The Downhill to Florence bike tour is absolutely family friendly since the itinerary is practically always in descent. For the adults in the group, there are breathtaking views of the Renaissance City (Florence, Italy), Fiesole, and a few other enchanting surprises along the way. While for the younger crowd, the Bike Florence & Tuscany team makes a point of creating a “kid-friendly” atmosphere by including gelato stops, fun stories & legends of the area and glimpses of authentic Roman ruins. All of this fun for adults and kids happens while effortlessly cruising downhill to Florence. Safety is always a priority in all of our tours, especially when there are kids biking.
-> Searching for a fun family oriented activity while traveling with kids & teenagers (min. 12 yrs)
-> Wanting a “city escape” from the art museums, historical monuments & busy tourist life
-> Wishing to discover hidden off-the-beathen corners of the stunnunig Tuscany countryside
-> Eager to visit the fabulous stone ruins which date back to the Etruscan-Roman origins of both Fiesole & Florence
The Bike Florence & Tuscany support van will pick you up in the morning and whisk you off to the one of a kind panoramic vista at Monte Senario. Founded by seven devote Florentine men, you will stop in at the monastery which has been noted among the locals since before the year 1250. Soak in the tranquility, the calm and the natural beauty, maybe even taste their special elixir, made with 17 herbs and spices from a secret recipe passed down generation after generation.
The bike tour starts its descent passing through the lush green landscape of Mugello, the land of the Medici family, medieval castles and WWII landmarks. The easy itinerary passes through small towns like that of Settignano, whose roots go much deeper than the Roman Emperor who gave the town its name (Settimio Severo from the end of the II century A.D.) You will have time to take photos, and feel the atmosphere of the town where Michelangelo once lived and Mark Twain was inspired to write.
Pedaling downhill, just a short distance outside of the city walls of Florence, you will admire the stupendous panoramic views from Fiesole.
Cruise by remnants of Etruscan walls, Roman baths, and the Badia, the ancient cathedral of St.Romulus, built in 1028.
This amazing town invites you to stretch your legs and admire the awe-inspiring archaeological park with its very own Roman amphitheater.
Even the teens will get excited about seeing the stone reminders of a glorious past – Or maybe it is the best gelato ever to makes them smile?
From here, Bike Florence & Tuscany follows a meandering path downhill to the Arno River, stopping often for the perfect photo of the Florence skyline.
The bike tour ends in down in Florence, where you will have time for (another) delicious gelato as well as for you to explore the monuments and markets of the city.
Please note that this ride is fun, easy & safe, however, the initial track can be steep and therefore not suitable for those afraid of descents.
Euro 130 per person for min. 4 people.