Bike tour in Versilia Coast - MTB Adventures
Hotel Club i Pini organizes trips by bike in Versilia
With exclusive wine tastings, exquisite cuisine, lodgings of timeless elegance and routes amid a quintessential Tuscan landscape of vineyards, hill towns and cypress tree-lined country lanes. With our intimate knowledge of the region it all adds up to the ultimate biking trip. Each morning, a truck will be waiting for your luggage.
You are then free to travel the established route, riding at your own pace, stopping along the way to admire the attractions, and arriving where you wish.
The nature trails in tuscany offer a wonderful setting in the great outdoors. Tuscany offer mountain bike trails in a natural wooded setting. Whether you ride for fun or adventure this is the place to be !
Enjoy tuscany by bike without having to join a group but without having to lug all your possessions around on your back or your rack all day long.
You can rent a bike in tuscany or bring your own bike by yourself. Often you can find bikes for rent offered directly from the accommodation owners (especially farmhouse or farm apartments residences). A biking week, and a hiking trip. Both are structured to allow you the flexibility to bike or hike with a group when you wish, and to explore independently whenever you please.
TRIPS and IDEAS:
Groups can consist of families, friends and club members who are on holiday or companies or conference groups undertaking professional development. There are many advantages to a custom trip as it allows you to go where you want, with whom you want and when you want. Cost is also an important consideration: you can have the finest hotels, country inns, villas
Tour bike of the Cinqueterre
Today we leave Lido di Camaiore (Coast tuscany)and transfer by train to La Spezia (50 km.) and visit:
- Monterosso - 38km, 650m ?or- 56km, 1300m
Today we enter the Cinque Terre, the Five Lands, isolated from the outside world until about one hundred years ago, when the railway line was built. To our delight the villages and the characteristic Ligurian culture are conserved virtually unchanged. Monterosso has the best beaches of the Cinque Terre villages and the most wine shops, artisan shops, hotels and restaurants. The village is divided into two parts from San Cristoforo hill and the old part of the village, protected by a rock spur, still presents the maritime village. We suggest a visit to the church of Capuchin Father, from which one can admire a wonderful panorama of the village and the promontories which enclose the Cinque Terre. The church has a painting of the Cambiaso and a "Crucifixion" attributed to Van Dyck.
- Monterosso - Active rest-day--riding, hiking, swimming, diving, train rides or boat rides. Here are some highlights for today?s exploration?
Village of Vernazza
Vernazza has a natural pier with an amphitheatre shape making it perhaps the most picturesque village of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza was a Roman installation and had a significant strategical importance during the age of the Maritime Republics in Genoa. It was also famous for its carpenters. We suggest a walk in the village that is dominated by a watch tower and the "Castello" remains. In the small square, overlooking the seaside, there is the church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia.
Village of Corniglia
Placed on a steep promontory, with two exclusive small beaches at its sides, Corniglia can be reached from the railway through a long flight of steps leading to the village (an elevator is being built). One suggestion is a visit to the Church of San Pietro (1334), which is considered one of the most significant monuments in the gothic-ligurian style of the Cinque Terre and a view the Belvedere, an enchanting terrace on the seaside.
Village of Manarola
The village of Manarola is surrounded by vines and is situated along a stream. The wine of Manarola is very famous and the "Via dell? Amore" starts here: an easy to walk, paved path a distance of two kilometres, connecting Manarola to Riomaggiore. In the upper side of the village, don't miss the church of San Lorenzo (1338) with its beautiful rose window dating back to the 14th century.
Village of Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore, which is the most eastern and the nearest village to La Spezia (connected by a scenic road), is named after the stream crossing it. It?s interesting to see the seashore and the upper side of San Giovanni Battista, with its two wonderful twin doors made of marble, which are placed in its southern side and which date before the church itself. Above the village, the Sanctuary of "Madonna di Montenero" stands out, built on the homonymous promontory and which is the last of the gulf the Cinque Terre. The Tramonti area, which goes from Portovenere to Riomaggiore, has been made into National Park of Five Lands. After a stroll on the Via dell?Amore (Lovers? Way) between Manarola and Riomaggiore, dinner on your own is a must. Regular train connections between the villages make it possible to wine and dine at your personal favorite village. So, enjoy a beautiful sunset and a wonderful meal befitting the five lands of romance.
