Welcome to Hooked on Cycling holidays and our family cycling holiday in Italy. This biking vacation in Italy in the Tuscany region between Pisa and Florence we have graded a level 1-2 tour. Leonardo da Vinci might have said it himself “cycle to my hometown and check out the landscape and my inventions”. This trip does just that, as you choose your destination each day from our selected routes.
Pedal through the quintessential Tuscan landscape of vineyards and olive groves, ride around the leaning tower of Pisa and the beautiful Miracle square. Go for a spin on top of Lucca’s monumental city walls and up the Serchio river cycle path to visit some wonderful villas and gardens. Continue on country lanes to Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace, and visit two museums for real hands-on insight into the life and mind of this genius. The Medici Villa of Cerreto Guidi. Finally, visit Florence “cradle of the Renaissance”. This is a miraculous discovery of Northern Tuscany
You will follow mostly asphalted country roads and secondary roads. You will also encounter some dirt cycle paths around Pisa and Lucca. There are some small hills on the way to Vinci.
3 star Airone Pisa Park Hotel, based on the outskirts of Pisa, with nice rooms, pretty gardens and a swimming pool (seasonal opening). Airone offers spacious rooms equipped with a minibar, a refrigerator and a flat-screen TV, plus all the essentials to ensure a comfortable stay.
3-star Hotel Carignano www.hotelcarignano.it in the hamlet of Carigano, 4km from downtown Lucca. There are many triple and quad rooms, a large free parking area, free internet, restaurant with terrace (closed on Thursday) They serve a large buffet breakfast
Agriturismo Il Piastrino www.ilpiastrino.it The agritourism offers guest: breakfast in the rooms and apartment, trekking routes, mountain biking, horse riding possibility private parking lot, furnished garden to enjoy the landscape and a swimming pool. The old farmhouse which was transformed into holiday accommodations is nicely furnished and has all kind of comforts.
Family rooms based on children under 12 years of age.
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It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrive at your hotel in San Giuliano Terme, located 2 miles (3.5 km) from Pisa city centre, and settle into the comfortable hotel with swimming pool.
Begin your day cycling through the inspiring countryside around Pisa, stopping for a visit to the grandiose Certosa of Calci monastery. It was founded in 1366 and houses a magnificent, renowned Natural History Museum. The second part of the day is spent in Pisa, visiting its many outstanding monuments in miracle square, the leaning tower, cathedral and baptistery.
Today’s ride is very scenic and nearly mostly all flat. The route follows the Serchio River to reach the charming town of Lucca. Once in Lucca, take your time to visit the wonderful walled city centre, ride along the imposing tree-lined perimeter walls and explore its splendid gardens, majestic bell tower and impressive Piazza Anfiteatro, a 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre.
Today you cycle upstream along the Serchio River cycle path that takes you to the Lucchese foothills where there are many beautiful and famous palaces and gardens to be visited. Stop to admire the monumental gardens full of the luxurious and extraordinary vegetation of Villa Reale and Villa Grabau before heading back towards town.
First a transfer from Lucca to Altopascio where the most interesting part of the ride starts. Ride past the area is known as the Padule of Fucecchio nature reserve, the largest inland wetlands of Europe. Marvel at the delightful all-encompassing greenness and perhaps you will spot some migratory birds enjoying a well-deserved rest on their way south. Feeling rejuvenated, you cycle on to Vinci.
Gain insight into the genius of Leonardo da Vinci as you explore his birthplace and the two remarkable, child-friendly and hands-on museums dedicated to his inventions. Admire his original designs and inventions and ride up to the house where he was born, for some spectacular views and quintessential Tuscan scenery.
A short bike ride takes you to Empoli where you catch the train to Florence (train ticket not included in the tour price, buy at the station), the cradle of the Renaissance. Spend the day strolling its wonderful streets and admiring the innumerable wonders. Return to Empoli in the afternoon and cycle back to Vinci.
Depart after breakfast.
Fly to Pisa and then by bus or taxi to your accommodation.
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