GRAND TOUR VAL DI MERSE
The Grand Tour of the Val di Merse, a permanent cycling route was born in 2011 from an idea of the Val di Merse Cycling Group to introduce a more intimate and surprising part of Tuscany and the Terre di Siena. The itinerary completely signposted in an anti-clockwise direction has a distance of 173km with 3100mt of difference in height with four sectors of dirt road for a total of 12 km, two sections correspond to the route of the Strade Bianche professional race and one to the route of the Eroica .
Being a ring-shaped Grand Tour of the Val di Merse, it can allow departure from any point of the route and can be tackled with all types of bikes: Cycle tourism, Gravel, Mountain Bike, Road (for those who tackle it with the Road bike see Note ), Ebike, the advice is to do it over several days to have time to enjoy the pleasure of traveling.
NOTE : "For those who use the road bike we recommend at Passo Incrociati not to turn right on the dirt road of Cetina / Poggio ai Legni as indicated by the sign but to continue downhill on asphalt up to Pievescola where , at the roundabout with the statue "Il Fungo Innamorato", turn right to reconnect to the path marked in Località Scorgiano "
GRAVEL GRAND TOUR DELLA VAL DI MERSE
The Val di Merse Cycling Group has also created a Gravel Grand Tour version of the Val di Merse, an invitation to slow tourism, which allows you to discover the most secret beauties of the area. The route of 217 km with 4200mt d+ with about 100km of dirt road and the asphalt part that uses a secondary road without traffic. We recommend taking the Gravel Grand Tour of the Val di Merse with a Gravel or Mountain Bike and dividing it into several stages to better savor this wonderful part of Tuscany.
We have also prepared ring itineraries to do in the day that allow you to discover all the beauties of the Val di Merse with slow cycling rhythms.
The Romanesque in Montagnola
Route of great scenic, historical and artistic interest that penetrates the heart of the Montagnola Senese. It develops in the Municipality of Sovicille
Girotondo in Sovicille
Easy route around the Municipality of Sovicille, also suitable for families considering the low altitude difference and the fact that you can ride on secondary roads.
In the heart of the Montagnola Senese
Route entirely on asphalt that touches the municipalities of Sovicille, Siena and Casole d’Elsa, allowing you to discover the heart of the Montagnola Senese. There are two climbs to tackle: Passo di Celsa and Passo degli Incrociati.
San Galgano and the Alta Val di Merse
A route that touches the municipalities of Chiusdino and Monticiano, it is of great historical interest for its medieval villages and the abbey of San Galgano but also naturalistic, immersing itself in the Alto Merse Nature Reserve.
Gravellata in Val di Merse
Route completely immersed in the Alto Merse Nature Reserve in the Municipalities of Monticiano and Chiusdino, it develops mainly on dirt roads.
The Colline Metallifere
Route in the Municipality of Chiusdino that allows you to visit the southern part of the Colline Metallifere. Route completely designed on asphalt roads and characterized by a visit to the medieval villages of Chiusdino and Montieri.
A trip to Siena
Route characterized by a visit to the historic center of Siena which is a few kilometers from Sovicille and the Val di Merse. In its southernmost part where it enters the Municipality of Murlo and runs along the dirt road of L’Eroica in Radi, it opens up to the suggestive scenery of the Crete Senesi
The Etruscans in Val di Merse
Route in the Municipality of Murlo, which also allows a visit to the village of Buonconvento, an interesting stretch that runs along the old railway of the Murlo mines along the Crevole stream where some passages are rather narrow, the dirt roads that allow you to wander between the Val di Merse and the Crete Senesi up to Montalcino
Between Val di Merse and Crete
Route that develops in the Municipality of Murlo between two different natural environments: to the west the luxuriant woods of the Val di Merse to the east the sinuous hills of the Crete Senesi