Discover Something Special
In the shadow of some of the most impressive architectural wonders found throughout Tuscany, it is can be easy to forget about all the beauty of Siena.
Elena and Piero, have bestowed a large portion of the admiration on their home city of Florence … but they have found Adele, a local guide in Siena, who has managed to convince them that Siena is pretty wonderful too. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of this city on a hill – actually two hills – has infused them with a new appreciation for the marble designs and vaulted arches in the cathedral square of Siena.
Don’t Miss Siena
Many of their guests choose to cycle with Bike Florence & Tuscany because they can get out of the city, see the Tuscany landscape and visit a town or two that their busy vacation itinerary wouldn’t have included without a well-organised and personal tour, like that of Crossing Chianti to Siena. Starting with a pick-up in Florence or your holiday accommodations outside the city walls, the air-conditioned support van will whisk you into Chianti Classico where guests immediately begin to relax and enjoy the rolling hills of vineyards, olive groves, and sunflowers. Your biking guides artfully include small towns, wine tastings and lots of photo opportunities in a leisurely biking tour.
One of the more commonly requested final destinations is Siena, a city that stands tall among medieval historic centres in Tuscany. A fun labyrinth of vias and alleys, Siena is a great final stop after a day already filled with sensorial delights. Even with a constant stream of tourists buzzing about, Siena is capable of retaining her regal composure and invites you to dig a little deeper.
Late August, September and October are perfect months to plan a visit to the city of the “good government” especially now wih the viewing of the Duomo inlaid marble floor, normally covered to protect them from excessive wear and tear.
Just a Few Words about the Duomo
Duomo of Siena
Actually, words could never truly describe the “meriviglia” that comprises the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in the center of Siena. But perhaps a few facts will encourage you to find a way to fit this monument into your itinerary. As one of the most Gothic cathedrals in Italy, it holds a wealth of statues, stained glass and frescos. Perhaps one of the most famous aspects of this church is the inlaid marble mosaic floor is “one of the most ornate of its kind in Italy” and consists of 56 panels in different sizes.
Skip the Lines to See it All
Not only have Piero and Elena scouted the most idyllic itinerary for crossing through Chianti, pinpointing excellent photo opportunities, traditional vineyards – with award-winning wines – and easy to navigate roads, practically free of traffic – but they have organized a great opportunity for their guests while in Siena.
After years of working in the city, they have sourced out the best pizza, gelato and tour guide. In honor of the showing of the floor, Adele, their favourite go-to-guide for Siena, has organized a Skip-the-line one hour tour of the Duomo for the guest that cycle with Bike Florence and Tuscany. She will be waiting for you, with your tickets, and whisk you into the cathedral of Siena so you won’t lose any time in trying to figure out the how’s and where’s. Piero and Elena will assist you in putting it together at the moment of the reservation of the bike tour, just let them know that you want to see the best of Siena together with a guide.
Grape Harvest & Wine Tour
Chianti in September and October offer a unique and exciting opportunity: the grape harvest and the promise of a new production of wines. The Crossing Chianti to Siena bike tour includes not only the iconic landscape of Chianti Classico but also the iconic flavors, as you watch each step of the wine production. Piero and Elena have made an internationally famous and award-winning vineyard their point of reference for this once in a lifetime experience. Cruise by the scenic fields as they pick the grapes in. Tour the room where they store the steel vats for fermentation and visit the antique cantina where the aging process takes place.
At the end of the visit of this prestigious vineyard, guests are invited to sample the end results, including wine and olive oil under the guidance of a sommelier. This wine experience will have you close up to every step along the way! In addition to the wine tasting, you will be to ask questions and listen to an explanation about the delicious products, as well as time to make a purchase that can either be shipped home or stashed in the support van as you finish the rest of the bike tour.
The Best Day Yet on your Vacation
This is what we call the cherry on the cake – after an exhilarating morning pedaling the Chianti Classico landscape, sipping wine and enjoying gelato, fully guided and van supported, you will move to another great adventure! The discovery of Siena with a local who is very proud of her origins and the city where she lives.
At the end of the day, you will meet Piero and Elena, and head back to Florence. And you will be able to check off another couple of things on your Tuscany bucket list. Biking Chianti. Wine tasting. Visiting small towns. Touring Siena.