This holiday allows to explore all Tuscany looks: from the art cities of Lucca and Pisa, through country villages and seaside villages, pedaling from the elegant beaches of Versilia to the wild Maremma … a unique opportunity to savor all the delights of the coast of Etruscans crossing Tuscany from north to south, along the routes once traveled by this ancient people.
The Etruscans, peaceful and cultured, were a people always in harmony with nature and the landscape, lover of good food and aesthetics, which left us a great testimony of refinement in the furnishings (in particular the black-red ceramic) and in the jewels found and in the sarcophagi with their smiling faces. Imagine following in their footsteps taking inspiration from the lifestyle for a journey out of time … pedaling slowly on the bicycle, trying to seize this atmosphere of peace, freedom and joy, traveling the rural roads between sea and hills that we have selected for you. Don’t miss this opportunity: dive headlong into this sweet adventure!
Day 1 – Historical center of Pisa, distance km. 13
After arriving at the hotel, you will start the tour of the city of Pisa travelling through alleys, squares and the Lungarni. You will cycle along the well-maintained public garden of Fortezza Sangallo, the bridges with breath-taking views, the modern art mural painted by Keith Haring “Tuttomondo”, and part of the ancient medieval walls of the city. The entire excursion will take place on the cycling path.
A quick stop at the leaning tower and then more cycling at the discovery of this city rich of history and culinary traditions. You can choose to take a small break: a delicious coffee with a rice pudding or the famous “cecina” and wrap up the evening with a fine dinner in a typical restaurant.
Day 2 – Marina di Pisa, distance Km. 30, altitude difference m. 30
“Trammino” cycling path starts near the railway station and will lead you directly along the seafront of Marina di Pisa, the tourist port and the beach. During the summer, take a break at the beach, enjoy a swim or a delicious ice-cream or cycle along the seafront towards Tirrenia and immerse yourself in the thick woods of Tenuta del Tombolo. Don’t miss the sunset before resuming pedalling on the track immersed among corn and sunflower fields.
Day 3 – Pisa / Lucca, distance km. 33, altitude difference m. 30
Depart towards Lucca, crossing the countryside along the Medici aqueduct, dating back to the early 17th century, built by Ferdinand I de’ Medici. The path follows the aqueduct with its arches, continues along the countryside towards Monti Pisani and then along the Serchio river, through Puccini cycling path (which takes its name after the famous composer Giacomo Puccini who was born in Lucca). Surrounded by the green, among the towers that mark the border between Lucca and Pisa and the Rocca di Ripafratta, you will reach the Medioeval walls of Lucca where you can pedal and enjoy the city from another perspective, and then continue through the alleys and taverns, with their typical products.
Day 4 – ride in the Lucca countryside, distance km. 30, altitude difference m. 80
Tour of the historic walls, a circular park of 4 km around the city, a sort of terrace over Lucca. After crossing the historic centre, among medieval buildings, churches and monuments, pedalling through the residential area, you will see the Serchio river and its park characterised by two white roads along the shores, reserved to bicycles and pedestrians, where you can comfortably cycle at open air away from city noises. From here, you can admire the typical Tuscan countryside with its hills, narrow roads and buildings with grating (‘mandolate’), surrounded by flower fields, olive groves and vineyards.
Along the path, you can visit an organic farm and taste the products.
Day 5 – The Villas of Lucca ring tour of km. 38, altitude difference m. 120
The villas of Lucca. We leave Lucca, along the cycling path that runs along the Serchio river going north, and we arrive in Ponte a Moriano. The first villa that we see is Villa Oliva, located in San Pancrazio, and after a few metres, we will see Villa Grabau and Villa Reale. You can visit all the villas by purchasing the ticket and cycle along the magnificent Park of Villa Reale. Then you will continue towards Villa Torrigiani, one of the most interesting examples of 17th century architecture in Lucchesia. The garden is characterised by flower parterres and large pools inspired by the projects of the Palace of Versailles, with caves and water fountains still functioning today. Near the villa, there is Bordocheo agricultural farm that you can visit and taste the wines and oil, upon reservations.
Day 6 – Lucca / Viareggio, distance km. 40, height difference m. 160
Also today, you will start on the cycling path along the Serchio river, this time travelling in the opposite direction. Immersed in a natural and extremely relaxing landscape, you will suddenly see the lookout towers on the border between the cities of Lucca and Pisa, ancient rivals, and the Castello di Nozzano. Then you will enter the Massaciuccoli park, cycling along the homonymous lake until reaching the dock, to start navigating towards Torre del Lago Puccini, then you will resume cycling along the coast where the path continues along pine groves and pristine beaches, with some sandy sections, and you will end the tour in Viareggio.
Day 7 – Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, ring circuit of km. 35, altitude difference m. 50
The coast of Versilia, with its marvellous seafront, pine grove, its chief town Pietrasanta, unquestioned cradle of sculptural art with its workshops and foundries. This land surrounded by mountains and the Tyrrhenian sea, in just a few kilometres, varies from the pine groves along the beach, to the chestnut woods of the hills, up to the rocks of the Apuan Alps, marvellous marble mountains, 2000 metres high. Pietrasanta, which was of Florentine domain, was the rival of Camaiore which was instead under the domain of Lucca. Both cities are located along via Francigena, which we will cycle along its most beautiful sections. A section of the old via Francigena along the river, from Camaiore, will lead us to Viareggio and to the sea.
Day 8: Individual departure
After enjoying the morning in Viareggio, you can easily return to Pisa to the starting point by train or car, unless you prefer to extend your holiday for a few more days to enjoy the Versilia beaches.