What kind of cyclist are you?
Plan with us your exclusive bike experience in Tuscany, in the area of Fiesole and the hills around Florence. Help us make your tour a one of a kind event.
Please be aware that all our itineraries are not meant for beginners but require at least the status of “Occasional biker“.
Our itineraries for “Occasional bikers” have been created:
- reducing difficulties as much as possible (uphills are minimal, only paved roads or unpaved roads in excellent conditions are chosen)
- using exclusively cycle paths or pedestrian/ bicycle areas in large cities
- using only low traffic roads outside of cities
- planning excursions outside of peak hours traffic
However all participants, especially the youngest ones, are strictly required to conduct a safe bike driving and keep a perfect balance on their bike. This applies on any itinerary, including those for “Occasional bikers”. Also, they must be able to:
- ride on public roads
- ride on secondary paved roads which are not always in perfect conditions
- ride on downhill roads that can be steep at times
Although our groups are small, you may find yourself riding with other people. Failure to observe the above mentioned precautions may cause harm to yourself and other participants. In this regard we remind you that you may also opt for a private, tailor-made itinerary, with an exclusive guide at your disposal!
The following are a general guideline of biking levels to express the difficulty level. For each level of difficulty, Lenght and Elevation gain uphill, are approximate measurements.
bike path suitable for all cyclists. Short itinerary, takes palce only on paved roads, with minimal elevation gain uphill.
– Lenght: max km 15 (max mile 10)
– Elevation gain uphill: max m. 50 (max ft 160)
trekking bike path suitable for all cyclists in terms of length and decline. It usually takes place on paved roads or easily passable unpaved roads, with no hazardous sections.
– Lenght: km 15-30 (mile 10-20)
– Elevation gain uphill: 50-150 (ft 160-490)
cross country path which requires an average level of training in terms of length and decline. It usually takes place on unpaved roads and easy trails, and requires familiarity with the driving of the bicycle, as there might be some dangerous sections.
– Lenght: km 20-40 (mile 12-22)
– Elevation gain uphill: m. 150-600 (ft 650-2000)
cross country-all mountain path, which length and decline make it suitable only for well-trained bikers. It usually and mostly takes place on very steep roads, strenuous trails and extreme accessibility conditions. It requires a perfect command of the vehicle; there might be dangerous sections.
– Lenght: km 30-60 (mile 20-37)
– Elevation gain uphill: m. 600-1500 (ft 2300-4900)
17 MI ONLY FLAT AND DOWNHILL ROADS
One-way itinerary. When in Florence participants are released from the bikes
This is mostly a downhill and flat itinerary, leading from the Convent of Montesenario (on top of the mountain, 2680 ft a.s.l.) to the city centre of Florence, through the stunning countryside of Fiesole. Florence Cathedral and its towering Dome are at the centre of the journey and our final destination.
First we’ll encounter the century-old fir trees that guard an ancient hermitage and the wide slopes of Mugello with the Apennines in the background; then the olive trees, the cypresses and the unique rural landscape of the hills of Fiesole. Finally the Arno river, which takes us into the heart of the city, where eventually we can see at first hand what we had been admiring from afar. A unique emotion and an unforgettable synthesis of Tuscany’s treasures.
At the beginning of the bike trip we’ll do a brief stop at a local traditional Tuscan farm (Fattoria di Montereggi) to taste and eat Tuscan bread and excellent local extra virgin olive oil.
Every day on appointment
Florence center or Fiesole
Florence center, Ponte alle Grazie
Level of difficulty
28 km (17 mi)
Elevation gain uphill
90 m (295 ft)
€ 85 each, 2 to 7 participants (if meeting point in Florence)
Plan with us your own personal tour
* Price refers to standard itinerary and includes: MTB rental, Enviromental-excursionist guide service, helmet, safety accessories, ¾ liter mineral water, olive oil tasting.
One way itinerary. After the tour, all participants will return to their respective places by INDEPENDENT MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION. Ask for information on bus routes. It’s easy and cheaper!
