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The Quiet Side of Tuscany

The countryside & coast of La Maremma
 
Explore the wide-open scenery, sandy beaches and rich history of this little-known area of Tuscany, including medieval towns and the ruins of an Etruscan city. Cycle self-guided, while your luggage is transported, and stay in accommodation of character, all with a pool.
 
The Quiet Side of Tuscany. 7 nights
The Quiet Side of Tuscany. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in Tuscany

La Maremma in western Tuscany is one of the region’s quieter corners, an area of wild and unspoiled natural beauty where tranquility reigns and you are never far from the sea. As you cross the broad plains, the stillness is at once striking and calming – more often than not the only sounds are the calls of birds, the rustling of leaves in the breeze and the turning of your bike’s wheels.
Tuscany is renowned for its hilltops crowned by medieval towns, but our routes in this little-known corner have been carefully researched to give you a good feel for La Maremma while avoiding the steeper climbs.
Discover historic towns and villages such as Massa Marittima and Suvereto; the ruins of a city built by the mysterious Etruscans who held power here before the Romans; inviting beaches framed by pines; and the region’s excellent red wines and cuisine.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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    mm 68 66 66 68 61 45 32 49 73 83 107 73
  • Arrival in Suvereto
    Night 1: at Agriturismo Gualdo del Re (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Choice of routes from Suvereto: 28km or 36.5km

    Linear route from Suvereto to Baratti: 28km
    Our recommended route for your first day leads south-westwards to the bay of Baratti. The wild, sandy beach is, naturally, very appealing, but just as worthy of your attention is the extensive archaeological site of Baratti-Populonia (closed Mondays except Jul & Aug). Here, you can learn about the Etruscans, an enigmatic civilisation which revered their dead, as you wander amid the ancient tombs scattered across the headland. There is no need to cycle back (your hosts will collect you at the end of the day), so you can take your time to explore.

    Out-and-back route from Suvereto to Terme di Sassetta: 36.5km
    For a more relaxing day, you may like to cycle to the Terme di Sassetta. The spa is immersed in luxuriant woodland, and you could enjoy a dip in the warm, soothing waters and a wholesome lunch in the restaurant before returning to your agriturismo.
    Baratti Bay
    Linear route from Suvereto to Baratti: 28km
    Out-and-back route from Suvereto to Terme di Sassetta: 36.5km
  • Suvereto to Massa Marittima: 32km
    Leaving Suvereto, you follow quiet country roads through a nature reserve and across glorious, gently rolling landscapes towards Massa Marittima, which you can see perched on a commanding hilltop as you approach. We suggest timing your departure from Suvereto so that you arrive at your next base, the Tenuta Il Cicalino at the foot of the hill, around lunchtime. Leave your bikes at the hotel, where you’ll be spending the next two nights, then head off on foot up into the town for a well-deserved lunch followed by a relaxed afternoon exploring the labyrinth of alleys and archways in the old town and Gothic ‘new’ town, being sure not to miss the exquisite 13th-century cathedral.
    Suvereto to Massa Marittima: 32km
    Massa Marittima
  • Circular route from Massa Marittima: 25km
    Today you can enjoy a short circuit to the south, skirting serene Lake Accesa and returning via a long-forgotten mining village immersed in cork-oak woods. Unless you decide to linger at Lake Accesa, which makes an ideal picnic spot, there is time on your return to explore Massa Marittima some more before dinner.
    Circular route from Massa Marittima: 25km
  • Massa Marittima to Caldana: 41km
    To reach your final base, the Montebelli Agriturismo just outside Caldana, you meander in the direction of the coast, enjoying the silence, the sense of space afforded by the wide-open countryside, and the views across the plain to the sea beyond.
    Massa Marittima to Caldana: 41km
    A section of the route from Massa Marittima to Caldana
  • Choice of routes from Caldana: 27km or 47km

    Out-and-back route from Caldana to Castiglione: 47km
    Head down to the coast at nearby Castiglione della Pescaia, a fortified harbour town with several good fish restaurants and long expanses of sand on which to relax before returning via the same route.

    Circular route from Caldana: 27km
    This route remains inland, winding along lanes lined with olive groves to visit a series of traditional villages. Take time out in one to linger over lunch, before pedalling slowly back to your agriturismo – like the Tuscan cuisine, the far-reaching views down to the Maremma Plain and the coast are worth savouring.

    Relaxation & wine tasting
    Alternatively, you could spend your last two days simply relaxing at Montebelli, perhaps joining your hosts for a wine tour and tasting.
    Out-and-back route from Caldana to Castiglione: 47km
    Circular route from Caldana: 27km
 

Accommodation

Two of three places at which you stay are agriturismi – working estates that grow olives and grapes – while the third is a small country hotel.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 15 April 2019 - 15 June 2019 & 01 September 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day except Sunday or Monday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    15 - 25 Apr 2019 £1065 £185
    26 Apr - 23 May 2019 £1195 £190
    24 May - 8 Jun 2019 £1245 £190
    1 - 24 Sep 2019 £1245 £190
    25 - 30 Sep 2019 £1130 £185
    1 - 24 Oct 2019 £1065 £185
    3rd & 4th person discount -£40
    Single traveller supplement £40

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £112 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Agriturismo Gualdo del Re, Suvereto
    Suite: 15 Apr - 16 Jun 2019 £15
    Suite: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £15
    Montebelli Agriturismo, Caldana
    Deluxe: 15 Apr - 16 Jun 2019 £25
    Deluxe: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £25

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £19pp per day.
    Agriturismo Gualdo del Re, Suvereto (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Apr - 31 May 2019 £112 £140
    01 Jun - 16 Jun 2019 £118 £150
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £118 £150
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £112 £140
    Tenuta Il Cicalino, Massa Marittima (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Apr - 16 Jun 2019 £116 £136
    01 Sep - 27 Sep 2019 £116 £136
    28 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £108 £126
    Montebelli Agriturismo, Caldana (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £135 £160
    01 May - 16 Jun 2019 £175 £200
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £175 £200
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £135 £160
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Pisa, Rome

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome or Milan.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Pisa jet2 
    Birmingham - Pisa (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Pisa easyJet 
    Bristol - Rome Fiumicino easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Rome Fiumicino Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Pisa jet2,  Ryanair 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Pisa Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Pisa Ryanair 
    Glasgow Prestwick - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Leeds Bradford - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Pisa Ryanair 
    Liverpool - Rome Fiumicino Blue Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Pisa British Airways,  easyJet 
    Gatwick - Rome Fiumicino British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Pisa British Airways 
    Heathrow - Rome Fiumicino Alitalia,  British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Pisa easyJet 
    Luton - Rome Fiumicino easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Pisa Ryanair 
    Stansted - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Pisa easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Rome Ciampino Ryanair 
    Manchester - Rome Fiumicino British Airways,  jet2,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Pisa jet2 
    Newcastle - Rome Fiumicino jet2 
    Newcastle - Rome Fiumicino (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Rome or Milan.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Pisa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Pisa Centrale to Campiglia Marittima (1h15), hotel transfer from station (0h20) £26 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to station (0h45), rail Follonica to Pisa Centrale (1h25) £46 1300

    Connecting travel options - flying via Rome

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Rome Termini to Campiglia Marittima (2h-2h50), hotel transfer from station (0h20) £52 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to station (0h45), rail Follonica to Rome Terminii (2h45) £58 1500
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our cycle supplier will provide you with a hybrid bike with 21 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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