Spend 6 days biking through Tuscany's serene landscapes, medieval towns, and quiet country roads. Explore rivers and hills, Renaissance villas, and the beauty of the homeland of Giacomo Puccini, Pinocchio, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Highlights

  • Visit the leaning tower of Pisa, part of the UNESCO World Heritage list
  • Cycle through the picturesque San Miniato hills
  • Stay in Montecatini, one of Europe's premiere spa towns
  • Explore Vinci, the hometown of Leonardo di Vinci

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Pisa Pisa
Day 2 Pisa – Lucca Lucca
Day 3 Lucca – Montecatini Terme Montecatini Terme
Day 4 Montecatini – Vinci – San Miniato San Miniato
Day 5 San Miniato – Pisa Pisa
Day 6 Pisa  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Pisa

Leaning tower of Pisa
Leaning tower of Pisa

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Pisa, famous worldwide for its Piazza dei Miracoli and iconic leaning tower. Tour the bustling university city to see the central square, the UNESCO heritage bell tower, and medieval downtown. 

Day 2: Pisa – Lucca

Shores of Lake Massaciuccoli
Shores of Lake Massaciuccoli

Cycle across the northern part of the Piana di Pisa to reach the Serchio River and continue on the beautiful cycling path which will bring you Lucca's impressive city walls. An alternative option is to cycle to the nearby Massaciuccoli Lake in the Chiarone Nature Reserve

Cycling distance: 19/25 miles (30/45 km)

Day 3: Lucca – Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme
Montecatini Terme

Follow the cycling path along the Serchio River to get to the base of the green Lucchesia Hills. Here you will ride on quiet country roads framed by majestic country villas before reaching the town of Collodi, the birthplace of Pinocchio. Stop for a rest in the serene garden of the Villa Garzoni, then continue through the medieval hamlet of Pescia to arrive at the spa town of Montecatini in the evening. 

Cycling distance: 25 miles (45 km) 

Day 4: Montecatini – Vinci – San Miniato

View from San Miniato
View from San Miniato

Star the morning by heading south across the Padule di Fucecchio wetlands to reach the wooded Cerbaie Hills. Continue downhill to the town of Vinci, the hometown of Leonardo de Vinci. 

Cycle across the vineyard-covered ridge to reach the Medici Villa of Cerreto Guidi, then cross the Arno River to the famous San Miniato fortress and your last climb of the day. 

Cycling distance: 34 miles (55 km)

Day 5: San Miniato – Pisa

Florence and Arno valley
Florence and Arno Valley

Start in the scenic hills of San Miniato and head into the Arno Valley to reach Santa Maria a Monte. From here its another climb before finally heading downhill towards Bientina and the Vicopisano Castle. Reach the foot of Mount Pisano and meet up with the Arno River one more time, cycling alongside it on the way back to Pisa. 

Cycling distance: 34 miles (55 km)

Day 6: Pisa

Medieval stone bridge Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River
medieval stone bridge Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River

After breakfast, head to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels! 

Map

Map of Cycling in Tuscany: Pisa, Lucca, & Beyond - 6 Days
Map of Cycling in Tuscany: Pisa, Lucca, & Beyond - 6 Days