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Leaning Towards Tuscany: From Pisa to Florence
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Tuscany

Self-guided trip: Start any day April through October
4 nights/5 days
Daily mileage: From 8 km (5 miles) to 52 km (32 miles)
Starts from Pisa and ends in Florence
Pisa is serviced by train from closest major Italian gateways (Florence, Milan and Pisa)
Accommodation in 3-star properties
Level: 2 (Easy)
From 490 euros per person sharing a double room

Leaning Towards Tuscany: From Pisa to Florence — 4 nights/5 days

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This cycling trip starts in Pisa.
You will be riding through Florence.

Tuscany is one of those rare corners of the Earth that cannot simply be regarded in passing — it must be experienced. Realizing this, we designed a cycling tour that allows you to experience inspirational places, beginning in Pisa and ending with Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Let the topography and man-made splendors be your muse as you follow a painter’s brush stroke across Tuscany. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria, and Michelangelo’s David are just a sampling of the artistic masterpieces on this tour.

In between Pisa and Florence you’ll visit Lucca and Vinci, two rural villages that combine medieval ambience with pastoral sensibilities. All of the daily rides provide options to wheel across relatively flat countryside, making this tour suitable for all riders of all abilities. And because the trip is only five days, it’s a convenient option for a long weekend. Low-cost airlines fly into Pisa daily from most major European hubs, adding to the tour’s overall accessibility.

Day 1: Arrival in Pisa

We strongly encourage arriving early, if possible, to maximize your time in Pisa, home to the world’s most gravitationally challenged tower. But there’s more to Pisa than just its Leaning Tower. This lively city also harbors the Baptistry (an architectural version of a wedding cake), the Campo Santo (one of the world’s most beautiful walled cemeteries) and the Piazza del Duomo (also called the Square of Miracles), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight you’ll lodge outside of downtown Pisa, in the quiet ancient Roman town of San Giuliano Terme.

Day 2: Pisa — Lucca (24 kilometers/14 miles or 52 km/32 miles)

Today you’ll pedal north out of Pisa into the Tuscan countryside along the Serchio River. Here you’ll experience the pastoral landscapes that have long inspired some of the world’s greatest painters. This relatively easy ride will stop for the night in Lucca, Italy’s famous walled city. The wall, which surrounds Lucca’s medieval center, was built during the 16th and 17th centuries and covers 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Within its walls tower remarkable displays of historic architecture, including the Duomo di Lucca (begun in 1063), San Michele in Foro, and the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can ride the longer route from Pisa to Lucca that takes you up the eastern slopes of Monti Pisani, Italy’s oldest mountain range.

Day 3: Lucca — Vinci (45 km/27 miles)

Wheel through olive groves, vineyards and Europe’s largest inland wetlands today — more true Tuscan experiences. You’ll see the enchanting village of Altopascio, once a stopping point on the Via Francigena pilgrimage path. Continue to the Padule of Fucecchio nature reserve and stay alert to catch glimpses of its inhabitants. Soon you’ll be in Vinci, home to typical charms expected of a Tuscan town, but more importantly the birthplace of the brilliant Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci. Today, the town hosts two remarkable museums to honor his origins as well as his artistic and scientific achievements.
Day 4: Vinci — Florence (8 kilometers/5 miles or 15 kilometers/10 miles) and train

Explore the flat Tuscan countryside around Vinci by bike this the morning. Leave your wheels behind before your short train ride into Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. This ancient city has more attractions than the moon has craters! Some of the more famous attractions include the Duomo, the Campanile, and the Uffizi, one of the most important art galleries in the world, featuring works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo. Along with its marvelous artistic legacy, the city is also known as great center of commerce (for leather and gold goods in particular), which you can find in openair markets or in shops. The city’s many plazas are perfect for relaxing with a gelato after your long journey.
Day 5: Departure

After breakfast, depart Florence at your time of choice.
 Booking & Pricing
From 490 euros per person sharing a double room

  • 490 euros in April, October & November. Single supplement is 155 euros
  • 500 euros in May, June & September. Single supplement is 165 euros
  • 515 euros in July & August. Single supplement is 170 euros

These prices include:

  • 4 nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels and guesthouses
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s cell/mobile number)
  • Service charges and most taxes

These prices do not include:

  • Nominal city taxes, to be paid in cash directly at each hotel
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrids are available at the rate of 70 euros per bike.
Please book online at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability. Our e-mail address:
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