BIKE FLORENCE & TUSCANY
Our company, fully licensed®istered Tour Operator in Florence, was founded by passionate 100% florentine professionals, committed to spreading their love of cycling, great food, wine and tuscany all over the world.
“As a native Florentine, I am the founder and owner. Since I was a child, I’ve always had a passion for outdoor activities and all kinds of sports. I’m a MTB and road bike enthusiast and was the founder and owner of the largest bike shop in Florence for 20 years. My team and I are keen on sharing our affinity for cycling, traditional and healthy local food and culture with newbies, week-end riders as well as avid cyclists. We strive to create intimate private or semi-private tours focusing on YOU. We want you to have a fresh and different view of Tuscany, for deeply living your Italian experience. We work hard everyday for exceeding your expectations, aiming to give you the experience of a lifetime, on two wheels!” Piero, detail oriented and attentive to bike safety, is the calming element of the team, offering reassurance every step of the way. He will encourage you to do your best at whatever speed you need and, when you’re done and can’t do any more, he will just as easily pack up your bike and converse with you while trailing the group in the support van.
” I was born in Verona, where I lived and worked until 2010 as a key account manager, sales coordinator and area manager for 25 years. I have been practicing sports since a young age and love travelling around the world for MTB/Road bike competitive events or just for fun! I moved to Florence in 2011 for love – is there any better reason? – and started to pursue my passion for cycling. After working as a tour leader for other Companies, I joined exclusively Bike Florence & Tuscany beginning 2014. If you happen to still find me on net being part of other tour leader teams … it’s a typo or maybe just melancholic forgetfulness of the owner of that Company!” Elena is a powerhouse, and her energy and zeal for cycling bubbles over and touches everyone in the group. She has a “can-do” attitude which infuses even the most resistant participant to become a team player.
‘’I was born and raised in the hills surrounding Florence in a traditional Italian family.
My granparents, being farmers, passed on their love for the countryside and all it’s fruits, above all wine and extravergin olive oil. My main passion, cycling, got it’s start when my grandmother, Mary, gave me my first bike on my 4th birthday and taught me how to ride it.’’
In the last twenty years, Simone has been cycling all over Tuscany, Italy and Europe. He considers bike the best way to explore new places because it allows you to go faster than walking but slower than a car, giving you a very special perspective on the surrounding landscape.
Simone, as a true Florentine, is deeply proud of his home land and looks forward to sharing with you his knowledge and passion about Tuscany.
Born and raised in beautiful Verona, Laura is Italian Champion Master of Canoe on various distances.
“I have always been found of sunshine, blue skies & outdoor activities.
Since the last 15 years I have been moving to Tuscany every Summer to balance my upper-body winter training with lots of biking through this amazing land. It was absolutely so easy to fall in love with Tuscany!
Nothing happens by chance, so now I am so happy and excited to collaborate with Elena and Piero leading our outstanding biking tours! ”