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Seen the Leaning Tower? Time to get on your bike and discover Terre di Pisa’s cycling trails 

Monday, 21 March 2022 09:25

For cyclists, Pisa means the Arno river bridges, gardens like San Gallo, the mediaeval walls surrounding Pisan Romanesque monuments, but also the contemporary art of Keith Haring, who chose Pisa in 1989 for his powerful mural Tuttomondo. 

Trails to beaches and pine forests

Pedaling for two or three hours (about 12 kilometres) from the city’s famous Piazza dei Miracoli there are gastronomic delights around every corner like the famous cecina snacks. The new Trammino trail on some 30 kilometres from the centre to the beach is very popular. It passes through the countryside and pine forests to then descend towards the sea with the tourist port and wooden stilt houses which are still-in-use fishing scales.

Fields of lavender in June and July

Terre di Pisa has some moderately demanding cycle loops to ride in stages while exploring the flavours and aromas of the area. The villas of Crespina, Fauglia, and Lari and the Castello dei Vicari were frequented by the Macchiaioli painters, and this unique landscape is one of the most photographed in Tuscany.  In June and July nature lovers should not miss the lavender fields between Orciano Pisano and Santa Luce.

A two-day trail between Pisa and Lucca

The Monte Pisano ring is more demanding, but very stimulating for passionate bikers: 77 kilometres over two days of paths, mule tracks and dirt roads. This is a landscape of fortresses and towers between Pisa and Lucca, where you can enjoy the locally-produced organic extra virgin olive oil, 

The Larderello geothermal springs  

There are numerous nature reserves in the area, from the Berignone to the Monterufoli-Caselli, to the Montenero. In all 7,100 hectares of a protected paradise and outside this oasis you find the geothermal springs in Larderello. This is the world capital of geothermal energy, with the fascinating natural phenomenon of boraciferous fumaroles.

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Food, wine, and oil are among the main motivators for cyclists, and while Tuscany has an endless supply of delectable itineraries, Terre di Pisa has one more: white truffle hunting in San Miniato. San Miniato is a slow-food city where they hold Italy’s most important white truffle market exhibition. It comes at the end of a 100-kilometre circuit with a moderately demanding altitude difference of 1,450 metres that crosses the Via Francigena. 

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