TOSCANA IN E-BIKE
8 GIORNI / 7 NOTTI
GUIDED E-BIKE EXCURSIONS FOR GROUPS: EASY PEDALLING IN MASSA MARITTIMA AND THE METALLIFERE HILLS.
Six carefully selected itineraries plough the area of the Metallifere Hills, a vast hilly area where all kinds of metals have been mined since ancient times.
The paths and forest roads still lead to the entrances to the abandoned mines, a heritage of industrial archaeology to be explored Indiana Jones-style!
TYPE OF TRIP: daily guided excursions in English, French and Italian;
DURATION: 8 days/7 nights;
EXCURSION FEATURES: six cycling itineraries around Massa Marittima: former mining villages in the Metallifere Hills, the abbey of San Galgano, the Gulf of Follonica and the beach of Cala Violina for a dip in the sea at the end of the trip;
TERRAIN: 80% tarmac, with the rest on well-maintained dirt tracks;
LENGTH: daily stages varying from 23 to 92km;
STOPS: during the excursions, you can stop to take photos, visit museums, historical buildings, churches and archaeological sites, taste the local products and fine wines and, should you need to, recharge the batteries on your E-Bike;
E-BIKE: if you do not own an e-bike or can’t bring it with you, when you make your booking, we can reserve you a trekking e-bike to suit your size, fitted with lights, panniers, rear pouch, repair kit and helmet to be worn during the trip;
DAL 2 AL 10 settembre 2022 (8 giorni/7 notti)
DAL 17 AL 23 SETTEMBRE 2022 (8 giorni/7 notti)
By request, we can organise dates for groups of min. 8 – max. 15 people at any time of year
Per chi NON POSSIEDA la e-bike e necessiti di noleggiarla, può farlo in fase di prenotazione direttamente dal booking on line. Sarete contattati dall’organizzazione per verificare dettagli e misura della bici.
For logistical reasons, only E-bikes can be used for the excursions.
The distances and the rest day are purely informative, and may vary depending on the group and the weather conditions.
The organisation reserves the right to modify the accommodation options shown whilst also guaranteeing the same standard in quality.
Arrival: guests make their own way to the Poggio Corbello and Tabaccaia Farmhouse in Massa Marittima – Gr
Coordinate GPS: Latitudine 42.986008 Longitudine 10.888432
By train: Follonica station, about twenty kilometres from Massa Marittima, can be reached by bus, with the service running several times a day;
By car: from S.S. 1 Aurelia variant, take the Follonica Est exit, following the signs for Massa Marittima (approx. 12 km);
By plane: Massa Marittima is about 130 km from Pisa’s Galilei airport and can be reached by train to Follonica, followed by bus from Follonica to Massa Marittima, with services running several times a day.
Trasferimento privato: possibilità di trasferimento da stazione ferroviaria o aeroporto alla struttura ospitativa tramite servizio di noleggio auto o minibus con conducente. – Disponibilità e quotazioni da concordare in fase di prenotazione.
DAY 1 / SATURDAY
Guests make their own way in Poggio Corbello and Tabaccaia Farmhouse in Massa Marittima by 4pm. Meeting with the guide, presentation of the week and introduction to the use of E-bike.
DAY 2 / SUNDAY: difficulty * – Lago Accesa-Capanne-Massa M.-Lago Accesa
An easy start! The first day’s ride is aimed at getting to know the E-bike, so it starts off on flat ground, as far as Lake Accesa, where it gradually begins climbing, as we cycle through the mining village of Capanne to the hill which is home to Massa Marittima. We will pay a visit to San Cerbone Cathedral in the old town.
DAY 3 / MONDAY: difficulty ** – Lago Accesa-Massa M.-Pian dei Mucini-Monterotondo M.-Valle del Milia-Massa M.-Lago Accesa
Time to work! Today requires a lot of effort, with the first part of the itinerary on a surfaced road, climbing to Monterotondo Marittimo, where we will visit the Biancane Nature Park, a choreographic area scattered with characteristic geysers, fumaroles and the like. We will then visit a “geothermal” company, where underground energy is used in the production of sheep’s cheese. The second part of the day is dedicated to the ups and downs of the white roads of the Milia Valley, once crossed by a rudimentary mining railway drawn by… camels! Finally, with the aid of our assisted pedalling bikes, we will climb up again, this time to Montebamboli.“Eco” assistance for those who are more proficient and “turbo” assistance for those who need more help… but everyone will return to the hotel together!
DAY 4 / TUESDAY: difficulty *** – Lago Accesa-Massa M.-Gabellino-San Galgano-Chiusdino-Montieri-Massa M.-Lago Accesa
Now or never!After reaching an altitude of almost 700 metres above sea level at Boccheggiano, we will start head back home at the abbey of San Galgano and the hermitage of Montesiepi, with the legends that surround them (we will also see the famous sword in the stone!), which attract tourists from all over the world. Our return journey will take us through Chiusdino, a village of ancient Lombard origin, and Montieri, the name of which means “copper mountain”, in the heart of the Metallifere Hills, cycling along a pleasant stretch of traffic-free road that runs deep through green woods.
DAY 5 / WEDNESDAY: rest day
A well-deserved rest!A free day which guests can spend relaxing in hotel or taking part in one of the many leisure activities on offer. For those who feel like it, we also offer a charming sunset ride.
DAY 6 / THURSDAY: difficulty ** – Lago Accesa-Gavorrano Stazione-Vetulonia-Castel di Pietra-Perolla-Massa M.-Lago Accesa
Back in the saddle! Cycling past the lake of Accesa, a mining settlement with a long history, a place where the Etruscans mined silver and copper, we will touch Gavorrano, another important mining town where pyrite, essential to the production of sulphuric acid, an element on which the development of the early 20th century Italian chemical industry was based, was mined. We will stop off in Vetulonia, one of the twelve Etruscan city-states, perched on a hill overlooking the Grosseto Plain and the River Ombrone, for a visit to the archaeological area, which features numerous tombs and the impressive Arce Walls. Our return will take us past the ruins of Castel di Pietra, a place linked to the story of Pia de Tolomei, mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy due to her allegedly tragic death.
DAY 7 / FRIDAY: difficulty *** – Lago Accesa-Montioni-Suvereto-Montebamboli-Massa M.-Lago Accesa
Higher and higher! Pedalling through the olive groves of Tenuta il Cicalino we will soon reach the Natural Reserve of Marsiliana, where we will visit the Maremma horse breeding centre, managed by the State Forestry Corps. Then we will cross the Montioni Natural Park heading towards Suvereto, via the futuristic Petra winery, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta and built on the River Cornia plain, which is dotted with vineyards. After a visit to the village, the day will end with a small mountain grand prix: the ‘wall’ of Montebamboli, to test the assisted pedalling power of our E-bikes.
DAY 8 / SATURDAY:
The morning of the last day will be at the discretion of the participants, who can spend their time relaxing at the accommodation or going on a short ride, returning to the base by midday. Feedback about the weekly experience and contact sharing between participants, and farewell greetings before departure.
* EASY: suitable for anyone who can ride a bike;
** MEDIUM DIFFICULTY: suitable for cyclists with some experience and capable of riding for some distance;
*** CHALLENGING: slopes and distance require a fair amount athletic preparation;
**** VERY CHALLENGING: distance and steep slopes, only for cyclists with suitable athletic preparation.
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Tel: 0566.847011 – 0566.43554 – 3338121542
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