ANYONE WITH TWO WHEELS
The hills and roads of Terre di Siena are a paradise for anyone on a bicycle, from small children carried in the child seat to cyclo-tourists wishing to discover a new world, adventurous bikers searching for winding roads, and riders who love the elegant style of a city bicycle.
You can discover the beauties of this land either on your own (with the help of our detailed route notes and maps) or guided by Sandro.
The prices for Sandro as guide are noted in the official Sienese guides: Half day (max 4 hours.) € 160.00 (plus expenses for lunch); Full day (max 8 hours) € 260.00 (plus expenses for lunch) for a group of maximum 20 people.
OUR BIKE ITINERARIES
Some proposals for our guests. A selection of trails for beginners and experts of the bicycle led by Sandro or take advantage of our detailed route notes to discover the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany on your own.
SHORT TOUR OF SAN GIMIGNANELLO - MOUNTAIN BIKE A cruise through the olive groves Total km: 16.90 Total ascent: 420 m. Terrain: 50% tracks, 38% dirt road, 12% asphalt road Short ring but with significant elevation, characterized by short, steep climbs that take you through typical landscape of Crete and olive groves around Serre di Rapolano. There is little traffic along this route, and no points of water supply.
TOUR OF SANTA BARBARA - MOUNTAIN BIKE Discovering the land of Travertine Total km: 19.70 Total ascent: 300 m. Terrain: 39% dirt road, 61% asphalt road A easy ride, but with significant elevation, in the countryside of Rapolano Terme on the border between the Crete Senesi, Val di Chiana and forest of Chianti. Little traffic along this route. No points of water supply.
FLYING OVER THE CRETE - MOUNTAIN BIKE A world apart: the triumph of essentialism and harmony Total km: 19.80 Total ascent: 250 m. Terrain: 31% tracks, 23% dirt road, 46% asphalt road Short ring but quite hilly with significant stretches of single track. Along the way, you literally fly over undulations of the famous Crete, one of the areas that most exalts the sensuality of the territory surrounding Siena. Sky and land, flocks and farms, country churches and stone villages-- all emerge as islands in this huge sea of land. Little traffic. The only fountains and bar for water are in Asciano, where you will also be able to visit the village and see the Palazzo Corboli Museum.
TOUR OF MURLO - ROAD BIKE Plunge into the land of the Etruscans Total km: 72.10 Total ascent: 1040 m. Terrain: Asphalt road This route takes you to the heart of the land of the Etruscans through the Crete Senesi, one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. Low volume of traffic. Fountains and bars for water supply. In addition, along the way you will be able to visit the Castle of Murlo with its Etruscan Museum and Buonconvento, and to admire the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.
TOUR OF ARBIA - ROAD BIKE In the heart of the Crete Senesi Total km: 55.30 Total ascent: 752 m. Terrain: Asphalt road Round trip along the Crete Senesi, with a short passage into Chianti, this route is a succession of up-and-downs. The landscape of the Crete Senesi is a triumph of essentialism and harmony, a timeless image that blends the forms of Etruscan wall paintings (graffito) with signs of modern art. It gets inside of you and has the power to bring your energies back into balance: emotions and sensations transform in the calm of space. Average traffic. Few points for water supply. Along the way, do not miss the deviation (on dirt road) to visit the Monumental Site transitoire work of the Belgian sculptor Jean Paul Philippe on the hills of Leonina.
TOUR OF CASTELMUZIO - ROAD BIKE Sliding between the Crete Senesi and the Val d'Orcia Total km: 85 Total ascent: 843 m. Terrain: Asphalt road Short climbs but tough enough, and with some technical descents. Along the way, admire some of the most beautiful panoramas in all of the province of Siena. Low traffic volume. Fountains and bars for water. Should you wish, you will be able to visit the Museum of the Terracotta in Petroio, the Truffle Museum in San Giovanni d'Asso, and the Palazzo Corboli Museum in Asciano.
TOUR OF SINALUNGA - ROAD BIKE A short ride on the border between the Crete Senesi and the Val di Chiana Total km: 85 Total ascent: 843 m. Terrain: Asphalt road Extremely short ride leading into the Val di Chiana. Along the second part, you will encounter some truly remarkable views of the Crete Senesi. Average traffic in the first half; little in the second. Fountains and bars for water.
TOUR OF MONTE SAN SAVINO - ROAD BIKE Discovering the Val di Chiana Total km: 47.6 Total ascent: 682 m. Terrain: Asphalt road Winding along the border between the Crete Senesi and the Val di Chiana, this area shows evidence of numerous archaeological sites, having been the cradle of many ancient civilizations. Little traffic in the first quarter, intense in the second, and waning once again for the final kilometers. Fountains and bars available for water. This itinerary includes an optional detour to admire the Gargonza Castle, a fortified village dating to the eleventh century. We also suggest a stop in the village of Lucignano.
TOUR OF MONTISI - ROAD BIKE From "Grancia" to "Grancia" in the Crete Senesi and Val d'Orcia Total km: 47.6 Total ascent: 682 m. Terrain: Asphalt road From the dramatic vistas of the Crete Senesi to the rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia, this route offers a chance to discover the system of "Grance" (fortified farms) that characterized the Province of Siena in the Middle Ages. Little traffic. Fountains and bars for water supply. We suggest a stop to visit the Grancia of Serre di Rapolano with its museum, the Museum of the Truffle, the forest of Ragnaia in San Giovanni d'Asso, and the Palazzo Corboli Museum in Asciano.
TOUR OF CASTGLION D'ORCIA - ROAD BIKE Val d'Orcia for expert riders Total km: 110 Total ascent: 1730 m. Terrain: Asphalt road Given both the length and the elevation gain, this is a route for expert riders. It leads through Val d'Orcia with its medieval castles, sunny rolling hills, isolated hilltop towns, avenues of cypresses, olive groves, and golden wheat fields. Low volume of traffic. Fountains and bars for water.