Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT006

Italy / Tuscany

Pisa to Florence: the cradle of the Renaissance

The landscape of Tuscany is one of the most beautiful and evocative in Europe, with rolling hills laced with verdant vineyards and cypress trees lining the roads. You’ll pedal from one incredible view to the next, admiring Renaissance art and architecture and getting to know the lands of many great artists of the past, such as Leonardo da Vinci and the composer Giacomo Puccini. The towns of Pisa and Florence do not need any further presentation, but in this tour you’ll discover also picturesque villages where you’ll be tempted by the excellent Tuscan cuisine.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Pisa
    Individual arrival. The city is famous all over the world for its magic Piazza dei Miracoli with the characteristic leaning tower, the bell tower of the city cathedral. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1987, besides a large number of monuments it also offers the friendly and lively atmosphere of a university city.
     
    2. Pisa – Lucca (30/45 km)
    Today you are pedalling northwards along the Serchio river for an easy stage. For those who wish a slightly longer itinerary, there is the option of going towards Massaciuccoli Lake before reaching Lucca.
     
    3. Lucca – Montecatini (45 km)
    Through a panoramic road you reach the little village of Collodi and the town of Pescia. In Collodi, where the author of Pinocchio spent his childhood, you can visit the famous Pinocchio’s Park (created in 1962) and the aristocratic Villa Garzoni. In Pescia you can enjoy a quiet stroll among churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the local flower street market.

     

    4. Montecatini roundtour (60 km)
    Today’s route offers you again two possibilities. You can relax in one of the most famous thermal cities in Europe and stroll down the narrow lanes of the old city, which is situated on a hill and can be reached by a characteristic cable-railway. Otherwise a picturesque itinerary will lead you among villas of the Medici family, olive groves, vineyards and beautiful historical farms, going past Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace (visit to the museum possible).

     

    5. Montecatini – Florence (50/65 km)
    Today you have to choose either to start pedalling directly from Montecatini or to shorten the trip through a short train transfer to Pistoia, rich in Romanesque and Renaissance monuments (in particular churches) and having one of the most evocative squares in Italy: Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). From here back onto the saddle, to reach Florence.
     
    6. Florence
    Free day. It will be up to you to decide how to spend your time in one of the world’s most beautiful cities!

     

    7. Florence – Empoli – Pisa (40/65 km by bike + 40/65 km by train)
    Today you can choose if either starting pedalling directly from Florence and reaching Pisa through a train transfer from Empoli or taking a train to Empoli and riding to Pisa along the river Arno.
     
    8. Pisa
    Departure after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

     

    2019, The Year of Leonardo

     

     

    A pilgrimage to Vinci is a must for any Leonardo enthusiast: just outside the village lies the humble house where he was born – now a museum – while the Museo Leonardiano is in the centre, featuring many of his inventions.

    In Florence, besides the absorbing Museo Galilei and countless events, we can also enjoy a unique exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery: “Water as Microscope of Nature: Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester” (on loan from Bill Gates, no less!).

     

    Uffizi Gallery site 
    Museo Leonardiano site

     

     

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 225/280 km
    • Total vertical up: 950/1,190 m
    • Terrain: 88% tarmac, 12% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: every day
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3, 5 and 7

     

    The itinerary runs mostly on a flat area with some hilly parts which do not require particular athletic skills.

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Pisa is connected with the following airports:
    Pisa: 2 km, Florence: 90 km

     

    Trains
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:
    - Cat. A: 3/4* hotels, with two nights in a 5* hotel in Pisa
    - Cat. B: 3* hotels, with a family-run 2* hotel in Lucca

     

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose among the following bikes: 
    - City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - E-bike

     

    Features:
    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

     

    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag or 1 map holder 
    1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers 
    1 combination bike lock

     

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets, suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

     

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    - hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival

     

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
    2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    Welcome briefing
    In Pisa you will meet our representative who:
    - will present you the tour
    - will deliver you the bikes
    - will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

     

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    Staff support
    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

  • 7 Client reviews
    • Susan

      Departure 11-18 June 2019

      Online from 23 June 2019

      Another great holiday to do with a group of Friends slightly more testing than we thought but most of that was due to high temperatures.
    • Dianne

      Departure 2018

      Online from 07 November 2018

      Girolibero runs a very efficient cycling business both self guided and guided. I recommend Girolibero for guided, self guided, and bike and barge cycling tours.

