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Orbetello to Montalcino - Tuscany Bicycle Tours

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Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 Days
Distance: 180 KM
Begin/End: Orbetello / Montalcino

A 3 Day Bike Tour Along The Italian Coast

This moderate three day Tuscany bicycle tour has something for everyone – from coastal roads around Orbetello, tree-lined canopy forests, to the wonderful wines and vineyards of Montalcino, this route will charm you with its ever-changing terrain.

Out of all the Tuscany bicycle tours, the lack of traffic and history make this one of the finest in Italy, and can easily be stretched to a four or five day ride if you wish.

You begin along the coast of Orbetello and head inland towards Pitigliano via the rolling hills and farmlands of Feniglia. The second day leads you through Etrruscan tombs (an ancient civilization prior to the Romans) and thick forests as you wind around Monte Amiata (the highest and largest volcano in Tuscany).

The third day takes you through the famous wine region of Montalcino. Weaving through vineyards, be sure to stop and savor the world-class Brunello wines. You can either spend the night in Montalcino (highly recommended) or head to Buonconvento to catch a train back to Siena.

When To Cycle

Tuscany can get uncomfortably hot in July and August. The best times to visit are May and September – October. While Montalcino gets a healthy number of tourists, you won't face any traffic issues for the most part.

Starting Your Bicycle Tour - Getting To Orbetello

Trains from Rome run regularly to Orbetello (€7.55 plus €3.50 supplementary bike ticket; 2 hours travel). If arriving from Florence, you must change trains at Pisa (€13.80 plus €3.50 supplementary bike ticket; 3.5 hours travel).

Alternatively, you can ride from Buonconvento to Siena via secondary roads, or connect to another three day cycling tour that ends in Siena.

Tuscany Bicycle Tour Route

Day 1 - Orbetello to Pitigliano (7 hours; 82 km)

Cycling along windswept beaches lined with large pine trees in Duna Fengilia Park is a wonderful start to your journey. The path is mostly gravel, but manageable.

The next stretch puts you along the west coast of Tuscany, with the Tyrrhenian Sea on your right. Sunflowers blossom all along your route and – if you travel in May – the poppies will be in full bloom.
Once you reach SP75 the terrain begins to change from coastal seascapes to rolling hills and vineyards dotting the landscape. The cycling here is relatively flat; you should make great time along this section.
The last part is noticeable steeper, especially the last kilometer into Pitigliano. This medieval town sits atop a rock outcrop surrounded by three gorges. Rest here for the night and enjoy the views.

Day 2 - Pitigliano to Castel del Piano (5 hours; 55 km)

While shorter than the first day, this route is harder; with steep climbs and thrilling descents through classic Tuscan countryside.

Just 5km outside Pitigliano lies the Etruscan tombs (well worth stopping for). Discovered in 1924 by the Rosi brothers, these tombs are some of the most famous relics of Etruscan culture.

It's a slow and steady ascent towards Castel Azzara, an ideal lunch stop. From there, you'll be greeted with near-panoramic views of the valley below and rolling farmlands before entering rich, green forest.
Descending from the forest towards Arcidosso is best done with care; there many sharp turns and steep descents along the way. Once you've passed through Arcidosso it's an easy bike ride into the charming village of Castel del Piano, where you can rest for the evening.

Day 3 – Castel del Piano to Montalcino (4 hours; 43 km)

We've saved the best for last. The shorter cycling distance allows you more time to wander through the charming town of Montalcino, or hop a train from Buonconvento towards Siena.

This cycling route alternates between ascents and descents; the hardest part being the climb into Montalcino . Be sure to visit the Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, a Benedictine monastery built in the eighth century AD (some say Charlemagne commissioned the building).

There are many places to stop along the way, though we suggest cycling straight to Montalcino. If you have the time, spend a few days here, touring the local wineries and sampling their world famous Brunello wines ( a red wine related to the Sangiovese grape).

Should you decide to push on to Buonconvento, it's an easy, downhill shot to the train station which takes you to Siena.

All Tuscany bicycle tours are breathtaking and beautiful, leaving you with memories for a lifetime.

