An Unforgettable Italian Cycling Vacation
Cycling in Tuscany, Italy is what dreams are made of – the perfect ribbons of road, weaving through the countryside, endlessly linking village after village. 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 family who runs the B&B 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. Andréa Rossi is the lead guide alongside the experienced Cycling House crew – including Owen, who never misses this trip. Each ride is challenging, but always has a few café stops along the way. Wine tasting, soaking in a natural hot spring, taking a cooking class, and touring Siena (a UNESCO World Heritage site) are all on the itinerary. There is a little recovery time built in too, for riders to relax and do some exploring of their own.
Our food in Tuscany is prepared fresh by the family who runs the bed-and-breakfast. 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 enjoy many of our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at the B&B, we’ll also eat out to experience a few of our favorite local restaurants. And the wine! Chianti and Brunello wines are everywhere, and a glass with these meals elevates the experience.