FLORENCE – SIENA
where conflict has created beauty
guida: annette e michele
For centuries they were in conflict with each other: Florence and Siena. Divided by only 70 kilometers and Chianti, one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes in the world; where the centuries-long conflict has brought not devastation but beauty. The land was cultivated, olive trees and vineyards were planted and wonderful castles and villages were built.
At that time the heralds traveled on horseback. We instead jump on the saddle of our E-MTBs. Our 2-day trip starts from Ponte Vecchio in Florence and takes us to the heart of Siena - through the rolling hills of Chianti, away from traffic, on white roads, amidst vineyards and forests of oak trees. We will be enchanted by the charm of the historic villages and castles that the Florentines built since 1100 as bulwarks against Siena, such as Volpaia, Brolio, Fonterutoli. We will delight in picnics under the pine trees, visit the Chianti Classico wineries and indulge in the landscapes and skies. Perhaps you have never traveled through history in such an exciting way!
Between Florence and Siena today there is the “Raccordo Autostradale”. One hour by car. But we will retrace history through the old mule tracks, a more authentic and exciting way to travel between these two cities of history and art through Chianti, a hilly landscape that for many centuries separated the two cities rather than connecting them. Florence and Siena were perhaps the greatest contenders in all of Europe between 1200 and 1600: on one hand a Guelph Florence loyal to the Pope, open to the world, with its wealthy merchant families and magnificent Renaissance art. On the other a conservative, gothic and medieval world, Ghibellines loyal to the emperor but also with the oldest bank in the world behind it. In the middle was - and still is - Chianti. A hilly and wooded border territory. Here, many patrician Florentine families built fortified estates to secure the land from Siena. And since they were already there, they cultivated olives and vines, laying the foundations for one of the most famous red wines in the world today, Chianti Classico. Chianti as we see it today is the result of the ancient conflict between Florence and Siena.
TOTAL for the whole excursion from 890 €
Excursion on reservation limited places (12 pax)
3 nights with breakfast
E-bike MTB rental for excursions
Accompaniment for all 3 days of a qualified environmental guide
1 light lunch at the farmhouse
3 packed lunches for the excursions
RCT insurance for the duration of the excursion
MAXIMUM TERM FOR REGISTRATION 15 days before the beginning of the excursion.
The excursion is active with a minimum of 6 participants
TECHNICAL ORGANIZATION: TUSCANY OUTDOOR
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3 Days / 2 nights
FLORENCE 9:00 a.m.
(coordinates sent after confirmation)
Trekking shoes, Raincoat, Backpack and backpack cover
Headlamp, Clothes suitable for the season
DIFFERENCE IN ALTITUDE
+ 1700 mt / - 1590 mt
Who has a minimum of habit of cycling
SAFETY CANCELLATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS
The practicability of the trails may be affected by weather conditions. In case of adverse weather, the excursion can be cancelled even with short notice. It will be our concern to inform the participants as soon as possible if faced with this eventuality.
The guide in charge of the excursion reserves the right to modify the itinerary if necessary, depending on weather conditions or other factors that may create difficulties for the safety of the group.
THE FEE INCLUDES
Organization, coordination and conduction of activities. Accompaniment with Environmental
Hiking Guide qualified under the L.R. 86/2016 and subsequent amendments. RCT insurance for the entire duration of the excursion.
THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Transport, transfers, meals, overnight stays and whatever isn’t specified in the item: “The fee Includes”.