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Via Francigena (Tuscany to Rome)

Guided Leisure Bike Tour

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Duration

9 days

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Italy

Via Francigena (Tuscany to Rome)

Guided Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
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4
5

Duration

9 days

Prices from

$2,200 P.P.
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Join us on this guided cycling holiday in Italy where we'll be tracing the steps of the Via Francigena, an ancient route packed full of historical gems and idyllic Italian countryside. Once the favored route for merchants, armies and pilgrims travelling from Canterbury to Rome (and all the way through to Jerusalem), our version of the Via Francigena picks up the trail in Tuscany and offers an inspiring journey through the heart of Italy, right up to the mighty St Peter’s Square in Rome.
Our Via Francigena cycling tour starts just outside of the enthralling San Gimignano, where you’ll have the chance to explore this unique UNESCO treasure and admire its many medieval towers. Here you’ll get a great introduction to Tuscan way of life, a landscape famed for its idyllic cypress lined horizons, endless fields of golden corn and medieval hilltop towns. We’ll then head south following the Via Francigena on a range of quiet country lanes, ancient Roman roads, over rolling hills, through woodland and passing through ancient towns. This route joins up some of the major Tuscan highlights, including Siena, Montiriggioni and San Quirico.
Our journey has two distinct halves and as we leave Tuscany and enter Lazio, the landscape changes as well as the feel of the towns, a change which only adds to the sense of journey. Heading ever south, we’ll cycle through varying scenery and changing terrain, eventually pedaling into the outskirts of Rome where our own pilgrimage comes to a dramatic end, riding into St. Peter's Square. Along the way we’ll stay in a range of good quality local hotels and agriturismi, which enable you to experience true Italian hospitality and of course indulge in some delicious local cuisine.
We also have a mountain biking version of this trip available which follows alternative, off road routes along the Via Francigena.

Highlights

  • Staying in Tuscan accommodation overlooking stunning landscapes
  • Discovering the amazing Siena
  • Sampling the best wines of Chianti, Montepulciano and Montalcino
  • Enjoying the journey from Tuscany to Rome on a variety of terrain, including ancient Roman roads
  • Exploring the stunning UNESCO sights of San Gimignano and Valle D‘Orcia
  • The sense of achievement riding into St Peter’s Square in Rome

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Pisa Airport - Transfer to San Gimignano

You will be met at Pisa airport and transferred to San Gimignano, where we’ll stay in an agriturismo set in the outskirts of the famous town. There is also the chance to explore San Gimignano and immerse yourself in Tuscan culture right away. With a plunge into the infinity pool overlooking gorgeous vineyards, your cycling holiday begins! (Transfer approx. 1.5 hours)

Day 2
San Gimignano to Siena
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

We’ll journey south along the Via Francigena, following quiet, country lanes through woods and over hills, through a constantly changing, rolling Tuscan landscape. The first section will partly be on well-maintained farm gravel routes alternating with country lanes, with little traffic.

We’ll pass through today’s highlight, Monteriggioni on our way to our destination, Siena. After stopping in the impressive Palio square for a well deserved beer, we’ll move on to our accommodation.

Day 3
Siena to San Quirico
34 Miles / 55 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

We’ll leave Siena through the ancient town gates and continue our journey south on the Via Francigena and into the beautiful Crete Sienesi with a roller coaster ride through classic Tuscan landscape.

Picking up the Via again, we’ll head to Buonconvento were we’ll have time to stop for a refreshing break and, if inclined, visit the fortified walls. The next section will lead us, over rolling hills, to San Quirico, a medieval hamlet with a quaint centre where we’ll stop for the night.

Day 4
San Quirico to Radicofani
22 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

From San Quirico, we’ll head towards the Orcia valley and we’ll descend quiet lanes to the medieval hamlet of Bagno Vignoni, with its healing baths – home to the legendary water nymphs! After resting and taking time to explore the hot water springs, we’ll head right into the centre of the UNESCO heritage site of Val D‘Orcia, a natural paradise that cannot fail to stir the soul. From here we’ll start a steady climb towards Radicofani.

Depending on the time it takes to get to this medieval hilltop village, you will be able to take in a tour of the sights or relax at your accommodation for the rest of the day.

Day 5
Radicofani to Bolsena
34 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Leaving the hamlet behind we’ll bike along the old Via Cassia, the Roman route to Rome, now a cobbled road, surrounded by stunning scenery and dominated by Monte Amiata.

We’ll take a break in Acquapedente, famous for the Romanesque crypt beneath the Basilica del Santo Sepolcro where, according to tradition, some stones bathed in the blood of Christ are thought to have been kept. Getting back in the saddle we’ll continue riding towards Lazio and the stunning Lake Bolsena.

The view of the lake will open up as we descend, a great way to finish a day in the saddle amongst the thick woods and meadows scattered with olive trees, until we reach Bolsena itself. There will be time in the evening to explore its fortress and narrow streets.

