Here is a bicycle itinerary in the heart of the Crete Senesi, starting from Podere Salicotto
Tuscany, land of panoramas to look at, to savor, to breathe, to walk over slowly …
Tuscany is undoubtedly a region that deserves to be discovered on foot and by bike, savoring its fantastic landscapes and unique views. If Tuscany is the perfect destination for cycling enthusiasts of all levels, here at Podere Salicotto you will find everything you need for your holidays on two wheels!
Today’s route will be like entering a picture postcard: get ready to cross the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi, among the sun-kissed fields.
Starting from our Podere Salicotto farmhouse, you can set off on your bike for an itinerary outside the usual “tourist” circuits: the first stop will be the village of Lucignano d’Asso. You will then continue towards San Giovanni d’Asso, to discover one of the area’s excellences: the truffle. Through Chiusure and Monte Oliveto Maggiore, and then you will find yourself in the characteristic village of Buonconvento before returning to us at Podere Salicotto. Trust me, it will be well worth it!
You can rent your e-bikes or mountain bikes which will be delivered to you directly here at Podere Salicotto. If, on the other hand, you come to us with your own bicycles, Silvia and Paolo have decided to dedicate a specific area of their garage to bike maintenance / repair, making it available to all guests. Furthermore, if you are looking for more demanding routes by bike or on foot, or at the same time paths focused on complete relaxation, we will be happy to provide you with all the information you need.
Itinerary: P.Salicotto – Lucignano d’Asso – San Giovanni d’Asso – Monte Oliveto Maggiore – Buonconvento – P. Salicotto
Length: 37,3 km
Duration: 2h 40 min by bike
Traveling through these places you will see how the landscape around Podere Salicotto gradually changes; from the warm colors of the hills surrounded by cypresses (typical of the Val d’Orcia) to the fascinating lunar landscape of the Crete Senesi. Here white gullies await you, large expanses of clay, green hills that you can admire during this itinerary.
Start from our farmhouse and take the provincial road 75, completely surrounded by greenery, until you cross the SP 14. Take this road towards Torrenieri and then continue along the road that winds through fields and woods until you reach Lucignano d ‘Asso.
Lucignano d’Asso is truly the quintessence of the tiny Tuscan fairytale village. Off the beaten track, it is the perfect location if you are looking for a little relaxation. Here you can really relax, surrounded by lots of greenery and only the sounds of nature, admiring Monte Amiata (a former volcano that gives rise to the countless thermal springs in the area) and the Crete Senesi. Every smell, scent and color seems to be amplified and you can truly recharge your batteries before heading back. An ancient Etruscan settlement, the small village of Lucignano d’Asso is made up of a few houses, an old shop, narrow streets and two churches.
San Giovanni d’Asso
Then continue on the SP 14 and enter the town of San Giovanni d’Asso, where you will find the Castle, located in the nucleus of the town. Here there is the Truffle Museum of San Giovanni d’Asso, the first Italian museum dedicated to this local delicacy, where you will find an interesting itinerary on truffles and the five senses. And indeed the truffle was the source of many stories and legends handed down: it was said that it was born from the combination of some natural elements such as water, heat and lightning, sent by the Gods. If, on the other hand, you are interested in religious architecture, do not miss the Pieve di San Giovanni Battista, otherwise get back in the saddle to continue towards the next stop, the village of Chiusure.
Crossing the SP 60, you will also reach Bosco della Ragnaia, a wooded park and garden created by the American artist Sheppard Craige, in continual expansion. Once in Chiusure, a small village south of Siena, you will enjoy a fantastic view and you will have only another couple of km left to travel before reaching the next stop: the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore.
Chiusure and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore
The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is a splendid monastery surrounded by cypresses and a drawbridge. You musn’t miss visiting this masterpiece of sacred art, richly decorated inside; moreover, here there is a well-stocked library and a cellar under the cloister. Here you can take the opportunity to rest and taste the wine produced by the monks and other typical products.
Leave the abbey on the SP 451, and you will arrive at the last stop on our route: Buonconvento. A leg of the Via Francigena, an ancient road traveled by pilgrims to the sacred places of Christianity. The name of this village means happy and fortunate place, even though they are said to have organized the death of Emperor Henry VII of Luxembourg here. Popular rumors tell of a mysterious poison in the wine and a thousand court intrigues, while some historical sources claim that the king died from arsenic therapy which, ironically, should have cured his wounds …
Entering the village from Porta Senese, walk through the streets of the village, until you reach the heart of the historic center: Via Soccini. Here you will find most of the restaurants, bars and cafes. Continuing on you will find the Church, the Town Hall, and the iconic Civic Tower with the Clock, or else ready to leave to enjoy the much-deserved relaxation at Podere Salicotto!
After so much pedaling, you now deserve to rest at Podere Salicotto. Among breathtaking landscapes you can relax in our farmhouse, take a dip in the pool or choose the wines to taste from the cellar and enjoy the sunset. Enjoy the enchanting Tuscan landscapes and choose from the many activities proposed to visit these unmissable places.
Podere Salicotto awaits you!
In the meantime, if you are looking for some other ideas to visit the Val d’Orcia, take a look HERE