After collecting our multi-speed mountain bikes, we headed off towards Florence’s River Arno, crossing over a bridge that gave us the most spectacular view of the ‘Old Bridge’ lined with gold jewellery stores, the Ponte Vecchio.
Crossing through Florence, it was not long before we passed through the city gates after which we hit the first hill of the morning. It is amazing just how quickly you can get from the city centre of Florence and out to the Tuscan countryside surrounds!
Thankful for having had a good breakfast and a strong coffee that morning, we pushed our way up the long but not-too-steep incline. The reward for our peddle power is not only a quick rest at the top, but also the spectacular Tuscan landscape before us, in which nestles a magnificent Medici Villa.
Winding up and down and around the Tuscan hillside, it is not long until we arrive at another stunning Tuscan Renaissance villa where we take a stroll through the traditional Italianate gardens, exploring the on-site vineyard and olive groves where award-winning wine and Tuscany’s famous liquid gold – extra virgin olive oil – are produced.
During a guided tour of the Tuscan villa estate cellar, we were shown the French oak barriques that refine the Tuscan wine and the larger barrels which hold the long-aged wines. And of course, we also have a Tuscan wine tasting and olive oil tasting at the villa estate.
All too soon it is time to ride on through the landscape peppered with stunning Tuscan views that encase fascinating histories – such as the convent where Galileo’s daughters lived or where Galileo was placed under house arrest.
Just as one Tuscan hill seems to be getting the better of our calf muscles, we arrive at the peak, enjoying the downhill rush as we speed into the spectacular views toward us.
Soon we arrive for a delicious lunch in Tuscany at an award-winning Tuscan restaurant, where we enjoy a filling meal of traditional Tuscan dishes, served with Chianti wine.
Maybe it was the wine, the delicious Tuscan lunch, the wonderful company or the spectacular views – or everything put together – but the ride back was just so relaxing and fun. The Tuscan sun illuminates the best Tuscan countryside before us, just as the splendour of Florence appears sprawled out ahead.
All in all, it is a wonderful day out in Tuscany from Florence, including an easy-going 14 km (8.6 mile) bike ride, with a few breaks along the way.
Join us to have fun on this exhilarating bike ride from Florence to the Tuscan countryside, whizzing up and down the rolling Tuscan hills that form the stunning Tuscany countryside as you tour to a great Tuscan villa wine estate to visit their wine cellar for a Tuscan wine tasting, and dine at an award-winning Tuscan restaurant. You may want to add a splash of extra fun to your Tuscany bike tour with our unique Tuscany Bike Ride with a Villa Swim. Should you wish to skip the Tuscan bike riding altogether and head straight pool-side, we have our Wine Tour and Villa Swim with lunch or simply enjoy a Villa Swim and Lunch in Tuscany.
Getting to the surrounding Tuscan countryside from Florence is but a short and delightful drive. If you would like to immerse yourself in the Tuscan wine-producing countryside, enjoy a wine tasting and cellar visit, and be part of the scenery that has inspired so many great artworks, we have a small-group Best of Tuscany tour visiting Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni too, as well as stopping for lunch and wine tasting at an award-winning wine estate. See the highlights of Tuscany in one spectacular day tour from Florence – Best of Tuscany small-group tour.
Visit a Tuscan villa on the Taste of Tuscany at the Villa wine tour. Explore historic wine estates before undertaking a wine tasting. Tread through the terrain, enjoying spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside up-close and personal.
Stroll through the Tuscan countryside, join us for a Perfect Morning in Tuscany small-group walking tour. Leaving from Florence’s city centre and heading to the surrounding countryside, this small-group walking tour includes, well, walking in Tuscany, as well as lunch with wine at a stunning Renaissance Villa Estate, accompanied by an expert tour guide.
If you would like to have a private guide accompanying you, we have private tours that cater to your every desire. From Florence (and Tuscany) to Rome, Venice to the Cinque Terre and beyond, we are at your beck and call.
To explore other areas of Italy, can check out our Artviva Walking Tours website to read more about the tours we have to offer in Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more