Tuscany: land of art, fine wines and thermal springs. But how can you visit all this and remaining in contact with nature? The hills in the heart of this region are scattered with many medieval villages rich in artistic and religious works, as well as spectacular views thanks to the valleys dug by numerous streams and precious nature reserves. All these places can be reached with itineraries for all bicycle lovers. We take as starting point Montaione, the village that is located in the heart of this magnificent area.
It starts from Piazza Gramsci in Montaione passing along the ancient walls of the castle of Montaione. Continue straight on the direction of San Miniato passing through the town of Mura up to the bridge over the river Egola. After crossing the bridge, turn right towards San Miniato. The flat road winds in the valley of the river Egola offering the opportunity to see a specatcular view. You pass the locality Casastrada and Corazzano till you turn right to San Miniato. Then take the road to the right, always following the signs for San Miniato until we pass in front of the first house of San Miniato. The village is famous in Tuscany for its white truffles and for the tower of the Rocca of Federico II. Here, leaving the main road, keep right in the direction of Castelfiorentino and continue to ride on the ridges of the hills enjoying the view over the Elsa Valley. Once you reach the bottom of the valley, follow the signs for Castelnuovo d’Elsa. Start a short and steep climb that will lead us to Castelnuovo: an ancient village of medieval origin whose walls (dating back to the twelfth century and now destroyed) contain the church of Saint Maria Assunta and the church of the Saints Lorenzo and Barbara. It continues to climb gently up to the beautiful Pieve di San Pietro and Paolo in Coiano: a church dating back to 1029, a famous stop on the Via Francigena.
From here, a short but steep descent will take us up the Valley of river Orlo where we turn left towards Castelfiorentino. In the Tuscan village you can stop to visit the most characteristic places, such as the Sanctuary of Saint Verdiana and Pieve of Saints Ippolito and Biagio, as well as the historic “Teatro del Popolo”.
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