Cycling between Pisa and Florence
Florence, Culture, Renaissance Art and Architecture
Montecatini, a famous Spa town in Tuscany
Pisa, Piazza dei Miracoli and the Iconic Tower
Massaciuccoli Lake, an oasis for the birdlife
Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a large grilled beef T-bone steak
Vinsanto, dessert white wine
From the leaning tower of Pisa to Ponte Vecchio in Florence, across the lands of Leonardo, Puccini, Pinocchio and of several other artists, sculptors, composers, inventors and painters who were inspired by the beauty of the Tuscan landscape.
Well now you can experience as many of these Italian cycling highlights as you would like in one holiday. Cycling guides, routes, bike rentals, transfers… We will organize everything. All you need to think about is enjoying your cycling holiday.
The landscape of Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and evocative in Europe, with rolling hills laced with verdant vineyards and cypress trees lining the roads. You’ll pedal from one incredible view to the next, admiring Renaissance art and architecture and getting to know the lands of many great artists of the past, such as Leonardo da Vinci and the composer Giacomo Puccini. The towns of Pisa and Florence do not need any further presentation, but in this tour you’ll discover also picturesque villages where you’ll be tempted by the excellent Tuscan cuisine.
Enjoy a memorable Tour rich in History and Amazing Landscape
Following the River Arno Bike Tour
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Arrival. The city is famous all over the world for its magic Piazza dei Miracoli with the characteristic leaning tower, the bell tower of the city cathedral. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1987, besides a large number of monuments it also offers a friendly and lively atmosphere of a university city.
(30/45 km, elevation up 20/100 m).
Today you are pedaling northwards along the river Serchio for an easy stage. For those who wish a slightly longer itinerary, there is the option of going towards Massaciuccoli Lake before reaching Lucca.
(45 km, elevation up 280 m).
Through a panoramic road you reach the little village of Collodi and the town of Pescia. In Collodi, where the author of Pinocchio spent his childhood, you could visit the famous Pinocchio’s Park (created in 1962) and the aristocratic Villa Garzoni. In Pescia you could enjoy a quiet stroll among churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the local flower street market.
4. Montecatini Roundtour
(60 km, elevation up 310 m).Today’s route offers you again two possibilities. You can relax in one of the most famous thermal cities in Europe and stroll down the narrow lanes of the old city, which is situated on a hill and can be reached by a characteristic cable-railway. Otherwise a picturesque itinerary will lead you among villas of the Medici family, olive groves, vineyards and beautiful historical farms, going past Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace (visit to the museum possible).
(50/65 km, elevation up 150/400 m).Today you have to choose either to start pedaling directly from Montecatini or to shorten the trip through a short train transfer to Pistoia, rich in Romanesque and Renaissance monuments (in particular churches) and having one of the most evocative squares in Italy: Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). From here back into the saddle, immersed in the Tuscan flatland, to reach Florence.
6. Florence. Free day.
(50/65 km, elevation up 150/400 m).It will be up to you to decide how to spend your time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities! You may like to join one of our fabulous tours to discover the city treasures !
(40/65 km by bike + 40/65 km by train, elevation up 100/300 m).Today you can choose if either starting pedaling directly from Florence and reaching Pisa through a train transfer from Empoli or taking a train to Empoli and riding to Pisa along the river Arno.
Departure after breakfast.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
- Total Length: 225/280 km
- Total vertical up: 1,110/1,640 m
- Terrain: 88% tarmac, 12% unpaved
- Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
- Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 3, day 5 and 7.
The itinerary runs mostly on a flat area with some hilly parts which do not require particular athletic skills.
Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.
By PlaneYou can fly to Pisa airport (PSA) with various low cost companies.
Otherwise Florence Airport (FLR): distance 90 km.
For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.
At the moment of booking, you can choose among the following bikes:
- City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
- Electro-bike 8-gear Shimano Nexus
- aluminium frame
- rear rack
- comfort gel saddle
- anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
- ergonomic bicycle grips
- Speed Lifter system (only for City bikes)
- 1 cycle computer
- 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
- 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
- 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
- 1 repair kit per room (which includes 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers)
- 1 combination bike lock
At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets, suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.
Send us your booking: within this time and a copy of the deposit (25% of the total amount of the tour price). You can pay per credit card or per bank transfer on our account.
We will send you the booking confirmation : after receiving the deposit.
Send us the balance 30 days before the departure.
Receive the travel documents: after the payment we will send you the hotel list and the general travel information per e-mail. The travel documents will be sent by post (EU countries) or delivered on site.
We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.
The hotels of this tour are all category A: 3/4* hotels (sometimes a cosy 2* hotel in Lucca)
All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.
Price includes 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast buffet.
When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
- double room is a room with one double bed
- twin room is a room with two single beds
- triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.
- will present you the tour
- will deliver you the bikes
- will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.
The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.
In case of an emergency and also in case of a technical problem with your rented bike you can contact our cell phone number (everyday 8:00-20:00).
The Information Pack (one per room) includes:
- roadbook describing the cycling route stage by stage
- bike maps
- Our Greens Cycling Guide
- final hotel list: due to overbooking or organisational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
- luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
- hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival.
