Giro della Toscana

Signature Cycles — Giro della Toscana

Join Signature Cycles on a unique trip combining the best of road and gravel riding in Tuscany

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Overview

The quintessential Italy, Tuscany is famous for hilltop towns, Chianti, cypress trees, great food and the ultimate in Italian style. But it’s also home to some of the most spectacular cycling in Europe.

With it’s legendary Strade Bianche (white roads), this famous part of Italy is the perfect destination for a road and gravel trip. Supported by the cycle tour experts Thomson Bike Tours, you will experience stunningly beautiful rides, great climbs, wonderful hotels, and arguably the best food, wine and coffee in Europe.

This trip has been specially designed with Signature Cycles in mind, offering you the greatest rides on road and gravel and the most memorable luxury hotels. This is the perfect entry level trip to enjoy everything that the road and gravel surfaces have to offer! We start with three days of road riding, before transitioning to gravel. Our professional mechanics will be on hand to help you with any necessary equipment transitions. We recommend an all-road or gravel bike, speak to Signature Cycles who are waiting to help you with these decisions.

Your journey starts in the medieval town of San Gimignano with it’s impressive 14 towers, each a symbol of past wealth. From San Gimignano you’ll ride to the hilltop town of Volterra and into the world-famous Chianti region. Chianti is home to the legendary Eroica bike race and you’ll get the opportunity to test your gravel riding skills on the official Strade Bianche routes.

Join Signature Cycles in Tuscany for an unforgettable experience and some of the best bike riding Europe has to offer!

 

COVID Policy
It is important for us to reassure you that the global pandemic is very much on our minds and has been carefully considered in the planning and execution of this trip. Whilst we hope for the best, we plan for the worst  — Thomson Bike Tours have been running safe trips for the past year and are experienced in operating in a safe environment. You can find our full covid policy here. We recommend that anyone with concerns should take out Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) Travel Insurance at the time of booking the trip.

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Signature Cycles — Giro della Toscana
I felt your team of workers did a great job in helping a novice in the biking world get wonderful experience of seeing Italy in ...

Bob Doherty, USA — 2022

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Signature Cycles — Giro della Toscana
Fantastic trip, loved the intro to gravel. Tuscany amazing place for your first Thomson trip.

Robert Juneja, USA — 2022

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Benvenuti in Toscana Hotel Villa San Paolo
02 Volterra Hotel Villa San Paolo
03 Into Chianti Relais Vignale & Spa
04 Switch to Gravel Relais Vignale & Spa
05 Strade Bianche Laticastelli Relais & Spa
06 Classic Tuscany Gravel Laticastelli Relais & Spa
07 More Eroica & Strade Bianche Relais Vignale & Spa
08 Arrivederci!
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Benvenuti in Toscana

Your trip starts at Florence Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in the medieval town of San Gimignano.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up, you’ll head out for your first ride through the rolling Vernaccia vineyards that surround San Gimignano.

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Volterra

The magnificent, walled mountaintop town of Volterra is the main highlight of today’s ride.

To get to Volterra you’ll head into some rugged terrain in the beautifully remote region of Tuscany between Castagno and Peccioli. At the 65km (40 miles) mark you’ll see the medieval walls of Volterra perched high on the hill above you, signalling the start of the steep 5km (3 miles) climb from the valley floor to the town gates. Ride through the town gate into the medieval town and stop at one of the magnificent plazas for a coffee or a gelato (or both!). From Volterra enjoy the sweeping descents, then a wonderful ride through the Castelvecchio Natural Reserve back to the hotel in San Gimignano.

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Into Chianti

From the famous white wine Vernaccia vineyards around San Gimignano today’s ride takes you into the famous red wine vineyards of Chianti.

Leaving your hotel in San Gimignano, you’ll head east through the Val d’Elsa and Val di Pesa, eventually reaching the Chianti region in Strada in Chianti. From Strada you’ll ride through the typical hilly Chianti landscapes with 3 climbs in quick succession, the climb to Chiocchio, the Passo Sugame and the Badia a Montemuro, before the magnificent descent through the famous vineyards around Radda in Chianti.

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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Villa San Paolo

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    Relais Vignale & Spa

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    Laticastelli Relais & Spa

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
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    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the 1st day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up and drop off at Florence Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the 1st day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up and drop off at Florence Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

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    Florence Airport

    11:00am

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    Hotel Palazzo Castri 1874

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    11:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Florence Airport

    8:30am



    Signature Cycles — Giro della Toscana

    Let us introduce you to Tuscany and some of the most sensational road and gravel riding in Europe.