Tuscany Bicycle Tours, Cycling Holidays in Tuscany, Tuscany Villa Rentals
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Tuscany bicycle tours will go between
the hill towns and could include wine
tasting, dining, and gourmet sampling of
cheeses and artisanal produce.
The best bet is to use one of the good
guide services or good hiking books
like, "Walking And Eating in Tuscany
and Umbria" as a guide.
Other Hiking Books listed below
A guided tour like La Dolce Vita Wine
Tours gives the best dining and wine
tasting option on a hiking tour but you
can create your own good day hike at
any of the many hill towns.
Park in the lot far below the town and
then hike up to the top where you find the
plaza, the town center, perhaps a
restaurant, a wine cellar, or an
interesting medieval church.
Tuscany is a largely agricultural region of
rolling hills and intensive farming of
grapes (September, October harvest) or
sunflowers (Ripe in mid June), and
Low mountains make up a large portion
of Tuscany and offer some good day
hikes, especially near the hilltop towns
or on the outskirts of the towns.
The best bet for those that will be in
Tuscany for a short visit will be to go with
a guided hike or a guided bike trip.
The tours usually go from village to
village and the operators will arrange
lodging and transportation.
Tuscany Photos by Len Delory
Tuscany occupies nearly 9000 square miles of north central Italy
north of Rome.
Sections of several of Tuscany's notable places including the Val
d'Orcia Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park near Castelmuzio in
Sienna have been made UNESCO Sites and thus are protected from
Other protected sites Central Florence, the central square and
Cathedral of Pisa, the center of Sienna, San Gimignano's central
Castiglione d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San
Quirico d'Orcia, make up the Val d'Orcia
Tuscany and its fertile valleys was first settled in 1500 BC. Later in the
8th century BC the Etruscans settled the area and gave it its name.
Many museums in the area have Etruscan artifacts, sophisticated
pre-Roman art involving advanced metallurgy.
By the 2nd century BC, the Romans had taken control of Tuscany.
Art and Architecture
The cities of Tuscany, particularly Florence and the wealth of its
merchants, gave momentum to the Renaissance. The wealthy merchants
of Pisa, a port city, and of Florence, commissioned works by great
masters that now reside in the museums. Architectural masterpieces in
Florence and Pisa resulted from the success of Tuscan bankers and
merchants during the Renaissance. Illustrious Tuscans were Leonardo
da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Galileo, and the painter, Botticelli.
The Medici, a banking family from Florence, commissioned many works
A hike to the hilltop town can be a good
day hike with a picnic at the top
For a one day guided
bike tour out of Florence
Single and multi day
tours, Florence and
Tuscan Hill Towns, Good Day Hikes
Anghiari, Nearby Nature Preserve
San Gimgnano, Wine, towers
Sarteano: hilltop castle, Etruscan tombs in the
hills, Etruscan museum in nearby Chiusi
Monteriggioni: fortified 12 th century hill town
near Siena with 84 residents
San Quirico D'Orcia:
Hike in the Crete and visit this 12 century fortified
A day hike to the top of the hilltop village
can offer some sights and good views of
Tuscany Off the Tourist
Castelmuzio is an out of
the way hill town in Sienna
that centers several other
seldom visited hill towns. This
once fortified hill town could
make a good base for hiking
or biking trips.. The town has
its own charm with good
views and still has remnants
of the early forts.
Bus Service .
One road through
Castelmuzio is called Via
Degli Etruschi, the old
Etruscan road. Nearby find
the Roman era church of
Hike or bike north to the
village of Montisi, (2 miles)
a Medieval hilltop village
(pop 400) Named for the
Etruscan god Isis. Notable
now for the study of
From the road you have a
view ot the strange
landscape of the Crete
Senesi, clay deposits from
an ancient sea. .
Another hike or bike ride
takes you west and north to
the village of San
Giovanni d'Asso. (6
From there you can drive or
bike west to the village of
Chiusure (11 miles)
Hike to the Abbey of
Maggiore where there is
interesting paintings and
From Castelmuzio you can
hike or bike east to the
village of Petroio. (3 miles)
This village is notable for
making terracotta pots.
East from Castelmuzio you
can continue to
miles)From there drive further
east and south to visit the
hilltop town of
A good day hike is to park
below the hilltop town of
Montepulciano and hike up to
the top. (605 meters Alt)
Andrea della Robbia
terracotta altar art in the
Santa Maria delle Grazie
church and two notable wines
mark this Renaissance town.
Further west, follow the
SP-146 south and west to the
E-35 or A-1, north/south
highway at the crossroad for
Chiusi and the National
Radicofani and San
Quirico d'Orcia, make
up the Val d'Orcia
Artistic, Natural This
region is noted for
Visitors can lodge in a
farm house, vineyard or
other rural setting with a
family. This opens great
hiking and biking
Tuscany Hiking Books
Walking in Tuscany: Tuscany, Trail
Walking And Eating in Tuscany
"50 Hikes In & Around Tuscany:
Hiking the Mountains, Forests, Coast
& Historic Sites of Wild Tuscany &
"A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany:
Exploring and Eating"
"The Most Beautiful Villages of
"Village Walks: Tuscany: 50
Adventures on Foot " (City Walks)
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Tuscany Bicycle Tours and Cycling Holidays in
Tuscany can be affordable with a Tuscany Villa Rental.
Sharing the rent on a Vacation Rentals can put
Tuscany Bicycle Tours or Walking holiday in Italian
wine country within the budget.
Tuscany Bicycle Tours and Cycling
Holidays can be made affordable
with a Tuscany Villa Rental.
The villas can offer six or more
bedrooms and a shared kitchen
Several families can share the
expense and make a Tuscany
Sharing the rent on a Vacation
Rental can put Tuscany bicycle
tours and walking trips, hikes to the
hill towns, wine tasting and gourmet
dining on regional cuisine within
reach and within the budget.
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