      We had an opportunity in the fall of 2018 to ride their self guided tour for a week from Pisa to Florence and back to Pisa. The accommodations were excellent, the transfer of gear reliable, and the ride with gps routes as well as the hard copy of the routes made it doable to navigate this countryside even when you have never been here. Five of us rode together, we all enjoyed the Pisa to Florence to Pisa loop.

      In addition to meeting the groups needs, I am a below the knee double amputee who rides a tandem bicycle. Girolibero organized our hotel accommodations so that my physical needs concerning bathrooms were accommodated. This made the trip doable for me and my captain.

      I have a suggestion for expanding the options for the Pisa to Florence to Pisa loop. I would suggest that Girolibero consider doing the Pisa to Florence to Pisa route over an extended period of time, such as two weeks, so those people who like to cycle (and are slow) can be tourists too. The possible activities that can occur at each site are endless and the information packet given to each couple makes you want to stay and enjoy each small town and its historical gifts. For those of us who are retired and somewhat slow, this would be a fun option.
    • John

      Departure 2018

      Online from 25 June 2018

      Hein is mistaken. It did not go just “well”….it went “exceptionally well!” in fact so well I would say it was FANTASTICO! The trip exceeded all of my expectations. My two children were thrilled as well. I’ve copied all the adults that “funded” the trip so they can provide their own independent feedback directly to you.

      All parts of the trip including biking, hotels, restaurants, wine, beer, wine tasting, bus, pasta making, fit together perfectly. The hotels selected were excellent and above my expectations. The hotel is Bevegna as well as the hotel pool in Montecatini were highlights. I did not note or experience any issues or problems during the entire trip.
    • Chris

      Departure 2018

      Online from 25 June 2018

      It was absolutely fantastic! Trips like this do not occur without significant planning, and the planning that was done by you and our hosts, Hein and Marjolein, was perfect. I would not change a thing about how the trip unfolded.
      Thank you so much for attending to all of the details behind the scene.
      I will be recommending Girolibero to anyone planning a trip to Europe, and I personally hope to be using Girolibero again sometime in the future.
    • Laurie

      Departure 2018

      Online from 25 June 2018

      That was one of the most spectacular trips ever! Everything was perfect. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best, it was a 200! My two favorite parts were the cycling and our hosts, Marjolein and Hein!

      Thank you so much for your hard work to make this such a special return to Villevallelonga. And thank you Marjolein and Hein for all of your stories and all the laughter you generated! I can’t wait to see you again.

      Ciao :)
    • Oddmund, Norway

      Departure 2017

      Online from 09 October 2017

      We are very satisfied with the trip and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others. Another successful Girolibero experience.. Also, Girolibero was very forthcoming in allowing us the cycles for an extra day and also to provide for the use of the pool and garden of Ercolini E Save in Montalcini.
      Thanks for that!
    • Gianfranco

      Departure 29 April - 06 May 2017

      Online from 13 May 2017

      Molto bene.
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Tour details

 

from 630 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, Cat B

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SA from 23.3 to 12.10.2019
Special departure dates for at least 5 people

 

Seasons

season 1: 23.3 - 12.4 und 28.09 - 12.10.2019
season 2: 13.4 - 17.5 und 8.9 - 27.9.2019
season 3: 18.5 - 7.9.2019

 

Price per person

630 € in double room, 3* hotels (with a family-run 2* hotel in Lucca), Cat. B
730 € in double room, 3/4* hotels (with two nights in a 5* hotel in Pisa), Cat. A

 

Included

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

 

Not included
Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
Train transfers
Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements per person
220 € single room
80 € season 2
110 € season 3
80 € Girolibero bike
190 € E-bike
15 € helmet
 
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
60/90 € in Pisa (Cat. B)
100/160 € in Pisa (Cat. A)


Reductions
120/150 € 3rd person in room (Cat. B/A)

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