- Portovenere 70km, 500m
Today we traverse high above the five villages of the Cinque Terre as we cycle to the Roman era port town of Portovenere. Utilized in the 11th century by the maritime republic of Genoa as a defensive stronghold during the long Genoa/Pisa war (1119-1290), Portovenere developed the ?fortress-houses? on the seafront that we see today. The commune of Porto Venere includes the villages of Le Grazie and Fezzano. The place name Le Grazie derives from the Monestery of Nostra Signora dell Grazie (Our Lady of Graces), founded by Olivetan monks. In the 18th cenery on the Varignano promontory the Republic of Genoa built a lazaret which was later transformed into a military defence. The place name Fezzano was first recorded in 105 and the layout is typical of Ligurian maritime villages. With the Genoan occupation of Portovenere and resumption of safety at sea, the inhabitants of Fezzano established stable settlements on the seafront. By the early 18th century Fezzano boasted a fleet of forty sailboats. Tonight we?ll enjoy seafood specials on our own at any of the wonderful restaurants in town. Be sure to try the Portovenere mussels (grown just off shore) or the octopus that abounds because of the high concentration of plankton in the waters offshore.
- Bocca di Magra 40km, 390m
The Golfo della Spezia serves as the backdrop for our ride past the shipyards of la Spezia to the Poets Cove. We retrace our route toward la Spezia where a visit to the Museum of Naval Technology, the Public Gardens or the Piazza Sant?Agostino is recommended. The Via del Prione is one of La Spezia's busiest streets, a pedestrian thoroughfare lined with shops, where the young promenade on a Saturday afternoon. A short climb to Pitelli yields a wondrous view of the Poets Cove as we then descend to Lerici, where we can enjoy lunch in the shadows of the poets ? Percy Shelly, Lord Byron and DH Lawrence. The climb from Lerici to Serra is rewarded with superb views of the small villages that dot the coastline. The traverse to Montemarcello brings us to a fork in the road; the left fork takes us to Ameglia before descending to Fiumaretta, while the right fork descends through the forest to Bocca di Magra before cycling on to Fiumaretta. We?ll pack our bikes and relax by the pool before our farewell dinner tonight.
Bike of the Garfagnana
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana - Gragnanella - Sillicano - Careggine - Vergaia - Poggio
Itinerary with demanding stretches going through characteristic villages with wonderful views over the Apuane. Charming descent towards the lake of Vagli.
Average walking time: 4.00 hours
Length of the route: Km 22
Station of Barga - Gallicano - Trassilico - Fabbriche di Vallico - Turritecava - FS railway station Ghivizzano
Ring-route of great beauty, demanding in its first stretch, through natural environments and particular charming landscapes.
Average walking time: 4.30 hours
Length of the route: Km 37
Camporgiano - Casatico - Roggio - Campocatino - Gramolazzo - Ugliancaldo - Station of Monzone
Very demanding itinerary.
Average walking time: 6.00 hours
Length of the route: Km 45
Station of Monzone - Equi Terme - Il Solco - Equi Terme
Short itinerary crossing one of the most charming valleys of Apuane in Lunigiana.
Tour of Mt. Corchia
22 km-long demanding itinerary to avoid during the winter.
A 7 Night Group based mountain bike holiday . The tour is in the hidden valley of the Garfagnana in Northern Tuscany. One will ask you where you are going, and they, more than likely will have never heard of this area. This is good for us and you , off the beaten track of Tuscany, but close enough to still reap the advantages. Our area, surrounded by 2 mountain ranges, the Apennines and the Alpi Apuane, make for ideal biking conditions . The routes we use are all way marked trails by CAI, the alpine club of Italy and drovers trails, fire tracks and medieval paths. Riding through beach and old chestnut woodland, to open mountain tracks to the tops of glorious peaks with sea views and magnificent inland views of all Garfagnana. It is a special area, and this one week tour gives you a perfect insight into the Garfagnana, enough to make you come back again to finish what you missed the first time! Days can be made longer at clients wishes, adding in single track sections and other types of terrain.
For more information contact Residenza d'Epoca I Pini
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