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After a 30-minute shuttle, you’ll arrive at Tenuta Mariani, a family-run winery and olive oil farm where you will enjoy an organic lunch of Tuscan specialties while tasting 3 different olive oils served among olive trees that are more than 300 years old. After lunch, your Trek Travel guides will ensure you have a perfect fit to your Trek bicycle for the week, before starting your ride in the Serchio river valley, a protected natural park. Cruise along country roads that wind past spectacular Lucchese villas, these ornate residences date back as early as the 9th century and house some of the area’s most important works of art alongside breathtakingly ornate gardens. Arrive at our hotel with time to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool or indulge in a massage in the spa. This evening we’ll gather for a private wine tasting with local focaccia breads and olives followed by our first gourmet dinner together.
Tenuta Mariani to Buonamico Wine Resort
Approximately 27 miles with 1,250 feet of climbing
Tenuta Mariani to San Pietro a Marcigliano with Matraia loop
Approximately 27 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing
Buonamico Wine Resort
Lunch | Dinner
This morning’s route takes you high above the Valle del Serchio, a vista made up of rolling hills, blanketed with vines and home to the famous cyclist Mario Cippolini. Your first stop is the village of Collodi, childhood residence of the author of Pinocchio, Carlo Lorenzini. Continue onto the quaint village of Montecarlo, with a medieval fortress and steep cobblestone streets that contain a millennium's worth of history. Stop to sample the local gelato, then continue onto Fattoria del Teso, a gorgeous Tuscan winery surrounded by Mediterranean pines and cypress trees. Here you ‘ll enjoy lunch paired with the finest local wine varietals. Learn about the ancient culture of Vin Santo, a dessert wine aged for over 5 years, before cycling along a winding road back to Buonamico Wine Resort. Alternatively, feel free to reward yourself with a shuttle back to the hotel to relax by the pool. This evening, we’ll take a short shuttle to Butterfly, a Michelin-starred restaurant set in a historic 19th century cottage where terracotta and beams combine in an elegant atmosphere. The chef/owner Fabrizio will delight you with his innovative and elaborately presented cuisine.
Buonamico Wine Resort to Fattoria del Teso Return
Approximately 33 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing
Buonamico Wine Resort to Fattoria del Teso
Approximately 24 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing
Buonamico Wine Resort to Fattoria del Teso return with Matraia Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing
Buonamico Wine Resort
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Today we ride from the hills of Lucca towards the sea, with views of the sharp peaks of marble mountains within the Apuane National Park. One of the area’s most famous artists, Michelangelo, found the perfect marble for his sculptures in the quarries of these peaks. We’ll visit Pietrasanta and enjoy a gourmet lunch in this beautiful, pristine, medieval town, which attracts internationally renowned artists and sculptors. This afternoon, choose to shuttle or ride the last few miles to our hotel, the opulent five-star Il Bottaccio, with its gardens and extravagant spa, to linger over an aperitif before a very special Italian feast this evening.
Buonamico Wine Resort to Il Bottaccio
Approximately 42 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Buonamico Wine Resort to Pietrasanta
Approximately 35 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing
Buonamico Wine Resort to Il Bottaccio with S. Carlo Terme Climb
Approximately 53 miles with 5,700 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
This morning savor your cappuccino before today’s spectacular ride along the coast above the Cinque Terre. We’ll start the day with a one-hour shuttle to our ride start overlooking the sea above the five famous coastal villages. First, you’ll ascend the famous Volastra climb to enjoy the stunning views from this quiet coastal road before descending to the sea. Enjoy a relaxed seaside lunch in Levanto and try today's fresh catch! This afternoon spin alongside the glittering Mediterranean and then tackle the Passo del Bracco before dropping into our hotel in Moneglia. Tonight, you are free to explore the winding streets of Moneglia and find the restaurant of your choice for dinner.
