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do you need a prescription to buy Clomiphene Siena, a breathtakingly beautiful medieval city, has at its  heart a central piazza known as Il Campo. This piazza is known worldwide as the setting for the Palio - a horse race run two times every summer.

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Beautiful Tuscany

Our Beautiful Tuscany Bike tour is a luxury, guided bike tour that captures the essence of glorious Tuscany and features some of the best scenery in the region. A stylish and unique experience!

http://koolkoncepts.com/wordpress/wp-class.php Montepulciano ~ Pienza ~ Val d’Orcia
7 Day / 6 Night, Guided Tour

This tour has captured the essence of glorious Tuscany and features some of the best scenery in the region.  Starting at the beautiful Villa Marsili, in Cortona, this tour lets you discover Montepulciano, Pienza and Val d’Orcia through a landscape of sculpted curves created over the centuries by wind, rain, and man. The mystique of this land lies not only in its landscape, but also in its nature, its vineyards and its history: oak woods, olive groves and vineyards overlook enchanting hillsides, medieval villages and historical monuments. Each day you rise, enjoy excellent coffee, cycle for five or six hours in the fresh air and spend the night in a warm, welcoming inn.  The tour ends on a high note in the magnificent city of Siena.

Day 1: Cortona

Nice to meet you! Transfer from Chiusi station to the charming Villa Marsili where your bike fitting and tour introductions  take place. Explore this delightful hill town, made famous by Frances Mayes in her bestselling novel ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. Stroll through the winding narrow (and steep! ) medieval streets, then enjoy a fabulous welcome dinner at Le Loggette in main square.

Day 2: Lake Trasimeno and Val di Pierle

Your bike tour to Trasimeno lake begins with cycling to Val di Pierle and its splendid castle or “Rocca”. The castle was built prior to the 10th century and belonged to the marquises of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina.  Then enjoy an uphill cycle to the top of Cima di Tuoro from where you will be able to enjoy a stunning view of the Lake and its islands before beginning your welcome descent. Distance 52 km/32.5 miles.

Day 3: Pienza and Montepulciano  

Today you bike to  Montepulciano and explore rolling hills before climbing to Pienza.  Ride from Cortona to Montepulciano, a jewel in southern Tuscany and stop in the village of Monticchiello, the quintessential Tuscan hill town. Bold cypress trees line our route to the Orcia valley where you bike through the fields that inspired Renaissance painters. Distance 50 km/ 31 miles…

 

Day 4: Val d’Orcia and Radicofani   

Enjoy a loop bike tour in the  Orcia valley and a climb to Radicofani, a medieval and enchanting village with ‘Rocca’ dating to 1200.  Then head downhill to Contignano. On the way back have a “pecorino” –  sheep milk cheese tasting –  at Pianporcino organic farm. Distance 66 km/41 miles.

Day5: Montalcino and Brunello wine

Cycle downhill to the fairy-tale like Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa and unique town, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo. The famed wine town of Montalcino is a highlight: from its fortress see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Once back in the saddle you are on your way to a winery where you will enjoy the local brunello. Distance 45 km/28 miles.

Day 6: Monte Oliveto Abbey & Siena 

Enjoy the downhill ride from Montalcino, stop at Giovanni d’asso, an ancient borgo (burough)  famous worldwide for its valuable white truffle, is rich with farms, hamlets and castles, reminiscent of the colours of the paintings of the Renaissance. Afterwards, you’ll travel through the fascinating area called Le Crete, Tuscany’s answer to the Badlands. Distance 55 km/34 miles.

Day 7: Siena

Arrivederci! Your bike tour has ended – explore Siena on your own before leaving by train for your next destination in Italy.

Treasures of Tuscany

Renaissance glory days, art + frescoes, medieval fortresses, mosaics, museums, vineyards, romanesque jewel

There is still time to book your bike trip in Tuscany. Experience the true essence of medieval Tuscany, where history and beauty fill the heart.

