FROM CHIANTI TO ABRUZZO, ITALIAN BEAUTY!

We are pleased to introduce our SFIDA Italia Centro trip, covering some great riding in Tuscany, Umbria, and the Abruzzo regions. But it is not only about riding, this trip will also blow up any preconceived idea of what is a cycling trip to Italy.

We are starting this trip in the Tuscan wine region of Chianti. Besides producing the most famous wine of Tuscany, Chianti has a lot of cycling history. Starting with the Eroica vintage ride to the most recent Strade Bianche race, this part of Italy has seen a lot of great cycling. 

After Chianti, we will ride to Siena, which are also major tourist places and some of the most stunning medieval towns you can visit in Italy. A short visit to Umbria will follow, Norcia is the perfect place in between our ride in the Chianti wine region and the big mountains we will climb in Abruzzo.

The biggest climbs of the trip will be the Gran Sasso and Majella (Blockhaus), both are world-class mountains. The Giro d’Italia visits them frequently, and we know why!

Accommodation and food on this trip are going to be also a highlight. From a Spa hotel in Chianti to a Palazzo in Norcia and finally an Albergo Diffusso in the Abruzzo, we will experience Italian hospitality at its best.

Distance: 580km               daily average: 73km
Climbing: 12,300m          daily average: 1,550m 

 

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  • Duration:8 days
  • DATES : Jun 05 - Jun 13
    • HOTELS:3-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Rome or Florence
    • DEPARTURE:Rome (FCO)
    • NON RIDER:10% discount
    • RENTAL BIKE:Available
    • RENTAL E-BIKE:Available
  • PRICE :

    4,250.00

DAY 1: Welcome to Tuscany!.
Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at our hotel in Radda in Chianti.

We have chosen to start this trip in the heart of the Chianti wine region, this is one of the most scenic parts of Tuscany and cycling around is an amazing experience.

After our orientation meeting, lunch, and build-up bikes we will head to the countryside and enjoy a short ride through the amazing landscapes surrounding Radda in Chianti. We will ride through Castello di Brolio and Gaiole in Chianti.

Dinner in Radda in Chianti.

 

Day 1
51km / 1,000m
HOTEL: Relais & Spa Vignale

DAY 2: San Gimignano and Monterrigioni.

Today we will ride to one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany, San Gimignano. We will have time to enjoy a mid-morning coffee stop in this hilltop town.

The terrain is mostly undulating, and at this time of the year, the landscape is green, which makes it for great photo opportunities. Lunch will be in Colle di Val d’Elsa, another beautiful town.

From Colle will head towards Monteriggioni, a very well-preserved walled town, our last stop today before climbing up to Radda via some very scenic roads. 

Dinner in Radda in Chianti.

Day 2
100km / 1,700m
CLIMBS: Multiple short climbs in the Tuscan countryside.

HOTEL: Relais & Spa Vignale

DAY 3: Radda to Siena, with a Strade Bianche segment.

Today’s ride will take us through some great roads in Chianti, starting with the climb up to Monteluco.

Soon after our descent, we will reach San Gusme on time for a coffee stop. We will continue our ride towards Siena including a short Strade Bianche segment with sterrato. La Tolfe is one of the most decisive moments in that race, very close to Siena. This segment is optional as there is a tarmac alternative to make it to our hotel.

We plan to arrive in Siena on time for lunch, this will allow us to have a free afternoon in this amazing city.

Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 3
59km / 1,260m
CLIMBS: Monteluco, La Tolfe (sterrato).
HOTEL:  Hotel in Siena TBD.

DAY 4: Siena to Pienza via Val d’Orcia.

Sometimes we are amazed at how nice it is to ride your bike from one beautiful town to another. And this is what we are doing today, riding from Siena to Pienza. 

Leaving Siena, we will head towards Asciano and then onto the Abbadia di Monte Olivetto, on time for a mid-morning stop. Then we will continue to Pienza, where we will end our ride and have lunch.

In the afternoon we have a transfer to Norcia, in the heart of the Umbria region.

The walled town of Norcia is located at the feet of the Monte Sibillini range, in 2016 a powerful earthquake destroyed most of the old city centre, and now the town is trying to recover and tourism is an important source of income for the locals.

In Norcia, we will have the most luxurious accommodation of our trip at the Palazzo Seneca, part of the Relais & Chateaux association.

Day 4
68km / 1,455m
CLIMBS: Multiple short climbs to Siena.
HOTEL:  Palazzo Seneca

DAY 5: Ride around the Monti Sibillini and see some incredible landscapes!

