Grand Tour Val di Merse

The Merse Valley Grand Tour is a fully signposted cycling tour itinerary which over a length of 173km with 3100m d+ that will allow you to discover Tuscany’s authentic and precious heart. The medieval villages of Chiusdino, Monticiano, Murlo, Sovicille, Casole d’Elsa and Radicondoli are man-made tourist attractions, where people live their everyday life alongside the rocks as perfectly integrated islands in an atmosphere which scrupulously preserves something ancient and genuine.

Today this fascinating area knows only boundless peace and offers magnificent routes to all curious cycle tourists who want to ride in search of little secrets and great discoveries.

90% of the itinerary is on secondary roads with low levels of traffic for one or more days of pure cycling pleasure, spreading over a large area that reaches the southern foothills of the Elsa and Cecina valleys from the heart of Montagnola Senese, rolling south to the Ombrone Valley, passing through the northern part of Maremma and then running through the Crete Senesi countryside, a spectacular sea of undulating, rolling hills that accompanies us to the gates of Siena.

Exploring the typically hilly Merse Valley, characterized by an amazing variety of natural environments, by bike is the best way to appreciate the natural and artistic treasures that this quiet and beautiful land can offer.

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Libro di viaggio and Attestato di valore

The Grand Tour Val di Merse create the Libro di Viaggio, the Albo and the Attestato delle persone di Valore.

The Grand Tour Val di Merse, after being awarded, in February 2020, the "Italian Green Road Award" as third place and considered one of the most beautiful green routes in Italy, and after being nominated as the first permanent route in institutionally communicate the importance of road safety for cyclists by joining the #iorispettoilciclista campaign promoted by Paola Gianotti, in 2021 it is renewed and proposes three great innovations to the amateur cyclist public:
the creation of the Libro di Viaggio , the Albo and the related Attestato delle persone di Valore (a certification) which is issued to the individual visitor as a symbol of a undertaking carried out by those who have acquired and appreciated the founding values of the enhancement of the territory through the respect and philosophy of the bicycle.

Everyone will be able to decide independently how to travel the 173 km of the itinerary, which of the six municipalities involved to start from, how to approach it, whether to make their trip in a single day or in several stages.

The "Libro di Viaggio" will be available in the accomodation indicated on the site and which will also affix the stamp along the way.

The Certificate "Attestato di Valore" will be a real passport that transforms the cyclist into an ambassador, the one who can best tell their experience and memories and will be delivered directly by post to the address communicated.

The Register will be published on this website and continuously updated.

The Municipalities of the Grand Tour of the Val di Merse

stemma Comune di Casole dElsa
Stemma Comune di Chiusdino
Stemma Comune di Monticiano
Stemma Comune di Murlo
Stemma Comune di Radicondoli
Stemma Comune di Sovicille
stemma unione dei comuni della val di merse