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Italy: Coastal Villages of Tuscany

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This breathtaking Tuscany bike tour travels along the stunning coast to explore medieval hilltop towns and scenic landscapes while sampling the region’s best olive oils and wines.

Guided Biking

  • Daily Mileage: 7 - 48|
  • Biking: 1 - 4:30 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
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Activity Easy/Moderate
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Airplane
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Starting From

10-day Bike Vacation + Air Package

$4,245

7-day Bike Vacation Only

$3,295

Per person, double occupancy

Italy: Coastal Villages of Tuscany

Tuscany’s stunningly beautiful coast begs to be explored by bicycle, and we’ve mapped out our Tuscany bike tour to offer the most breathtaking experiences. Picturesque towns dot the countryside with a patchwork of colors, surrounded by cypress, cork, and pine forests that hug the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Discover Etruscan and medieval history in magnificent hilltop villages and hamlets. Dine alongside gracious local hosts, enjoying seasonal, farm-fresh cuisine from their organic gardens. Sample smooth olive oils while learning about different pressing methods. Taste varieties of celebrated wines along the picturesque Strada del Vino. Finally, rejuvenate in the natural pool and springs of an Etruscan Calidarium. This is Tuscany, VBT style.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills, and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance with the hills.

  • Daily Mileage: 7 - 48|
  • Biking: 1 - 4:30 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Tour an agriturismo’s wine cantina with its owner, Luigi Brunetti
  • Ride Italy’s renowned wine route, the Strada del Vino
  • Savor a meal and learn how to prepare it with the founder of Cooking in Tuscany at her home
  • Pick up some key Italian phrases during a language lesson with your bilingual trip leaders
  • Sample freshly pressed olive oil and enjoy lunch and a tour at the Fonte di Foiano olive-oil mill
  • Cycle to 10th-century Suvereto via the breathtaking Etruscan Coast
  • Rejuvenate in the Etruscan hot springs

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Apr68º/46º

May75º/53º

Jun84º/58º

Sep81º/58º

Oct69º/51º

Average
Precipitation:

Apr2.9 in

May3.0 in

Jun2.7 in

Sep3.3 in

Oct4.0 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Florence and one night in Rome in conveniently located hotels with breakfasts included Check
6 nights in small country estates and one 5-star hotel Check Check
13 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Tue, Apr 27 to Thu, May 6 - 2021

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Depart home for Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at the Florence airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, you must fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please be sure VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags so your representative can identify you. He or she will be waiting outside the customs area in your arrival terminal, holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer to your hotel (approximately 30 minutes).

If you are going to be late meeting our transfer representative by more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please let our representative know by calling or sending a text message to +39 347 85 74 265. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you will be responsible for your own transfer, but they might be able to reschedule your transfer if they are aware of the delay. You may also contact Allianz Global Assistance, and they will contact our transfer service.

Please note: Your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

You have the rest of the day free to explore the historic city of Florence and enjoy its Renaissance architecture and famous museums, using VBT’s City Information as your guide. In the evening, relax in one of the city’s restaurants and sample the local cuisine.

Accommodation: Hotel De La Ville, Florence

This morning, spend more free time exploring Florence’s wonderful museums, shops and cafés. Take in the spectacular Duomo, the centerpiece of the city, and walk across the Arno River on the famous Ponte Vecchio, browsing the goldsmith and silversmith shops that line the bridge as modern-day replacements of the butchers and grocers of centuries gone by. See works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Raphael at the Uffizi Gallery (reservations are required) or just relax and enjoy a cappuccino or espresso in the Piazza della Republica, the perfect place for people watching in this vibrant city.

At 11:30 a.m., meet your trip leaders dressed in VBT garments in the hotel lobby. Once the entire group is assembled, you will transfer by private coach (approximately two hours) to Collemezzano. During the transfer, the coach will stop so you can buy lunch.