Taking advantage that Norcia is located at the feet of the Monte Sibillini range, today we will go on an expedition through this rarely visited National Park.

With amazing views and intriguing medieval towns, we will head towards Castelluccio di Norcia, one of the most romantic spots in Umbria, also famous for its great gastronomy. Continuing our riding we will enter the Marche again via the Forca di Presta climb.

Then descend to Arquata del Tronto and head up again to Forca de Canapine and enter Umbria again.

We want to arrive back in Norcia with time to enjoy the afternoon strolling around this amazing place. For the more keen riders, we can have a ride to Cascia after lunch, this is another nice ride, less demanding that the morning one.

Day 5
58km / 1,355m
CLIMBS: Valico di Scentinelle 1,514m  Forca di Presta 1,534m.
HOTEL: Palazzo Seneca

DAY 6: The Gran Sasso, in the heart of the Abruzzos!

Today we start with a one-hour van transfer to the Campotosto Lake area, a very popular place for holidays for the locals. This is necessary in order to be able to stay at the accommodation we plan for the next couple of days.

We start riding by the Campotosto reservoir and soon are close to the Gran Sasso National Park area, and the landscape changes dramatically once we start climbing.

The Gran Sasso has been climbed a good number of times at the Giro d’Italia, the last one in 2018, and the winner at the top was Simon Yates.

The climb itself is spectacular all the way, from the lower section to the top one, when you can see the observatory and it looks like you never get there. But eventually, you will arrive at the top and enjoy a great lunch at the Rifugio!

The top of the Gran Sasso is mostly downhill and flat to Santo Stefano Sestanio, where one of the most amazing and original accommodations is waiting for us. And the best part is that we will stay two nights there.

Day 6
96km / 2,015m
CLIMBS: Valico di Monte Cristo 1,767m  Gran Sasso d’Italia 2,130m 
HOTEL: Albergo Diffusso Sextantio

DAY 7: A beautiful loop in the heart of the Abruzzos.

After enjoying a leisurely start to the day, we will ride towards Castelo del Monte, via Valico di Capo di Serre. We should reach Castelo del Monte, one of the Borghi piu Bello d’Italia by mid-morning, the perfect time for our second coffee of the day.

This is a very picturesque medieval town, we are deep in the Abruzzo, here you can feel what is to live in remote Italy.

We continue our loop down to Ofena before climbing back to Calascio and eventually arriving back at Santo Stefano Sestanio. 

In the afternoon we will have some time to walk around this medieval town that is getting revitalized, since the first time we came here with our clients, we see more and more activity back in the old centre.

Day 7
76km / 1,580m
CLIMBS: Valico Capo di Serre 1,599m 
HOTEL: Albergo Diffusso Sextantio

DAY 8: Gran Finale: La Majella (Blockhaus).

Our last ride of the trip will take us up the other big mountain of the Abruzzo, the Majella or Blockhaus, another epic Giro d’Italia climb.

A pleasant descent from San Stefano, on the same road we climbed up yesterday, will take us to a flatter terrain until we arrive at Scafa, where the 25 km Blockhaus starts. The higher we go the more spectacular the road and the landscape become.

This is a major climb by any standard, comparable to any other big mountain further north in the Alps. It has it all, distance, altitude gain, steep sections, and great views from the top.

After the descent, we will transfer by van to our hotel in Rome. We prefer to do this two-hour transfer today so tomorrow you can enjoy a quiet start of the day in the Eternal City.

Day 8
85km / 2,300m
CLIMB:  Blockhaus.

HOTEL: A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel

DAY 9: Arrivederci!

After breakfast our trip ends. 

MORE INFORMATION

PRICES:

TWIN room:  4,250 Euros pp
SINGLE Supplement:  900 Euros
Rental bike:  750 Euros

Rental e-bike: 800 Euros

PAYMENT TERMS:
700 Euros when making the booking. Balance to be paid 120 days before the trip starts.

INCLUDED:
8 nights accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS INCLUDED.
8 breakfasts.

8 lunches. 
7 dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.

Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.

Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:

If there’s a travel ban from your country to travel to the country you are doing a trip with us, you will receive a full refund on any payments you have made to SFIDA Cycling.

For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, the following will apply:

91 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit.
90 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less the 300 Euros cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in.

For this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid.

Hotels are now more strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold for groups, so until deposit payments are made we won’t be able to confirm your spot.

 

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