In the living heart of Tuscany, where tradition and modernity come together in a unique, magical landscape, there is a particularly effective way to travel, enjoying to the full the charm of those places. Drawn with a brush on the modern “steel horses”, the bike tours that wind along the hills of Siena allow you to practice an itinerant tourism that adds to the discovery of the territory the refreshing breeze of adventure.
Following the route of the “White Roads of the Eroica” – the legendary cycling event born to recover the authenticity of the cycling of the past – you have the opportunity to drive on different road surfaces, from asphalt to white gravel dirt, in a continuous alternation between man’s work and the genuineness of nature. Elements to be found, just as vivid, in the surrounding landscape: from the deep green nature around Montalcino, to the glimpses of medieval villages like Torrenieri, Bellaria, Castelmuzio, Montisi and Buonconvento, from the Chianti vineyards to the phenomenal aesthetic heights of an art city like Siena.
For those who want to travel the magnificent Via Francigena, which connects Canterbury to Rome and already appeared in the Middle Ages as one of the main directives of Christian pilgrimage, Hotel More di Cuna is an ideal base, since it’s centrally located into the 450km long “Tuscan section.” With three sites nominated as UNESCO World Heritage (Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino), a town center included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy (Buonconvento) and three countries Orange flags of the Italian Touring Club (Certaldo, and Monteriggioni radicofani), the result could only be only one: the extraordinary union between a vibrant and winding route and a historical-architectural stunning sight.
In this charming corner of Tuscany, another route that gives true satisfactions to bikers is the one linked to the Via Cassia, one of the most important lines of communication of the Peninsular Roman Empire.
A symphony of olive trees and vines that run along gentle slopes surrounded by castles sings the beauty of this land. Just to name a few: the castle of Bibbione overlooking the Val di Pesa, the one of Tignano with its high walls glazed by the sun, or the one in Staggia, where the strength of the ramparts and the elegance of the embattled tower are combined for almost ten centuries. Driving south, some of the greatest architectural, historical and naturalistic gems continue to parade sumptuous, reaching the peak of this bike tour: the lush cypress grove of San Quirico d’Orcia, the delicate poetry of the hills of the Val d’Orcia and the massif of Mount Amiata more than 1700m tall, that welcomes in his powerful embrace a true constellation of medieval fortified towns and villages.