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Cycling Through Tuscany (Florence - Rome)

Description
This part of the route will take you to Rome after cycling through the landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria. Both of the routes starting from either Florence or Empoli will take you through the Chianti region to Siena, one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany. From there on the route goes through the eroded hills of Le Crete which will provide you with a fascinating spectacle. The main route will now go through the Val di Chiana all the way to Chiusi via a new cycle path.

Chiusi is a nice little town with some ancient founding’s of the Etruscan civilization. The route from here on is quite flat until you reach Orvieto. Here you can choose to climb all the way up to Orvieto which lies on top of a rock plateau, or you can take the cable car (bikes allowed).

South of Orvieto you will enter the old crater landscape of Lazio. The old villages in this region are build on top of tufa rock plateaus around the Monte Cimino. Bomarzo, slightly off route, has amazing exotic sculpture gardens and in Capararola you can visit the palace of the Farneses. Cycling through the Common Hazel orchards south of Capararola, Lake Bracciano will be the next highlight. With Rome in sight now, you can decide to stay at the lake and unload your baggage. You may to decide to cycle to Rome the same or next day, either way Rome will be an amazing final destination. The last kilometers of the route will take you along the city walls of Vatican City onto the Saint Peter’s Square.

Beside the main route this guide also has a few secondary routes. The alternative route through Umbria is one of them. After cycling along Lake Trasimeno, you can reach Assisi by riding on the small roads in that area. Bevagna will be the next checkpoint on your way to reach the atmospheric city of Spoleto. This part of the route is provided with a wonderful new cycling path. To reach the main route again, you will cycle through the hills, passing through Amelia and Orte.

If you wish to cycle through western Tuscany, there is a cycling route from Florence to Lucca, Pisa and Livorno. From Pisa you can cycle your way through the valleys that lead you to Volterra and the famous city of San Gimignano to join the main route again while reaching Siena.

The Pisa airport is very easy to reach from the route. The route along Lake Trasimeno also passes Tuoro, from where bike buses leave back to The Netherlands. From Anguillara nearby Lake Bracciano there is a special service that transports your bike back to The Netherlands.

All of the routes for this guide have been described in both directions.


Map



General information
Edition/Year: 4th edition, 2016
Language: English
Distance: 350 km or 650 km when using the new variant
Detailed Maps: 44, scale 1:150.000
City Maps: 5, scale varies
Car free kilometers: 35 km. (variant Umbrië is also 35 km.)
Difficulty rating: With both climbs and hills and with easy long trajects. Variant through Umbrië is easy.

GPS available: Download GPS-tracks


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