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Wonders of Tuscany: from the seaside to the Mountains

Riding on the most scenic roads surrounded by awesome landscapes, art and history

Wonders of Tuscany: from the seaside to the Mountains

Tuscany is the dream holiday of every tourist, a prestigious destination that boasts a splendid mixture of awesome landscapes and unrivaled artistic heritage. This fabulous territory encompasses all the beauties of Italian Fine Arts and Southern Europe's panorama; it can display the Mediterranean sun together with the mountain scenery, the imposing magnificence of cities like Florence, Pisa, Sienna and the discreet fascination of smaller medieval towns, citadels and hamlets.
But Tuscany is also famous to be one of the best places in the world to ride a motorbike: the landscape changes from kilometer to kilometer and in a short drive you will reach hills and valleys, the seaside and the mountains.

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 Of course you have seen some images of Tuscany on postcards, magazines or TV, since this unequaled Italian region is a credit to the whole country. Now recall those images and think about the unique opportunity of exploring this mythical territory in the saddle of a motorbike and venture out of the usual routes to discover thetrue Tuscany on a motorcycle tour for one-of-a-kind experience that you'll never forget.
The starting point and the end of the tour will be Florence, the world capital of Fine Arts, with its magnificent monuments, churches and palaces; the whole city is an open-air museum thus we suggest considering Florence as a possible extension of your journey.
The trip will proceed towards the Chianti territory where you will ride across the unrivaled fascination of the most typical panorama of the region, an area where the beauty of nature and the millenarian human presence harmonize perfectly. Here you'll plunge into an impressive scenery made of vineyards, olive-groves, panoramic tree-lined routes and medieval villages nestled into a scenic countryside. On the way you'll have a chance to visit some of the most prestigious UNESCO world heritage sites: the timeless towered town of San Gimignano, the amazing clay landscape of Val d'Orcia, the medieval city of Sienna, Pisa with its Leaning Tower and the white splendor of the Square of Miracles.
You'll ride the scenic coastal route that flanks the Tyrrhenian Sea and its wide sandy shores that turn into impressive steep cliffs; you'll drive across one of the lushest Italian woodland to get to the spectacular hairpin bends that lead to the Apennines mountains. On some of the most panoramic twisty roads of the region you'll admire the unusual landscapes of the Metalliferous Hills and the geothermal phenomena that make this area look like a moonscape scenery. Of course this will be followed by unmissable moments of relaxation to be enjoyed in some of the most picturesque thermal pools of the region. But your journey through the excellence cannot come to an end without tasting Tuscany's preeminent culinary tradition; the delicacy of the typical dishes and the superb locally grown wines will be your ultimate step to better understand the cultural identity of the region.
 
 
 
 

Prices per person with rented motorcycle

8 Day tour Couple in
double room
Couple in <br>double room
Rider
Twin Share
Rider <br>Twin Share
Riding solo in
single room
Riding solo in <br>single room
Band 1
BMW F 800 GS
3.600€ 4.600€ 5.500€
Band 2
BMW R 1200 GS
3.900€ 4.900€ 5.800€
Band 3
Guzzi California 1400 Touring
4.000€ 5.000€ 5.900€
Day Route KM MILES Hours*
1. Arrival in Florence - - 0
2. Florence, Chianti, san Gimignano, Lucca 180 112 3,5
3. Lucca, Pisa & Costa Etruschi 200 125 3
4. Metalliferous Hills & Siena Territory 125 78 3,5
5. Siena, Monte Amiata, & Val d'Orcia 250 - 4,5
6. The mountains of the Chianti region, Val Tiberina, Arezzo 175 110 3
7. Casentino, mountain passes & return to Florence 220 137 4,5
8. Optional extension of the tour to visit Florence - - 0
(*) Hours based on ride time, excludes break and activities
What is included

 
·      only for those who have decided to rent their bike through us: motorcycle rental with side cases, top case, locks and alarm(For rented bikes a deposit for damage, theft, and fire, between € 2.000 and € 3.000 is requested, depending on the chosen model)
WHAT IS THE DAMAGE SECURITY DEPOSIT ? Each motorcycle has a damage deposit. This amount will be frozen on your credit card, but not cashed. Please ensure that you have enough funds to cover  the damage deposit on your cards.
 