THE NATURE IS YOUR WORLD, YOUR GYM
Our experience and solid knowledge of the territory allow us to organize bike tours of any length and technical level. If sport is your passion, and feeding your body and mind with exercise is a necessity for you; if you feel the time has come for you to change and prove yourself what you are capable of, to know your limits and exceed them, or simply to improve your performances, FiesoleBike can design for you the perfect tailor-made tour, customizing your 2-wheel excursion. You can do sport with us, surrounded by the beauty of an amazing landscape, and with each effort and pedal stroke you’ll feel new emotions arising.
Each excursion is a mix of physical exercise and fun, adventure, real life experience and a chance to discover a unique territory, immersed in nature only a stone’s throw from Florence! You will need plenty of energy, enthusiasm, strength and courage. Each uphill road is a new challenge, every kilometer a surprise, and you’ll be completely mesmerized by the beauty surrounding you.
FiesoleBike is a team of Environmental excursionist guides, with extensive physical and technical training and deep knowledge of the territory. You can rely on us to plan and arrange your outdoor experience. As we live these places day after day, we know every route and are aware of the hazards that visitors could encounter in each season. Hence we are able to offer a unique experience with each tour, that can be planned and arranged to suit your skills and needs.
We operate in a specific geographic area because that’s the place we’ve known and loved for ages, where we can give our best without improvisation. A unique territory that fits any kind of excursion and level.
Sono molto felice di annunciare che FiesoleBike ha ricevuto anche per 2014 il riconoscimento ufficiale di “Do the Right Mix” la campagna della Commissione Europea per la Mobilità Urbana Sostenibile.
Dopo i Mondiali di ciclismo in Toscana, dove Fiesole ha avuto un ruolo di primo piano, uno sguardo al futuro, “oltre la salita”, oltre lo sport.
FiesoleBike, attività di Noleggio bici e di Guida ambientale escursionista strettamente legata al proprio territorio, spera così di contribuire concretamente a promuovere la mobilità sostenibile, in particolare abbinando la bici al bus pubblico, ed incoraggiare le persone, turisti e non, a diversificare le modalità di trasporto negli spostamenti fra Fiesole e Firenze alla scoperta di un territorio unico!
Quest’anno anche ATAF collabora alla promozione del servizio ed uno sconto del 10% è offerto proprio a chi utilizza il bus pubblico per raggiungere Fiesole.
La campagna è gestita dalla Direzione generale della Mobilità e dei Trasporti e finanziata attraverso il programma Intelligent Energy Europe – programma di sostegno dell’UE per le azioni non tecnologiche nel settore dell’efficienza energetica e delle fonti rinnovabili. Il suo obbiettivo principale è promuovere i vantaggi che si hanno combinando differenti mezzi di trasporto, al fine di migliorare la salute, le finanze e l’impatto ambientale.
La campagna rientra nei progetti legati alla Settimana Europea della Mobilità Sostenibile, che si svolgerà dal 16 al 22 settembre, giornata accompagnata dallo slogan “Our streets, our choice”.
I’m really happy to announce that FiesoleBike also in 2014 has been chosen as an official action of “Do the Right Mix – the European Commission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility.
After the World Cycling Championships in Tuscany, where the town of Fiesole have had a leading role, a look to the future, “over the climb”, “over the sport.
FiesoleBike, Bike rental and Environmental guide service, closely linked to the territory, hopes to contribute concretely to promote sustainable mobility, in particular “mixing bike and bus service”, and to encourage people, tourists and locals, to diversify the modes of transport between Fiesole and Florence, to discover a unique territory!
This year, also ATAF takes part to the promotion of service, and a discount of 10% is offered to those who take public bus to reach Fiesole.
The campaign is managed by the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport and funded through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme – the EU’s support programme for non-technological actions in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. It’s central objective is to promote the advantages of combining different modes of transport in order to improve health, finances and environmental impact.
The campaign is part to projects related to the European Week of Sustainable Mobility, which will take place in September, from 16th to 22th, days accompanied by the slogan “Our streets, our choice“.
B – Fiesole and Florence as you’ve never seen them before!
From the countryside all the way to the city centre.
…immersed in a hilly landscape of cypresses and endless expanses of olive trees…follow the cycle path along the banks of river Arno and you will easily get there…
Visualizza Fiesole and Florence as you’ve never seen them before! in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori
START Fiesole STOP Florence
Bus for the climBike for the down!
