The permanent route is a total of 209 km in the heart of the Siena region, through the Chianti, Crete Senesi and Val d'Orcia. It’s a journey into the essence of the legendary Tuscan landscape, characterized by challenging technical features that make this route a great opportunity to practice cycling. The route alternates paved and white roads, and has a total elevation gain around 3500 meters. White roads cover around 112 km. DURATION: 6 Giorni/5 notti
PRICE FROM: 570,00 €
WHERE: Il Chianti - Siena - Montalcino - Val d'Orcia - Crete Senesi
WHEN: durante tutto l'anno
Day 1 - Benvenuti in Toscana
Individual arrivals and accommodation in a typical B&B located very close Gaiole in Chianti.
SIENA AND THE VAL D’ARBIA
53 km – elevation gain: 800 meters
After breakfast you will receive road books, maps and all the information for your daily stage.
The Eroica route starts in Gaiole in Chianti, winding among historical vineyards that lead you to Castello di Brolio with its cypress-lined entrance. The breath-taking panorama below the walls, over the vineyards, represents one of the most wonderful parts of the permanent route. After a few kilometers, near San Giovanni a Cerreto, Siena will appear on the horizon. The visit to this wonderful medieval city with its Dome, Piazza del Campo and the perfect medieval city center will make your trip special. Neat vineyards evolve into a more varied landscape, painted with the traditional Terra di Siena colours. Soon after leaving the city of Siena you’ll ride through a very typical segment of the route, located between “Colle Malamerenda” and Radi, deep in the gentle hills of Siena, studded with farm houses and medieval villages, merging your ride with the Via Francigena itinerary. Views of the village of Murlo will be the backdrop to the easiest segment of the whole permanent route.
Accommodation in hotel 3 stars with swimming pool and restaurant.
MONTALCINO AND LUCIGNANO D’ASSO
61 km – elevation gain: 1150 meters
Climbing Castiglion del Bosco, one of the most challenging segments of L’Eroica permanent route, you will reach Montalcino, which sits over the beautiful and panoramic lands of the home of Brunello of Montalcino. Montalcino, also famous for olive oil and honey, is a nice village that merits a visit, even just to admire the incredible panorama views on the Val d’Orcia area. The descent from Montalcino will be a devine dive into vineyards, bringing you through smooth, pristine hills until Lucignano d’Asso, where you can take a rest with a typical snack or just to refill your bottle. Pedaling in the landscape of the Val d'Orcia is a privilege for the eyes and mind that revives you despite the strain of constant hills roads. This stage is perfect for a wine-gastronomic visit, for example to one of our selected Brunello wine farms or for a truffle hunting experience.
Accommodation in typical Tuscan agriturismo (country hotel) that offer Health & Beauty Centre, Horse Riding, Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools. The typical restaurant offers genuine, traditional Tuscan cuisine made from a farm grown organic product.
THE CRETE SENESI AND MONTE SANTE MARIE
46 km – elevation gain: 910 meters
From the vineyards and rolling hills to the suggestion of the lunar landscape is a short step. Left the villages along the Cassia immerse you in the Crete Senesi with the characteristic gullies. The oak and cypress indicate isolated farms where they produce cheese and tables are enriched by the diamond of Crete Senesi: the white truffle. This part of the route includes the hard white road of Monte Sante Marie, very famous steep road that will take you back in the Chianti area.
You will back in Chianti area through Castelnuovo Berardenga, the village on the border with the Crete Senesi.
44 km – elevation gain: 780 meters
A kind of summary of what you saw and what you will see is the road to Pianella that presents different landscapes. The road to Radda in Chianti will be a sequence of vineyards and woods, passing through pretty villages and farms, that could offer you a wide range of typical products, wine and olive oil tasting, temptations that will delight your itinerary and your senses. You’ll get Radda in Chianti that merits a visit to its historical village, for example at lunch, lost into its nice little alleys. After Radda in Chianti you’ll be headed to Gaiole, town where L’Eroica was born on 1997, going down through Vertine, a nice little pearl of the Chianti.
Accommodation in a typical Bed and Breakfast with swimming pool.
Breakfast and Eroica graduation! You will receive your personal diploma of “Eroici”, souvenir of an incredible
- Baggage transportation between hotels
- Pick-up of everything you bought during your daily stage: wine, gift and more
- 1 intervention of technical assistance along the route (parts not included)
- Maps and information for your daily stage
- Road book and final diploma of “Eroici”
- Tourist city tax
- Medical baggage insurance
- Medical/baggage insurance
- Activities for non-cyclist (cooking classes, horseback riding, trekking and more)
- Bike rental (Road, hybrid, MTB, vintage bikes or electric bikes)
- Bike guide in english, french, spanish or german language during each stage
- Van support during your daily stage, to let you enjoy your Tuscan vacation
- Extra intervention of technical assistance: 50 euro each
- GPS rental
- Guided tours of cities and villages