Cycling holiday Tuscany, Pisa to Florence

Tuscany, Pisa to Florence

Cycling through beautiful Italy

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SUMMARY
  • 8 days every Saturday
  • 55 km Average per day
  • Arrival Pisa Pisa Airport
  • Departure Pisa Pisa airport
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Vinci, home of Leonardo
  • Montecatini Terme (spa town)
  • Florence
  • Pisa
CHARACTERISTICS
  • Self-Guided Tour
  • Individual Tour
  • Bike & Hotel
  • Bikelevel 2

    Distance: 40-60 km average per day Altitude: 100-500 hm average per day. Not too steep and not too long slopes on not very difficult terrain. 

Cycling from Pisa to Florence

Pisa to Florence. From the leaning tower to Ponte Vecchio across the lands of Leonardo, Puccini, Pinocchio and of several other artists, sculptors, composers, inventors and painters who were inspired by the beauty of the Tuscan landscape.

The landscape of Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and evocative in Europe, with rolling hills laced with verdant vineyards and cypress trees lining the roads. You will pedal from one incredible view to the next, admiring Renaissance art and architecture and getting to know the lands of many great artists of the past, such as Leonardo da Vinci and the composer Giacomo Puccini. The towns of Pisa and Florence do not need any further presentation, but in this tour you will discover also picturesque villages where you will be tempted by the excellent Tuscan cuisine.

 

Daily program

  • Journée 1 Arrival Pisa

    Individual arrival. The city is famous all over the world for its magic Piazza dei Miracoli with the characteristic leaning tower, the bell tower of the city cathedral. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1987, besides a large number of monuments it also offers the friendly and lively atmosphere of a university city.

  • Journée 2 Pisa – Lucca, 30 or 45 km

    Today you are pedalling northwards along the Serchio river for an easy stage. For those who wish a slightly longer itinerary, there is the option of going towards Massaciuccoli Lake before reaching Lucca.

  • Journée 3 Lucca – Montecatini, 45 km
    Fietsvakanties Italië

    Through a panoramic road you reach the little village of Collodi and the town of Pescia. In Collodi, where the author of Pinocchio spent his childhood, you can visit the famous Pinocchio’s Park (created in 1962) and the aristocratic Villa Garzoni. In Pescia you can enjoy a quiet stroll among churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the local flower street market.

  • Journée 4 Montecatini, roundtour, 60 km

    Today’s route offers you again two possibilities. You can relax in one of the most famous thermal cities in Europe and stroll down the narrow lanes of the old city, which is situated on a hill and can be reached by a characteristic cable-railway. Otherwise a picturesque itinerary will lead you among villas of the Medici family, olive groves, vineyards and beautiful historical farms, going past Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace (visit to the museum possible).

  • Journée 5 Montecatini – Florence, 50 or 65 km

    Today you have to choose either to start pedalling directly from Montecatini or to shorten the trip through a short train transfer to Pistoia, rich in Romanesque and Renaissance monuments (in particular churches) and having one of the most evocative squares in Italy: Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). From here back onto the saddle, to reach Florence.

  • Journée 6 Florence, free day

    Free day. It will be up to you to decide how to spend your time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities! Tuscany's capital is known for its wealth in culture, architecture and art and is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.

  • Journée 7 Florence – Pisa, 40 or 65 km

    Today you can choose if either starting pedalling directly from Florence and reaching Pisa through a train transfer from Empoli or taking a train to Empoli and riding to Pisa along the river Arno.
    Florence – Empoli – Pisa (40/65 km by bike + 40/65 km by train).

  • Journée 8 Departure Pisa

    Departure after breakfast.

Cycling in Italy

Tuscany

Route profile

  • Total length: 225/280 km
  • Total vertical up: 950/1,190 m
  • Terrain: 88% tarmac, 12% unpaved

Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3, 5 and 7

The itinerary runs mostly on a flat area with some hilly parts which do not require particular athletic skills.

Lucca
Fietsvakanties Italië
Pisa
Florence, Ponte Vecchio
View of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo after sunset

What else do you need to know?

Per person in a 2-person room

  • Every Saturday March 27 - April  23 € 730,-
  • Every Saturday April 24 - May 14 € 810,-
  • Every Saturday May 15 - September 4 € 850,-
  • Every Saturday September 5 - September 24 € 810,-  
  • Every Saturday September 25 - October 9 € 730,-

Surcharge Single room € 240,-

Extra night in Pisa (incl. Breakfast)
Per person in a 2-person room
April - October € 100,-
Surcharge single room € 60,-

Rental bikes:

  • Hybride € 85,-
  • E-bike € 195,-
  • Bike helmet € 15,-

Reservations costs € 20,- per reservation

Including

  • 7 x hotel nights based on a double room with shower and toilet
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Route booklet with description (in English), tourist information and maps
  • Welcome chat plus instruction, in English
  • Service helpline

To book

  • Bicycle rental
  • Extra night (s) Pisa
  • Cancellation insurance


Not included

  • Surcharge for bicycle transport by plane on request
  • Local tourist tax, to be paid on site (approx. € 10-15)
  • Train Montecatini - Pistoia, approx € 6, -
  • Train Florence - Empoli, approx € 8, -
  • Train Empoli - Pisa, approx 9, -
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Local tourist tax € 10,- per person

Special details

  • Operated by local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
  • Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
  • Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

Parking: Pisa free parking place at the first hotel, for the whole duration of the tour.

Airports

Pisa is connected with the following airports:
Pisa: about 5 km, Florence: about 90 km

Trains
For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. 
According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:

  • mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels

All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

  • double room is a room with one double bed
  • twin room is a room with two single beds
  • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.

All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

  • 1 cycle computer  
  • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
  • 1 front bar bag
  • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
  • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
  • 1 combination bike lock

The follwoing bikes are available in different sizes and frames:

  • Rental 27-gear unisex City Bike

    A low entry unisex frame, ideal for an upright but relaxed riding position. Standard bikes have 27 gears 

  • Rental E-bike

    Unisex low-entry frame. Bosch motor. Range: approx 90 km (flat terrain, average speed). 

Welcome briefing

In Pisa you will meet our representative who:

  • will illustrate the tour
  • will deliver your bikes
  • will be available (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

Accompanying material

Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:

1. Link to download the App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks
(you can use the App offline, too)

2. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:
- Tour notes
- Final tour details
- Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour. Plus: local events, fun facts, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.

3. Digital travel documents:
- Final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
- Hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival
- Luggage labels
Please check all documents thoroughly and let us know if anything is missing.