Cycling through the magnificent landscape of the Val d'Orcia, in the Tuscan hills, which has been included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 2004.
The Val d'Orcia, a blend of art and landscape, geographical space and ecosystem, is an expression of wonderful natural features but is also the result and the testimony of the people who lived there. According to UNESCO, this valley is an outstanding example of how the landscape was redesigned in the Renaissance and reflects the ideals of "good governance" (XIV and XV century), typical of the Italian city-state, whose splendid places were celebrated by painters of the Sienese school, which flourished between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries.
MAIN TECHNICAL FEATURES:
Total km 220
Paved and dirt roads
Routes with steady and rideable ascents. The stages are approx. 40 km each with touristic pace
Suggested bike: Mtb/Road Bike/E-Bike (Bike hire catalogue)
Difficulty degree: Hard. Please check Useful Information
Suggested clothing: technical equipment. Visit Bikelife Store
HOW TO GET THERE:
By plane: Firenze Airport
By plane: Grosseto Airport
By train: Trenitalia. Plan your journey on Trenitalia
By car: exit tollgate A1 Firenze/Impruneta. Plan your journey on Google Maps
By bus: plan your journey with Flixbus
The City Walls and the historic village, the old Via Francigena, Palazzo Chigi, the Church of San Francesco, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Horti Leonini, Terme di San Filippo, Thermal Baths of Bagno Vignoni, the Medieval waters of Vivo D'Orcia, the Mill Park, the Church of Saints Stefano and Degna, Medieval Castle of Corsignano, Abbey of St. Antimo and the Collegiate of San Quirico, Banfi Castle, Teatro Povero of Monticchiello.
Through the five municipalities that have given life to the Park of the Val D'Orcia: Castiglione d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d'Orcia, the rolling hills covered by dense vegetation of vineyards, olive groves, cypresses, beeches and chestnut trees, interrupted by old medieval villages, rural houses and fortresses with inaccessible towers, scattered in the isolated and quiet nature of the place. This is the scenario that will be presented to the eyes of the cyclist of the Val d'Orcia, picturesque scenery, just like the portraits from the masters of the Sienese school.
DAY 1: Arrival in San Quirico D'Orcia (SI) with own means (possibility of organizing your journey and transfers, on request)
At 13:00 we meet in the hotel for the briefing with the guide and possible bike test. When we decided to organize a Tourbike in Val D'Orcia, we tried to find a town that was central to the five municipalities that make up the park. San Quirico seemed to be the right site also because it offers us the opportunity to visit, on the first day: The City Walls and the historic village, the old Via Francigena, Palazzo Chigi, the Church of San Francesco, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Horti Leonini and the splendid Porta Cappuccini. The visit ends with a welcome aperitiv and dinner in a typical restaurant. Overnight in San Quirico D'Orcia.
DAY 2: The water paths. San Quirico D'Orcia/Castiglione D'Orcia round trip. Mtb/Road Bike. (Mtb/RoadBike 50 km, 1000 mt of elevation gain)
It's around the water that, since the Middle Ages, the life of the inhabitants of the Val d'Orcia took place. We leave for the Water Paths that lead us to visit the Baths of San Filippo, the Health Spa of Bagno Vignoni, the Medieval Water of Vivo D'Orcia, the Mills Park. We get to Castiglione D'Orcia to visit the Church of Saints Stefano and Degna and, in Vivo D'Orcia, the site of the Baths of San Filippo, with distant view of Mount Amiata. Along the way, there is a experiential break for a light lunch to sample a specialty of the place combined with a glass of wine. The return is scheduled for the early afternoon, to leave space for relax and leisure. The appointment for the evening is scheduled at 19:30 for a dinner in a typical restaurant that concludes the day. Overnight in San Quirico D'Orcia.
DAY 3: Monuments and Faith. San Quirico D'Orcia/Montepulciano/Pienza round trip. Mtb/Road Bike. (Mtb/RoadBike 45 km, 800 mt of elevation gain)
Among the hills and cypresses of Val d'Orcia, it strecthes one of the most important "paths of faith" of Europe. Around it, in the Middle Ages, churches and abbeys of extraordinary charm were built. We partially follow this path and leave for Monticchiello (Teatro Povero) to get to Montepulciano. The return goes through the beautiful village of Pienza. We visit Corsignano medieval castle and the Collegiate Church of San Quirico. During the route, an experiential break for a light lunch to sample a specialty of the place combined with a glass of wine. The return is scheduled for the early afternoon, to leave space for relax and leisure in the town of San Quirico. The appointment for the evening is scheduled at 19:30 for a dinner in a typical restaurant that concludes this day. Overnight in San Quirico D'Orcia.
