Tuscany Bike Tour

Essential Italy: What Locals Love Beyond Siena and Florence

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $4,995Collection: ClassicNon-Rider Options

Tour Highlights

  • Learn the family recipes that have been handed down over generations as you cook with our friend Lina in her 15th-century home
  • Spend a night in historic Pienza, a place of architectural heritage named for the Pope who made it his mission to transform the town into an ideal Renaissance city
  • Pedal through UNESCO-recognized landscapes of wheat fields where scenes from Gladiator were famously filmed
  • Meet Paolo and his mother at their olive mill for a home-cooked lunch and olive oil tasting featuring products grown on the farm

Eat

Hand-rolled pici pasta, pecorino cheese, olio nuovo (fresh-pressed olive oil), truffles, fava beans, artichokes, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, Chianina beef, and cinghiale (wild boar)

Drink

Famous local wines, including Brunello, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile and Super Tuscans

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    La Dolce Vita

    Meet our guides at the Chiusi train station for a transfer to Pienza, a Renaissance town in the heart of Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia. Check into our boutique hotel and tuck into lunch before we set off for our first ride into the countryside. You’ll feel as though you’ve traveled back to the 13th century while pedaling on the cobbled streets of tiny Petroio and greeting locals as they tend their olive groves. Choose your own adventure with longer or shorter ride options. This evening, stretch your legs with a stroll through Pienza before a traditional Tuscan dinner.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pienza, Petroio
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 28 km, elevation gain: 497 meters
    Longer Option: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 705 meters
    Accommodations: Bandita Townhouse

  • Day 2

    Montalcino: Castles, Brunello, and Home-Cooking

    Set off riding through the Val d’Orcia, an area so beautiful that UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site—you may also recognize it from the movie Gladiator’s famous wheat field scene. Climb up to the craggy medieval fortress of Castiglione for a coffee stop (a key component of Italian cycling culture), then enjoy an endless downhill through the olive groves. The final push brings us to our favorite Brunello winery, where the reward for our efforts is a gorgeous tasting lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool or getting pampered at the spa of our five-star castle hotel. This evening we’ll head into Montalcino for a cooking class and dinner in the 15th-century home of our friend Lina.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Montichiello, Castiglione d’Orcia, Montalcino
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 681 meters

    Longer Option: 37 miles / 67 km, elevation gain: 1,028 meters
    Accommodations: Castello di Velona

  • Day 3

    Hilltown Loop

    Today’s loop ride begins with a climb to Montalcino, followed by a downhill section through vineyards into the Asso Valley (home to some of Italy’s finest truffles). Pedal along the valley floor, then follow a scenic ridgeline to our friend Paolo’s olive mill for lunch cooked by his mother and a tasting of organic olive oil. After lunch, revel in majestic views towards the dormant volcano of Monte Amiata as we pedal to medieval San Quirico. From here, complete the full loop ride or opt for a quick shuttle back to the hotel. This evening, treat yourself to some rest and relaxation at the hotel before another satisfying dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Montalcino, San Giovanni d’Asso, Castelmuzio, San Quirico
    Accomplished: 33 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 882 meters
    Longer Option: 49 miles / 81 km, elevation gain: 1,378 meters
    Accommodations: Castello di Velona

  • Day 4

    Across the Crete Senesi: Monks and Masterpieces

    Say goodbye to the Castello di Velona as we ride through the mystical morning light that bathes the Romanesque Abbey of Sant’Antimo. Pedal across the Brunello region before we stop for a visit of the Renaissance frescoes at the Abbey of Monte Oliveto. After a picnic lunch, continue riding along the open ridges of this scenic landscape. Opt for an earlier van transfer or continue cycling all the way to our final hotel. Tonight, head into the medieval city of Siena to explore and dine there, or stay close and delight in dinner at the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Buonconvento, Monte Oliveto, Asciano, Siena
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 46 km, elevation gain: 635 meters
    Longer Option: 47 miles / 76 km, elevation gain: 1,191 meters
    Accommodations: Borgo San Felice or Castel Monastero

  • Day 5

    Chianti Classico: The Tuscan Heartland

    Olive and cypress trees surround us as we ride deep into the hills of Chianti. We’ll see plenty of fortified hamlets and castles—relics of Florence and Siena’s 300-year struggle for regional dominance and ownership over the birthplace of Chianti Classico wines found in ancient cellars around the area. Pedal past countless estates as we weave our way through forests and vineyards to lunch with our friend Max at his innovative bistro. After lunch, opt for a longer ride or a straight shot back to the hotel. We’ll regroup in the evening for a tasting of San Felice’s famous wines and a festive final dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Castelnuovo, Brolio, Castagnoli
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 49 km, elevation gain: 744 meters
    Longer Option: 38 miles / 62 km, elevation gain: 938 meters
    Accommodations: Borgo San Felice or Castel Monastero

  • Day 6

    Ride to Florence

    On our last day, choose between a late morning at the hotel or ride all the way across Chianti for a triumphant finish in Florence’s Piazzale Michelangelo. Whether you rode here or took a transfer, we say our goodbyes with the stunning Florentine skyline as our backdrop as guides see you off to your next adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Panzano, Greve, Florence
    Optional Ride: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 644 meters
    Longer Option: 41 miles / 67 km, elevation gain: 971 meters

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Rome or Florence, Italy Pick-Up Location: Chiusi Train Station Pick-Up Time: 11:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Rome or Florence, Italy Drop-Off Location: Florence Piazzale Michelangelo Drop-Off Time: 1:30 pm

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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