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.