Day 1: Arrival in Cortona
We meet in Cortona. We’ll have a late afternoon orientation and bike fitting. Book your flight into Florence or Rome and there is good train service from both cities to the start of the trip. Cortona, the setting f or Francis Mayes’s best seller, Under the Tuscan Sun and a beautiful hill town to
begin our tour.
Day 2: Cortona – Cortona Loop ride (50 km, Ascent 1,000 m.)
Our ride today dips into Umbria where you’ll enjoy scenic overlooks of Lake Trasimeno. We’ll ride seldom used backroads returning to Cortona for one last night.
Day 3: Cortona – Montepulciano – Monticchiello – Bagno Vignoni (65 km, Ascent 900 m)
We ride through the iconic hilltowns of Montepulicano and Monticello. Cycling through the vineyards of Vino Noble, having lunch in a piazza iin Montepulicano, cycling down the famous switchbacks to Monticchiello for a gelato stop en route to Bagno Vignoni – life is good! Our home for the next 2 nights is in the countryside – a little paradise with a swimming pool and we are just a short walk away from the hamlet of Bagno Vignoni.
Day 4: Bagno Vignoni – Montalcino – Sant Antimo Abbey loop ride (55 km, Ascent 900 m)
Layover day. This will be a great spot to satisfy a variety of desires for the day. Bagno Vignoni is a short distance away and this is a spa town. There is also a wonderful loop ride to the vineyards of Montalcino, a 13th century paradise and the home of Brunello wine. The route continues to the abbey of Saint Antimo, a well preserved 12th-century monastery that still echoes with Gregorian chants. Then you’ll return to Bagno Vignoni for another night.
Day 5: Bagno Vignoni – Sovana (70 km, Ascent 1500 m)
You’ll cycle up to Arcidosso on the slope of Mt. Amiata and then enjoy a great downhill as you enter the Maremma region in the very southern tip of Tuscany where the vegetation and climate are greatly influenced by the Mediterranean. Your destination for the next 2 nights is the tiny hamlet of Sovana.
Day 6: Loop Ride Sorano – Ptigliano, Saturnia (75 km, Ascent 1200 m)
Cycle the splendid route in the Maremma region of Tuscany. This spectacular stretch of roads is literally carved into the tufa There are many options today to shorten the route if you prefer. Sorano is a very picturesque ancient city perched on a cliff. Saturnia is known for its thermal baths.
Day 7: Sovana to Port Santo Stefano, on the sea! (70 km, 800 m)
Our final ride takes us from the Maremma region of Tuscany all of the way to the Mediterranean. Our hotel tonight is on a small beach on the sea.
Day 8: Departure Tour ends after breakfast
There is a train station in nearby Orbetello and private transfers can also be arranged.