The permanent route is a total of 205 km in the heart of the Siena region, through the Chianti, Crete Senesi and Val d'Orcia. It’s a journey into the essence of the legendary Tuscan landscape, characterized by challenging technical features that make this route a great opportunity to practice cycling. The route alternates paved and white roads, and has a total elevation gain around 3500 meters. White roads cover around 112 km. Stages will be around 40 km, exceptions for the Montalcino ring that is 60 km long.
DURATION: 7 days/6 nights
PRICE FROM: 3340,00 €
WHERE: Chianti - Siena - Montalcino - Val d'Orcia - Crete Senesi
WHEN: all year long
Day 1 - Benvenuti in Toscana
Individual arrival and accommodation at Castello di Spaltenna www.spaltenna.it, an ancient monastery of the 10th century. It offers 2 swimming pools, one of which is heated, a restaurant and spacious rooms.
THE ROAD TO SIENA
32 km – elevation gain: 500 meters
The Eroica route starts in Gaiole in Chianti, winding among historical vineyards that lead you to Castello di Brolio with its cypress access road. The breath-taking panorama below the walls, over the vineyards, represent one of the most wonderful parts of the permanent route. After few kilometers, near San Giovanni a Cerreto, Siena will be outlined on the horizon. The visit of this wonderful medieval city with the Dome, Piazza del Campo and the perfect medieval city center will make special your trip.
Dinner and accommodation at Certosa di Maggiano www.certosadimaggiano.com/ , a XIV century Carthusian monastery turned into a Luxury Hotel in 1978. Immersed within 6 acres of parks and gardens, the Hotel Certosa offers to its visitors all the typical amenities of a luxury hotel with the addition of a gourmet restaurant, Il Canto, which it has been inducted since 2010 among the world's best 50 restaurants.
VAL D’ARBIA HILLS
38 km – elevation gain: 590 meters
The ordinates cultivation of vines is fading into a more various landscape, painted with terra di Siena color. Just leaving the city of Siena you’ll ride through a very typical segment of the route, located between “Colle Malamerenda” and Radi, deep in the gentle hills of Siena, studded of farm houses, medieval villages, merging your ride with the Via Francigena itinerary. The village of Murlo will be the landscape of the easiest segment of the whole permanent route.
Dinner and accommodation at Villa Armena www.villaarmena.com/it/13/default.aspx, an exclusive establishment with just 10 rooms with stunning views over the Villa grounds or the wonderful Crete Senesi and comes with precious furnishings, prints, paintings and fabrics. The restaurant Sorbo Allegro is the Restaurant of Villa Armena which follows the “Made in Italy” and “Slow & Food” philosophies. The typical and Italian dishes are based on local, high quality and seasonal products.
MONTALCINO AND LUCIGNANO D’ASSO
60 km – elevation gain 1180 meters – or shorter option of 40 km
Climbing Castiglion del Bosco, one of the most engaging segments of L’Eroica permanent route, you will reach Montalcino over the beautiful and panoramic lands of the Brunello of Montalcino. Montalcino, also famous for olive oil and honey, it’s a nice village that merits a visit, even to admire the incredible panorama opening on the Val d’Orcia area.
The descend from Montalcino will be a delicious dive in the vineyards, bringing you through smooth, pristine hills until Lucignano d’Asso, where you can take a rest with a typical snack or just to refill your bottle. Pedaling in the landscape of the Val d'Orcia is a privilege for the eyes and mind that restores the fatigue caused by the up and downs roads.
Dinner and accommodation at Villa Armena www.villaarmena.com/it/13/default.aspx
THE CRETE SENESI AND MONTE SANTE MARIE
48 km – elevation gain: 750 meters
From the vineyards and rolling hills to the suggestion of the lunar landscape is a short step. Left the villages along the Cassia immerse yourself in the Crete Senesi with the characteristic gullies and. The oak and cypress indicate isolated farms where they produce cheese and tables are enriched by the diamond of Crete Senesi: the white truffle. This part of the route includes the hard white road of Monte Sante Marie, very famous steep road that will take you back in the Chianti area.
You will back in Chianti area through Castelnuovo Berardenga, the village on the border with the Crete Senesi.
Dinner and accommodation at Villa Curina Resort Villa Curina Resort www.villacurinaresort.com/it/, little sixteenth century villa full of history and fascination. Elegant rooms, a staff always at your disposal, a restaurant with local and avant-garde cuisine but always respectful of Tuscan tradition and a beautiful Italian garden, little jewel from the 1700s, make this an ideal place for an unforgettable stay.
Breathtaking sunsets with Siena as the backdrop will frame your holiday and turn it into a dream.
BACK TO CHIANTI
38 km – elevation gain: 780 meters
A kind of summary of what you saw and what you will see is the road to Pianella that presents different landscapes. The road to Radda in Chianti will be a sequence of vineyards and woods, passing through pretty villages and farms, that could offer you a wide range of typical products, wine and olive oil tasting, temptations that will delight your itinerary and your senses. You’ll get Radda in Chianti that merits a visit to its historical village, for example at lunch, lost into its nice little alleys. After Radda in Chianti you’ll be headed to Gaiole, town where L’Eroica was born on 1997, going down through Vertine, a nice little pearl of the Chianti.
Dinner and accommodation at Castello di Spaltenna www.spaltenna.it, start and finish of your ride.
Day 7 - Arrivederci
Breakfast and Eroica graduation! You will receive your personal diploma of “Eroici”, souvenir of an incredible ride!
- 6 nights stay with breakfast
- 6 dinners, drinks not included
- 5 lunches
- Guided tour of Brolio Castle
- Expert bike guide language during each stage
- Van support during your daily stages, to let you enjoy your Tuscan vacation
- Energy bars, water and fresh fruits for your daily ride
- Baggage transportation between the hotel
- Pick-up of anything you buy during your daily stage: wine, gift and more
- Maps and information for your daily stages
- Road book and final diploma of “Eroici”
- Technical jersey of L’Eroica
- Tourist city tax
- Medical/baggage insurance
- Medical/baggage insurance
- Activities for non-cyclist (cooking class, horse back riding, trekking and more)
- Bike rental (Road bikes, hybrid, MTB, electric bike or vintage bikes)
- GPS rental
- Guided tours of cities and villages