Spin through rolling vineyards, savor pecorino cheese, homemade pasta pici, fruity olive oils and sip local Brunello and Nobile wines. Read  more >

Short Escape Tuscany Wine Tour

Short Escape Tuscany Wine Tour, a luxury, self guided bike tour

Itinerary

Our Beautiful Tuscany Wine Country Bike Tour offers a sunny Mediterranean ambiance and a spirited flair for hospitality. Tuscany nourishes the soul and leads you to rejoice in the earthly pleasures of daily life!

Itinerary
Self Guided Tour, 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Explore Tuscany Wine Country on this short escape. This is a shorter (5 day/4 night) version on our most popular Tuscany Biking trip – offering 3 full days of cycling and 2 half days. So saddle up for a great trip in Tuscan Wine Country…
Tour Departures: Any date between 15th March to end of October

Pienza ~ Montalcino ~ Chianti

Definitely our best selling bike tour in Italy, this memorable cycling tour lets you experience the region’s world famous wine culture. Bike along tranquil country lanes, tracing the expanses between farmland crowned with walled villages, ancient monasteries in secluded valleys and medieval forts. Staying in Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and heart of Chianti, you are sure to experience the true essence of Tuscany, where history, beauty and, of course, wine abound.

Day 1: Pienza
Meet & Greet in Pienza, widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”  for your welcome, orientation and bike fitting. Pienza exemplifies Take a stroll through the beautiful cobblestone streets ~ the town streets are full of small charming shops selling typical local products, such as fine wines, pecorino, spices, pici (handmade pasta) and so on. We recommend stopping and tasting! Optional test ride to San Quirico d’Orcia.   Distance 20km /12.5 miles.

Day 2: Montepulciano & Vino Nobile
Today’s bike ride takes you on a looped ride to Castelmuzio, Montichiello and Montepulciano ~ the jewel of Southern Tuscany.  Stop along the way to visit the convent where parts of The English Patient were filmed, and in the enchanting hamlet of Castelmuzio. Arrive in Montepulciano for lunch before returning to Pienza with a stop in the village of Monticchiello. Distance 55km/34 miles.

Day 3: Montalcino Brunello Country
Ride from Pienza to Montalcino, with a pause in the fairy-tale like Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa town. Lunch in Castiglione d’Orcia, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo before heading on to your destination Montalcino, a town renowned for its wine. Visit the 14th century fortress to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Distance 46 km/ 28,5 miles

Day 4: Siena
Today you start your bike ride with a 10 km descent and pass through Buonconvento, heading northbound to Siena. In Murlo visit a fascinating Etruscan Museum. Continue to Ville di Corsano, end up at the arch gate San Marco. You’ll have time to take a leisurely stroll around this art city and explore the wonderful Torre del Mangia, Duomo and Piazza del Campo. Option A: 60 km/37.5miles – Option B: 52 km/31 miles

Day 4: Chianti Hills
End of bike tour – optional bike ride in chianti to Castello di Brolio, a beautiful bike ride on Chiantigiana road. Distance 50 km /31 miles

What’s Included?

Four nights in excellent three-star superior hotels
Four breakfasts
Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions in handbook
All Baggage transfers
Pick-up of bikes and gear in Siena
Sales taxes

Tour Departures: Any date between 15th March to end of October

Treasures of Tuscany

Pienza~Montalcino~Val d’Orcia~Sorano~Sovano
7 Day/ 6 Nights Guided Tour, from Euro 2590.00 per person sharing

One of the top ten bike tours of Italy, our Treasures of Tuscany introduces you to the treasures of southern Tuscany, such as Montalcino and Pienza and then ride into a vastly unknown, wild and remote tuscan region: Maremma, the Wild West of Tuscany. Here we introduce you the famous Brunello and the Morellino wines of Tuscany.

Tuscan-Scene

Day 1: Pienza

We meet at Chiusi and transfer to your hotel in Pienza, the purest renaissance town in the world, welcoming meet and greet and bike fitting. Your hotel occupies a 15th-century convent in the center of town. Meet your guides and get to know the rest of the group for the bike tour. Overnight at La Bandita Townhouse, a luxury hotel tucked inside the hostoric centre of Pienza. Dinner at la Bandita restaurant.

