Unforgettable roads, beautiful landscapes and saturated in locale itineraries – Tuscany Bicycle Travel offers a wide range of trips for all cycling abilities. We are a team of passionate, local cycling experts with a long history in the active cycling tourism industry – celebrating over 25 years’ experience in creating, designing, managing and executing once in a life time cycling experiences in Italy, and more specifically in Tuscany. Ride like a Tuscan!
We also own a boutique bike store called Tuscany Bicycle which is located in Gaiole in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico, providing clients with high quality rental bikes, such as Pinarello, Bianchi, Olympia and Atala, as well as premium, made in Italy cycling clothing and bike accessories.
There is something for every kind of cyclist, from recreational to serious amateur racer, featuring paved scenic roads, gravel roads or MTB single track – all taking place in the heart of Tuscany, a true cycling paradise. Whether you prefer road cycling, MTB riding, gravel rides, or a laid back E bike adventures, we’ve got you covered. Check out the various options here below. We also offer Custom rides.
Create your own bespoke, tailor made cycling adventure with Tuscany Bicycle Travel. By selecting our Custom tour option, you are able to specify the length, the difficulty, and the places and experiences you are interested in including in your dream biking experience here in Tuscany. Half day, single day and multi day rides are available. Contact us today for a quote. Ride like a Tuscan!
Elizabeth Miller, Managing Director of Tuscany Bicycle Travel and Manager for Sales and Marketing for Tuscany Bicycle and Tuscany Bicycle Travel, is an ex semi pro bike racer, originally from Pennsylvania but Tuscan by adoption. Elizabeth has been a fulltime resident in Italy since the late 1980’s. In the early 90’s she competed at the semi pro/pro level for road, MTB and track racing in Northern Italy and was crowned Champion of Lombardy three times during her illustrious racing career. Over the last 20 years, Elizabeth has worked her way through the ranks first as guide, then Trip Specialist and finally as Italian Area Manager for leading international bike tour companies, designing, leading and managing both multi day and single day trips – as well overseeing accounts payable, suppliers, hotels, guides, mechanics, and equipment to run the trips. Fifteen years ago, Elizabeth earned her professional sommelier designation in Italy from AIS (Italian Association of Sommelier) and went on to become a published Wine Critic on one of Italy’s foremost wine guides, Duemilavini. Today Elizabeth enjoys offering the best rental cycling equipment available on the market to Tuscany Bicycle customers, as well as creating unique, saturated in local culture biking trips, for cyclists of all levels – from families to serious amateur racers. When she is not out biking, Elizabeth can be found walking her two dogs, enjoying a nice glass of Brunello or roaring around Tuscany on her Ducati.
Filippo Failli, Tuscany Bicycle’s Finance and Rental Operations Manager, is from San Giovanni Val d’Arno, bordering the Chianti region, located between Florence and Arezzo. He left his corporate job as a software designer, to pursue his true passion: all things related to mountains – hiking, climbing, orienteering and mountain biking. Recently Filippo has organized biking and motorcycle trips in North Europe as well as the Middle East including Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Today Fiippo oversees Tuscany Bicycle rentals operations and financials, making sure all of our bikes are tuned up, sparkling, and delivered on time – and is always smiling, ready to help all of our customers enjoy their time in Tuscany, whether it be recommending a great MTB single track trail, or a fantastic coffee bar in the nearby vicinity. When not in the store, Filippo, who is an expert level cyclist, enjoys mountain biking and roaring downhill on technical single track– and is constantly out researching new routes/MTB trails to share with our guests. Filippo also enjoys spending quality time with his family, partaking in the best fire oven baked pizza and local micro brewed beers, as well as artisanal gelato from the best gelateria in the area.
Francesca Bonicolini, born and raised in Tuscany, is from a small town on the western edge of Chianti called Terranuova Bracciolini. Francesca grew up on “Ribollita” and “Pappa al Pomodoro”, along with all of the flavors and traditions of all that is typically Tuscan. Francesca has always enjoyed learning new languages and meeting other people from different countries, and this has given her insight into seeing things from a different perspective as well as other cultures. Early in her life, Francesca also realized she really enjoyed showing other people “her Tuscany” – eventually she was able to turn her passion into her profession, first as receptionist then director for a number of different properties/farmhouses – and today as a coach/consultant for holiday homes, B & B’s and residences. In 2010 Francesca passed a very difficult state exam and obtained her qualification to act as Technical Director for tour operators. She is very proud and excited to work with Tuscany Bicycle Travel to put her 25 years of experience in incoming tourism to great use. Francesca says “See you soon in Tuscany!”
A charming, sleepy medieval wine village, which was part of the “league of Chianti” dating back to the Middle Ages. Today Gaiole attracts thousands of visitors annually for a vintage bike race called L’Eroica. The race takes place in October and leaves from the main square of Gaiole.
One of Italy’s most famous medieval cities with gothic style architecture. Pictured is Piazza del Campo, where Il Palio, the iconic horse race takes place each July and August, amidst pomp and ceremony. Siena has been the long time rival of Florence in the history of Italy, and participated in a 450 year war with their bitter enemies the Florentines, eventually succumbing to their forces at the end of the 1400’s.
One of Chianti Classico’s most imposing and formidable of castles, which has been in the same family, the Ricasoli family, since the 1100’s. Today Castello di Brolio is one of the main tourist attractions in the Sienese countryside, featuring a world class winery, Barone Ricasoli, as well as a flagship winery restaurant, Osteria del Castello, and accommodation on site. There is also a great local bar, also owned by Barone Ricasoli, called Agribar, focusing on local products and traditions. Barone Ricasoli is accredited with being the estate where Chianti Classico wines were codified at the end of the 1800’s.
A stunning medieval and Renaiassance hill town, located in the province of Siena, in southern Tuscany. Montepulciano is one of Tuscany’s largest hill towns and is famous for its foods and fine wines. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Italy’s top DOCG wines, and is produced in the environs of Montepulciano. Montepulciano boasts a high quality production of pecorino cheese and pork products, as well as pici pasta.
A small medieval hill town located to the west of Pienza and close to the Crete Senesi in the Val d’Orcia. There are records suggesting that the hill on which Montalcino is situated, was inhabited as early as Etruscan times. Today this village is famous for Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy’s most celebrated DOCG wines. This wine is produced with 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes, and has shown to be age worthy even up to 100 years.