On arrival in Collemezzano, you will proceed to the Agrihotel Elisabetta, a family-run agriturismo hotel that produces much of its own wine, olive oil, fruit and vegetables. This inviting accommodation and its smiling owner, Luigi Brunetti, will surely enchant you. After settling in, meet your trip leaders to officially begin your Tuscany bike tour with a safety and bike-fitting session before a short warm-up ride over gentle hills, past old farmhouses shaded by cypress trees. Later this afternoon, our gregarious host Luigi will take you on a guided tour of his wine cellar which in Italy is called a cantina. Here, sample some of Luigi’s varietals while sharing the day’s stories with your small group. Dinner is at the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Agrihotel Elisabetta, Collemezzano
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 14 km (8 miles)

Afternoon

Collemezzano Warm-up: 14 km (8 miles)

What to Expect: A pleasant countryside loop around our agriturismo traversing slightly rolling terrain. Enjoy bucolic vistas and little car traffic.

After breakfast, today’s Tuscany bike tour takes you on a jaunt along a scenic road from Castellina Marittima across Maremma Pisana, riding high in the foothills of the Cecina Valley. Your view from these splendid hills extends from the coast and faraway islands to the valley nestled between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the mountains on Tuscany’s Costa degli Etruschi—the Etruscan Coast. During this invigorating ride through the rolling countryside, you will pass the “3 Comuni,” or three hilltop towns, and pedal your way to Casale Marittimo, the most picturesque of the trio. You’ll admire its medieval castle and the 12th-century Sant’Andrea Church. For lunch, you will gather at a scenic spot with your fellow riders for a delicious picnic prepared by your trip leaders.

Afterward, continue cycling downhill through the charming village of Bibbona, entering the fragrant Cecina pine forest. Your route back to the hotel traces the azure sea waters, giving you a chance to go for a swim if you wish. If you prefer, you may return in the shuttle. This evening is yours to spend at your leisure at Agrihotel Elisabetta, where dinner is on your own.

Accommodation: Agrihotel Elisabetta, Collemezzano
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cumulative Distance Range: 23 – 62 km (14 – 38.5 miles)
Morning
Castellina Marittima to Casale Marittimo: 23 km (14 miles)
Castellina Marittimo to Casale Marittimo Plus: 32 km (20 miles)
Afternoon

Casale Marittimo to Agrihotel Elisabetta: 30 km (18.5 miles)

What to Expect: After a 20-minute shuttle up to Castellina Marittima, enjoy a long scenic downhill ride into the Cecina Valley. Then climb up to Montescudaio to begin riding the rolling “Strada dei 3 Comuni”, connecting the three hilltop villages of Montescudaio, Guardistallo, and Casale Marittimo. Those with additional energy can ride a longer, moderate loop in the hills before lunch. Then, thrill to an exhilarating descent to the sea, riding through a cool, fragrant pine forest on an unpaved, but well-beaten path. Your ride finishes with paved city streets and bike paths heading to your hotel.

Begin your day by pedaling the Cecina Mare promenade on route to the Strada del Vino, one of the most beautiful of Italy’s wine roads. Your route skirts the Ornellaia vineyard to Bolgheri, traversing gently rolling hills. Bolgheri is one of the most prestigious wine regions in Italy. In addition to its own DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata or Denomination of Controlled Origin) wines, you will want to sample the Super Tuscans – red wines that revolutionized the Italian winemaking industry. Bolgheri is also known for its Viale dei Cipressi, a cypress-lined avenue immortalized in the poem “San Guido” by Giosuè Carducci. You may want to stroll along this boulevard after enjoying lunch on your own.

This afternoon, shuttle to the Tombolo Talasso Resort, your deluxe hotel right on the Tyrrhenian Sea, or continue cycling on easy back roads. Whichever you choose, you’ll gather together later for an Italian aperitivo with your VBT trip leaders. In the evening, enjoy a home-hosted dinner in a typical Tuscan country house. Your host, Chicca (pronounced “Key-ka”), will open her home and you will get the opportunity to join her in cooking dinner. Chicca is the founder of Cooking in Tuscany, a culinary-gastronomic association that promotes traditional Italian and Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad. The goals of the association are to experiment with and research traditional recipes, to use and emphasize seasonal products, and to promote the culture and tradition of the region through knowledge of local ingredients. And, of course, to share the hospitality and warmth of an Italian family! Chicca will present a one-hour, hands-on cooking class, after which you will have the chance to dine on your own creations at sunset under the pergola.

