Self-Guided

Tuscan Coast Bike Tour

The Tuscan coast known as Maremma isn't on the bus tour circuit. This secluded region in Tuscany's south remains true to its small town roots. Separated by chestnuts forests and sprawling vineyards, the towns of Maremma have remained uncontaminated by the tourist explosion. The region is unique because of the variety of its territory; blue seas, long beaches, thick woods, vineyards, olive groves, and marshes. The rolling hills are gentle, making for easier cycling compared to other bike tours in Italy. Maremma is not all landscapes. It is also a region rich in typical products to be tasted and savored. Sea and hills blend perfectly in the food and wine. On this tour you spend the night in three different medieval coastal hill towns. You can visit Etruscan ruins, two castles, a winery, and a sandy beach. We meet you in Florence and drive you to the start. You end in Cecina, a town with excellent train connections.

​Highlights

  • Winery tour with wine tasting

  • Tuscan beach

  • 13th Century castle visit

  • Coastal hill towns of Massa Marritima, Campiglia
    Marittima, and Castagneto Carducci

  • Beautiful sea and vineyard vistas

  • Peaceful country back roads

Price
US$ 1,300 per person, double occupancy

Dates

Any date, Mar 1 to Dec 1


Single Supplement
+ US$ 250 for single room occupancy

 

Length
6 Days, 5 Nights


Meet / Finish
Florence / Cecina

Route Rating
Moderate: 10-26 miles (17-42 km) per day over rolling terrain. Extra miles available.

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Day 4:  Marina di Castagneto

A short downhill ride through fertile farmland leads to one of the prettier beaches in Tuscany. Enjoy a leisurely day on a sun drenched beach. Take a swim in the warm water, walk along the sandy beach, and savor a delicious gelato. If you want to ride more, head inland to the forgotten village of Monteverdi.

Day 5 and 6:  Cecina

Follow the spectacular "Strada del Vino" (Wine Road) as it parallels the Tuscan coast. Some of Italy's most famous wines come from this area including Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Guado al Tasso. Explore the beautiful Bolgheri castle and tour their winery learning about the Bordeaux grape varieties that thrive in their soil and micro climate. Pedal through the sleepy medieval villages of Casale Marittimo, Gaurdistallo, and Montescudaio. Tour ends in Cecina. Frequent trains make for an easy departure at the end of your cycling adventure in Italy.

Day 1:  Massa Marittima

We meet in Florence and shuttle to Massa Marittima. Lunch in Massa with your tour coordinator who reviews the tour and provides route notes and maps. Cycle to Accesa Lake and explore its Etruscan archeological site.

Day 2:  Campiglia Marittima

A mostly flat ride along quiet farm roads takes you through vineyards and fertile farmland. You ride to Campiglia Marittima, a medieval hilltown with narrow streets and houses cascading below an ancient castle. Untouched by mass tourism Campiglia is a genuine Tuscan treasure. For extra miles continue to beautiful Baratti beach.

Day 3:  Castagneto Carducci

A picturesque back road leads you through chestnut and cork forests. Pass through Suvereto, a perfectly preserved town of Roman origin. Within its medieval walls Suvereto offers numerous restaurants and cafes. Later explore Sassetta an off the beaten path village clinging to a rocky hillside. Your ride ends in Castagneto Carducci, an enchanting town on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Daily Itinerary

 

Daily Distance

 
 

Lodging

Fenice Park Hotel
Massa Marittima (1 night)

The Fenice Park Hotel is an elegant hotel in the center of Massa Marittima. The hotel features large rooms, a swimming pool, air-conditioning and WIFI.

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Villa Le Luci
Castagneto Carducci (1 night)

This historic villa has been completely renovated and offers large sunny rooms, a super breakfast, and a garden with sea views.


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Il Canovaccio B&B
Campiglia Marittima (1 night)

This small B&B is located in a medieval building in the center of Campiglia Marittima. The rooms have been beautifully renovated preserving their Tuscan style.

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Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

What if it Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

Siena Hotel Supplement During Palio

During the Palio (Siena's horse race) hotel prices triple. A surcharge of US$ 100 per person will apply for if you stay in Siena Jun 29-30, Jul 1-2, or Aug 13-16.

Agrihotel Elisabetta
Cecina (1 night)

Located 3 mi (5 km) outside of Cecina this hotel is a working farm with vineyards and olive groves. The hotel has a large pool and tennis courts.

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  • All lodging (three and four star hotels)

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on Day 1

  • Winery visit and wine tasting

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • Private van transfer from Florence on Day 1

  • Five beautiful rides (extra miles available)

  • Use of a high-end bicycle (hybrid, road bike or e-bike)

  • Use of a helmet

  • Souvenir water bottle to keep

What's Included

 

Departure from Cecina, End of Tour

The hotel is 3 miles (5 km) from the town of Cecina. The hotel can arrange a taxi to take you to the Cecina train station where frequent trains make for easy departures. The train to Rome takes 3 hours while the train to Florence takes 2 hours.

Use our Bike Bags (Panniers) and Save

Save US$ 50 per person.  Pack what you need in our bike bags (panniers) and leave the rest of your luggage with us. We will deliver your remaining luggage to the last hotel.

Can I really start any date I want?

 

Yes! You can start your tour any day of the week, March 1 through December 1. We have complete flexibility with the starting dates.

What If It Rains?

On self-guided tours there is no van support. But, we do move your luggage. If it rains you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just call to make arrangements.

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