The Tuscan Hills

Volterra Travel Blog

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Ride 2:  If you want to do a grueling ride in Tuscany and don’t mind out-and-backs this one will satiate all physical and mental needs.  Following Rick Steves advice to see Volterra, Josh and I decided to incorporate it into our rides.  The best route that we found went there by climbing in and out of hill towns.  You can expect to pass through/by many olive and grape farms, gorgeous sections of forests, and quiet Italian towns.

The views on this ride are overwhelming.  And if it was not obvious before it will be after you do this ride: hill towns are built on hills.

The best way we found to get there starting from Florence was: Galluzzo to Gerbaia to Montespertoli to Castel Fiorentino to Tinti dei Mori to Montaione to Iano to Villamagna and one final climb to Volterra.  Volterra is a town with a view!  To me it seemed that it was between two distinct geographical areas.  Looking east out of town it was Tuscany – hills, trees, and farms.  To the west the land seemed to roll out as a more calm landscape.  Volterra is worth the ride!

The total ride is a couple miles short of a century with over 6000 feet of total elevation gain.  So, bring some food, water, and full glycogen supplies.

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