From Piazza Mino proceed in the direction of Olmo for approx. 3 km, through the village of Fiesole and onward in the open countryside. Turn right following the direction to Compiobbi. After a short uphill you will begin your journey toward Florence, surrounded by cypresses and olive trees. Keep Montececeri on your right, a place known for the extraction of “Serene stone” (Pietra serena) and for being the place where Leonardo da Vinci performed his human flight experiments. With the city of Florence always in sight, pass by Villa Peyron and the Fontelucente forest, then Castel di Poggio. By the following crossroads follow the directions to Compiobbi. By the third crossroad, after a few meters, leave the main road Via della Selva and turn right into the narrow Via di Bagazzano. The road begins plain then goes down a little steep, with Florence peeking out between the olive trees. Ignore the various roads crossing and bend to the left before at a shrine. Then, by the two successive crossroads, first turn right into Via Montegirone then immediately left into Via di Terenzano. Pass by the little church of S.Martino of Terenzano and the homonymous little village. By the following crossroad take the road on the left into Via della Rosa (with a little ascent), pass over a bunch of farm houses and when the descent becomes steeper turn right into Via dei Bassi, all the way down the valley until you reach San Jacopo al Girone, immersed in a hilly landscape of cypresses and endless expanses of olive trees.
Turn right into via San Jacopo al Girone, which runs alongside the railway. Cross the rails by passing under a bridge after you have turned left. By the traffic light at the crossroads with Via Aretina go on the opposite side leaving the church of Girone on your left, then proceed into the village following Via dell’Arno first, then Via delle Gualchiere for a few meters, and finally take the pedestrian-cycle path on the left. Florence city centre and the Dome are now right in front of you. Just follow the cycle path along the banks of river Arno and you will easily get there.
C – Fiesole: essence of Tuscany.
…a pattern of farmlands and woods dotted with rural houses and bell towers… down the valley the Florence Dome stands out with its unmistakable shape, announcing the “Flower City” to visitors….
Visualizza Fiesole: essence of Tuscany in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori
START Fiesole STOP Fiesole
Ride for about 10 km in the direction of Olmo through sweet uphill and downhill roads, along Via dei Bosconi, right in the heart of Fiesole territory. An expanse of hills which reflects the ancient harmonic relationship of men and nature.
From the road you will see soon the hills of Fiesole on the south, watching the city of Florence from above, and Montemorello on the west, which marks the horizon guiding your eyes down the valley toward the river Mugnone. Here a pattern of farmlands and woods dotted with rural houses and bell towers display different colors according to the season, from green and grey to yellow, orange and brown. Toward north the face of Montesenario with its monastery watches over the valley like an outpost on Mugello and the Apennines.
By the crossroads of Quattro Strade proceed onward in the direction of Bivigliano, where the municipality of Fiesole ends leaving place to that of Vaglia. After a bend on the right a short steep uphill path begins, which leads to an open viewpoint. Now you can see Poggio Pratone toward east (702 mt, the highest point in the Fiesole territory), and Montereggi. Down the valley the Florence Dome stands out with its unmistakable shape, announcing the “Flower City” (Florence) to visitors. By the following crossroads turn right in direction of Montesenario, your first destination, and along its mountain face: a watershed with the wider and sweeter hills of Mugello.
Here, a mountain landscape shaped by the wind, wide prairies, pine, chestnut and fir trees take the place of olive trees and cypresses. Immersed in the silence of the thick fir tree wood of Montesenario, darkness anticipates the peace of the monastery. The Apennine Mountains come unexpected in sight, distracting bikers from the effort to ascend the top (809 mt). Now go back on the same road (the most experienced of you may take the steep and gravely road Via Matris ) until the crossroads, then turn right in the direction of Bivigliano, which you reach after a long downhill path through thick chestnut trees. After crossing the main square in the village proceed along the tree-filled boulevard and through a pine tree wood until the sight becomes wider and brighter into the road which leads back to Fiesole.
Before the last descent preceding the crossroads Quattro Strade, turn right into Via di Campolungo (after Via di Campilungo), a steep descent of approx. 3 km (initially tarred, then becomes unpaved). Let yourself be wrapped by the charming landscape of olive trees and admire the perfection of the countryside similar to a garden.
Down the valley you will reach Via Faentina and the village of Querciola: turn left and proceed for 500 mt, then turn right into Via delle Molina (after Via nuova delle Molina), up on the left face of the Mugnone valley.
