An Unforgettable Italian Cycling Vacation
Cycling in Tuscany, Italy, is what dreams are made of – the perfect ribbons of road weaving through the countryside linking village after village almost seem endless. Some of the best wine in the world comes from Tuscany, and paired with the region’s incredible food you have the ingredients for a great cycling vacation. Our Tuscany trip is truly special because it’s based out of a bed-and-breakfast south of Siena, away from the hustle and bustle. The B&B is run by a family we’ve fallen in love with over the years who have become an integral part of our Tuscany experience. The family prepares the meals we enjoy at the B&B and source many of the ingredients from local farms. They cook over an open fire and make pizza and fresh bread in a 500-year-old wood-fired oven. We’ve found a nice balance between dining in and going out to enjoy the local cuisine. Andrea Rossi is the lead guide alongside the experienced Cycling House crew – including Owen, who never misses this trip. Each ride is challenging, but we always make a few cafe stops along the way. Wine tasting, soaking in a natural hot spring, a cooking class and touring Siena – a UNESCO World Heritage site – are all on the itinerary. We make sure to allow for plenty of down time as well, since this is a cycling vacation, and a little recovery after a ride may be in store.
Our food in Tuscany is prepared fresh by the family that runs the bed-and-breakfast that is our home base. Many of the meats are sourced from a farm a few kilometers down the road. The veggies are grown either in the field behind the B&B or by the neighbors across the street. While we’ll enjoy many of our breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the B&B, we’ll also eat out to experience local restaurants. Don’t forget the wine! Chianti and Brunello are everywhere, and a glass with these meals will only elevate the experience.