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Tuscany and the Chianti wine region on a Vespa

7 days / 6 nights
Tuscany - With a road-book
Without guide

price from
~536 £ [589 €]

The Europe Active team has concocted a great Vespa tour which will take you on a breathtaking ride along scenic countryside roads through the hillsides of Tuscany. Admire the sights and enjoy the heady scents of the Chianti region! With the simple twist of a throttle, you will experience the real Italian Dolce Vita and live the spirit of freedom, fun and adventure all at once!

This is an exceptional holiday tour packed with entertainment and adventure! And, just to add that little extra touch of class, all nights will be spent in charming hotels owned by friendly and welcoming Italians, eager to share their knowledge and passion about Tuscany.

Car or motorbike driving licence required.

Your day by day program

1
The Tower of Pisa

Start your great Italian adventure and hop on your Vespa to admire one of the region’s architectural treasures, the leaning Tower of Pisa. This is a must-see while in Italy! During your first stage, an easy flat road will take you to the Piazza dei Miracoli. Then, you will ride back to Lucca via a little meandering road which will offer you spectacular panoramic views over the rest of the city.

Distance: approximately 70km.
Night in a 2 star hotel in the centre of Lucca.

2
Volterra

Today, you will head southwards in the direction of Volterra. After the first few kilometers, new landscapes will quickly unravel before your very eyes. For the second half of today’s stage, you will have the possibility to choose between a short (85km) or a long (115km) ride. Both will take you into the Tuscan countryside where you will be able to ride through beautiful little villages. Stop for a while in one of the local cafés and drink a real Italian cappuccino. In the evening, go for a walk in the streets of Volterra and soak up the buzzing atmosphere of its local ice-cream vendors, bars and restaurants.

Distance: 85km or 115km depending on which option you choose.

Night in an old convent in Volterra.

3
Sienna

Start the day with a 30km ride and then stop in San Gimignano, a miniscule medieval metropolis of stone towers bristling above fragrant vineyards. Stroll down the streets of the historical centre of this ‘medieval Manhattan’. Thrill-seekers and horror lovers will also enjoy exploring the museum of torture… Next, go back on the road and continue exploring the southern part of Tuscany. You will soon reach Sienna. Perched on a hillside, this charming town boasts buildings that glisten under the sun. The Piazza del Campo is also definitely worth a visit. Every summer, this little street hosts ‘Il Palio’, a horse race which attracts many curious tourists. The cathedral and the Torre del Mangia are also worth exploring.

Distance: approximately 90km.

Night in a 3 star hotel in the centre of town.

4
Riding through the Chianti

Lovers of regional products and nature enthusiasts will undoubtedly enjoy this incredible part of Tuscany. You will ride through the wine region of the Chianti with vineyards and charming villages as far as the eye can see. You will even have the opportunity to go for a wine tasting in one of the region’s wine cellars. Overall, the Chianti is a marvellous place to savour the charms of Tuscany!
Next, have a short break in Florence with a visit of the city’s biggest landmarks. You won’t have time to do everything but the bays of the Arno River with its Ponte Vecchio and the historical quarter of town will be the ideal setting for a nice relaxing walk.

Distance: approximately 75km.

Night in a 3 star hotel south of Florence.

5
In the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci

After your Florentine escapade, ride in the footsteps of da Vinci, one of the greatest Italian minds of all time. Today’s stage is rather short but it will give you time to ride back to Florence, should you wish to.
Vinci is a unique little village dotted with olive groves as far as the eye can see. This is also your chance to visit the house where da Vinci was born and the museum Leonardiano with drawings, models and even travelling machines on display.

Night in a 3 star hotel in the centre of Vinci.

Distance: 50km.

6
Back to Lucca

For your last day on your Vespa, the road will take you to the village of Collodi which appears like a waterfall of small houses clinging to the slope of a steep hillside. For fairytale lovers or for those who wish to revisit their childhood years, Collodi has a theme park dedicated to Pinocchio and the many adventures of this wooden puppet.
Next, you will climb up the mountains of the Apuan Alps. From the heights of Monte Pizzorno, you will have incredible views over Lucca.

Night in a 2 star hotel in the centre of Lucca.

Distance: 68km.

7
Your trip ends here

Your trip ends after breakfast.

Departure board

Every day from the beginning of March to the end of November.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Lucca. You can also start the trip from Pisa or Florence. Please see the 'options' section or contact us for more details.
End
  • Lucca. You can also end your trip in Pisa or Florence. Please contact us for more details.
Accommodation
  • 2 and 3 star hotels and a charming old convent (double bedrooms).
Number of people
  • From 2.
Level of difficulty
  • Distance: up to 115km a day.
Options
  • Supplement for July and August departures : 35€
  • Supplement for single bedrooms : 120€
  • GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
Included
  • 5 nights in 2 and 3 star hotels (double bedrooms), 1 night in an old convent, breakfasts, Vespa (125cc) rental, information package with maps and road-book.
Not included
  • Transport options to the meeting point and from the point of dispersal, transfers which are not included in the tour, meals (except breakfasts) and beverages, personal travel insurance, repair costs, fines and speed tickets, visits of tourist sites, optional activities which are not included in the tour, personal expenses.
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