Orbetello to Montalcino Tour Map


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Orbetello to Montalcino Tour Directions

DIRECTIONS
DISTANCE
DAY 1
Orbetello Tourist Office
0
Turn left at Via Mura di Ponente
Turn right to Porto Ercole with bike lane
0.5
Turn left to Porto Ercole
1.8
Turn left to Feniglia
3.3
Turn left and look for Duna Feniglia sign
3.9
Pass gate for Duna Feniglia
4.2
Dirt road for 6km
Veer right on main road
4.5
Turn left at road junction (no sign)
4.8
Veer left onto path around gate
10.3
Turn left on paved road to cross river
10.4
Turn right at Via delle Mimose
10.5
Go straight to Capalbio Scalo
13.5
Go straight to Capalbio Scalo
18.3
Turn left to Capalbio Scalo
27.2
Turn left to Aurelia SS1
27.4
Veer right to Aurelia SS1
28.6
Turn left SP75 to Capalbio
34.5
Go straight to Manciano SP101
37.5
Turn right to Manciano SP101
48.5
Turn right to manciano
54.5
Hill climb for 8km
Veer right to Pitgliano
62.5
Pitigliano Tourist Office
81.8
DAY 2
Pitigliano Tourist Office
0
Re-enter the arch you went through yesterday
0
Turn right at stop sign
0.1
Go straight on SP46 to Sovana
0.7
Hill climb for 1.8km
1.7
Turn right on SP22 to Sorano
5.4
Go straight to Sorano
9.4
Turn left to S. Valentino
9.7
Hill climb for 0.9km
12.3
Veer right to Montevitozzo, Castel Azzara
14.6
Hill climb for 2.9km
14.8
Turn left to Montevitozzo, Castel Azzara
18.7
Montevitozzo
19.1
Veer left to Castel Arrara
Hill climb for 2.9km
19.6
Turn left to Castel Azzara
23
Turn right at T interesection at Via Marconi
24.7
Veer left at fork in road
Veer left to S Fiora
30.2
Veer right to S Fiora
38
Hill climb for 2.5km
41.6
Veer right to Castel del Piano
43.8
Turn left to Castel del Piano
44.1
Veer right to Castel del Piano
44.9
Veer right to Castel del Piano
48.9
Steep descent
Veer right to Castel del Piano
51.8
Arcidosso
Go straight at roundabout Via Vittorio Veneto
54.7
Turn left at Piazza Garibaldi
55.2
Turn left at Via Marconi
Castel di Piano Tourist Office
DAY 3
Castel di Piano Tourist Office
0
Turn right at Via Marconi
0
Turn right at Via della Stazione to tutte le direzioni
0.3
Turn left at SS323 to SS2 Cassia
0.6
Seggiano
6.6
Veer right to San Quirco d'Orcia
0
Hill climb for 3.3km
6.8
Steep decent for 6.2km
10.1
Veer left at SP22 to Montalcino
12.7
Hill climb for 2.9km
16.5
Veer right to montalcino
21.7
Hill climb for 7.8km
21.7
Go straight to Montalcino
29.5
Turn left to Siena
Seep decent for 6km
Turn left at the roundabout to Buonconvento SP45
31.3
Turn left at the roundabout to Siena SS2
40.8
Buonconvento
42.8

Tuscany Bicycle Tours

TOUR NAME DURATION DISTANCE DIFFICULTY
Florence to Siena Tour 2 Days 101.7 KM Moderate - Difficult
Siena to Buonconvento Tour 4-7 Hours 75.8 KM Moderate - Difficult
Siena to Cortona Tour 3 Days 150 KM Moderate - Difficult
Siena to Massa Marittima Tour 3 Days 202.5 KM Moderate
Arezzo to Florence Tour 1-2 Days 115.6 KM Moderate - Difficult
Portoferraio Tour 5-9 Hours 92 KM Moderate - Difficult
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana to Viareggio Tour 3 Days 155.3 KM Moderate - Difficult
Orbetello to Montalcino Tour 3 Days 179.8 KM Moderate

 

 

 

 

 

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