Cycling Toscana, Nature & Culture
From Pisa to Florence by bike
The city of Pisa, its tower and its lively historic center
Lucca, its ramparts and alleys paved with charm
Vinci, Montecarlo, San Miniato, small towns with old-style charm
Florence, an exceptional open-air museum
The vineyards of Tuscany
The story behind the trip
Tuscany, its green hills, its cypresses along the paths that lead to the most beautiful Italian villas. We were drawn to this beautiful postcard, an international reflection of the destination. In our team, Davide, from Italy, knows this region well where he collects olives every year, from which he produces a few liters of oil. He told us great stories and described the sweetness of life in Tuscany. It was then that we met a Breton woman living in Pisa! The bike trip was taking shape with her. A few months later, we were cycling on these hilly roads. We found there the green hills, the cypresses. We discovered the wines, the cuisine, the hospitality and the sweetness of life.
Discover the north of Tuscany by bike.
"We discovered the wines, the cuisine, the hospitality and the sweetness of life"
From Lucca you reach Pisa and its leaning tower for a first sunny bike ride. In the Serchio valley the tour guides you through the wine hills and the agricultural plains. Small towns and charming typical Tuscan villages make up a few stops. Beautiful villas, having belonged to the European nobility, open their doors to you. It’s the opportunity to discover lush gardens and rare furniture.
The historic villages allow you to relax on beautiful squares to enjoy a refreshment and a Gelato! You will find artisanal ice creams on every street corner, like in Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo, famous inventor and painter of the Mona Lisa. A whole museum is dedicated to him.
Along the river, pretty landscaped paths allow you to reach Florence. The city is both an open-air museum and a “museum city” by the size of its collections. Architecture and culture lovers appreciate the beautiful, lively city walks.
Individual arrival to Lucques and Settle in your hotel. The afternoon, the reception and the briefing in French language with our representative,
explanations of the route and the delivery
of the journey log and the GPS(global
positioning system) containing plans. Delivery of bikes in case of rent.
Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.
FROM LUCCA, PISA LOOP 32km
This first step brings you in Pisa, at the base of the tilted tower. Having left behind you the ramparts of Lucques, follow the river Serchio to borrow the cycle track Puccini, which, far from the noise of the traffic leads you until Ripafratta, San Giuliano and his thermal baths, by following Mounts Pisans. There, the small country roads and the ways along the monumental aqueduct of Nottolini, lead you to Pisa in 30 minutes approximately, for a total of 32 km. You have time to visit the historic center, the Place of the Riders (Piazza dei Cavalieri), the banks of Arno and, naturally, to take photos of the famous tower. You have the choice, if tiredness is felt, to return to Lucques by the train in 25 minutes.But our advice is to return by bicycle not to miss villages as Nozzano Castello, situated on the way back.
- For a few more km 58km
From LUCCA to MONTECANI-TERME 48km 250m
The step which connects Lucques with Montecatini you made borrow the wine trails of the zones D.O.C of the Hill Lucchese and Montecarlo, so offering you the chance to taste excellent wines accompanied with the typically Tuscan dishes, directly at the producers and in agritourisms. Montecarlo is a medieval village situated at the top of a famous hill for his wines, different from those of Chianti because of the important presence of French vines matched with Sangiovese. From Montecarlo to Montecatini Terme, the landscape changes completely; you find yourselves surrounded with plants and with flowers cultivated in the famous greenhouses of the zone which extends until Pistoia.
From MONTECANI-TERME to SAN MINIATO 47km 170m
The city of Montecatini is appreciated for its vitality as well as for its thermal baths, spa and thermal centers. Take advantage of its thermal waters to relax you in one of its centers well-being before the step of the next day. The fourth step brings you to San Miniato in passing along the swamp of Fucecchio, a zone where we can perceive migratory birds; you cross then the plain around the river Arno, near the Via Francigena. San Miniato is known all over the world not only for the historic and artistic interest which its presents, but also for her annual festival of the white truffle which influences the local cooking as well as the everyday life of the city.
From SAN MINIATO to POGGIO ALLA MALVA 45km 250m
The fifth step represents a fantastic journey through the rural landscapes which saw being born Léonard de Vinci. From San Miniato to Vinci, you cross a typically Tuscan landscape of hill. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the museum of Léonard de Vinci once arrived; those who wiant could travel 2 km of rise (200 m of height) to visit free the house where was born the artist. Since Vinci, you follow the river Arno, in plain, to arrive in some km at Empoli and Montelupo Fiorentino. On way of the hotel between the hills of Signa, do not miss the park Médicéen around Poggio alla Malva; there, after a fast walking in rise (500 meters), you will see offering to you the valley of Arno and Pesa up to the Chianti. This step is probably the most difficult of the circuit. Important: in case of the arrival is planned to Montelupo Fiorentino, the step will be shortened by 10 km (which will be put back on the step of the following stay; you will thus browse the distance Poggio alla Malva until Signa the next day.
