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Soraya from New York City asked

Bike Ride Through Tuscany

I'd like to bike from Florence, Italy to Siena, Italy in early July.  Has anyone tried this before? I estimate it will take about 2 hours.  

What would be the best path for a small group of 4 or 5 riders to take?  Thank you.

Florence   Tuscany   Siena

4 Answers
top answer by
Janice from Golden, CO

Hi Soraya - There are quite a few companies that do self-guided Tuscany bike tours.  The one my husband and I just did was through Charnes Tours.  They were very reasonable, and it's great that you can ride from one town to the next and not have to worry about carrying your luggage.  

While I don't think any of the tours start in Florence (it's pretty busy traffic-wise as you're leaving the city limits) they go around the general area you've mentioned.  There also one called Pure Adventures.  We didn't go with them, but I've heard good things about what they do.  Here's another one that might work too: Cycle Italia.  I think no matter which way you go, Tuscany on a bike is amazing.  You'll no doubt be challenged, but then this gives you an excuse to have more pasta, pizza, gelato and chianti than normal!

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answered by
Sara from Florence

Hi Soraya! That is a great idea for the summer, the landscape is amazing and the fields are golden!!  Maybe i would consider to travel in June because of temperature. July is the hottest month in Tuscany and if you want to cycle that is not the optimal moment.

Florence is around 65 km far from Siena so I doubt that it will take 2 hours!! I would say 5 hours if you stop a few times and take it easy. Consider that the road is not straight and it goes up and down.. So take all your morning off for the trip!!

I pretty like the itinerary chosen by Alessandro, but be careful with supplies and timetables, maybe consider to spend the evening in a nice borgo halfway :D

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answered by
alessandro from Asciano

Hallo, there is a big difference if you want to ride with road bike or with mountain bike. If you want to do with mountain bike be sure to find good maps of the paths and gravel roads, and it cannot be enough because often paths can be closed, I would suggest you to hire a guide. If you are goind to use road bikes, don't ride along the SR2 as there can be a lot of traffic. You can ride through strada in Chianti, Greve In Chianti and Panzano in Chianti, Castellina in Chianti, Quercegrossa, Siena.


alessandro draghi

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  1. Chianti (attraction)
  2. Greve In Chianti (city)
  3. Panzano in Chianti (attraction)
  4. Castellina in Chianti (city)
  5. Quercegrossa (city)
  6. Siena (city)
answered first by
Tiana from Florence

Ask, tell her I say hi! Her husband has a bike company and he rides a lot, so should be able to help you! 

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