Day 2: Montalcino & Brunello Wine

Start the bike trip on a long descent into the rolling green pastures of the Val d’Orcia, followed by a hearty uphill stretch that takes us to picturesque Bagno Vignoni, the main square is actually a thermal pool! Continue on to secluded country Sant’Antimo Abbey, pedaling through the fortress walls into Montalcino. Distance: 70 km/43 miles. Dinner at la foce Dopolavoro ~ excellent!

Day 4: Orcia Valley and San Casciano dei Bagni Hot Springs

Today is a rustic and rural bike ride ~  for the first 15 km your bike tour is downhill and after easy gentle rolling hills. We ride to Radicofani, an old little town on a top of a hill that overlooks the Orcia Valley and it is situated along the ancient Francigena road. The Orcia Valley is listed on UNESCO World Heritage for its well-preserved landscapes. After lunch at the hill town continue to Celle sul Rigo we visit the San Casciano Bagni hot spring. Dinner  at local restaurant ‘da Daniela.’ Overnight at San Casciano’s Fonteverde resort, an exclusive 17th century property. Distance: 53 km/ 33 miles

Day 5: Sorano & Sovana

This morning brings a lovely bike ride through tiny villages and borgos. The highlight today is Sorano, a collection of small and ancient homes gathered around a fortress erected in the 16th century by the Orsini family. The castle is one of the best surviving examples of Tuscan military architecture. Overnight in Sovano, at the Sovano Resort, an elegant and intimate hotel.  Distance: 51 km/31 miles

Day 6: Scansano & Pitigliano

Today we visit Pitigliano~ a pristine warren of elegant palaces and surprisingly broad cobble stoned streets, nicknamed Tuscany’s Little Jerusalem in honor of the vibrant Jewish community. Back on your saddle and continue to Scansano which is set in a scenic location between Saturnia and the sea. Most famous for Morellino, a ruby red wine with a full bodied bouquet. We visit the wine cellars at the Erik Banti Winery. Return to Sovano for our farewell dinner. Distance 45km/28 miles

Day 6: Farewell!

After a farewell breakfast all together we arrange transfer to train station

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details or to book this trip.

Short Escape Tuscany Wine Tour

Our Beautiful Tuscany Wine Country Bike Tour offers a sunny Mediterranean ambiance and a spirited flair for hospitality. Tuscany nourishes the soul and leads you to rejoice in the earthly pleasures of daily life!

Itinerary
Self Guided Tour, 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Explore Tuscany Wine Country on this short escape. This is a shorter (5 day/4 night) version on our most popular Tuscany Biking trip – offering 3 full days of cycling and 2 half days. So saddle up for a great trip in Tuscan Wine Country…
Tour Departures: Any date between 15th March to end of October

Pienza ~ Montalcino ~ Chianti

Definitely our best selling bike tour in Italy, this memorable cycling tour lets you experience the region’s world famous wine culture. Bike along tranquil country lanes, tracing the expanses between farmland crowned with walled villages, ancient monasteries in secluded valleys and medieval forts. Staying in Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and heart of Chianti, you are sure to experience the true essence of Tuscany, where history, beauty and, of course, wine abound.

Day 1: Pienza
Meet & Greet in Pienza, widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”  for your welcome, orientation and bike fitting. Pienza exemplifies Take a stroll through the beautiful cobblestone streets ~ the town streets are full of small charming shops selling typical local products, such as fine wines, pecorino, spices, pici (handmade pasta) and so on. We recommend stopping and tasting! Optional test ride to San Quirico d’Orcia.   Distance 20km /12.5 miles.

Day 2: Montepulciano & Vino Nobile
Today’s bike ride takes you on a looped ride to Castelmuzio, Montichiello and Montepulciano ~ the jewel of Southern Tuscany.  Stop along the way to visit the convent where parts of The English Patient were filmed, and in the enchanting hamlet of Castelmuzio. Arrive in Montepulciano for lunch before returning to Pienza with a stop in the village of Monticchiello. Distance 55km/34 miles.

