A Taste of Tuscany Self-Guided Cycling

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Quintessential Tuscany - the landscapes, the food and the people

This is not just a cycling holiday it is an immersion into local Tuscan life, from a cookery class to hot thermal spa baths and the chance to taste local wines and olive oils. Sample the Vino Nobile of Monepulciano, rich Pecorino cheese in Pienza or take a bath in Roman Bagno Vignoni.

Highlights
* Fabulous insight into traditional Tuscan life: the food, the wine, the culture * Exhilarating cycling across the UNESCO Val d'Orcia * Delicious classic Tuscan cuisine and cookery class * Visit the wine and cheese towns of Montepulciano and Pienza * Warm and welcoming agriturismo with a passionate owner - the best of Italian hospitality
Food

Tuscan food is based on the Italian idea of 'cucina povera' (poor cooking); simple inexpensive meals that can be made for large groups. Whilst this was once dictated by the economy and expense of the produce, the tradition has remained. The cuisine of this region doesn't use complicated seasonings or elaborate recipes, and instead focuses on fresh, high quality ingredients that allow the natural flavours in each dish to shine through. Typical dishes include fagioli con salsiccia (cannellini beans with sausage), tagliatelle al tartufo (pasta in a truffle sauce) bistecca Fiorentina (a T-bone steak often large enough to share!), pici (a fat, handmade spaghetti, often served with tomato and garlic sauce or game meat). Don't miss the local cacio and pecorino cheeses, and sample the famous wines: Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

Profile
* 7 nights single centre accommodation * All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals * Management by local hotelier * High quality mountain bikes * GPS route directions and maps * Wine, olive oil and local produce tasting * One Spa entrance * One Cookery class
Destinations
  • Europe
  • Italy
  • Tuscany
Tour Types
  • New Cycling Tours
  • Adventure
  • Cycling
  • New Cycling Holidays
Day 1

Arrive at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia and enjoy a stroll to the old town, before your evening briefing by the owner, Stefano, and the first of many home cooked dinners. (Staying at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia for 7 nights, Half Board)



Day 2

Start the week with mountain views and forest tracks as you head to the small town of Montallese and on to Lake Chiusi. After a lunch-break take the long distance path of Sentiero della Bonifica to the Lake of Montepulciano, a nature reserve ideal for bird-watching before heading back to the agristurismo in time for dinner.



Day 3

You will be transferred to Radicofani, the highest point in the Val d'Orca, for incredible views. From here cycle to Contignano, famous for its pecorino cheese and a perfect spot for lunch before a downhill stretch through the forest and past the beautiful private gardens of La Foce. The back to the agristurismo in time for wine and local produce tasting in the old town before dinner.



Day 4

Descend along country tracks passing a truffle-growing area before crossing the Astrone stream. Cycle through beautiful valleys to the medieval town of Sarteano before carrying on to Cetona, then climb to Mondo X where you can find one of the best restaurants in Italy, La Frateria - a beautiful convent started by St Francis in 1212. Head back to your hotel in time for your dinner.



Day 5

Spend the day relaxing or walk into Chianciano Terme. On your way back to the hotel you could use you thermal spa voucher and relax in the healing waters. In the afternoon begin your cookery class where you will learn classic Italian techniques and eat the meal you prepare for dinner.



Day 6

Cycle through acres of vineyards on your way to Montepulciano and stop to take in views of the famous Mount Amiata. Explore Montepulciano's winding medieval streets before cycling back to Chianciano.



Day 7

After a short transfer to Pienza take time to explore the town - it is one of the cheese capitals of Italy - and its beautiful medieval historic centre. Perhaps pick up a sandwich filled with porchetta or a slab of rich and creamy Pecorino. The ride takes you downhill to cross one of the stunning plains of the Val d'Orcia, and a short detour takes you to Roman Bagno Vignoni with its roman baths and sulphur springs. Follow a long straight Roman road then cross the valley and climb up and down into Chianciano.



Day 8

Leave Chianciano Terme.



* All accommodation * All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals * Management by local hotelier * GPS route directions and maps * /RideWithGPS/ navigation app * High quality bikes * Wine and olive oil tasting * One spa entrance * Cookery class

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