1. Italy
  2. Province of Lucca
  3. Siena
  4. Monteriggioni

Multi-Day Bike Tour in Tuscany: The Ancient Via Francigena

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The road throung Francigena in Tuscany, from Lucca to Siena, is one of the most popular and spectacular stretches of the Via Francigena. It is an ancient pilgrimage route that is a beautiful exploration.
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Duration: 3.5 days
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the most amazing medieval cities of Tuscany
  • Ride 140 kms along the ancient Via Francigena
  • Enjoy the spectacular hills of Tuscany
  • Experience the culture from a new perspective
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Day 1: Meet your guide and bikes at 5:30 PM at the hotel in the city center of Lucca. Get to know one another by embarking on the first excursion together into the old town with a local guide and a food crawl.

Day 2: From Lucca to San Miniato: 46 kilometers on mostly flat roads with sections of wide trails and paths through wooded sections. Depart on bike from Lucca after having ridden around the famous ancient city walls and visiting the historical city center. Following the pilgrimage route, ride a bike along footpaths and back streets to meet fellow cyclists and pilgrims traveling the path on foot. The slow pace of the ride will really allow you to see a part of Italy that cannot be experienced by car or train. Today is a good warm up to the day that follows which is a bit more hilly. Lunch will be at a local eatery along the way and lodging for the night is in the town of San Miniato, internationally known for its amazing white truffles. Dinner will be a group outing at a very local Trattoria.

Day 3: San Miniato to San Gimignano: 42 Kilometers; Welcome to the Tuscan hills. Moderately difficult to difficult. Your morning starts out with a downhill experience. Then its up and down as you make your way over and through the Val D'Elsa to the Manhattan of Tuscany, the San Gimignano with all it's remaining medieval towers and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A challenging uphill section from Castelfiorentino to Gambassi Terme will stoke your appetites for a lunch stop at the top of the hill. After lunch, the terrain is still worth pacing, though you have the vineyards of Vernaccia wine grapes to feast your eyes upon and perhaps even stop to snack on some grapes. Reach your destination in late afternoon, time enough to wander the city and maybe have a gelato, but don’t spoil your appetite for dinner.

Day 4: San Gimignano to Siena: 51 kilometers; from one UNESCO site to another. Continue up and down through the literally breathtaking scenery of the Tuscan hills to Colle Val d’Elsa where you can stop for a caffe. The itinerary takes you through another beautiful section of the Via Francigena, a meditative bike path, along the Elsa river where you will be surrounded with the silence of the river valley away from any traffic noise and the hustle and bustle of daily life. Next stop is Pieve di Strove with its Romanesque interiors, then on to the splendid Abbadia at Isola, with its imposing Abbey that has been a pilgrimage resting stop for centuries. The lunch stop today is at a long-standing eatery for Sienese locals that is located in the shadow of medieval walls Monteriggioni. Reach Siena through some dirt roads, passing by the medieval hamlet of Cerbaia. Here the tour ends, and it is recommended you book at least one night in Siena to explore this beautiful destination. 
Includes
  • Aperitivo, walking tour Lucca Day 1
  • Breakfast and accomodation Day 1, 2, 3
  • Luggage transfer
  • Visit to Lucca, San Miniato, San Gimignano and Siena
  • 24-speed bicycles
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • E-bikes (available for a 150€ additional charge, please book in advance)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People under 3 ft 9 in (120 cm)

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Meeting point

Meeting point in Lucca at 5:30 PM. 55100 Lucca LU, Italia

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunscreen
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Terrain: mostly paved roads
• Difficulty: from moderate to active rider
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Product ID: 223188