Accommodation: Tombolo Talasso Resort, Marina di Donoratico
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cumulative Distance Range: 18 – 47 km (9 – 28 miles)
Morning
Collemezzano to Bolgheri: 29 km (17 miles)
AfternoonBolgheri to Tombolo Talasso Resort: 18 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: This morning’s ride is initially flat and includes a stretch through a pine forest on three miles of well-packed, unpaved terrain along the beach and sea. After the first 10 miles, the route meanders past vineyards on a moderately rolling route to medieval Bolgheri, where we stop for lunch. Later, the hills become gentler along a fantastic cycling road. The last miles are flat as you approach the sea and continue to the hotel.

After breakfast, your Tuscany bike tour continues through the historic Strada del Vino to the family-owned and operated Fonte di Foiano olive oil mill. During your visit, you’ll meet the Di Gaetano family, who will lead you on a private tour of the press and workshop. Taste the oil during a degustazione (sampling) on the terrace. During your tasting, Simone Di Gaetano will explain the differences between the various flavors of Italy’s olive-growing regions. Afterward, find your place at the table on the farm’s grounds for a delicious vegetarian lunch prepared by Simone’s brother and chef, Paolo, using fragrant, organic vegetables.

After lunch, cycle back to your hotel, stopping at Daniela’s excellent bicycle shop – a local treasure – along the way. Once you’ve returned, you might stretch out in the sand at the hotel’s private beach, or relax in one of the five thermal swimming pools at the Wellness Center at an extra cost. Filtered water is pumped directly from the sea into the pools. Tonight, your trip leaders can suggest a restaurant for dinner on your own in the lovely seaside village of Marina di Castagneto.

Accommodation: Tombolo Talasso Resort, Marina di Donoratico
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:

Cumulative Distance Range: 12 – 40 km (7 – 25 miles)
Morning
Hotel Tombolo to Fonte di Foiano: 12 km (7 miles)
OR
Hotel Tombolo to Fonte di Foiano Plus: 29 km (18 miles)
Afternoon
Fonte di Foiano to Hotel Tombolo: 11 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: The morning ride sets a relaxed pace for the day, with either a short or longer option along the Strada del Vino to our lunch stop. You will bike on country roads lined with hundreds of olive trees. After lunch, follow a different route that includes 1.6 km (1 mile) on an unpaved bike path in a pine forest, back to our hotel.

Today’s adventure from Castagneto follows one of the most picturesque routes in Europe. Cycling past chestnut, cork and pine trees, medieval estates, and sunflower fields, you will arrive in Suvereto, an ancient village whose origins date to the year 1000. Overlooking the Costa degli Etruschi in the green valley beside the Cornia River, it is a true jewel, rich in history and art. Suvereto displays remarkable architectural harmony: Its ancient walls enclose paved streets lined with stone houses, historic buildings, impressive churches and shadowy cloisters. You will stop for lunch in Suvereto before continuing into the peaceful Cornia Valley on a beautiful rolling and mostly downhill road, free from car traffic.

A longer loop takes you further south to Cura Nuova on a country road. Our destination and home for the next two nights is the peaceful Hotel Calidario. The hotel boasts a unique natural open-air 3,000 square meter pool, formed by the hot springs, rich in minerals, flowing from a granite basin situated deep in the rocks behind the hotel. The area is home to a number of Cornia Valley natural parks which include several Roman and Etruscan finds. The waters of the area were used by the Etruscans to melt metals.

After a wonderful day of cycling, settle in, relax and enjoy the springs and hotel spa. Tonight, try the wood-fired pizza of the hotel, prepared with several different organic doughs, or select another item from the menu.