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Following the River Arno Bike Tour
8D/7N – 2/3/4* Hotels
- TOUR TYPE: Self-Guided
- DEPARTURES 2017:
- SA from 8.04 to 7.10.2017 and additionally
MO from 26.06 to 24.07.2017
Special departure dates for at least 5 pax
- Season 1: 640 € in double room, 3/4* Hotels
- Sometimes a cosy 2* Hotel in Lucca
- Season 1: 8.04 – 5.05 and 24.09 – 7.10.2017
- Season 2: 6.05 – 23.09.2017
+ Breakfast buffet
+ Welcome briefing in English
+ Luggage transportation
+ Route descriptions & Maps
+ 7-days Hotline service
- NOT INCLUDED:
– Train transfers
60 € season 2
75 € Bike Rental
170 € E-Bike
15 € Helmet (if requested)
- Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast: 60/90 € in Pisa
- REDUCTIONS: 100 € 3rd person in room
Tour Code TH0056
Following the River Arno Bike Tour
Some notes on the Arno River
The Arno River, Italian Fiume Arno, Latin Arnus, is the principal stream of the Toscana (Tuscany) region, in central Italy. Rising on the slopes of Monte Falterona in the Tuscan Apennines, it flows for 150 mi (240 km) to the Ligurian Sea, receiving the Sieve, Pesa, Elsa, and Era rivers. Its drainage basin covers 3,184 sq. mi (8,247 sq. km). Navigation on the river is negligible. In its upper course the Arno flows generally south through the former lake basin called Casentino, to turn west and north at Arezzo. The fertile valley of its middle course is called the Valdarno.
Below Florence the river enters a gorge at Golfolina and begins its lower course westward past Empoli and Pisa to the sea, where the ancient delta has been reclaimed and the river reaches the sea through a single mouth. The valley of the Arno has been substantially modified by man: in its upper course the Val di Chiana now drains to the Tiber, and in its middle section are flood-control works (some designed by Leonardo da Vinci), though a sudden flood in 1966 inundated Florence.
Bike & Hotel
Florence, Siena and the Chianti
8D/7N – 2/3* hotels
from 698 €
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Tough, stable and reliable, specially designed for you to saddle up for several days on the trot. Our bikes are citybikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres. Where we don’t transport our own bikes, they are supplied by our trusted local partners.
E-bikes are also available for most of our tours, while kids’ bikes and accessories are at hand for all family-friendly holidays.
27-gear unisex Citybike
A low entry unisex frame, ideal for an upright but relaxed riding position. The number of gears varies by destination.
In Italy, for instance, standard bikes have 21/24 gears, while in northern Europe they are generally fitted with 7 gears and a pedal brake (although bikes with more gears and conventional breaks can sometimes be requested).
27-gear Men’s City Sports Bike
Citybike with men’s frame. The design and number of gears varies from country to country.
As with unisex bikes, for example, bikes for our Italian tours have 21/24 gears, while in northern Europe they are usually fitted with 7 gears and a pedal brake (although bikes with more gears and conventional breaks can sometimes be requested).
Comfortable and easy to get to grips with, ideal for anyone who thinks they might need that extra push or just wants to take it in their stride.
Our e-bikes are fitted with a BionX kit and the motor at the rear.
Where we don’t transport our own bikes, they are supplied by our local partners.
With carbon fork and 27-gear Shimano Tiagra
GEAR: Shimano Tiagra 27 gears
DESTINATION: Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige, Lombardy
The standard tandem comes with 8 gears
Shimano V-brakes and weighs 18kg.
One recumbent seat at the front, one saddle at the back
The front seat would suit a range of cyclists with disabilities or balance problems.
These vary by destination and local supplier. The trip dossier you receive before your holiday will list all relevant accessories, and you can simply request them locally (rather than ahead of the tour).
For every booking you receive a reparation Kit (1 every two bicycles) with the necessary equipment to adjust the handlebar and to replace the tube in case of puncture.
The kit includes:
- 1 Pump
- 1 Tube
- 2 Allen keys
- Tyre levers
- patches and mastic sealant
Waterproof rigid handlebar bag with a readily-accessible main compartment:
- with CLIC-fix handlebar adapter
- Norco Tarpulin waterproof fabric 3D-welded
- Waterproof double-sided maps envelope
- Large top lid for easy access
- Reflective logo and shoulder strap
- Dimensionally stable internal plastic frame
- Inside pocket with key ring
- Volume: 7,0 Liter
- weight: 770 g
The producing company Selle Royal, world leader in the bike saddle sector, supplies all the saddles for the bikes on our tours.
In-mould, lightweight, strong and versatile model for everyday riding.
The new adjustable size system and the cool pads for an excellent fit and comfort.
- 10 vents with bug net for a great airflow
- Removable visor
- Certified CE (TÜV) and CPSC-USA.
Large volume, meshed, oval-shaped basket. Comfortable integrated handle with a catch at 90°.
- Material: alluminum
- Dimensions: 36×27×25 cm (HxWxD)
- Weight: 1.250 g
- Capacity: 18 l, 7 kg
Bike Map Holder
Lightweight, full-size map holder for every common map format. Its horizontal position minimizes the impact of wind. The removable, transparent hood protects the map from dirt and rain. Sunny automatically locks into the handlebar adapter.
Material: plastic – Dimensions: 27×27 cm (HxW)
Weight: 260 g