Il Vichiaccio is
situated between Florence and Siena and it is in a very good position
to start a tour up on the hills
Here you can find some of our suggestions, but of course we are at your disposal for individual customized itinerary.
The via Cassia
At any point on the SS2 you can do interesting loop rides
Bagno Vignoni - S. Antimo - Montalcino - S. Quirico d'Orcia. An excellent ride and three very interesting places to visit. Bagno Vignoni (pubblic bath square), the church of S.Antimo and Montalcino (famous for fortress and the Brunello wine)!
A very nice ride is the one that off the SS2 Cassia runs through Pienza, Montepulciano, Chianciano, Sarteano, to Radicofani on the SS478 and then rejoins the SS2. On this loop there is plenty to see and to ride for a whole day. All of the towns mentioned are worth a stroll through, especially Pienza, which has wonderful buildings and an incredible view over the Val d'Orcia. The SS478 is a fantastic ride! Wtach out on the SS146 from Montepulciano to S. Quirico d'Orcia is quite slippery. You will recognise the slippery parts because they're a shiny bright colour!
Another exceptional loop is to leave the Cassia SS2 at Buonconvento and ride up the SS451 to the Abbazia of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. It's an Abbey immersed in olive trees and with a wonderful frescoed cloister. Then ride on to Asciano and then to Siena. The scenery is breathtaking as you ride on the crest and have the full view over the Crete.
Just north of Siena lies Chianti. Not only one of the most famous wine producing areas in the world, but also some of the finest scenery and roads.
The SS222 (Siena
- Florence) and SS429 (Poggibonsi - Gaiole in Chianti) are just one
corner after the other. But also the side roads, that you see in
white on the map, provide excellent views and riding.
click below for wine information
Crossing the border from Lazio into Tuscany just west of Lake Bolsena you will have a very pleasent ride towards the sea. Pitigliano is worth a stop and a walk about. White wine here is very good. The SS74 takes you all the way to the Argentario peninsula which is very interesting. It's a rock in the sea connected by three strips of land and a lagune in the middle. Worth a ride all around the perimiter and up to the top of Monte Telegrafo at 635mt. Be prepared to ride some light gravel but worth the effort for the views.
The SS322 from Manciano to Grosseto is a great ride and takes you to the border with the Colline Metallifere. Before we talk about that area let mention the SS323. After Scansano the forst section to Roccalbegna is very entertaining and its' rythm just wants you to lean that bike over more and more til grind the pegs. Once you pass Roccalbegna you have the option to ride back to Pitigliano or head north to Monte Amiata and then into Val d'Orcia on the other side.
Colline Metallifere and Isola d'Elba
The Colline Metallifere are the hills of Maremma north of Grosseto up to Volterra. Plenty of forrests and steeper inclines and more accentuated valleys as opposed to the previous section. Lots to ride around here as you head up to Volterra, a truely magnificent old etruscan town.
An excellent road is the SS73 to Roccastrada and Monticiano. Just after Monticiano I reccommend to turn left on the SS441. A few km after the junction signs for S. Galgano will take you to the ancient Abbey. Click on the sword for a link.
Massa Marittima is worth visiting but then backtrack and ride to Volterra on the SS439 through Larderello and Pomarance. In Larderello you will be able to visit the National Geothermical Museum by Enel (book on tel. 0588 67724, entrance free!). You will notice as you ride along the huge steel tubes that cross over the road and are everywhere to be sean around. The area is volcanic and presents many hot gas emissions. Most of them are conveyed to the power plant to generate energy. It's an interesting scenery.
A very interesting island. Best visited with a road enduro bike such as the Aprilia Pegaso or BMW GS series as there are many easy gravel tracks which take you to some truely stunning places, such as Monte Calamita (South East Corner).
Check out this link. It has much useful information on how to get there, where to stay and what to see.
Appennino passes into Emilia Romagna
In the shape
of a fan with centre in Florence start at least a dozen 100km passes over
the Appenini into Emilia Romagna. We'll devide them into two categories.
East and West devided by the A1 Firenze - Bologna Autostrada.
The Eastern Passes:
Giogo di Scarperia. It's a short loop off the SS65 and back to the Mugello circuit.
Passo della Colla. Connects Borgo San Lorenzo to Faenza and runs through the town of Marradi, famous for its' Marroni Chestnuts, and Brisighella. The road goes up to 1000mt and runs through tight cliffs on the southern side and then along the valley of the river Lamone after Marradi where the road opens up. From the top of this pass you can run a loop on the Passo del Sambuca to Palazzuolo and then on the SS306 to Marradi. On one of the hairmins coming down from the Sambuca pass you will be able to see San marino and the sea if it's a clear day.
Passo del Muraglione. The most famous motorcycle pass in
Italy and arguably the best! If you are riding this region you can't miss
it. The climb from Dicomano is tight and technical. Once you get to the
top you have to stop at the Muraglione Bar for a coffee. Whilst you enjoy
the view and a rest you'll see all sorts of bikes come and go, even in
When you arrive in Stia you can ride up Passo Fornace (SS556) towards Borgo San Lorenzo. Like most of the passes it is a great one and one where you should particularly watch out for wild life. Once you join the SS67 ride down to Pontassieve then back East on the Passo della Consuma. Worth a visit is the Abbey of Vallombrosa just off the SS70 into some fantastic woods for about 10km.
Once you reach Poppi you have another very exciting loop ride:
You can choose to ride
up to the Eremo of Camaldoli or take the SS71 over the Passo dei
Mandrioli to Bagno di Romagna. The second option is the one I
would certainly suggest if you don't have much time to spend in the
region. It's a great ride and just resurfaced with fresh tarmac! A stop in
Bagno di Romagna is interesting. It's a Thermal station. A good place to
stop if you feel like getting a good massage and enjoying some traditional
food of Romagna.
The Western Passes
The most famous one is the Passo dell'Abetone. At its' peak you will be at 1388mt and will be surrounded by peaks the highest of which is the Monte Cimone with a height of 2165mt. It's a pass for the summer as it frequently snows here during the winter and sometimes even in spring and fall. The Abetone pass connects Lucca and or Pistoia to Modena. The road is just pure riding joy for a total of just over 100km. If you approach the pass from Lucca you will be able to see the devil's bridge (click on photo). And if you ride all the way north towards Modena you won't be able to miss Maranello, home of Ferrari!
At Pievepelago you cross the SS324. To the East this will lead you to Sestola and then on the SS64 over the Passo Collina down to Pistoia. To the West the SS324 takes you to the Passo Radici and down to Castelnuovo in Garfagnana, in the heart of the Alpi Apuane.
Two more passes are a
must when in this area. Passo del Cerreto and the Passo
della Cisa.. From Aulla the Cerreto pass runs (SS63) up to 1261
mt and then dives down to Reggio nell' Emilia passing by the Pietra di
Bismantova. The Passo della Cisa also starts from Aulla and
runs parallel to the Autostrada to Parma. As a result of this it is free
of any heavy traffic and it's a fantastic ride.
The Passo del Lagastrello and the Passo del Sillara will then take you across from the Regional Park of the Gigante to the Cisa Pass.