HALF DAY SELF GUIDED ITINERARIES

Girasole

Florence is surrounded by hills, so any cycling itinerary will involve tackling some hills, some steep and some less so.

Below are some itineraries that we regularly suggest to those wishing to escape the crowds, churches and museums in search of pleasant panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside.

We’ve done our best to also provide a printable version of the routes we suggest; the scale and layout of the maps may differ from each other. We suggest to download the detailed map file on your computer to be able to print a full page version of the map.

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We suggest these following itineraries to leave Florence.

DIRECTION SOUTH /CHIANTI

VIA SAN ZANOBI – PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO (PUNTO PANORAMICO) – POGGIO IMPERIALE

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VIA SAN ZANOBI – PONTE ALLA CARRAIA- PORTA ROMANA  – POGGIO IMPERIALE

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DIRECTION NORTH/FIESOLE

VIA SAN ZANOBI LE CURE VIALE VOLTA

Uscita da Viale Volta - Immagine

 

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VIA SAN ZANOBI LE CURE STADIO VIALE CALATAFIMI

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Half day routes we like to suggest our customers

 

1) FLORENCE TO SANTA MARGHERITA A MONTICI AND BACK

1] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

 

A short route that leads you to the gates of Florence, do-able in around 2 or 3 hours

LINK STRAVA      DETAILED MAP

 

2) FIRENZE TO MAIANO, FIESOLE AND BACK

2] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

 

A tough climb on an urban route, mainly on cycle paths and quiet roads; it’s advisable to be in good shape. At Maiano we advice stopping at the Fattoria di Maiano, before continuing on to Fiesole, then it’s downhill all the way back!

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2a) FLORENCE SAN DOMENCO (main road) AND BACK FROM MAIANO

2a] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

 

The most popular and well signed road to reach Fiesole passes through San Domenico. As there may be many vehicles, our suggestion is to choose this option during week end days. Back to town from Maiano.

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2b) FLORENCE MAIANO AND BACK ON VIA BOCCACCIO

2b] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

 

This 3rd option let you ride on most quiet roads as possible, but these roads are taken into consideration by road signs. You’ll reach Maiano like option 2  and be back from Via Boccaccio, which begins on your right hand side in San Domenico, just few meters after the Pizzeria San Domenico.

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3) FIRENZE PIAZZALE MICHELANGIOLO IMPRUNETA AND BACK

3] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

This road takes you on a series of ups and downs leading to the gates of Chianti; a tough route on roads usually fairly free of traffic. Once you’ve left the city you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take wonderful photos of olive groves, vineyards and Impruneta, renowned for its square and terracotta production.

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LINK STRAVA          DETAILED MAP

 

3A) FIRENZE IMPRUNETA AND BACK

3a] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

A very nice alternative route, leaving Florence passing through the city centre.

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 4) FIRENZE IMPRUNETA STRADA IN CHIANTI AND BACK

 

4] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

A variation of the Impruneta ride: those who feel like it can continue for a few more km towards Strada in Chianti (a beautiful road, not to mention being mostly downhill!) and return to Florence passing by Il Ferrone and Falciani. The route back is so-so in terms of scenery, but fairly straightforward. It can, however, be traffic-congested.

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 5) FLORENCE TO PONTASSIEVE AND BACK

5] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

 

An excursion decidedly within everyone’s reach; we only advise you follow this route at the weekend, as the traffic can be heavy on weekdays.

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 6) FLORENCE IMPRUNETA SAN CASCIANO AND RETURN

6] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

 

Be ready for amazing pictures! Splendid olive oil groves first, then vineyards just before getting to the town of San Casciano. Back through Scopeti area and Tavarnuzze.

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7) FLORENCE  SAN CASCIANO CHIESANUOVA AND RETURN

7] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

Similar but longer than ride n. 6. Back to Florence on backroads through Chiesanuova. Be careful at Le Gore: this steep downhill is fairly narrow and it is NOT one way. Finally back to Florence  with a suggested break at Piazzale Michelangelo for a city view.

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8) FIRENZE FIESOLE MONTEBENI COMPIOBBI AND RETURN

 

8] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

Reach Fiesole, just a short distance North of Florence, small town dating back to Etrurian times! Continue on nice countryside roads back to Florence, passsing the small locations of Montebeni and Compiobbi. At Il Girone you can ride on a riverside bike lane until Florence (not suggested for race bikes as it is not paved).

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8a) FIRENZE FIESOLE MONTEBENI SETTIGNANO AND BACK

8a] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

 

A short ride, including two small jewels within easy reach from Florence: the historical location of Fiesole and Settignano, chosen since long time ago for its healthy position. It is possible to see some medioeval summer estates and castles.

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9) FIRENZE FIESOLE MONTESENARIO PRATOLINO AND BACK

9] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

 

This challenging ride joins the climb to Fiesole to the climb on Monte Senario. Once you pass Fiesole, go ahead on a panoramic countryside roads and be ready to afford another climb. Enjoy the deserved view on florentine Hills from the terrace  of the Sanctuary. Retunring to Florence, you can stop to Villa Demidoff and its park, part of Medici history.

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10) FIRENZE FIESOLE SANTA BRIGIDA DOCCIA AND BACK

10] Percorso completo con frecce

Medium difficulty level itinerary. After the climb to Fiesole, your ride will continue up and downhill on backroads towards Santa Brigida. A break at Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie al Sasso is suggested . From Santa Brigida ride back to Florence through Doccia.

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11) FIRENZE FIESOLE MONTELORO SIECI AND BACK

11] Itinerario con DATI [sito]

 

Leave Florence, ride uphill to Fiesole and from there return back to the city passing thruogh the breathtaking countryside of Mnteloro, with wineyards and olive oil groves.

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