Accommodation: Hotel Calidario Terme, Venturina Terme
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cumulative Distance Range: 15 – 78 km (12 – 48 miles)
Morning
Hotel Tombolo to Suvereto: 31 km (19 miles)

Sassetta to Suvereto with Shuttle: 15 km (9 miles)
Afternoon
Suvereto to Hotel Calidario: 20 km (12 miles)
OR
Suvereto to Cura Nuova and Hotel Calidario: 47 km (29 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s morning ride can begin with a shuttle or an uphill climb to Castagneto Carducci. From there, it follows a scenic and undulating stretch of road to Suvereto. If you wish, you may shuttle to Sassetta to begin your ride to Suvereto, trimming 16.1 km (10 miles) off your morning route before our lunch stop. The afternoon ride follows an easy and downhill route to Hotel Calidario. The longer extra ride is mostly easy with some slightly rolling hills, far from car traffic, in the beautiful hills of Cornia Park.

After breakfast, shuttle or cycle to Campiglia Marittima. This was an ancient Etruscan center where metals were forged and melted. You will cycle by the Archeological Mines Park of San Silvestro, a protected natural park where copper, lead ores, and other minerals have been mined for centuries, and today is a museum. You will follow a winding panoramic route sloping down through a plain, a thick pine forest, and finally to the edge of the Tuscan sea. After parking your bikes at the bay of Baratti, you will have time to swim or explore the area’s Etruscan archeological sites including burial mounds. Baratti is a tiny hamlet of only 15 residents, but that number swells on weekends and during the summer with people windsurfing, swimming, or walking the trails. We will have lunch in one of the restaurants overlooking the bay. Early in the afternoon, a short shuttle will take you up the hill for more views across the water. You will discover the neighboring city of Populonia which had a very active port during the Etruscan and Roman eras, importing iron ore from the near Isle of Elba and trading finished metal goods. The remains of this once-thriving but abandoned area is preserved within this walled city.

Ride back to your hotel, enjoy more relaxation and maybe a massage in the hotel spa. Your Tuscany bike tour concludes here, and tonight you’ll enjoy a memorable farewell dinner with your fellow cyclists.

Accommodation: Hotel Calidario Terme, Venturina Terme
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 15 – 47 km (9 – 29 miles)
Morning
Hotel Calidario to Campiglia (moderate): 6 km (4 miles)
Campiglia to Baratti: 26 km (16 miles)
Afternoon
Baratti to Hotel Calidario: 15 km (9 miles)

What to Expect: This morning you can shuttle to start an easy valley ride from the hilltop town of Campiglia Marittima or ride from the hotel to Campiglia for an extra 4 miles of uphill challenge. Today’s gentle hills leave you ample time to explore Baratti’s seaside bay and then retrace your route back to the hotel.

After breakfast, transfer to your central Rome hotel for your final overnight stay. Your hotel room may not be available until 2:30 p.m., but you may store your luggage at the reception desk.

If you have chosen the independent Post-trip Extension to Rome, you will remain at this hotel for three nights. When you arrive, VBT’s Rome representative will answer your questions and offer optional city walks to help you make the most of your time in Rome. VBT’s City Information includes recommendations for restaurants, attractions and transportation in Rome, and will help you explore on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel dei Mellini, Rome
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast* this morning, you will transfer to the Rome airport (approximately 40-60 minutes, depending upon traffic) for your departing flight**. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated transfer time.

* Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Thu, Apr 29 to Wed, May 5 - 2021

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Your tour starts at 11:30 a.m. at our Florence hotel (Hotel De La Ville, Piazza Antinori 1, Firenze, phone +39 055 2381805). Your trip leaders will meet you in the lobby wearing VBT staff garments. You will transfer by private coach to Collemezzano, stopping along the way so you can buy lunch. If your arrival at our Florence hotel is later than 11:30 a.m. or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi (approximately two hours) at your own expense (approximately €150) to the Agrihotel Elisabetta. Additionally, if you are heading to the centrally located meeting point from Florence’s city center, you must transfer at your own expense. Contact the Florence hotel to advise them of any travel delays or changes and ask the front desk to pass the message on to your VBT trip leaders.