From POGGIO ALLA MALVA to FIRENZE 22km 50m
Poggio alla Malva is not far from Florence, you borrow a cycle track which goes along the river Arno to join your last destination. On your way, the Park dei Renai, a green space which of the spring until autumn is transformed of a kind of water park with a beach and sports activities on the lake and where the Florentines go to relax and having fun. By continuing along the river, you arrive at the park of Cascine then in the historic center. Take time to visit places, palaces, museums and churches, but also markets and elegant shops which made of Florence one of the main capitals of the art and the fashion.You stay at Florence two days: those who wish to continue to cycle can follow the path 1 (planned the next day) up to the esplanade Michel-angel situated on the charming hill in front of Florence and keep for the next day the tour to Fiesole either one day of a complete visit of the city.
FROM FIRENZE, FLORENCE LOOP 18km 100m
Florence needs time to be appreciated at best: take advantage of this last day to relax you and walk quite freely through hundreds of alleys of the historic center either leave exploring the Florentine hills on a bicycle to observe the city since a different perspective. Choose among these two itineraries, the one southward and the other one northward.
This loop leads you through the park of the Arno then in height on the esplanade Michel-angel, Florence’s terrace, San Miniato al Monte, then makes you get down again to the Palace Pitti, the old house of the Medici.
This circuit will bring you along the Arno park and then up to Piazzale Michelangelo – a terrace over Florence with
fantastic views – San Miniato al Monte and down to Palazzo Pitti, the residence of Medici family.
FROM FIRENZE, FLORENCE FIESOLE LOOP 22km 250m
This loop arrives at Fiesole, a rare pearl situated in 295 meters in height, rich in churches, parks and historic sites; of what to spend one day far from Florence’s agitation, if however you accept the long rise which will lead you there!
After having savored a Florentine morning, you can join Pisa by train (time of the journey the 1 hour) either leave directly Florence by plane or by train (by leaving bikes to the hotel), unless you prefered to pursue your holidays by staying a few days furthermore in one of the localities of the circuit.
Bed & Breakfast Range
Another way to travel, meeting the people of the lands you cycle through. They welcome you in their home and offer board and lodging*. It gives you the opportunity to chat and deepen your knowledge of the region. We have selected them for their charm and privacy.
*breakfast included, diners available according to establishments
Starting from 825€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices
- Accommodation: 7 nights in a double room
- 7 breakfasts
- Luggage transfer
- Phone assistance
- Application fee
- Day 1 : Welcome
- A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to receive your travel documents
- The itinerary trackable on the following supports:
- Loan of a Bicycle GPS uploaded with full itinerary of the trip
- Topo maps
- Cycling practical guide
Price does not include
- Breakfast on day 1
- Dinners not included in "Price includes"
- Drinks, visits & other personal expenses
- Repairs, spareparts and mileage allowance
A “homemade” tour by a local partner, specialist in bike trips:
- Routes picked with the Abicyclette team for their tourist & cycling interests, completely identified, removed from trafic
- Accommodation chosen for the quality of their welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy
- A great flexibility of organization which adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date of your choice! We check the availability of accommodation to ensure your departure.
Assistance close at hand :
- A personalized reception on the first day of your trip by a local guide that will provide you travel documents (reception & documents in English)
- Telephone assistance from the ABICYCLETTE team
- Local telephone assistance
- Luggage transfer service
A modern and efficient route tracking:
- A logbook to find maps and a description of the circuit.
- We provide a GPS to follow the route without ever having to look for directions (bike mount provided)
- Confortable bike rental, ideal for this varied route made up roads and paths
- The option to subscribe to a cancellation & multi-risk insurance covering you in case of problems or the unexpected
We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.
Supplied equipment per bike
– water bottle
Supplied equipment per bike
– water bottle
Lucca by train*
Train station in Lucca
Lucca by plane*
Airport in Pisa (from 25min in car to Lucca)
*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.
- Trekking or hybrid bike
- 21 to 30 speeds
- 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
- Helmet (included with the rental)
- Clothing suitable for cycling
- Warm jacket (eg fleece)
- Rain proof jacket
- 1 pair of sunglasses
- 1 pair of cycling shoes
- 1 small backpack or panniers
- 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
- 1 lock (included with the rental)
- Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
- 1 pair of gloves
- 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
- 1 night see fluorescent vest
- Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
- Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
- Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
- Change of clothes for the evening
- Warm jacket for the evenings
- Set of toiletries
- Mobile phone and charger