Cycling In Tuscany

Cycling and road racing has a long history in Italy and with its hills and spectacular scenery it is natural that Tuscany (and Chianti specifically) is very popular with cyclists.

From Florence, many companies offer relaxed cycling tours where tourists are bussed to the countryside of Chianti but what if you want to do something a bit more challenging? Riding a Bianchi Racing Bike through the Tuscan countryside has to be at the top of the list for many keen cyclists and when I found Florence by Bike, I immediately gave them a call. You can rent a full carbon Bianchi 928 or Wilier Mortirolo for just €45 a day which goes down for longer rentals, or an aluminium-carbon mix Bianchi for €36 a day. In the shop they speak English and they were even kind enough to let me collect the bikes on Friday evening so we could start early on Saturday.

From my flat in Sant’ Ambrogio, we made the (at times perilous) journey out of town. Carbon fiber Bianchis might work amazingly on smooth tarmac but on century-old cobbles they can be a handful! Once the centre of Florence was behind us, we took the Via Senese and after just 20 minutes of riding had a rather challenging climb. It was just at the top of that hill that I filmed my friend walking – to his shame, I must add! Our route took in lunch at Chiesanuova, afternoon tea in Impruneta and then back to Florence past the American War Cemetery. Overally, I think we did around 50km and it was an amazing way to see parts of Tuscany that would normally just be speeding past if you were in a car or on a motorbike.

Cycling and road racing has a long history in Italy and with its hills and spectacular scenery it is natural that Tuscany (and Chianti specifically) is very popular with cyclists.

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  1. Norah Jordan says:

    Jason, this is absolutely amazing! Myself and the family are planning to do a similar thing but we have to wait till our kids are a bit older (5 and 3 now). Soon though, soon :)

  2. Jason says:

    Glad you like it Norah! Unfortunately, the age limit is 12 on the tour but time flies and they’ll be that age before you know it…

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