At 11:30 a.m., meet your trip leaders dressed in VBT garments in the hotel lobby. Once the entire group is assembled, you will transfer by private coach (approximately two hours) to Collemezzano. During the transfer, the coach will stop so you can buy lunch.

On arrival in Collemezzano, you will proceed to the Agrihotel Elisabetta, a family-run agriturismo hotel that produces much of its own wine, olive oil, fruit and vegetables. This inviting accommodation and its smiling owner, Luigi Brunetti, will surely enchant you. After settling in, meet your trip leaders to officially begin your Tuscany bike tour with a safety and bike-fitting session before a short warm-up ride over gentle hills, past old farmhouses shaded by cypress trees. Later this afternoon, our gregarious host Luigi will take you on a guided tour of his wine cellar which in Italy is called a cantina. Here, sample some of Luigi’s varietals while sharing the day’s stories with your small group. Dinner is at the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Agrihotel Elisabetta, Collemezzano
Included Meals: Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 14 km (8 miles)

Afternoon

Collemezzano Warm-up: 14 km (8 miles)

What to Expect: A pleasant countryside loop around our agriturismo traversing slightly rolling terrain. Enjoy bucolic vistas and little car traffic.

After breakfast, today’s Tuscany bike tour takes you on a jaunt along a scenic road from Castellina Marittima across Maremma Pisana, riding high in the foothills of the Cecina Valley. Your view from these splendid hills extends from the coast and faraway islands to the valley nestled between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the mountains on Tuscany’s Costa degli Etruschi—the Etruscan Coast. During this invigorating ride through the rolling countryside, you will pass the “3 Comuni,” or three hilltop towns, and pedal your way to Casale Marittimo, the most picturesque of the trio. You’ll admire its medieval castle and the 12th-century Sant’Andrea Church. For lunch, you will gather at a scenic spot with your fellow riders for a delicious picnic prepared by your trip leaders.

Afterward, continue cycling downhill through the charming village of Bibbona, entering the fragrant Cecina pine forest. Your route back to the hotel traces the azure sea waters, giving you a chance to go for a swim if you wish. If you prefer, you may return in the shuttle. This evening is yours to spend at your leisure at Agrihotel Elisabetta, where dinner is on your own.

Accommodation: Agrihotel Elisabetta, Collemezzano
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cumulative Distance Range: 23 – 62 km (14 – 38.5 miles)
Morning
Castellina Marittima to Casale Marittimo: 23 km (14 miles)
Castellina Marittimo to Casale Marittimo Plus: 32 km (20 miles)
Afternoon

Casale Marittimo to Agrihotel Elisabetta: 30 km (18.5 miles)

What to Expect: After a 20-minute shuttle up to Castellina Marittima, enjoy a long scenic downhill ride into the Cecina Valley. Then climb up to Montescudaio to begin riding the rolling “Strada dei 3 Comuni”, connecting the three hilltop villages of Montescudaio, Guardistallo, and Casale Marittimo. Those with additional energy can ride a longer, moderate loop in the hills before lunch. Then, thrill to an exhilarating descent to the sea, riding through a cool, fragrant pine forest on an unpaved, but well-beaten path. Your ride finishes with paved city streets and bike paths heading to your hotel.

Begin your day by pedaling the Cecina Mare promenade on route to the Strada del Vino, one of the most beautiful of Italy’s wine roads. Your route skirts the Ornellaia vineyard to Bolgheri, traversing gently rolling hills. Bolgheri is one of the most prestigious wine regions in Italy. In addition to its own DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata or Denomination of Controlled Origin) wines, you will want to sample the Super Tuscans – red wines that revolutionized the Italian winemaking industry. Bolgheri is also known for its Viale dei Cipressi, a cypress-lined avenue immortalized in the poem “San Guido” by Giosuè Carducci. You may want to stroll along this boulevard after enjoying lunch on your own.

