Florence to Siena by bike!

If during your journey through Tuscany you’d like to combine a bit of workout with a delicious Chianti wine-tasting, then you will surely love to ride there on single-day cycling from Florence to Siena.
By joining a single day touring from Florence to Siena by bike you will enjoy a fun adventure, with Siena as your final treat.

Our adventure starts at 9 a.m. when the van picks us up and we start heading for San Donato in Poggio, a small medieval town on a hill where we will start our cycling.
San Donato in Poggio is set in one of the prettiest patches of the Chianti.
This walled, stone-and-brick-built hamlet is tucked into its medieval fortifications. Even if only stretches survive, including two gateways, the street plan remains medieval.

Florence to Siena by bike : I choose the longer, more challenging ride, with lots of hills!

After an 8 kilometers up-hill section, we reach Castellina in Chianti, with its stronghold and ancient Castle, the Church, the small Village you can walk through.
Castellina is one of the most charming hilltop villages in the Chianti. Set on the scenic Chiantigiana, it surveys symmetrical vineyards and wooded groves, a landscape dotted with low stone houses and ancient wine estates. Castellina’s name reveals its medieval function as a Florentine outpost.

Chianti wine tasting

After this brief stop, we  head down the exciting slope  following all the way to the valley floor, making up for most of our cycling journey, and immersing ourselves more and more in the nature, under bright green trees, a clear blue sky and shining, warm sunlight in order to enjoy the first real day of spring this year. After about 20 minutes rolling it’s time for the first mandatory checkpoint of our tour: the Mazzei winery in Fonterutoli. We stop by and try out their selection of local wines made both following the classic tradition that uses the typical San Giovese grape, or mixing San Giovese with other fine French and Sicilian grapes.

Black Rooster ChiantiFlorence to Siena by bike: so much fun!
Having taken our breath and various sips of wine too, our bike trip from Florence to Siena continues. We hit the road again, a breeze in our face, down until our second checkpoint: the Fattoria di Lornano cantine. Here we enjoy the guide of Angioletta, a member of the winery, herself explaining the history of such a traditional family business which digs back centuries. Angioletta gives us an insight on the traits that are required to obtain Chianti denomination and its world-famous rooster trademark, recalling the image of a Chianti-typical black rooster, such as the living one we previously encountered on the streets of San Donato!

Now, after developing some more background knowledge and testing hands-on the difference between these wines and other local or imported wines, it’s time to get back to cycling.

Taking one last grasp at the astonishing view of the Chianti valley at the brightest time of day, roll down the last miles of a slope, before we strap our bikes to the van in order to skip the steep up-hill and head straight towards our last stop: the beautiful city of Siena.
Siena is likely Italy’s loveliest medieval city, and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer.

Finally, we find here some time to rest, eat, restore ourselves, visit the city center and then reunite and hop back on the van. Driving on the way back to Florence, we’ve got more time to enjoy the various other beauties of the Chianti area, recall today’s journey, or even – quite legitimately – take a nap.

IMPORTANT NOTICE : the Florence to Siena by bike, carefully planned by Piero&Elena, Owners&Tour Leaders at Bike Florence&Tuscany is also available for beginners and intermediate riders. E-bike option is also possible to make this unforgettable day suitable to any kind of biking skill!