Tuscany Coast and Islands

From €1830

Italy: Tuscany Coast and Islands

Isolated trails lead to wondrous sculptural art with the shimmering Tyrrhenian Sea as the backdrop. From the Oasis of Orbetello—a knot of wetlands protecting 300 species—to the remains of the Roman city of Cosa and the fabulous island of Giglio. A bicycle tour of the Tuscan coast and islands is an unexpected rendezvous between astonishing archaeology and the splendour of nature. 

Tuscany Coast and Islands

Orbetello

Guided | Intermediate | 8 days

A unique Italian cycling journey through unspoiled nature with sights of superb beauty. Jagged coasts, coves and beaches, pine forests and Mediterranean scrub in a fusion of archeology and nature.

Description

A unique Italian cycling trip through unspoiled nature amid views of extraordinary beauty, all in an unexpected marriage between past and present. The splendor of the Tuscan Archipelago with secluded bays dug into rocky cliffs, isolated paths, scents of wild flowers, peaceful pine forests overlooking the sea, combines the cycling with refreshing baths in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. This is an incredibly peaceful part of Italy, making it the perfect cycling tour location.


Dates 2020

Guided
On request

Dates 2021

Guided
March 20, 27
April 3
May 1, 8
June 19
September 4, 11

Prices 2020

Ask for a quote 8 day
Guided *  --
Bike rental  --
E-bike  --
Single room supp.  --

* Price per person based on double occupancy.

Prices 2021

  8 day
Guided * € 1830
Bike rental € 140
E-bike € 217
Single room supp. € 315
What's Included
Included

7 overnight stays with breakfast
1 wine-tasting
6 dinners
Tour information & maps
Multilingual cycling guide
Daily briefing
Support vehicle
Ferry to/from Giglio
Excursion to Giannutri Island
Luggage transport
Technical assistance
Guided tours in main points of attraction
Tourist/City taxes

Not included

Travel to/from the start/end point
Drinks and lunches
One dinner
Entrance fees to museums and parks
Gratuities
Travel insurance

Day 1: Argentario 
We open the tour in a charming farmhouse or Agriturismo at the foot of Monte Argentario with a welcome drink and presentation of the program. Wines tasting and local products.

Day 2: Argentario-Feniglia-Argentario  ca. 25 km | 16 ml
Our bike trip begins with an excursion to the Ansedonia promontory. We enter the splendid pine forest of Feniglia and coast the lagoon of Orbetello, last among the Tuscan coastal lakes. From the sighting points, with some luck, we can spot the Black-winged stilt, the Gray Heron or the Cormorant. We continue to the  remains of the city of Cosa, with its cyclopean walls and the ruins of the Roman temple that once dominated the Tyrrhenian sea from atop of the promontory. Among fawns and maritime pines we pause at the monument to the painter Caravaggio who was found agonizing in this beach in 1609 . We visit the charming Orbetello that boasts some incredible gelato before returning to the Agriturismo.

Day 3: Argentario - loop tour   ca. 30 - 45 km | 19 - 28 ml
The second stage of our bike trip takes us to the Convent of the Passionist Fathers for a panoramic excursion on Monte Argentario. The road climbs pleasantly between the vegetation and the peace of nature that surrounds us. Admiring the profile of the Italian coast from above, bathed in the immensity of the Mediterranean Sea is an unforgettable sight. Visit to Porto Ercole and the beautiful Spanish Fortress, still an active lighthouse. Return to the farmhouse.

Day 4: Porto Santo Stefano – Isola del Giglio  ca. 16 km | 10 ml
Today we leave for the island of Giglio. We load the bikes on the ferry and set sail for a place of enchantment. Coves and small bays, paths and balsamic scents, the silence of nature, the sea all around. Four splendid days await us to discover one of the pearls of the Mediterranean. Afternoon combined between bike and small walk to reach one of the most beautiful beaches on the island for a refreshing swim before reaching our hotel.

Day 5: Giglio Porto – Giglio Castello  ca. 30 km | 19 ml
By bike we reach Giglio Castello where you can taste the typical white wine Vino Ansonaco. Strolling through the narrow streets of the medieval village, discovering its hidden corners and gazing at the sea from within the castle walls. Cycling further south towards the lighthouse and descending to the coves of Punta Capel Rosso for a splash in the deep blue  waters among suggestive rock formations, becomes an enchanting experience. On the way back we can admire the sunset with the suggestive island of Montecristo rising in the backdrop.

Day 6: Isola del Giglio – Isola di Giannutri -  excursion by boat
Today we leave our bikes behind. From Giglio Island we will leave by boat for an excursion to Giannutri Island, pearl of the Tuscan Archipelago and guardian of one of the most prestigious maritime villas of the Roman age, Villa Domizi (II century). Once you arrive, you will be able to discover the island at your own pace, among beaches and Roman remains. Return to the Isola del Giglio in the late afternoon.

Day 7: Isola del Giglio – Campese  ca. 25 km | 16 ml
Cycling through vineyards and pine forests we reach the east part of the island. Rock formations emerge from the sea giving rise to bizarre figures, the pink color of the rock speaks of ancient times. The clear sandy beach and the gentle cliffs that descend into the sea give us an afternoon of relaxation and swims. In the late afternoon we return to the hotel.

Day 8: Isola del Giglio – Porto Santo Stefano 
The ferry will take us back to the mainland, to Porto Santo Stefano, where we will leave our bikes. Our journey ends here, but you can still enjoy the atmosphere of a lively town overlooking the sea and it's delightful seafront boulevard lungomare with countless cozy shops and terraces.

All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday.

Highlights

  • Ansedonia: Archaeological site of city of Cosa (III BC) and Archaeological Museum, Etruscan gorge and ‘Spacco della Regina’ (III-II BC)
  • Monte Argentario: Convent of the Passionist Fathers (Congregation)
  • Porto Santo Stefano: Spanish Fortress (XVI c.)
  • Giglio Island: Rests of Roman Villa (II c.), Giglio Castello (XII c.), Rocca (Fortress) Aldobrandeschi (XII c.), Church of St. Peter (XV c.), Treasure of Pope Innocent ( XVIII c.).
  • Giannutri: Rests of Roman Villa and the ancient Port (II c.)

Map

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Duration: 8 Days

Start Point: Orbetello

End Point: Porto Santo Stefano

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