This afternoon, shuttle to the Tombolo Talasso Resort, your deluxe hotel right on the Tyrrhenian Sea, or continue cycling on easy back roads. Whichever you choose, you’ll gather together later for an Italian aperitivo with your VBT trip leaders. In the evening, enjoy a home-hosted dinner in a typical Tuscan country house. Your host, Chicca (pronounced “Key-ka”), will open her home and you will get the opportunity to join her in cooking dinner. Chicca is the founder of Cooking in Tuscany, a culinary-gastronomic association that promotes traditional Italian and Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad. The goals of the association are to experiment with and research traditional recipes, to use and emphasize seasonal products, and to promote the culture and tradition of the region through knowledge of local ingredients. And, of course, to share the hospitality and warmth of an Italian family! Chicca will present a one-hour, hands-on cooking class, after which you will have the chance to dine on your own creations at sunset under the pergola.

Accommodation: Tombolo Talasso Resort, Marina di Donoratico
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cumulative Distance Range: 18 – 47 km (9 – 28 miles)
Morning
Collemezzano to Bolgheri: 29 km (17 miles)
AfternoonBolgheri to Tombolo Talasso Resort: 18 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: This morning’s ride is initially flat and includes a stretch through a pine forest on three miles of well-packed, unpaved terrain along the beach and sea. After the first 10 miles, the route meanders past vineyards on a moderately rolling route to medieval Bolgheri, where we stop for lunch. Later, the hills become gentler along a fantastic cycling road. The last miles are flat as you approach the sea and continue to the hotel.

After breakfast, your Tuscany bike tour continues through the historic Strada del Vino to the family-owned and operated Fonte di Foiano olive oil mill. During your visit, you’ll meet the Di Gaetano family, who will lead you on a private tour of the press and workshop. Taste the oil during a degustazione (sampling) on the terrace. During your tasting, Simone Di Gaetano will explain the differences between the various flavors of Italy’s olive-growing regions. Afterward, find your place at the table on the farm’s grounds for a delicious vegetarian lunch prepared by Simone’s brother and chef, Paolo, using fragrant, organic vegetables.

After lunch, cycle back to your hotel, stopping at Daniela’s excellent bicycle shop – a local treasure – along the way. Once you’ve returned, you might stretch out in the sand at the hotel’s private beach, or relax in one of the five thermal swimming pools at the Wellness Center at an extra cost. Filtered water is pumped directly from the sea into the pools. Tonight, your trip leaders can suggest a restaurant for dinner on your own in the lovely seaside village of Marina di Castagneto.

Accommodation: Tombolo Talasso Resort, Marina di Donoratico
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:

Cumulative Distance Range: 12 – 40 km (7 – 25 miles)
Morning
Hotel Tombolo to Fonte di Foiano: 12 km (7 miles)
OR
Hotel Tombolo to Fonte di Foiano Plus: 29 km (18 miles)
Afternoon
Fonte di Foiano to Hotel Tombolo: 11 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: The morning ride sets a relaxed pace for the day, with either a short or longer option along the Strada del Vino to our lunch stop. You will bike on country roads lined with hundreds of olive trees. After lunch, follow a different route that includes 1.6 km (1 mile) on an unpaved bike path in a pine forest, back to our hotel.

Today’s adventure from Castagneto follows one of the most picturesque routes in Europe. Cycling past chestnut, cork and pine trees, medieval estates, and sunflower fields, you will arrive in Suvereto, an ancient village whose origins date to the year 1000. Overlooking the Costa degli Etruschi in the green valley beside the Cornia River, it is a true jewel, rich in history and art. Suvereto displays remarkable architectural harmony: Its ancient walls enclose paved streets lined with stone houses, historic buildings, impressive churches and shadowy cloisters. You will stop for lunch in Suvereto before continuing into the peaceful Cornia Valley on a beautiful rolling and mostly downhill road, free from car traffic.

