Cycle tourism is a travel experience that focuses on the bicycle as the primary mode of transport. Cycle tourism combines particularly suggestive localities (whether mountain range, countryside or urban scene) that you can easily visit on your bike! This form of tourism represents an alternative to markedly traditional tourism.
It is also an ecological and refined means to move through and get to know various zones and territories. Of course it requires a certain physical preparation and route planning, but the emotional rewards, rare with other means of travel, are worth the extra effort.
Bicycles are easy to transport, have a low environmental impact, and offer freedom and autonomy, thus making travel on two wheels extremely adapted to discovering otherwise inaccessibile sites in Italy, for instance parks and nature reserves.
Countless roads, tracks and trails wind through the countryside of Siena, linking the inland with the coast and Northern Europe with Rome. In the past they were used by pilgrims who travelled along the Via Francigena and Via Lauretana for religious and trading reasons as well as due to wartime.
Whether you like to eat up the miles or travel at an easy pace, taking in your surroundings, the countryside around Siena is the home of slow travel, as means of transport like the bike or the horse, as well as our very own legs, are the perfect way to enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer.
In a relatively small province there are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza and the whole of Val d’Orcia; all four are located on or around the Via Francigena.