Day 6
Bolsena to Vetralla
29 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride starts with a stunning route through woods and olive groves as we make our way around Lake Bolsena and onto the region of Lazio.

As we descend into the lower plains, we’ll cross an area famous for the production of extra virgin olive oil, before arriving in Montefiascone were we’ll take time in one of the Piazzas to have yet another cappuccino break!

The next section leading into Viterbo is across cultivated countryside, with the option of stopping off at the thermal waters of Bagnaccio for a quick dip in the open air pools, where pilgrims would also stop before proceeding towards Viterbo. In Viterbo, we’ll allow time to admire the splendid Palazzo dei Papi and the Longobard cloisters of Santa Maria Nuova. We’ll then carry on to Vetralla, our home for the night.

Day 7
Vetralla to Campagnano
29 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

We’ll continue our journey south, first riding through a dense forest and then open countryside, through fields of hazelnuts.

We’ll come across the Torri d‘Orlando, the ruins of an abandoned monastery, on our way to Sutri, a fascinating little town with dwellings carved out of the tuff. We’ll stop for a short visit to the Roman amphitheatre which dates back to Emperor Augustus and which is completely carved out of the hill. Moving on, the ride heads into the hills and we’ll pass the waterfalls of Mount Gelato, an ideal location for a refreshing stop!

A short sharp climb will lead you onto your accommodation for the evening at Campagnano.

Day 8
Campagnano to Rome
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Leaving Campagnano we’ll enter the regional Park of Veio. We’ll stop to rest in the village of Formello with its fine medieval buildings. As we approach Rome, the roads get busier and we’ll make our way to the cycle path alongside the River Tevere, enjoying the final ride along its banks, leading us to the gates of the Vatican City.

As we enter St. Peter’s Square, with its grandiose architecture, our cycling journey of the Via Francigena will come to a celebratory end!

Day 9
Departure from Rome - Transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time for one last delicious breakfast, before transferring to the airport for flights home. Ciao! (Transfer approx 1 hour.)

Do let us know if you’d like to extend for a couple of days in Rome, and we’d be happy to help organise some extra nights.

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The Cycling

Terrain

We follow the Via Francigena pilgrimage route as closely as possible making our way south on a multitude of different surfaces. This cycling holiday mostly follows the back roads, strade bianche, country lanes, a few rough dirt tracks so you must be confident riding on gravel tracks. You’ll encounter a few cheeky climbs (quite steep in places!) so it’s not a bad idea to get a bit of training in pre-trip. Roads can get busier closer to the bigger towns so you may encounter traffic in these areas. We recommend using mountain bikes however some hybrids may be suitable – please contact us for more details.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 4 : Active

Distances generally between 30 – 50 miles per day / 48 – 80 kms per day

For those who cycle frequently

Will include some long and / or steep climbs

Includes varying terrain (some sections may see you cycling over uneven, unpaved or loose ground)

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

You ride quite frequently at home and perhaps enjoy cycling as one of your forms of exercise. Weekends will occasionally see you spending the day in the saddle exploring routes which take in some steep climbs. These tours may also see you riding over varying terrain and so it’s preferable if you have some experience of riding on uneven / unpaved ground. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 4 trip to be fit and healthy, and ready to take on an achievable challenge.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
12/06/2021
Return Date
20/06/2021
Duration
9 days
Price
$2,200.00
Start Date
28/08/2021
Return Date
05/09/2021
Duration
9 days
Price
$2,200.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double rooms) in hotels / agriturismi

B) Meals as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Pisa airport (PSA)

G) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Single room (available if required)

D) Travel insurance

E) Meals not stated in the itinerary

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en-route

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your cycling holiday. To join the airport transfer on arrival, you’ll need to arrive into Pisa airport (PSA) before 12.45, for a 13.00 transfer. At the end of the tour, we will transfer the group to Rome Fiumicino airport (FCO) with an estimated arrival time of 09.00 – please consider this when booking your return travel and allow enough time to check in for your chosen flight. If you are flying from North America, most outbound options will require an overnight flight a stop in a larger hub airport, such as London Gatwick (LGW), Amsterdam (AMS) or Rome (FCO). At the end of the trip there are direct flights from Rome Fiumcino to North America with a range of airlines including American, Norweigian and Alitalia.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific flight schedules available for your trip. Please check with us before booking any flights, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your cycling holiday and to ensure your flights fit with our scheduled transfers. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

From small, boutique hotels to traditional Tuscan homesteads, each guarantees to provide a unique place to rest your head.

The majority of our accommodation (shared twin or double rooms) will usually be ensuite in 3 star guest houses, agriturismos or hotels. Occasionally accommodation will include a swimming pool. The fabulous hospitality will be one of the highlights of your cycling holiday.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically 29 inch front suspended Focus Black Forest mountain bikes.

Hire bikes will be provided with a front handle pannier and tyres will be suitable for gravel roads.

We also have electric mountain bikes available to hire on request. It may take us a day or so to confirm availability so please let us know as soon as possible if you’d like to take this option.

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