Your tour begins in central Florence, where you meet up with your guide and participate in a brief safety overview before hitting the streets. Snap on your helmet and hop on your 24-speed bike, following your guide through the preserved Porta Romana gate, out of Florence.
Cycle up a 1-mile (2-km) hill, pausing to soak up the city views as you ascend. Pass the lavish villa near the top and hear the history behind the Florentine nobility whose former estates pepper the hills.
Continue through the quiet country roads, passing rolling vineyards and olive groves as you go. Learn insider facts about the region’s olive oil production from your guide as you travel.
Then treat yourself with a rest at a Renaissance villa and wine estate. The winemaker comes out to join you and provide a tour of the cellar where the villa’s wine is aged. Enjoy a tasting of vino and some traditional Tuscan snacks, including cheese, cold cuts, and bruschetta.
Climb back on your bike to continue through the area’s ancient villages, stopping to spy the former home of famous astronomer Galileo Galilei.
If you wish, top off the end of your bike tour with an Italian gelato (own expense) before parting ways with your guide.