Biking Through Tuscany: A Photo Journey.

By Posted in - Europe & Italy & Travel Blog & Tuscany on May 2nd, 2013

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One day in the not so near future you will be able to bicycle from Florence to Rome on a path through the Val di Chiana.

We got a taste of that 400 km journey on our recent trip to Tuscany with GAdventures. Believe it or not, without Leonardo Di Vinci’s help, this Tuscan valley would mostly likely still be a muddy wetland since the Chiana river had a notorious habit of flooding, which the artist fixed by changing the river’s flow of direction.

In the past, we had local experiences on vineyards and farms while WWOOFing in Italy, but never the chance to participate in popular activities like cycling.

My history with biking is relatively average, except for a period of 5 months in high school when I became obsessed with bombing dirt roads in the foothills of western Pennsylvania. In fact, I would say that I haven’t peddled more than 15 miles in 17 years. That all changed this past week when we busted out a cool 23 km under a cloudy Tuscan sky.

Our guide took us thorough the countryside, past vineyards large and small, a blooming mimosa tree ( a rare sight since it only comes alive for 20 days a year) and a variety of terrain that got me high again on a feeling I hadn’t felt in a long time–coasting down hills and pumping up them and the adrenaline and sweat that comes from each.

  

Riding through the back country roads, some dirt, some paved and others gravel, was an absolute amazing way to start the day. I’m already in love with the region and the ride sealed the deal even further. I could easily see myself picking up biking again and really explore the region and backroads of Chianciano Terme if I lived here.

Our bike ride concluded at a local and very out of the way restaurant where we dined on fresh bruschetta, bread salad, sliced meats, a variety of local cheeses and the largest beans I have ever seen. So large, Beth insisted I turn one into a mustache.

After a long, cold Massachusetts winter and spring, a bike ride through Tuscany with a local foodie twist was the perfect way to shake off my cob webs of inactivity and get me excited about biking again. A perfect start for our trip to Italy!

   

*Although G Adventures hosted us on this trip, our thoughts and opinions are always our own.

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  • Audrey -

    May 2, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Perfect setting for a nice long bike ride. 🙂

  • Kaie @ Domestiphobia.net -

    May 2, 2013 at 6:12 am

    That seriously looks like a dream day for me. Hands-down. It reminds me of the time I spent biking on Formentera, except ours ended with homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on top of a cliff. We definitely should’ve packed some wine. 🙂

  • Jason’s Travels -

    May 2, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Wow! That sounds / looks awesome.

  • Debbie -

    May 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

    What a fabulous location for a bike ride. Beautiful photos!

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures -

    May 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    OMG beeeeeyond amazing, wow wow wow!

  • Suz -

    May 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Terrific photos as always!

  • Tracy -

    May 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    beautiful imagery!

  • Cam @ Traveling Canucks -

    May 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Looks pretty awesome!

  • Nicole @ Suitcase Stories -

    May 3, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Beautiful photos! We are heading to Tuscany in August, so excited!

  • Jim @ MrAndMrsRomance.com -

    May 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Ah Toscano! So beautiful. We were there recently too – we drove though. Not brave enough to face all those Tuscan hills! That new cycle track sounds cool btw.

  • Jennifer -

    May 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Looks like you guys had an amazing time in Tuscany. So bummed I missed out while holed up in a conference venue in cold Chicago. I’m not at all jealous…

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  • Doreen Pendgracs -

    May 7, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Tuscany is definitely a place that makes your senses sing. I can only imagine how lovely it would be on a bicycle! Thx for sharing.

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    May 10, 2013 at 1:00 am

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  • Kieu ~ GQ trippin -

    May 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I rarely have any good biking stories, but I’d get back on a bike for this! LOL

  • tim -

    May 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I love your photos and imagery – they bring so much life to the posts! Great work!

  • Melisa -

    May 24, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I love San Francisco too. You pictures bring back good memories. I think it is time to go back and explore more of the city. I have only been there once for four days and there were a lot of places we missed.

  • resorts in hervey bay -

    June 27, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Oh, this sounds fantastic! What a great location for a bike ride. Looks like you guys really had a great time in Tuscany. Lovely photos!

  • Kimmy @ AfterGlobe -

    July 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Beautiful pictures! The food looks rather tasting. Looking forward to getting to Tuscany some day on my own travels.

  • Pawas Gupta -

    September 11, 2013 at 4:06 am

    The pics are amazing, specially the one with the bike. Never been here, adding to places to go. 🙂

  • Pawas Gupta -

    September 11, 2013 at 4:07 am

    The pics are amazing, specially the one with the bike. Never been here, adding to places to go. 🙂

  • Justin @ True Nomads -

    October 24, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Awesome photos! I am train-ing around Europe right now, and I might have to check out Tuscany now too. Thanks!