Welcome to the Hotel Relais Vignale in the comune of Radda, heart of the Chianti area, province of Sienna, region of Tuscany, and roughly halfway between the cities of Florence and Siena. Your home for the next six nights. We’ll be drinking some wine, seeing a few sights and riding bikes over much of this gorgeous and rugged country. And taking courses in Summer Wilderness Medicine Training for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, courtesy of your hosts Tahoe Wilderness Medicine and the Wilderness Medical Society.
The trip is also suited to non-CME guests, as well as non-riding partners and families. Their packages do not include the summer Wilderness Medical Training, but as one of the most popular tourist destination in Italy, the Chianti region offers an abundance of time-filling activities. Key Tuscan landmarks such as Florence and Siena are a short distance away.
And then there’s the riding.
On the bike, we’ll be covering a little more than 500 km during the week and doing almost 11,000 m of vertical climbing throughout the spectacular hills of Tuscany in and around the Chianti region. Highlights include the crushed white gravel roads of the famous Strade Bianche, home of L’Eroica gran fondo, plus the Castello di Brolio, the medieval walled town of Monteriggione, and a few climbs to challenge even the sturdiest legs.
Medical training covers a variety of topics, from Introduction to Wilderness Medicine and Wilderness Patient Assessment to Cold Related Illness and a case-based workshop in Wilderness Trauma.
In between, there are fine accommodations, sumptuous Tuscan food and wine, pleasant company and famous Thomson staff support.