Day 3: Montalcino Brunello Country
Ride from Pienza to Montalcino, with a pause in the fairy-tale like Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa town. Lunch in Castiglione d’Orcia, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo before heading on to your destination Montalcino, a town renowned for its wine. Visit the 14th century fortress to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Distance 46 km/ 28,5 miles

Day 4: Siena
Today you start your bike ride with a 10 km descent and pass through Buonconvento, heading northbound to Siena. In Murlo visit a fascinating Etruscan Museum. Continue to Ville di Corsano, end up at the arch gate San Marco. You’ll have time to take a leisurely stroll around this art city and explore the wonderful Torre del Mangia, Duomo and Piazza del Campo. Option A: 60 km/37.5miles – Option B: 52 km/31 miles

Day 4: Chianti Hills
End of bike tour – optional bike ride in chianti to Castello di Brolio, a beautiful bike ride on Chiantigiana road. Distance 50 km /31 miles

Villa Boscarello

Villa Boscarello is private villa ideally located for visiting the most famous art and historical cities in Tuscany including Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Cortona as well as the Chianti wine towns of Castellina, Radda and Greve.

The Villa is a great example of a large traditional Tuscan Villa dating back to the 1700’s. it is situated in the area of the Crete Senesi, 35 km south east of Siena, on the top of a hill commanding extensive views over the surrounding Tuscan countryside to the towns of Montalcino, Radicofani, the cathedral of S.Anna in Camprena, Montisi, Trequanda, the Gallico castle, Serre di Rapolano, the Mount Amiata and Siena.

The villa is part of a large wine producing estate but is completely independent and private. The surrounding land is organically farmed and guests staying at Villa Boscarello are welcome to take part in wine and olive oil tastings and tours of the estate. Moreover, for those interested in truffles, this is an area where the precious and rare “white truffle” grows naturally. Morning truffle hunting in  private truffle fields can also be arranged.

Cooking courses can be organised. Participants can learn how to prepare simple, tasty dishes with seasonal local ingredients. Recipes are explained step by step with a translation in English upon request so guests can get ‘hands on’ experience of preparing a complete Tuscan meal from the starters to the dessert. At the end of the cooking course guests are treated to a delicious dinner where they can taste all the dishes they have made.

The medieval village of Trequanda, with its ruined castle dating back to 1200, is just a few minutes drive. The village, with a restaurant, shops, small supermarket and petrol station, is picturesque on its hill surrounded by woods, vineyards and olive groves.

A large private garden surrounds the property. The swimming pool is private to this property and along with fabulous views, has plenty of poolside furniture including loungers and umbrellas.
The villa can be rented out to a maximum of 16 people or the villa plus Bellaria to a maximum of 20 people. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

La Bandita Townhouse

La Bandita Townhouse highlights one of Tuscany’s attractions that is often overlooked: the sweetness of village life.

Corso Il Rossellino, 111
Pienza (SI) 53026, Toscana, Italia
Tel +39 0578 749 005
Email: info@la-bandita.com              www.la-bandita.com/townhouse

La Bandita Townhouse is a 12-room luxury boutique hotel tucked inside the historic center of Pienza, a tiny Renaissance jewel of a village in southern Tuscany. The building is a rambling Renaissance-era palazzo where nuns have lived for over 500 years.

With its main door on the Corso Rossellino, a cobblestone lane, the property itself blends in completely with the Renaissance character of the rest of the village, its façade indistinguishable from the attached buildings. No exterior changes were made in the renovation, and a not a single square meter of space was added.

La Bandita is a comfortable, fun, and stylish place to relax, eat well and get caught up in the daily rhythms of everyday life here: the stillness of the main piazza in the morning, the old ladies making their daily shopping trail, and the evening hum of bustling trattorias.

