So what better way than two wheels to enjoy so much beauty? Let’s see together which are the best Tuscan bike routes (maybe even less known) to discover the particularities of this territory and get ready to go!
Tuscany, besides being rich in countless landscapes, is also very rich in history and last but not least, it has a number of typical food and wine products that probably would not be enough for a lifetime to try them all. The itineraries that we want to offer you have precisely the purpose of making you fully experience all these aspects. Each can easily be done in one day but, if you want a vacation on two wheels, you can also connect them.
From Florence to the Val d’Orcia: the most classic of the Tuscan motorcycle itineraries
The first of the itineraries in the motion of Tuscany that we want to offer you start from Florence and not only will it accompany you through the famous Chianti area, but you will discover the beautiful landscapes of the Val d’Orcia. Obviously, if you’ve never seen the capital of Tuscany in all its splendour, you can’t give up a visit – even in passing – in the city centre. Then take the SR222 and let yourself be lulled by its sinuous curves in the land of the famous wine. Before tasting it – always with moderation because then you will have to get back on the road – stop at the Wine Museum in Greve in Chianti Chianti and discover all its history.
A road of history and good wine
Leaving the nearest lands to Florence, continuing always for the regional one enters the Sienese Chianti. In the past, this area was of Etruscan domination, so if you want you can stop to visit the necropolis of Poggio or the Tumulo di Montecalvario to discover something more about this mysterious population. Otherwise, it can easily be a food and wine tour full of tactical stages, up to Siena. Along the Via Chiantigiana you will meet Radda, Gaiole in Chianti, San Casciano in Val di Pesa and San Gimignano, just to name some of the most famous villages. Are you planning this tour for the summer season? So why not spend at the Palio di Siena in June or August? Arriving by motorbike with the city in the celebration will be sensational!
Recharge your batteries and continue your journey
Starting from Siena heading south you will arrive in Val d’Orcia. Perhaps, this is one of the most classic, but also more beautiful, Tuscan bike itineraries and if you have not yet done so, you will see that it will definitely be worth it. Monteriggioni can be your first pit stop. This is where the most famous Cinta Senese cured meats are produced, a PDO pig breed bred since time immemorial. Recharge your batteries, take the Via Cassia Nord: after about 60km you’ll be in Montalcino, which probably doesn’t need big presentations. The journey in the Val d’Orcia continues in a hilly landscape as far as the eye can see, reaching its maximum splendour in the panorama that can be seen from Pienza, UNESCO World Heritage Site, where this tour ends.
From Marina di Grosseto to Marina di Grosseto: a motorcycle tour in the Maremma
This itinerary is a tour of the Tuscan Maremma. The area is one of the most known and appreciated in the region, both for its history and for its changing and decidedly special landscapes. You will be able to proceed with tranquillity through the soft roads that run through the woods, whizzing under the sun towards the sea, or having fun with the curves that climb the mountains.
A departure on the sea
To let you fully experience the roads of the Tuscan Maremma and all their facets, we propose a circular route. The departure (therefore also the arrival) is in Marina di Grosseto. Already after a few kilometres to the north, we suggest you stop in Castiglion Della Pescaia, a truly characteristic historical centre with the castle that stands out over the village and a sea that has made it famous over the years. Back in the saddle and continue towards the area of Massa Marittima. Pass through Follonica and if you feel like it, stop to visit one of the small villages like Roccastrada, Ribolla, Sassorfino or Roccatederighi. If you can, take a few kilometres north-west to see the famous Bolgheri Avenue of Cypresses: a straight road flanked by two rows of centuries-old cypress trees that connect the village with the Oratory of San Guido. Now the funniest part starts. The curves of the Metalliferous Hills are only the beginning because then it becomes even more serious when you reach Mount Amiata.
A road downhill
From here, everything will be downhill: not only because the roads are quieter, but also because it’s time to go back to the sea. First, however, stop at Pitigliano, a village perched in the middle of a truly characteristic wood. After a few kilometres on the coast, the Maremma Natural Park will welcome you: crossing it on your bike will be an unforgettable way to end this tour.
The Casentino forests: get lost in the woods on two wheels
If you love greenery and prefer to travel by motorbike in the silence of the woods, the one in the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campagna National Park is one of the motorbike routes of Tuscany that suits you best. This itinerary is not very long, but to fully experience it we recommend turning off the engine from time to time and continuing on foot. In this forest – among the largest in Europe – there are about 650km of hiking trails! However, in the saddle you can get to the Acquacheta waterfalls, to Badia Prataglia – where you can, if you like, stop at the characteristic small castles to rest – or to the ancient sanctuary of La Verna, where St. Francis received the stigmata.
The Calla Pass to discover
If you want to finish it off with a slightly more adrenaline-filled journey, head up to the Calla Pass. At 1296 meters above sea level, it is one of the highest passes in the area. The road is not very long – only 25km – but in its steepest section it exceeds 10% gradients: try it, especially on two wheels!