The region further impresses as a cultural capital, having given birth to the Italian Renaissance. Most people start their Tuscan adventures in Florence to see Michelangelo’s David, tour the Uffizi Gallery and Duomo Cathedral and then stroll the bridges of Ponte Vecchio. Our favourite local hotels include the Four Seasons, the newly renovated 5-star Hotel Lungaro, and J.K Firenze. The action starts outside of town–40 miles south of Florence lies the town of Casole, where the 41-room Castello di Casole (the one-time estate of film director Luchino Visconti) is perfectly located for two-wheeled explorations. Cycle or hike to such nearby towns as Monteriggioni, Volterra and San Gimignano, then spend afternoons at the spa, horseback riding, wine tasting, or in a cooking class.
1 hour further south, Castiglione Del Bosco offers rooms as well as luxury villas that are perfect for active families who can appreciate of one of the oldest and best-preserved estates in Tuscany,
While Tuscan roads offer stunning vistas around every corner, they tend to be steep and narrow. For this reason, we recommend cycling in the region to experienced bikers only–especially those who are keen to work up an appetite for local beans, pasta, bread and olive oil. Andiamo!