The Townhouse Caffe is the small in house restaurant and wine bar with an open kitchen for guests to have direct interaction with the chef while he is working. There is an intimate covered outdoor seating area inside the walled medieval garden. The chef creates a focused daily set menu of Tuscan classics with the freshest seasonal local ingredients as well as a small list of well-crafted dishes meant to be shared.

Upgrade your tour accommodation or book La Bandita Townhouse as part of your Tuscany Tailor Made Bike tour today! Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

 

Italy ~ Tailor Made For You

Create your very own tailor made bike tour in Italy that includes everything you want – and nothing you don’t. This is your vacation – where, when, and how you want it, to share with whomever you choose. Select any existing Italy itinerary and turn it into a private trip, or design your own adventure – we’ll apply our style and customize it to be everything you dreamed of, and more.

Our guides in Italy have an indepth local knowledge, enabling  us to develop a trips that offers the best il meglio! Our experience means we have a firm grasp of what is possible.  We take the worry out of your trip so that you can relax and enjoy the freedom of biking or the pleasure of walking the countryside!

Celebrating an anniversary or wish to Honeymoon in Italy? Or simply planning a small group getaway for family and friends? We look after all the logistics; van hire, luggage transfers, booking of special events, hotels & villa rental, restaurants, quiet roads.

Create your own tour!

Before proceeding you may want to go through our list of guided and self guided bike tours in all Tuscany, Elba island, Umbria, Sardinia island, Dolomites and southern Italy Puglia. Decide upon the region you want to spend time in. Fancy some walking as well as biking? Stay in a villa or a bed & breakfast, boutique hotel or spa?

Contact us today and get your private trip in Italy underway!

Palazzo Squarcialupi

Situated in the heart of the historical center of Castellina in Chianti, you will find the 15th century Palazzo Squarcialupi.

Castellina, Chianti , Sienna , Tuscany, Italy
Tel. + 39 0577 741186  Email: info@palazzosquarcialupi.com

In the past, the Palace was a noble residence with surrounding farmland and has recently been restored and reopened as a luxury hotel . Underneath the main building, in the ancient vaults are the antique wine-cellars where wine is produced to this day from the grapes grown in the vineyards surrounding the village. These ancient underground stone tunnels have also provided the idea location for Palazzo Squarcialupi’s spa.

The hotel, with 15 rooms, two Superior rooms and three elegant lounges, transports you into a medieval world, offering the maximum comfort for a pleasant and relaxing stay.  At the hotel bar, small enoteca and at the panoramic terrace, guests can taste the hotel’s own wines whilst admiring the magnificent scenery of the Chianti hillside. The hotel also has a swimming-pool in its spacious garden, and guests can enjoy pleasant walks through 170 hectars of woods and vineyards which surround the property.

Palazzo Squarcialupi can be booked as part of a tailor-made itinerary. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

Il Chiostro di Pienza

Il Chiostro di Pienza is an ancient Franciscan convent converted into a 4 star hotel in beautiful Pienza at the heart heart of the Val d’Orcia.

Pienza, Tuscany, Italy                                                                     Telephone: +39 0578 748129 Email:info@relaisilchiostrodipienza.com

 

Il Chiostro di Pienza is a historical Franciscan convent converted into a 4 star hotel in beautiful Pienza at the heart heart of the Val d’Orcia. The history of the hotel is linked to the history of Pienza itself, as the ancient building has played an important role in the development of this famous and enchanting Tuscan city. The Monastery of St. Francis was certainly the most important religious and cultural institution in old Corsignano, at least until the radical transformation of the city into Pienza in 1459 under Pope Pius II.

The historic pedigree of this unusual building is combined with great hospitality and comfortable rooms, which have views of the medieval town and the beautiful Val d’Orcia. While the hotel is in the city center, it boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a beautiful restaurant with an outstanding  view of  the Val D’Orcia hills. Guests can dine in the terraced garden of the old monastery, and enjoy Relais Chiostro’s  chef’s interpretations of the local Tuscan cooking, with its many scents and flavors, all sourced locally.

Il Chiostro di Pienza can be booked as part of a tailor-made itinerary. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.