Cycle Tuscany

8 Days | Fall in love with provincial Italy on a cycling adventure through Tuscany’s villages

4.9 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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Explore the rolling hills and olive groves of Tuscany on this eight-day cycling adventure from Florence to Pisa. Cycle through small, traditional villages backdropped by mountain views in Barga, then ride the pulsing streets of Pisa to the famed lopsided tower. Visit one of the oldest bakeries in Italy, operating since 1885, for a taste of their delicious biscotti (and maybe an espresso, too) and soak up some of the stunning views of Garfagnana – Tuscany's mountainous escape – with a bike ride through the town. With stops in Vinci and Lucca, too, you’re bound to fall in love with provincial Italy (even more than you were before).

Trip overview

Map of Cycle Tuscany including Italy
Start
Florence, Italy
Finish
Pisa, Italy
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
Italy
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
ZMXT
This trip generates 15 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Pedal through the rolling green hills and vineyards of Tuscany, stopping to sample the local cuisine and indulging in a glass (or two) of vino along the way.
  • From Lucca's tree-lined city walls, you’ll follow the gentle Serchio River on your bike to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa – take the classic shot in front of the tower or hunt down the best local cafe and people-watch.
  • Retrace the steps of Leonardo da Vinci around his home city, Vinci. Surrounded by olive groves, your cycle will take you past Casa Natale di Leonardo then returns you to the village where you can explore at your own pace.
  • Stay in picturesque Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where you’ll spend your day cycling up and down the valleys, maybe stopping at the famous Fronte della Rocca for one of their cakes and coffees that have been enjoyed since 1885.
  • Get away from tourist crowds and experience the authentic Italy – on two wheels and two feet, you’ll have the best chance to connect with locals, ride through rural areas you otherwise wouldn’t visit and have the insights from a local leader who knows all the best spots.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • To complete this trip, it’s important that you’re both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short, the stunning terrain of northern Tuscany is naturally hilly so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip – but remember, we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed).
  • As our riding is done mostly on sealed roads with the occasional gravel cycle path there are no technical cycling skills required – but given the hills involved we do suggest practicing riding downhill so you’re comfortable with this once the trips begins.
  • If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort, we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle Tuscany including Italy

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support vehicle, Local bus

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Signa to Vinci Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Lucca to Barga Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Devil’s Bridge visit
  • Garfagnana - Picnic
  • Barga to Garfagnana Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Lucca - Picnic
  • Garfagnana to Lucca Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Lucca to Pisa Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
Add on activities
  • Florence - Uffizi Gallery - EUR24
  • Florence - Accademia - EUR17
  • Florence - Medici Chapels - EUR17
  • Florence - Bargello Museum - EUR14
  • Florence - Baptistry, Museo Opera del Duomo, Giotto Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome - EUR30
  • Vinci - Museo Leonardiano Birthplace of Leonardo Combo Ticket - EUR11
  • Barga - Dinner - EUR25
  • Barga - Fondazione Pascoli - Free
  • Barga - Cathedral - Free
  • Castelnuovo di Garfagnana - Cathedral - Free
  • Castelnuovo di Garfagnana - Fortezza dell'Este - Free
  • Lucca - Cathedral of San Martino & Ilaria del Carretto Tomb - EUR3
  • Lucca - Palazzo Pfanner House & Gardens - EUR6
  • Lucca - Puccini concert - EUR20
  • Lucca - Guinigi Tower Climb - EUR6
  • Torre delle Ore Climb - EUR4
  • Pisa - Leaning Tower of Pisa - EUR27

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. The Single Supplement does not include night 7 in Pisa, which will be twin share.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organize a suitable sized bike.
3. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.
4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
5. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
6. As space in the support vehicle is very limited we request that travelers bring only a small bag, no more than 20kgs with them.
7. Due to frequent unscheduled closures we have removed the Verrucole Fortress visit.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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Jahna · Traveled June 2024
Cycling through Tuscany Italy has always been a dream trip and this did not disappoint! The route and locations we stayed in definitely gave us the best of Tuscany! And our tour leader, Walter, was incredible in the way he took care of us and shared his knowledge and love for Italy. Loved seeing it on 2 wheels!!
Review submitted 08 Jul 2024

Alison · Traveled June 2024
Brilliant trip. Highly recommend it. Great scenery, lovely towns, delicious food and the best of leaders!
Review submitted 26 Jun 2024

Lyle · Traveled May 2024
Beautiful landscapes. Nice mix of off-road and on-road. Lots of towers to climb. Our leader, Tommaso was very welcoming and friendly, and well-organized, able to handle any situation. You are in good hands.
Review submitted 03 Jul 2024

Michelle · Traveled May 2024
This was a fantastic trip - I loved it! Even though I’m not a cyclist, I rented an e-bike which made it easy and I could really enjoy the beautiful Tuscan scenery. Our tour leader, Tommaso was excellent and kept us safe throughout the trip. I’ll definitely be booking another cycling tour with Intrepid!
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Dennis · Traveled October 2023
Great ride great guides great food great trip😊
Review submitted 14 Oct 2023
Cycle Tuscany
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GBP £1,675