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: Individual arrival to Lucca
Individual arrival to Lucca and settling into the hotel. Lucca can easily be reached by local trains or buses from Pisa and Florence, where Tuscany’s main airports are. Private minibus transfers from the airports can be arranged on request.
Day 2: Lucca countryside – distance: 59km (or 36km), altitude: 330m (or 150m)
Lucca and its countryside deserve a sightseeing tour along the local roads, unbeaten by tourists, among medieval hamlets, parish churches, small farms and old oil mills, where the famous extra virgin oil d.o.p. of Lucca is produced. A taste of pure countryside before going to the sea. The third day gives you also a chance to enjoy completely Lucca, its history and culinary specialties. And you can also have our direct support from our base in Lucca. We have selected an easy itinerary of about 36km and one a little more challenging of 59km to give you a chance to take really all the best of this area.
Day 3: Lucca – Viareggio – distance: 39km, altitude: 150m
We leave Lucca in the morning, when streets and typical shops look more lively and bright. Leaving the city centre you will pass by an old Carthusian monastery and Nozzano, an ancient hamlet maintaining its original aspect and fortifications, to reach Massaciuccoli park, on Massaciucoli lake, after a country uphill road. From the short hill you will have an enchanting view of the park , the coast and the sea on the horizon. From here to Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta and Versilia beaches it’s a pleasant biking in a totally different landscape.
Day 4: Versilia – Pisa – ditance: 37km, altitude: flat
The third stage of the tour starts cycling along the “Versilia” promenade, one of the most famous in Tuscany. You will cross the small town of Viareggio, known as resort for famous people, for its Carnival and for the production of yachts and luxurious boats. Changing scenery again you will bike through the Natural Park of “Migliarino – San Rossore – Massaciuccoli”, typical for its sweet-smelling pinewoods and sand dunes, and visit Torre del Lago Puccini, on its centre. The tour will take you in Pisa again for the night.
Day 5: Castiglioncello – Castagneto Carducci – distance: 35km, altitude: flat (+ 35min by train)
After an easy train transfer from Pisa to Castiglioncello, you will start your tour southwards always along the seaside: you will enjoy the cycling on natural bike paths inside the centenarian pinewoods, arriving up to several lovely sandy beaches: “The White – Beaches of Vada”, the “Mazzanta”, the “Marina di Cecina”…since the climate in this part of Tuscany is very pleasant also in Spring and Autumn, you will have the chance to stop and relax on the sand, enjoying the typical quiet of early/late season and going for a swim in the sea when sun still brights high.
Day 6: Bolgheri wine roads – distance: 35 km, altitude: 200m
The fourth tour of the holiday is a break in the countryside. This is the day for people loving quality wines and the typical Tuscan countryside, with cypresses, vineyards, farmhouses, mild hills in the background…just like in the postcards! Actually the area we cross is not far from the sea and so not too hilly. The route is along the “Wineroad of the Etruscan Coast”: you will reach Bibbona, Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci crossing the whole area where SuperTuscan wines as Sassicaia and Ornellaia are produced. You will find a lot of wineries where stop your cycling for a wine tasting, before coming back to our beautiful hotel to relax.
Day 7: Castagneto Carducci – Follonica – distance:50km, altitude: 50m
Following the coast you will reach San Vincenzo, another seaside resort, with a beautiful promenade, sandy beaches and restaurants near the sea, and then the gulf of Baratti, a spectacular bay, with a wide sandy beach (with a particular dark colour), protected by wild cliffs. Here the nature is uncontaminated, there are only a few houses on the sea, with a small harbour for sailing boat; the area is dominated by Populonia, one of the most famous archaeological site of Tuscany, with a lot of perfectly maintained Etruscan graves, with sarcophagus and paintings on the inner walls. The tour continues on the plain countryside facing Elba island and then returning to the sea to Torre Mozza, where an ancient tower is built directly on the fine white beach; You will proceed along the sea until the seaside-resort of Follonica, where you will find the last hotel.
Day 8: Individual departure
After enjoying the sea for the last time, you can easily reach Follonica train station to come back to Pisa or Florence (leaving the bikes at the hotel) unless you prefer to extend your holiday relaxing some more days on the coast or discovering the beauty of Elba island.