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BICYCLING IN TUSCANY - BIKE TOURS in Tuscany
|Talking about biking means those big powerful shiny machines that roar through the countryside. But this is also the form of transport that gives you the time to look around and to savor the silence and beauty of your surroundings.Tuscany is mostly a hilly territory, with plains concentrated mostly along the rivers and the coast; Tuscany offers an ideal scenario for cycling enthusiasts of all levels, from amateur cyclists to anyone just wishing to pedal calmly while enjoying the beauty of the region. For your adventure on two wheels, choose from a variety of itineraries. On paved road for anyone who loves racing bikes or off road on mountain bikes to get away from traffic and be surrounded by nature. Every area in Tuscany offers routes rich in interesting places to visit and see as well as extraordinary panoramas.One area where biking of the traditional sort is highly developed is in the southern part of Tuscany, in particular in the province of Siena where there are many beautiful winding country roads connecting lovely medieval towns, and where there is less car traffic. Getting back to the Siena area, this is definitely a region where cycling is a joy. The Tourist office of Siena has issued publications which outline the best areas and roads for bicycling. A number of Tuscan itineraries for bicycle trips are classics. You can pedal along spectacular, traffic-free roads in an environment that combines breathtaking scenery and attractions of historical and cultural interest. The roads are almost totally safe due to the lack of automobile traffic and you are able to discover just how beautiful Tuscany really is. To list just a few, there are the magnificent tours in the Chianti area on traffic-free roads through the countryside covered with woods and vineyards, those in the Val dElsa with the inspiring medieval towns, and in the Val dOrcia which has been designated as a nationally protected park area because of its natural and cultural importance.The best time of the year to tour southern Tuscany on bicycle is in the Spring from mid-April onwards until early summer, say mid-June. In July and August the climate becomes very hot and dry, so bicycling can become difficult in the mid-day hours. Similarly, the autumn is wonderful until about early November. After that you can have some wonderfully bright and sunny cold winter days, but you also run the risk of very grey cold wet and windy days. It is best not to run this risk unless you have lots of time for your tour and can sit out the bad weather in a country inn tasting some of the local red wine that consumed in moderation, is reported to do wonders for ones heart and circulation.Enjoy biking in Tuscany!
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