Check in around 14.00 at your hotel in Lucca. Lucca can easily be reached by local trains or buses from Pisa and Florence. There will be a short briefing with maps and delivery of the bike (s) by the tour organizer Airport or railway transfers (on request).
Lucca countryside - altitude 330m
The route starts at your hotel in Lucca. Before leaving this splendid place, we recommend exploring it by bike, pedalling along its elegant streets. After visiting Lucca, you pedal through the marvellous Tuscan countryside Lucca and its countryside deserve a sightseeing tour along the local roads, unbeaten by tourists, among medieval hamlets, parish churches, small farms and old oil mills, where the famous extra virgin oil d.o.p. of Lucca is produced. We have selected an easy itinerary of about 36km and one a little more challenging of 59km to give you a chance to take really all the best of this area.
Lucca to Versilia-Viareggio - altitude 150m
You will leave Lucca in the morning, when streets and typical shops look more lively and bright. Leaving the city centre you will pass the old Carthusian monastery and Nozzano, an ancient hamlet maintaining its original aspect and fortifications, to reach Massaciuccoli park, on Massaciucoli lake, after a country uphill road. From the short hill you will have an enchanting view of the park , the coast and the sea on the horizon. From here to Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta and Versilia beaches it’s a pleasant biking in a totally different landscape (39 km).
Versilia-Viareggio to Pisa - altitude flat
The third stage of the Tuscany Coast tour starts at the “Versilia” promenade, one of the most famous in Tuscany. You will cross the small town of Viareggio, known as resort for famous people, for its Carnival and for the production of yachts and luxurious boats. Changing scenery again you will bike through the Natural Park of “Migliarino - San Rossore- Massaciuccoli”, typical for its sweet-smelling pinewoods and sand dunes, and visit Torre del Lago Puccini, on its centre. The tour will take you in Pisa again for the night (37 km).
Castiglioncello to Castagneto Carducci - altitude flat
After an easy train transfer from Pisa to Castiglioncello, you will start your tour southwards always along the seaside: you will enjoy the cycling on natural bike paths inside the centenarian pinewoods, arriving up to several lovely sandy beaches: “The White – Beaches of Vada”, the “Mazzanta”, the “Marina di Cecina”…since the climate in this part of Tuscany is very pleasant also in Spring and Autumn, you will have the chance to stop and relax on the sand, enjoying the typical quiet of early/late season and going for a swim in the sea when sun still brights high (35 km)
Bolgheri wine roads - altitude 200m
Your fourth day of this Best of Tuscany cycling experience is a break in the countryside (35 km). This is the day for people loving quality wines and the typical Tuscan countryside, with cypresses, vineyards, farmhouses, mild hills in the background…just like in the postcards! Actually the area we cross is not far from the sea and so not too hilly. The route is along the “Wineroad of the Etruscan Coast”: you will reach Bibbona, Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci crossing the whole area where SuperTuscan wines as Sassicaia and Ornellaia are produced. You will find a lot of wineries where stop your cycling for a wine tasting, before coming back to our beautiful hotel to relax.
Castagneto Carducci to Folloncia - altitude 50m
Following the coast you will reach San Vincenzo, another seaside resort, with a beautiful promenade, sandy beaches and restaurants near the sea. From here continue along the gulf of Baratti, a spectacular bay, with a wide sandy beach, protected by wild cliffs. The region is dominated by Populonia, one of the most famous archaeological sites of Tuscany. From here the tour leads you along the Tuscan countryside facing Elba island and then returning to the sea to Torre Mozza, where an ancient tower is built directly on the fine white beach; You will proceed along the sea until the seaside-resort of Follonica, where you will find the last hotel.
Departure day…..Time to say goodbye, a good flight back home or a pleasant stay in Italy.