FIESOLE & FLORENCE AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE - Self Guided Bike Tour
This Bike Tour is an easy ride, 12 miles and only 295 ft of Elevation gain uphill One way itinerary. …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…
When in Florence participants are released from the bikes
Every day by appointment
Meeting point: Fiesole, bus terminal ATAF number 7
Arrival at Florence center, Ponte alle Grazie
Level of difficulty: Basic-occasional rider
Length: 20km (12 mi)
Elevation gain uphill: 90 m (295 ft)
Kind of Bike: Race bike, Mountain bike
Self Guided Tour
FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE ALL THE WAY TO THE FLORENCE CITY CENTER
ABOUT THIS SELF-GUIDE BIKE TOURFrom 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.
ONE WAY ITINERARYAfter 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!
MEETING POINTDeparture from Fiesole, Piazza Mino da Fiesole, bus terminal ATAF number 7.
Fiesole is a village just outside of Florence, 6 km (3.7 mi) distance from the city center, and it's very convenient to get to by public bus from downtown.
From Florence center (Largo Alinari map link) to go to Fiesole and reach our meeting point with public transportation it’s easy, cheap, ecologically-friendly, for certain itineraries it is even mandatory and therefore all itineraries are scheduled according to public transport timetables
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