A final effort is demanded to rejoin the main road leading back to Fiesole, but the beauty of the landscape will surely pay off the fatigue.
- Duration: 5 h (alternative path 6 h)
- Distance: 33,2 km (34,1 km)
- Total vertical climb: ca. 590 m (ca. 770 m)
- Level of difficulty:
- Surface: Paved (Paved, Unpavedl)
- Kind of bike: Race bike, Mountain bike (Mountain bike)
A – From Fiesole to Florence
Following the footsteps of the 2013 World Cycling Championship.
…the street winds through splendid villas…just a few minutes away from the amazing sight of the Dome and Baptistery of Florence…
Visualizza From Fiesole to Florence following the footsteeps of the 2013 World Cycling Championship in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori
START Fiesole STOP Florence
Bus for the climBike for the down!
From the main square Mino da Fiesole following the path of the upcoming UCI world championship 2013, proceed in the direction of Caldine, leaving first the apses of the cathedral on your left, then the archaeological site and the Roman theatre on your right. In proximity of the first bend proceed straight, leaving the main road into Via Duprè (a downhill road with some rough parts!). The view over Fiesole countryside and the Mugnone valley shows itself in all its majesty. After surpassing one of the two hills of Fiesole you will reach the crossroad with Via di Fontelucente. Turn right into the descending road (before that, it is worth crossing Via Vecchia Fiesolana and going up for a few meters to reach the magnificent viewpoint which will delight you with a breathtaking view over Florence and the Chianti hills). Before the Church of Fontelucente turn left into Via delle Palazzine. Proceed on the narrow street until you reach Via Roccettini, in proximity of Badia Fiesolana and the European University. Turn left. From the large square opposite the Badia, on the side across Via Salviati, a steep ascending road marks the final circuit of the World Cycling Championship. Proceed on the uphill road until you reach the main road connecting Fiesole to Florence (in proximity of the village of San Domenico). Turn right in the direction of Florence, again along the circuit of the World championship, which you will leave after a few meters by turning right into Via Boccaccio.
The street winds through splendid villas all the way to the little neighborhood of Le Cure and its homonymous square. Use the underground passage (near the open market) to cross the railway and reach the cycle path of Viale don Giovanni Minzoni until Piazza della Libertà. Cross the junction alleys and keep going on the cycle path along via Cavour. Pass by Piazza San Marco. You are already in the historic centre of Florence and its pedestrian area, and just a few minutes away from the amazing sight of the Dome and Baptistery.
- One way!
- Distance: 9 Km
- Total vertical climb: ca. 30m
- Level of difficulty: Basic-map
- Surface: Paved
- Kind of bike: Race bike, Mountain bike
Green roads at 15 minutes from Florence.
We will relax amidst nature on a path that goes through country roads, green trails and remote country routes immersed in a unique landscape.
We will reach the town and the hills of Fiesole, with its villas and magnificent panorama overlooking Florence, through olive groves and vineyards, secular cypress trees, neo-gothic castles, farmhouses and ancient villas, in a natural amphitheatre shaped by men’s work.
– When: Everyday, times to be agreed upon
– Meeting point-departure: (transfer by public bus)
Fiesole, Piazza Mino, bus terminal Ataf n. 7
– Arrival: Fiesole, Piazza Mino, bus terminal Ataf n. 7
– Total length: 10 km
– Duration: 3 hours
– Level of difficulty: medium
– Fare for professional tour leader:
Transfer by public bus not included in the price.
Packed lunch (not included in the price).
WE RECOMMEND: at least 1 litre of water per person, hiking shoes, long socks to the knee or long trousers. According to the season, a jacket or a hat may be useful to protect yourself from the sunshine.
We will pass by Montececeri, a hill towering over Florence, from which Leonardo da Vinci plausibly launched his “first human flight”.
This is the ancient heart of Tuscany, where lived Michelangelo Buonarroti, which is also recalled in Boccaccio’s novels. The view on Florence and the Arno valley is amazing. These places are also famous for the extraction and processing of the Serena stone, a material used ever since the Renaissance age, which has been massively used for the construction of art works such as the Brunelleschi Dome and the Loggia of the Uffizi Gallery