Biking along the marvelous Tuscan roads offers unique emotions and the possibility of discovering places of infinite beauty.
This area, especially in the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia areas, offers the ideal setting for bike enthusiasts of any level.
Riding on the rolling hills of Tuscany, you will explore a unique territory. In this article we suggest you 4 bike routes starting from our charming country home Podere Salicotto, located in a strategic and central position to visit this area.
This four bike itineraries will lead you to the discovery of panoramic roads off the beaten tracks. At each stop you could taste delicious food and wine, enjoy medieval villages and unforgettable views of wheat fields, vineyards, woods and sunflower fields.
Here are four bike routes in southern Tuscany
FROM PODERE SALICOTTO ALONG THE RAILWAY AND THE VIA FRANCIGENA
From Podere Salicotto down to Buonconvento, bike to the ancient Abbey of Piana (recently renovated). Along the railway line get to Ponte d’Arbia. Here enter the historical, rural and natural path of the Via Francigena. Return on the same route.
PODERE SALICOTTO – ABBEY OF M.OLIVETO MAGGIORE – CHIUSURE S.GIOVANNI D’ASSO – PODERE SALICOTTO
From Podere Salicotto bike down to Buonconvento and further to the Abbey of M.Oliveto Maggiore. After a brief stop to visit the Abbey bike across the Crete Senesi to the ancient village of Chiusure. Here you can choose two paths.
The 1st: bike on the paved road to S.Giovanni d’Asso, with its magnificent castle and then take the dirt road Pieve a Salti and reach Podere Salicotto.
The 2nd path is more naturalistic: from Chiusure towards San Carlo farm, then Meliandra and at last to Podere Salicotto.
DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM /EASY
ABOUT 25 KM
A LEG OF THE HISTORIC ROUTE OF L’EROICA GRAVEL ROADS
From Podere Salicotto take direction Montalcino and after about 5 km you get onto the historical path of the Eroica. Pass Torrenieri and the ancient village of Cosona. A brief stop at the enchanting little food shop in the village of Lucignano d’Asso: it will be like going back to the 50s. From here another 12 Km before reaching Podere Salicotto.
A BEAUTIFUL NATURAL TRAIL IN THE PARK OF MURLO’S OLD MINES
From Podere Salicotto down to Buonconvento, bike on to the ancient Abbey of Piana (recently renovated). Proceed to Santa Marcella and at the fork follow direction to Murlo – a restored medieval village with interesting Etruscan tombs. Bike down to the old mines and take the single track that runs along the old railway line to Befa. Pass Bibbiano and bike down to Buonconvento where you bike the very last 2 km uphill before arriving at Podere Salicotto.