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Visiting Siena: the best routes for cycling

Siena’s countryside: a paradise for cycling lovers

Siena is not only the city of attractions such as Piazza del Campo, the Torre del Mangia, the Palazzo Pubblico, the Baptistery and the Duomo. The Tuscan town, in fact, is located along the hump of three hills, representing the ideal place  for excursions on a two-wheeler. The area offers breathtaking views and charming villages: thanks to the presence of numerous quiet side roads, the countryside around Siena allows to make engines roar or ride safely on a bicycle. The two wheels are perfect for visiting the historic center of Siena, forbidden to cars.

The most fascinating routes among hills, forests and vineyards

There are many routes for cycling in the surroundings of Siena: choosing the “Eroica” path you will have a chance of going back to an era of the great cycle races. Extending along 205 km from Gaiole in Chianti, this path is characterized by the constant presence of the signs and mileage tables showing the distance to and from the next town. If you do not want to tackle the entire route you can opt for the medium one, which is 135 km long. For a simple trip with the family, you can choose between two paths: the short one and the turist one. You’ll cross the historical vineyards of Siena, admiring the remains from the Etruscan era in Murlo, passing through Castiglion del Bosco and finally arrive on the hill of Montalcino. The path will also take you through the white road of Cosona, one of the finest in the region, and around San Giovanni d’Asso, famous for its truffles. Among the routes for the bike, one of the most interesting goes through the Canale Maestro della Chiana, starting from Chiusi and developing for 62 kilometers. The difference between this one and the “Eroica” is that this is completely flat: the first part leads from Chiusi to the lake of Montepulciano, while the second spreads mainly in Siena’s part of the Val di Chiana. You will therefore go through Arezzo’s Val di Chiana, then from Arezzo’s bridges you will get to Monaci’s close. A path no less fascinating is the Grand Tour of the Val di Merse, recommended especially to those who want to train their body also on holiday.

Routes for motorcycle and accommodation around Siena

Get on your motorcycle to follow a route in Chianti, traveling on the gentle ridges of its hills to discover the medieval villages of Castellina in Chianti and Radda in Chianti, among vineyards and woods. The streets of Montagnola are also ideal, especially for those who love the curves and the uphill hairpins, while admiring churches and hermitages. If you’re planning your next stay in Siena, you’ll be spoiled for choice to enjoy your two wheels.