A longer loop takes you further south to Cura Nuova on a country road. Our destination and home for the next two nights is the peaceful Hotel Calidario. The hotel boasts a unique natural open-air 3,000 square meter pool, formed by the hot springs, rich in minerals, flowing from a granite basin situated deep in the rocks behind the hotel. The area is home to a number of Cornia Valley natural parks which include several Roman and Etruscan finds. The waters of the area were used by the Etruscans to melt metals.

After a wonderful day of cycling, settle in, relax and enjoy the springs and hotel spa. Tonight, try the wood-fired pizza of the hotel, prepared with several different organic doughs, or select another item from the menu.

Accommodation: Hotel Calidario Terme, Venturina Terme
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cumulative Distance Range: 15 – 78 km (12 – 48 miles)
Morning
Hotel Tombolo to Suvereto: 31 km (19 miles)

Sassetta to Suvereto with Shuttle: 15 km (9 miles)
Afternoon
Suvereto to Hotel Calidario: 20 km (12 miles)
OR
Suvereto to Cura Nuova and Hotel Calidario: 47 km (29 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s morning ride can begin with a shuttle or an uphill climb to Castagneto Carducci. From there, it follows a scenic and undulating stretch of road to Suvereto. If you wish, you may shuttle to Sassetta to begin your ride to Suvereto, trimming 16.1 km (10 miles) off your morning route before our lunch stop. The afternoon ride follows an easy and downhill route to Hotel Calidario. The longer extra ride is mostly easy with some slightly rolling hills, far from car traffic, in the beautiful hills of Cornia Park.

After breakfast, shuttle or cycle to Campiglia Marittima. This was an ancient Etruscan center where metals were forged and melted. You will cycle by the Archeological Mines Park of San Silvestro, a protected natural park where copper, lead ores, and other minerals have been mined for centuries, and today is a museum. You will follow a winding panoramic route sloping down through a plain, a thick pine forest, and finally to the edge of the Tuscan sea. After parking your bikes at the bay of Baratti, you will have time to swim or explore the area’s Etruscan archeological sites including burial mounds. Baratti is a tiny hamlet of only 15 residents, but that number swells on weekends and during the summer with people windsurfing, swimming, or walking the trails. We will have lunch in one of the restaurants overlooking the bay. Early in the afternoon, a short shuttle will take you up the hill for more views across the water. You will discover the neighboring city of Populonia which had a very active port during the Etruscan and Roman eras, importing iron ore from the near Isle of Elba and trading finished metal goods. The remains of this once-thriving but abandoned area is preserved within this walled city.

Ride back to your hotel, enjoy more relaxation and maybe a massage in the hotel spa. Your Tuscany bike tour concludes here, and tonight you’ll enjoy a memorable farewell dinner with your fellow cyclists.

Accommodation: Hotel Calidario Terme, Venturina Terme
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 15 – 47 km (9 – 29 miles)
Morning
Hotel Calidario to Campiglia (moderate): 6 km (4 miles)
Campiglia to Baratti: 26 km (16 miles)
Afternoon
Baratti to Hotel Calidario: 15 km (9 miles)

What to Expect: This morning you can shuttle to start an easy valley ride from the hilltop town of Campiglia Marittima or ride from the hotel to Campiglia for an extra 4 miles of uphill challenge. Today’s gentle hills leave you ample time to explore Baratti’s seaside bay and then retrace your route back to the hotel.

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to our Rome hotel. Your trip ends here between 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. You are responsible for your own transfer to the airport for your flight home.