Riomaggiore to Castagnola
Approximately 39 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing
Riomaggiore to Levanto
Approximately 19 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing
Riomaggiore to Moneglia
Approximately 43 miles with 5,630 feet of climbing
Abbadia San Giorgio
Breakfast | Lunch
This morning we'll take the train to Manarola, one of the five Cinque Terre villages and a delightful jumble of pastel hued buildings tumbling down to the coast. We’ll hike high above the town through the terraced vineyards on our way to Corniglia, and its beautiful beach surrounded by the wild nature of the Cinque Terre National park. Rest your feet and enjoy lunch at the bistro of your choice overlooking the Ligurian sea. Be sure to try the spaghetti al mare and then stroll through town and find the famous local honey gelato. After lunch, continue hiking to Vernazza and explore the Doria castle or maybe even take a dip in the sea. This evening, we’ll dine at Assirto in Moneglia, home of Forbes’ Magazine “Meal of the Year.” Who described the experience as “simply the most unbelievable, fantastic and memorable meal of my entire year.” Listen closely as our host Luca reveals the history and tradition of each delectable dish, as you sip wine paired perfectly to each delicious morsel! It is sure to be a meal to remember! Soak in the atmosphere and raise your glass to toast a week of wonders in this magical land.
Hike in the Cinque Terre Manarola to Corniglia
Approximately 2.5 hours
Manarola to Corniglia to Vernazza
Approximately 3.5 hours
Dine at Assirto, home of Forbes’ Magazine “Meal of the Year.”
Abbadia San Giorgio
Breakfast | Dinner
Though this morning’s ride is short, it’s a great last spin into the hills. If you’d rather, simply linger over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning. Soak up the calm of the courtyard of this former monastery as you listen for chanting coming from the church. Before you bid your farewells, stroll through the village and savor the sights and sounds of the sea one last time. This is Cinque Terre. This is the Italian Riviera. This is the trip of a lifetime.
Moneglia to Tessi Loop
Approximately 8 miles with 1,260 feet of climbing
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
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We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Pisa (PSA). From Pisa airport you can take a direct train to Pisa’s central station, which takes about 8 minutes. From Pisa Centrale, transfer to a train for Lucca. Trains depart twice hourly. The trip takes 30 minutes and costs approximately 5 euros. Tickets can be purchased at the airport, a Biglietteria office or from ticket machines. All tickets must be validated before getting on the train: do this by stamping your ticket at the yellow boxes near the platform. Taxis from Pisa airport are also available 24 hours a day to Pisa Centrale which takes about about 15 minutes and costs approximately 20 euros
Florence's Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) also offers flight options. The Florence airport is about 3 miles from the Santa Maria Novella train station and the journey takes about 20 minutes by taxi or bus. You can take a taxi (~25 euros) directly to the train station, or a bus (~6 euro) which departs twice hourly. Trains from Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station depart to Lucca every hour
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Hotel San Luca Palace Hotel (Via San Paolino 103, Lucca, Italy) at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. You'll then shuttle 30 minutes to your lunch spot for a taste of Tuscan cuisine. Have your first day's cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After lunch, your guides will ensure you have the perfect fit to your Trek Domane, before you take your first spin through the Tuscan countryside.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Buonamico Wine Resort (+39 0583 1809796), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel in Montecarlo, Buonamico Wine Resort, for approximately 40 euros. The trip takes 30 minutes from the center of Lucca.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at Abaddia San Giorgio in Moneglia. You’ll depart by private shuttle for La Spezia Centrale Train Station in La Spezia, arriving close to 12:15 PM. From here trains connect to Pisa, Florence and other Italian cities. Please do not book seats before 1:00 PM. Visit www.TrenItalia.com for train information.View our post hotel recommendations
Fall in the Cinque Terre region is usually clear and sunny, with warm daytime temperatures (75F-85F) and evening temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler. A jacket or wrap will be useful in the evening. Rain is always a possibility, however, so be prepared with wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. Packing List
No trip to the Tuscan countryside is complete without a stop in Lucca, Italy's most impressive walled city. The infrastructure of this untouched gem still operates on the grid street pattern designed by the Romans, and elements of the original Etruscan settlement create a visible pastiche of the old and new. Romanesque churches seem to be around every corner, as do fun-loving and shady piazzas filled with soccer-playing children. There's so much art, culture and vibrance behind every nook and cranny of this richly historic city, that it's easy to see why Mario Cipollini, cycling's most unique and strong-willed sprinter, calls it his home. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:
Florence is the majestic heart of Renaissance art and intellect. Several days can be spent wandering the streets in the shadow of Brunelleschi’s Duomo and strolling beside the Arno. Along with the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi gallery, a pillar of the Renaissance and Medici eras, merits a visit. Michelangeo’s David in the Galleria dell’Arte is not to be missed. Keep in mind while exploring Florence that opening hours vary and are quite often inconsistent. Different museums are open on different days and lines can be very long. It’s worthwhile to pay a few extra euros and pre-book your tickets—this will enable you to bypass long lines of visitors at the entrances. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:
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