Tuscany with a view: cycling routes amidst breathtaking panoramas
28 October 2022
From Abetone to Monte Amiata, it's gravity mania
If you love downhill and freeride, make a note of these destinations along the Apennines. The first is the Abetone Gravity Park, one of the largest bike parks in Italy, reached by a cable car that covers a difference in altitude of 700 metres. The other destination for you is Doganaccia, with a cable car that covers 900 metres and does not skimp on thrills. And if you still want more, another interesting place is Monte Amiata, the region's southernmost point, with further adrenalin-fuelled drops. In this mountain range of volcanic origin, the atmosphere is unique and, combined with the fresh air and mountain flavours, will provide you with some very enjoyable times.
Enduro with a sea view or inland
If you are looking for enduro tracks, try the ones between Punta Ala and Castiglione della Pescaia on the coast, and Massa Marittima inland. In fact, one of the best enduro areas can be found in these parts. The enduro tracks in Rincine feature flowing sections and others that are very technical, for all levels of difficulty.
E-bikes in the great outdoors
If, on the other hand, for you cycling means leisurely rides through villages and tasting local products, that's a different story. For e-bike enthusiasts, for example, Lunigiana is pure paradise thanks to its ever-changing landscapes with views of the mountains and the sea. Autumn is the best time to go, when the woods take on shades of orange and red for a foliage worth photographing.
A worthwhile experience is a trip to the Sacred Forests of the Casentino: here, you will ride on the site of an old railway, on the paths of the Lama forest or on the route of the charcoal burners' trails.
On the most adventurous gravel
This region could also be called a gravel paradise: here, the paths beloved of dirt track fans abound. The area, moreover, will be familiar to you if you have watched the Eroica, the world's most famous cycle race, on routes such as the Chianti, Crete Senesi and Val D'Orcia. Cycling here is a special experience, with routes that can be ridden all year round.
Amid vineyards and cypresses
Road cyclists rightly seek secondary routes, but also gradients, bends and refreshments. The paths amidst vineyards and cypress trees are wonderfully scenic and can offer splendid relaxation, especially in the area between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci.
Towards Sassetta and Suvereto, on the other hand, the bends will get progressively closer together. Those who try the 172 km of the Val di Merse Grand Tour can opt to ride it all in one go or in various stages. A couple of tips: it's highly recommended to stop off at the beautiful Abbey with a view of the stars of San Galgano, while for the overnight stay look for the bike hotels in Casole d'Elsa. And if you are in search of a splash of greenery, don't forget the Mugello area.
Slow touring in Tuscany
Pedalling without any hurry, you come across the ancient Via Francigena, the great cycle route that crosses the entire heart of Tuscany. And finally you reach the coast: there is a spectacular view along the cycle paths of the Argentario promontory, cycling through the Feniglia strip of land, a pine forest and nature reserve, before arriving at the breathtaking sight of the beach.
Finally, in Versilia, there is the most “seaside” cycle path in Italy, which is completely by the sea and perfect for those who wish to stop for a quick dip.