view overlooking the Arno and Pesa valley. Because of the rolling hills this is the most challenging cycling day of your Classic Tuscany cycling trip.
Poggio alla Malva to Firenze 22 km altitude 50m
Poggio alla Malva is not far from Florence, the first part of today you cycle over the local road to reach Parco dei Renai, a green area with a nice lake. From here starts the path along the river far away from the busy roads ending at Parco delle Cascine, a green quarter of Florence, where the bike way starts following the Lungarno (street following the Arno river inside the town – they are both in Florence and Pisa). Once in the city centre you will have the time to visit all the attractions, historical squares, buildings, museums and churches. You stay 2 days in Florence.
Firenze circuits 20 km - altitude 250m
Florence would deserve a lot of time to be complitely enjoyed...you can take advantage of this additional day to relax and walk in freedom through the hundreds narrow streets of the city center or have a chance to ride up the hills around to see the town from a different point of view. We suggest two different itineraries one in the south and one in the north.
The first circuit will bring you along the Arno park and then up to Piazzale Michelangelo - a terrace over Florence with fantastic views – San Miniato al Monte and down to Palazzo Pitti, the residence of Medici family.
The second itinerary goes up to an highest point of view, to Fiesole, a beautiful village which offers a magnificent panorama of the city from its hilltop position. Only one climb, in this case, but longer...Fiesole unites the beauty of the landscape with a remarkable cultural heritage evidenced in the Etruscan and Roman remains (18-20 km).
After enjoying Florence again in the morning, you can easily go back to Pisa in an hour by train or leave directly from Florence (leaving the bikes at the hotel) unless you prefer to extend your holiday relaxing some more days in the countryside or in one of the main towns of the tour. Transfers to the railway station or the airports of Pisa & Florence can be made (on request).