Tuscany is a superb region for cyclists. Numerous cycling circuits have been created throughout the region, offering magnificent landscapes to admire. These tours are suitable for travelers of all levels and offer a unique and relaxing experience. Tuscany is ideal for this, with its superb views, picturesque towns and pleasant climate. So, whether you're a novice cyclist or a seasoned amateur, whether you've decided to visit Tuscany without your car or if it's just a local sport/leisure activity; here's what you need to know to discover the Tuscany by bike.
What are the advantages of cycling in Tuscany?
There are many advantages to cycling in Tuscany. Tuscany is renowned for its hills and mountains, which means that cyclists will find a variety of landscapes to explore. What's more, the region is rich in historical heritage, with villas, fortresses and medieval towns making perfect stops on a cycling tour. The region's roads are generally well laid out, making it easy for cyclists to get around. However, don't hesitate to plan your itinerary in advance (with an app like Komoot, for example) to avoid truck-ridden stretches! Bicycle-friendly itineraries are available on such apps, reducing the risk of accidents.
What are the milestones not to be missed?
Tuscany's best-known tour is undoubtedly the one that begins and ends at Pisa. En route, you can stop off in Florence, one of Italy's most beautiful cities. You can visit emblematic monuments such as the Duomo and Giotto's Campanile, or stroll along medieval streets. You can also discover Renaissance architecture, such as the Villa di Castello, a UNESCO World Monument. From here, you can continue on to the Arno Valley, which offers magnificent views of the Tuscan countryside and its hills. You can then visit the city of Pisa, before continuing on to Lucca or La Spezia. If you're looking for a more athletic hike (there are hills :-), you can also visit the towns of Pistoia and Prato, which offer breathtaking views of the region's landscapes.
Where can I rent a bike in Tuscany?
If you want to explore the region by bike, you'll need one. If you're not a great sportsman, you might even be tempted by an electric bike. Fortunately, you'll find bike rental stores in almost every town in the region. These stores offer a wide range of bikes and services, such as detailed maps of the best routes and advice on the rules of the road. If you prefer, you can also rent a bike in advance online to guarantee availability.
Here's a small selection of bike rental companies in Tuscany, sorted by town:
Bike rental in Florence:
- Florence By Bike - Via S. Zanobi, 54/r, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
- Alinari Rental BikeVia S. Zanobi, 40, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy (open daily, closed Sunday afternoons only)
- Tuscany Vespa Cycle and Bike TourVia Ghibellina, 133/red, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy (open daily)à
- Per'S Bike Rides Florens, Via Uguccione della Faggiola, 31, 50126 Firenze FI, Italy
- Bikeoftime, Via Carlo del Greco, 21r, 50141 Firenze FI, Italy
Bike rental in Pisa :
- Smile&Ride, Via Pietro Mascagni, 13
- pedaliamo, Piazza della Stazione, 9
Pisa also offers self-service bicycles (Villo or Velib).
- Bicycle post office for Bike Sharing, Largo Ippolito Nievo, 1
- CicloPi 24 - CNR Praticelli, Via Giuseppe Moruzzi, 1
- CicloPi 22 - Galleria Gerace, Galleria Giovan Battista Gerace
- Ciclopi Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, Viale Antonio Gramsci
- see more on the site Ciclopi...
What are the best ideas for cycling in Tuscany?
Where can I stay during my cycling trip?
You'll find a variety of accommodations for your cycling trip, from bed & breakfasts to hotels and vacation rentals in which cyclists are welcome. Vacation rentals are a particularly good option if you're planning to stay longer in the area and tour from there. You'll find rentals to suit all budgets and tastes, from luxury villas by the sea to rustic mountain chalets.