DAY 4: Plunged in the nature travelling towards Brunello vineyards. San Quirico D'Orcia/Montalcino. Mtb/Road Bike. (Mtb/Road Bike 30 km 460 mt of elevation gain)
The Val d'Orcia is not made to be crossed in a hurry. Lanes, cartroads, paths invite the visitor to move slowly, to savor what he sees, to stand in front of landscapes and monuments but also in front of the details of the territory: hamlets, isolated cypresses, erosion furrows. Today the morning is dedicated to the bike, with the transfer to Montalcino through the Eroica dirt roads and the vineyards of Brunello. After the experiential break for a light lunch to sample a specialty of the place combined with a glass of wine, in the afternoon we visit the town of Siena, with a transfer. Capital of the Gothic, no other town keeps alive the cultural and civil heritage of the Middle Ages as Siena. We have dinner in a typical restaurant in the town and head back to Montalcino. Overnight in Montalcino.
DAY 5: Aromas and flavors of the Terre Senesi. Mtb/Road Bike. (Mtb/Road Bike 35 km, 500 mt of elevation gain)
Even the Val d'Orcia, as all the Terre di Siena, offers top-quality gourmet products: oil, which is the core of Tuscan agriculture, the fragrant spice of saffron cultivated and exported since the Middle Ages, the cheeses, in particular the famous Pecorino di Pienza and red wines, like Brunello, produced since the end of '800. This day is dedicated to cycle along the vineyards and the Crù of the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine. The hills accompany us up to Castiglion Del Bosco (we pass in front of the estate Rosenwood of Ferragamo) and continue until Bibbiano and Buonconvento to return to Montalcino. During the excursion there is a experiential break for a light lunch in a cellar where you can taste a specialty of the place combined with a glass of wine. The return is scheduled for the early afternoon, to leave space for relax and leisure in the town of Montalcino. The appointment for the evening is scheduled at 19:30 for a dinner in a typical restaurant that concludes this day. Overnight in Montalcino.
DAY 6: World Heritage. Montalcino/Banfi Castle round trip Mtb/Road Bike. (Mtb/Road Bike 40 km, 490 mt of elevation gain)
Genuine treasure of nature and landscapes, Val d'Orcia welcomes some of the most interesting historical towns of Siena and all of Tuscany. From the streets, to the squares, the churches, the view extends toward great horizons of the hills. Castles, villages, towers and isolated monasteries complete the picture of a fascinating land. We leave for Castelnuovo dell'Abate (visit to the Abbey of Sant'Antimo) with view of the castle of Valona. We pedal towards Sant'Angelo in Colle on dirt road, to get to Banfi Castle (that we visit together with the village), then Tavernelle for the return through Poggio Nardone. Along the way there is a experiential stop for a light lunch to sample a specialty of the place combined with a glass of wine. The return is scheduled for the early afternoon, to leave space for relax and leisure in the town of Montalcino and for a tasting at Enoteca del Castello. Following a dinner in a typical restaurant that ends this last day. Overnight in Montalcino.
DAY 7: Breakfast at the hotel Deaprture from Montalcino towards own destinations. (end of services)
DESCRIPTIONS, TOURS, TRAILS, DETAILS ARE ONLY INDICATIVE. ANY OTHER INFO WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER BOOKING CONFIRMATION
MIN GROUP SIZE:guided 6, self-guided 2
ACCOMMODATION: In approved with an agreement Hotels, B&B, guest-houses
PRICE: guided TO BE DEFINED
WHAT'S INCLUDED: Hospitality in HB with double/ twin bed room, guide, luggage transport, tastings in the wine cellars, bike garage, an area for little reparations
NOT INCLUDED: Arrival/Return journey, drinks, tourist tax, health and luggage insurance, entrance to points of interest and everything not listed under “price includes"
SURCHARGES & REDUCTIONS: Bike rent , equipment, lunches