Tuscany offers all the ideal routes for cycle tourists. For road cyclists, who love to bike along roads, to those passionate about mountain biking, who prefer to cycle in a natural environment, leaving city traffic behind; for the experts, who want to try unpaved, dirt roads with steep inclines and for tourists who simply want to enjoy the beauty of the region, accompanied by that sense of freedom that only a bike can give!
The best historical Tuscan cycle lane is surely l’Eroica (The Heroic): over 200 km alternating between tarmac and dirt roads and slopes that has marked the history of cycling since the beginning of 20th century. The route of the Eroica, in addition to constituting the course of a memorable sporting performance, is an ideal cycle path for tourists on two wheels. Adequately indicated with signs, it accompanies the cyclist on a tour through spectacular and noble vineyards, ancient walls, green forests and beautiful ruins from the Etruscan civilization. Points of refreshment are plenty along the way; the route passes through picturesque Tuscan villages where it is possible to find lodging and eat Tuscan delicacies.
The best months to visit Tuscany by bike are April, May, the first 15 days of June and the months of September and October. During the summer months, the sweltering heat makes excursions on bike rather unpleasant, since there is not much shade along the roads.