You cycle a beautiful landscape of olive groves and vineyards then pass through the Fucecchio wetlands. Stop in the quaint town of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo and visit the interesting museums dedicated to him. Arrive in Florence, the cradle of Renaissance. Two options are offered on most days, a shorter easier one and a longer hillier one to cater for all levels of fitness.
Day 1 Arrival:
Arrive in Pisa.
Day 2 Pisa Cycling 13 OR 25/33 km:
Circuit ride of Pisa mostly along cycle paths to the centre of Pisa where you have the afternoon free to visit Piazza dei Miracoli, the famous Leaning Tower and many palaces, churches, towers and town squares to admire.
Long route: Cycle through countryside between Pisa and Monte Serra past the Certosa of Calci monastery, founded in 1366, which houses the oldest and one of the most important Natural History museums in Italy. Afternoon to visit the sights of Pisa
Day 3 Pisa to Lucca Cycling 25-33 km:
Starts with a short, challenging climb that flattens out the next 20 km to Lucca Enroute you pass the historical town of San Giuliano Terme which is full of history, art and cultural elements. Explore Lucca’s churches, palaces, towers and city walls of this unique fortified town.
Long route: A very demanding, but extremely rewarding ride for both natural and scenic reasons. The road slowly and steadily climbs from Calci up to the mountains of Monti Pisani then you descend swiftly down the other side to Lucca. (Up to 800m in elevation) Overnight in Carignano-Lucca.
Day 4 Lucca Cycling 33 km:
Bike the city walls then explore the landscape surrounding Lucca and visit some of the characteristic villas built between 14 – 17C. Many have well preserved and maintained gardens.
Long route: This hilly route is the same length as the easy route but has a height difference of approx 300m giving you fantastic aerial views of Lucca and the surrounding countryside. Overnight in Carignano-Lucca.
Day 5 Lucca to Vinci Cycling 29 km:
You can choose to cycle all the way to Vinci or skip the first part of the route and take a transfer to the village of Altopascio as it is neither interesting or has natural value. From Altopascio to the medieval hamlet of Vinci, pass through the Fececchio nature reserve, the largest inland wetlands of Europe, with the possibility of seeing large numbers of migratory birds. Overnight in Vinci at an agriturismo (working farm).
Day 6 Vinci to Empoli then train to Florence Cycling 8 km:
This morning visit both museums dedicated to the genius inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci where you can see many life size constructions of his incredible inventions and original designs You may also want to taste the local wine and olive oil. Transfer to Empoli then board a train to Florence for your final night in the jewel of the Renaissance.
You mostly bike on small country roads. The shorter routes are easy with a longer day from Lucca to Vinci. The longer steeper routes are moderate to demanding and you will need a good level of fitness. There are some turf cycle paths and dirt roads around Pisa and Lucca.