Siena and Gargonza's castle
Crete Senesi, round hills, small villages and wonderful castles
From the historical city center of Siena, with its characteristic towers and its precious cathedral, we will head south-east into the hilly countryside, which will slowly look more and more similar to a moonscape: this is the area of Crete Senesi.
The Crete Senesi is a unique landscape with almost no vegetation. It is made up of suggestive natural formations: calanchi (nooks eroded by the rain) and biancane (light grey hills).
The cultivation of cereals and sunflowers will surprise us with the variety of green tones and the abundance of red poppies. Biking on the hills we see beautiful old villas at the end of long cypress boulevards.
We cross the Crete Senesi and pass Rapolano, which is famous for its thermal baths and marble pits. Than the tuscan landscapes will be characterized by vineyards and fruit and olive trees. There we find the Modanella castle surrounded by its small old village and neat cultivations of olives and vines. Biking through quiet and relaxing woods, we reach Gargonza castle and its medieval village. We will stay a night in one of those houses, in peace and solitude.
Back on track with direction Siena we will be surprised again by the sight of brick villas. Biking up and down we reach the well-known area of Chianti Senese where the famous tuscan vineyards surround us. We will go past the Castle of Quattro Mura and finally see Siena in the distance: its towers, steeples and dome-shaped roofs.
We will go back home with so much of this beauty still in our eyes: landscapes, art and colors.
UNESCO World Heritage Site: the old city center of Siena
Services included in our previous tours
- 2 nights with breakfast in a three stars hotel and in Gargonza’s castle.
- 1 three-course-dinner with typical local recipes, one of which with fish, one drink (1/4 liter wine or 300 cl beer), tap water and bread are included.
- 2 packed lunches, which includes sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, water.
- 3 tour guides, 2 by bike and one with the agency van.
- Visits (see the program).
- Agency van, which follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch and snacks and the availability and the assistance during the tour.
- Insurance for medical matters, in case of loosing the luggage and for the risk of tour cancelation.
- Color tour handbook with historical and artistic information and information about the tour itself.
HOW TO BOOK
This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.
(*) On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance.
To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – email@example.com
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights.
When: to be defined; trip will take place upon groups reservation, small or big.
Where: Italy > Tuscany
Tour description: The tour develops in a circular trail with start and arrival in Siena. The trail tracks secondary roads with low car traffic and, in small part, bike paths. The road bank is asphalt or we will bike on nice dirt roads. The path has ups and downs, with few steeper climbs.
Visits: Gargonza castle
PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR
Independent travel and arrival to Siena.
Siena > Gargonza castle
About 65 km – a difference in altitude of about 900 meters
Gargonza castle > Siena
About 53 km – a difference in altitude of about 750 meters