The Gran Tour of Val di Merse
Cyclism, History and Nature
in the wildest side of Tuscany
Discover the Val di Merse by bike, it is the best way to enjoy the amazing landscapes and the treasures that this unspoilt and little tourist area of Tuscany, is able to offer.
An ancient land where the beauty of wild nature is combined with the medieval villages where life is slow to better taste the authenticity of Tuscan food and wine.
Where is the Val di Merse and the Gran Tour route?
The Val di Merse is only 12 km from Siena in the South-West direction on Massetana road leading to Massa Marittima and Follonica.
How can I go biking in Val di Merse ?
Val di Merse is a wide territory, and offers both a long bike road called The Grand Tour of Val di Merse that a series of shorter routes ranging from 20 to 35 km ideal for cycling Tuscany but also for trekking.
The Grand Tour of Val di Merse was opened in October 2011 and it is a permanent circular route along 147km fully reported with directional panels placed every 10km.
The itinerary for Biking Val di Merse begins from the lovely Piazza Marconi in Sovicille, then climb towards Ancaiano step of Crossover to the Celsa Castle and then on to the area of the Colline Metallifere direction Marmoraia and Pievescola. On the SP 541 it moves in the direction of Radicondoli and Montalicinello Chiusdino to make a stop at the beautiful Abbey of San Galgano. The road to Monticiano is linked to Petriolo thermal bath and then continue in the direction of the Vescovado di Murlo and Grotti. From here the route is softened with a quick ride in the plane in the direction of Orgia and Stigliano towards Rosia to ends up in Sovicille.
The beauty of the landscape make a fun and challenging mix of paved and dirt roads that are also part of the big races like the all over famous Strade Bianche.
The roads, for most backroads, far from traffic, allow to ride on natural cycle paths fully enjoying the wild nature of the area.
The altitude of 2500m is well absorbed throughout the journey and for that reason the Grand Tour of Val di Merse is ideal for medium experienced cyclists. In addition to this, on the road signs are written the distances of the following step of the Tour. The choice to make a circular route allows to break up the route into several stages.
Every year a local team bike organizes a MTB race called the Granfondo Val di Merse, now in its 13th edition.
The Grand Tour of the Val di Merse joins major permanent tracks like the Eroica, which make Tuscany one of the regions with the greatest range of cycling routes in Italy
Val di Merse is ideal for sightseeing from the amazing landscape of woods and rivers, to villages and medieval castles, where time seems to stand still: San Galgano Abbey, The Castle of Celsa, the village of Monticiano and Chiusdino and Murlo Castle .
Some roads of the Grand Tour of Val di Merse are part of the famous
Via Francigena, which in the Middle Ages joined northern Europe to Rome through the Val di Merse and leading Monteriggioni and Siena.
Borgo Grondaie is located only 15 km from the area of the Grand Tour of the Val di Merse
Take the chance to combine your stay in Siena, city of art and history, with your passion for cycling and the join the challenge on biking on this new bike trail for the first time!
Borgo Grondaie is a Bike Hotel in Siena and offers services to cyclists from bike storage, to bike wash, laundry and free bike rental.
On our Web site Hotel Borgo Grondaie, you will always find the best prices and Special Offers!
Only here: a rich buffet breakfast to start your biking adventure and all the maps and information to organize your Grand Tour of Val di Merse!
We are waiting for cycling with you on the Grand Tour of Val di Merse!