|Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Florence-Peretola Airport (FLR) or at the designated hotel.
We will transfer to Radda in Chianti, in the very heart of this prolific wine region where we will spend the first couple of nights of our trip.
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.
The Passo del Sugame and the Valico del Morellino will be a good test for our legs, remember there are no flats in Tuscany.
Tonight’s dinner is at the Antica Macelleria Cecchini an experience to remember!
Today we ride deeper in the Chianti, we will always be either climbing or descending as nothing is flat in this part of Tuscany. We will reach San Gusme, a small and charming town on our way up to Monteluco one of the climbs of the days. From there we will descend to Gaiole in Chianti, with great views over the wine fields. Gaiole’s piazza is the perfect cappuccino stop. This town has become very famous as host of the vintage bike ride event named L’Eroica.
Our ride will continue towards Castelnuovo dei Sabbioni, in the middle of the Colline dei Chianti, the small mountain range that has some interesting short climbs.
The rest of our ride will take us a bit north on the Chianti region before heading back to Radda in Chianti via Greve and Panzano. Definitely, we will discover that there are no flats in the Chianti.
Dinner tonight is at a local trattoria, home cooking Tuscany style.
RIDE INFO: Day 2
121km / 2,750m
CLIMBS: Monteluco and Colline dei Chianti
HOTEL: CDH Radda
Today’s ride is the second-longest of the trip, we are leaving the Chianti behind and riding towards two of the most spectacular hill towns in Italy: San Gimignano and Volterra. A visit to these remarkable beautiful medieval cities is fantastic, but getting there by bike is even better.
Our plan for the day is simple, coffee in San Gimignano, lunch in Volterra and dinner in Siena, in between excellent riding in the countryside of this part of Tuscany.
We will have time to walk around Siena in the evening, another memorable experience…
From Siena we are heading towards Montepulciano via the Crete Senesi roads, this part of Tuscany is known for its more arid landscapes all the way to the Val d’Orcia. Our first stop will be at Abbadia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a Benedict monastery that started to build up at the end of the XIII century using the red brickwork, common in the area.
All around us it will be arid hills with the typical oak trees showing the way to some magnificent houses. This way we will the hilly and scenic town of Montalcino, the perfect place for a short stop on our way to the Monte Amiata.
Monte Amiata is the only significative official climb in this part of Tuscany. We will climb from Castel del Piano side, 14km long at a 7.5% average.
It is always amazing to observe the change of landscape and temperature from the bottom to the top of this great mountain. There is even a small ski station!!
After reaching the top of the Monte Amiata, we will descend to Abbadia San Salvatore where our riding ends for the day. After our ride we will transfer by van to Assisi.
Leaving Assisi behind, today’s ride will take us through some amazing hill towns in Umbria. But first, we will climb up Monte Subasio, at 1,290m it stands as one of the highest points in this part of Umbria. After descending we will find Spello, an amazing medieval town full of life.
We will continue our riding through the flats until we find our first hill town, Montefalco, also know as the “balcony of Umbria”, obviously the views are great from this lively city.
Following the valley road, we will arrive at Spoleto is another impressive hill town, bigger than Montefalco and less touristy than many other places in Italy, definitely a place to discover. We will have lunch here.
In the afternoon we will head to Norcia via the Forca di Cerro climb that will take us into the Valnerina region, it seems a different world compared to where we are coming from, the landscape changes radically in a few kilometers. All surrounded by mountains.
The walled city of Norcia is located at the feet of the Monte Sibillini range.
In Norcia, we will have the most luxurious accommodation of our trip at the Palazzo Seneca, part of the Relais & Chateaux association.
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 climb the easy Passo di Gualdo before reaching the town of Visso, still recovering from the earthquake it suffered in 2016, this is one of the oldest inhabited towns in Italy. This part of our ride is in the Marche region.
Back in Umbria, we will ride to Preci, another medieval town with its history linked to the Middle Ages, incredible places!
We want to arrive back in Norcia with time to enjoy the afternoon strolling around this amazing place, also we need to rest a bit before getting ready for our dinner…
To complete our stay in this amazing place, what about dinner at Vespasia, a one-star Michelin restaurant where chef Valentino Palmisano will offer us a variety of dishes showing the best of the products grown around this intriguing region.
Today is the longest ride of the trip, there will be an option to shorten it for the ones that want to save some energy for tomorrow’s Gran Sasso day.
Heading south to Cascia and from there we will climb the Forca di Chiavano. From Chiavano we will enter into the Lazio region for some part of the ride until we reach Montereale, a small charming hill town that will be an excellent place to have lunch.
In the afternoon, after a short climb out of Aringo, we will arrive at the Campotosto lake area, a very popular place for holidays for the locals.
We are now in the Gran Sasso National Park area, and the landscape changes dramatically once we arrive at Fonte Cerreto, our final destination for the day.
The Gran Sasso features often at the Giro d’Italia, leaving from Fonte Cerrato we will start climbing straightaway, the Valico di Monte Cristo is at the junction where the final climb up to Gran Sasso starts. The landscape changes dramatically very soon, it is high mountain terrain.
Campo Imperatore is the name of the Summit, the climb is not hard but long! After enjoying our coffee at the rifugio we will start our descent towards Castelo del Monte.
This is a very picturesque medieval town, we are deep in the Abruzzos, here you can feel what is to live in remote Italy.
Today’s final destination, San Stefano de Sextantio is another surprise, our chosen accommodation is part of a program to revitalize old houses that were abandoned many years ago. We think this is one of the most original places we have ever stayed!
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 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 becomes.
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.
HOTEL: A.Roma Lifestyle Hotel
TWIN room: $6,450 AUD
SINGLE Supplement: $950 AUD
Rental bike: $800 AUD
$1000 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 30 days before the trip starts.
9 nights accommodation between 3 – 5 Stars
9 lunches with a mix of picnic and trattoria meals.
9 dinners, including wine. Includes one dinner at the one Michelin star Vespasia restaurant in Norcia.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.
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 tires to make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.
30 days before the trip starts – the return of deposit less $300 AUD cancellation fee.
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.
COVID-19 CANCELLATION POLICY:
If SFIDA Cycling must cancel the trip for Covid-19 reasons, a full refund of any money paid towards the trip.
If our client must cancel their assistance to any SFIDA Cycling trip for Covid-19 related issues, a full refund of any money paid towards the trip.