·      Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage, bike with top case, locks and alarm, plus tubeless repair kit. The bike rental prices include costs for public-liability insurance and assistance in case of break-down. Vehicle insurance with deductible according to the booked motorcycle model
·      Extra insurances for the bikes can be added on
·      7 overnights in comfortable hotels during the entire tour, breakfast every day
·      Welcome drink and farewell dinners in Florence, plus 1 lunch that we are glad to offer during the trip ( Craft brewery close to the geothermal hamlet )
·      entrance fees to : a) Archaeological Mine Park of San Silvestro b) Museum of Geothermics of Larderello and Parco delle Biancane c) Castle of counts Guidi
·      Italian tour leader
·      Support van driven by AIMTO’s assistant. The van will be carrying a tool-kit for small repairs. You’ll be able to leave your cases (1 suitcase + 1 handbag per person) in the van, as well as any souvenirs you pick up along the way. The van also has a couple of seats that passengers might like to use if they feel they need a little rest from the bikes!
·      Detailed Road-book with all the information you’ll need;
Insurance covering most any medical issue during the trip including, doctors, ambulance, hospital

What is not included

 
·      fuel for your motorcycle;
·      tolls on motorways
·      gratuities and tips;
·      all beverages
·      flights to and from Florence
·      all services not mentioned as included and all items of personal nature
 
We also suggest that anyone traveling abroad for one of our Tours consider purchasing  “Travel Insurance”. It can take the worry out of the unexpected situations that can arise in any travel plan.
-entrance to museums or other sites not mentioned as included;
-all services not mentioned as included and all terms of personal nature.

Day 1: Arrival in Florence
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Arrival in Florence “Welcome to Florence !” (Late morning/early afternoon arrival is recommended.). The first afternoon you are free to visit the city on your own. After you’ve put your luggage in the room and take a good refreshing shower, we convene in the bar of the hotel for a “Meet and Greet” with your tour colleagues… and your motorcycle. We also give you a general briefing of the tour and will be very glad to answer to all your questions. Finally we are ready to go all together to taste the “Welcome Drink”, where you’ll learn more about what to expect for the next exciting week. We will give you the travel pack -a detailed road book and the documents for the bikes. The meeting will be a good opportunity to get to know each other before starting the motorcycle tour. Overnight in Fiesole, a picturesque Etruscan village (4th BC) perched on the hills overlooking Florence and located 2 Km from the town.


Day 2: Florence, Chianti, san Gimignano, Lucca
112 mi / 180 km

Florence, Chianti, san Gimignano, Lucca We will drive from Fiesole to the scenic landscape of the Chianti territory; then ahead to the timeless towered town of San Gimignano to reach the twisty roads that lead to the mountains of Monte Pisano; the final destination of the day will be the medieval town of Lucca whose imposing ramparts offer a breathtaking view over the surrounding valleys. Overnight in Lucca


Day 3: Lucca, Pisa & Costa Etruschi
125 mi / 200 km

Lucca, Pisa & Costa Etruschi Departure in the morning headed off to Pisa and its amazing Leaning Tower; then back in the saddle to reach the panoramic coastal route which flanks the Tyrrhenian Sea with its sandy shores and steep cliffs. We'll reach the outback to take the famous Strada del Vino (the Wine road, in Italian); surrounded by acres of vineyards we will get to the Archaeological Mine Park of San Silvestro for an interesting visit to this surprising site. Then headed off to the coast we will reach the promontory of Populonia, an Etruscan city-state dating back to the 9th century BC. The final destination of the day will be Venturina and the relaxing free outdoor thermal pools of Calidario. Overnight in Venturina.