If you have chosen the independent Post-trip Extension to Rome, you will remain at this hotel for three nights. When you arrive, VBT’s Rome representative will answer your questions and offer optional city walks to help you make the most of your time in Rome. VBT’s City Information includes recommendations for restaurants, attractions and transportation in Rome, and will help you explore on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel dei Mellini, Rome
Included Meals: Breakfast

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  • 2 nights at the Hotel De La Ville with daily breakfast
  • City Information
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  • Airport transfers
  • Stroll the Ponte Vecchio, a world-renown bridge that spans the Arno River
  • Admire Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation” among other works of art at the Uffizi Gallery
  • Stand in awe of the Palazzo Vecchio, overlooking the Piazza della Signoria and the statue gallery in Loggia dei Lanzi

Depart home for Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at the Florence airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, you must fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please be sure VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags so your representative can identify you. He or she will be waiting outside the customs area in your arrival terminal, holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer to your hotel (approximately 30 minutes).

If you are going to be late meeting our transfer representative by more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please let our representative know by calling or sending a text message to +39 347 85 74 265. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you will be responsible for your own transfer, but they might be able to reschedule your transfer if they are aware of the delay. You may also contact Allianz Global Assistance and they will contact our transfer service.

Please note: Your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

At the hotel, a local VBT representative will be available at 5:00 p.m. to answer your questions, help you organize your time in Florence, and suggest optional walking and biking tours to discover the secret corners of the city. You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore, using VBT’s City Information as your guide. To visit the Uffizi Gallery, you must make reservations in advance. To reserve online, go to florence-museum.com. For information on all Italian museums, go to italy-museum.com.

Please note: Italian museums are closed on Mondays.

Accommodation: Hotel De La Ville, Florence

The day is yours to explore the sites including its most famous museum, the Uffizi Gallery (advance reservation required, see above). You might also enjoy strolling along the shop-lined promenades of the Via Tornabuoni. Then, cross the river to the Oltrarno side of the city to unwind in the lovely Boboli Gardens, or grab some gelato in Piazza Santo Spirito.

Accommodation: Hotel De La Ville, Florence
Included Meals: Breakfast

You have another day free to explore the historic city of Florence and enjoy its Renaissance architecture and famous museums. Don’t miss the Duomo, with its soaring Brunelleschi dome. Next door lies the Baptistery with its massive copper Gates of Paradise designed by Ghiberti. Nearby, at the Piazza della Signoria, you can admire more sculptures including a replica of Michelangelo’s David. The original awaits you a little farther north at the Galleria dell’Accademia. In the evening, relax in one of the city’s many fine restaurants and sample the best of la cucina fiorentina.

VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Accommodation: Hotel De La Ville, Florence
Included Meals: Breakfast

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  • 2 nights at the Hotel dei Mellini with daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Hospitality Desk & Orientation Tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Visit the world-renown St. Peter’s Basillica
  • Explore the grounds of the Roman Coliseum, home to gladiator events in ancient times
  • Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to assure that you’ll return to Rome another day

Spend today exploring the city on your own. You can step out of Italy while you’re still in Rome with a visit to the Vatican, an independent state. The Vatican museums are filled with magnificent art that goes far beyond such well-known pieces as Michelangelo’s Pieta and the Sistine Chapel ceiling. VBT recommends that you purchase your Vatican museum ticket well in advance.

Please note: Italian museums are closed on Mondays. Vatican museums are closed on Sundays.

Accommodation: Hotel dei Mellini, Rome
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s opportunities are endless. You might visit the Forum, the political and commercial center of ancient Rome when the empire was at its greatest power. Roman emperors constructed the temples, monuments, and other buildings here over a period of nine centuries. Today, you can still see the Curia where the Roman Senate met. Walk up Palatine Hill, where tradition says the first settlers of Rome built their huts under the direction of Romulus, and which was later the home of Caligula, Nero, Tiberius and Domitian. Tour Rome’s famous Catacombs located in tunnels carved out of rock along the Via Appia (Appian Way) or spend an idyllic afternoon in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, one of Europe’s most elegant parks. By all means, do as the Romans do—sip espresso, savor Italian wine and take the time to enjoy la dolce vita. After a full day of independent exploration, enjoy one of Rome’s fine restaurants.

Accommodation: Hotel dei Mellini, Rome
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast* this morning, you will transfer to the Rome airport (approximately 40-60 minutes depending upon traffic) for your departing flight**. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

* Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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