Day 4: Metalliferous Hills & Siena Territory
78 mi / 125 km

Metalliferous Hills & Siena Territory Departure in the morning and on the sinuous twists of the typical Tuscan roads we will reach the Val di Cornia and its evocative geothermal area; guided tour of the fascinating moonscape-like ground of Parco delle Biancane; on a winding road through woods and farming landscapes we will reach the geothermal hamlet of Sasso Pisano, where we will have a break for lunch at “Vapori di Birra” , an environmentally-friendly craft brewery powered by natural underground steam. In the afternoon the ride will carry on through the fumaroles and steam jets of la Valle del Diavolo (the Devil's Valley in Italian) and the Museum of Geothermics of Larderello -which includes the opening of a geothermal well. Then in saddle to get to the impressive citadel of Monteriggioni and then to the marvelous Siena, the final destination of the day. Overnight in Siena.


Day 5: Siena, Monte Amiata, & Val d'Orcia
0 mi / 250 km

Siena, Monte Amiata, & Val d'Orcia A day of pure fun and great motorbike experiences on the panoramic route that leads to the stunning roofless abbey of San Galgano and its legendary sword in the stone. Then on a winding track with continuous changes of slopes we will reach the picturesque town of Montalcino, where the prestigious Brunello wine is grown, and then ahead to Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano whose geothermal activity created the picturesque thermal springs of Bagno Vignoni and Terme di San Filippo, where you can have a break of pure relaxation in the free outdoor thermal pools. Finally, across the postcard landscape of Val d'Orcia, we will get back to Siena. Overnight in Siena. xxxxxxxxxxxxx Optional rest day: art and history lovers may consider this day as an opportunity to visit the splendid Siena and stay in town to discovers its beauties


Day 6: The mountains of the Chianti region, Val Tiberina, Arezzo
110 mi / 175 km

The mountains of the Chianti region, Val Tiberina, Arezzo We will leave Siena to ride across the southernmost corner of the Chianti territory and, continuing on to north, we will reach the Casentino, an area noteworthy for its mountains and forests; we will have a break in the fascinating Sansepolcro and then we will drive uphill to enjoy the marvelous vista of the landscape and Chiusi della Verna, where the first Franciscan monastery was erected by Saint Frances himself: in this pure and mystical place of suggestive solitude you can breath spirituality at every step of the way. Then we will proceed towards Arezzo, a superb example of medieval walled city. Overnight in Arezzo.


Day 7: Casentino, mountain passes & return to Florence
137 mi / 220 km

Casentino, mountain passes & return to Florence We will go through the remote and unspoilt upland forests of Casentino and driving around a series of panoramic hairpin bends we will get to the breathtaking view of some of the most spectacular passes of the Apennines mountains. Driving on highway and backroads roads, we will reach Florence, where we will give back the motorcycles. A quick shower and then we will all go together out for dinner to celebrate this wonderful Italian experience (Farewell Dinner). Overnight in Florence .


Day 8: Optional extension of the tour to visit Florence
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Optional extension of the tour to visit Florence You can prolong your stay in order to visit Florence or book some additional services such as the city tour or museum visits.


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Tour Info

Start/Finish
Florence/Florence
Nearest airports
Florence Peretola / Pisa International Airport
Duration of tour
8 vacation days, 6 riding days + 1 optional vacation day in Florence or 5 riding days + 1 rest day in Siena + 1 optional vacation day in Florence
Overall distance and route
total distance about 1150 Km (617 miles); the entire route runs on good tarred roads.
Accomodation
comfortable middle class hotels
Rest day
Siena (optional)
Highlights
Firenze, Fiesole, San Gimignano, Monte Pisano, Lucca, Pisa, Bolgheri, Mine Park Archaeological Site of San silvestro-Campiglia Marittima, Populonia, Venturina-Calidario, Parco delle Biancane-Val di Cornia, Sasso Pisano, geothermal area of Larderello, Monteriggioni, Sienna, San Galgano, Montalcino, Monte Amiata, Val d'Orcia, Casentino, Sansepolcro, Chiusi della Verna, Arezzo, Poppi, Stia, Passo della Calla, Centoforche, Passo del Muraglione.
Notes: The first and the last days mentioned in the itinerary are the arrival and departure days for tour start and end. Depending on the country you start in, you may have to leave a day earlier, subsequently, you will arrive one day later back home.
Min. numbers of participants: 8

Tour grading
Moderate
Riding hours/day
3-4