Port Giglio Island on the Tuscan Coast, Italy. Photo via TO

Sunset over Orbetello on the Tuscan Coast, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Gianfranco Vitolo

Guided Tuscan Coast and Islands

Italy Bike Tours

Bike Italy’s Tuscan Coast through seascapes, nature, and archaeology

  • This unique bike tour in Tuscany is like no other. Usually, we hear about the wines and cuisine but this unforgettable guided experience will showcase archaeological sites, sculpture, nature, and birdlife. From the World Wide Fund oasis of Orbetello, to the remains of the Roman city of Cosa, to the island of Giglio, this is not your typical Tuscany. As you gaze from cliffs overhanging the sea, view the colorful coves, bike and hike the isolated trails scented with balsamic, learn the history and art, this is the other side of Tuscany revealed.

    An added delight will be your visit to the island of Giglio, a hidden treasure surrounded by the Tyrrhenian sea.

    Archaeological Highlights:

    • Ansedonia: Archaeological site of city of Cosa (III BC), Archaeological Museum, Etruscan gorge, and Spacco della Regina (Queen's Splash) (III-II BC)
    • Monte Argentario: Convent of the Passionist Fathers
    • Porto Santo Stefano: Spanish Fortress (XVI c.)
    • Giglio Island: Ruins of Roman Villa (II c.), Giglio Castello (XII c.), Rocca (Fortress) Aldobrandeschi (XII c.), Church of St. Peter (XV c.), Treasure of Pope Innocent ( XVIII c.).
    • Giannutri: Remnants of Roman Villa and the ancient Port (II c.)

    Don’t forget that Tripsite also provides other amazing bike tours in Italy as well as many other bike tours in Europe.

  • Twin/double: £ 1093 $ 1,743 1157 NOK 11474 kr 10591 $ 1,377 Single supplement: £ 363 $ 578 384 NOK 3808 kr 3515 $ 457

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 76 $ 121 80 NOK 793 kr 732 $ 95 Extra nights on request

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Closest international airport to Orbetello-Monte Argentario is Rome Fiumicino (FCO) at 145 km distance.

    Local Travel

    From the airport, you can take a train to Roma Trastevere, at which you will transfer to train to Orbetello. We can arrange a transfer (included) from Orbetello Train Station to your accommodations in Argentario.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your departure. A good website to visit to explore regional weather conditions is weatherbase.com. The climate here is mild, and generally warm and temperate.


Skill Level

This is a guided hotel to hotel tour that comprises a hilly terrain with some challenging climbs on dirt and paved roads with little traffic. Bike lanes are being developed around Argentario. Total distance is 135 km over six days of cycling. Daily mileage is not excessive to allow you time to explore the archaeological aspects. Secondary roads are used and traffic is low in the period off season May/September when this tour is offered.

Where You’ll Stay

Your accommodations include an agriturismo in Argentario and boutique style hotels.

What’s Included

  • Accomodation for 7 nights with breakfast
  • 6 dinners (not included on Day 3)
  • Two bilingual english-italian speaking tour leaders on bike
  • Luggage transport
  • Ferry to/from Giglio Island
  • Technical assistance
  • Informative material
  • Guided visits to archaeological site of Cosa, archaeological site “Il Tombolo di Feniglia”, Orbetello, and Giglio Castello
  • 30 gear hybrid trekking bikes with pannier bags

What’s Not Included

  • Travel to/from the point of departure/end of the tour,
  • 1 dinner
  • Drinks and lunches
  • Excursion to Giannutri Island
  • Entrances to parks and museums
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Saturdays, May 12, May 19, May 26, September 8, and September 22, 2018
*minimum number of participants to confirm a departure is 6

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1:  Argentario 
Day 2:  Argentario-Feniglia-Ansedonia-Argentario, 16  - 31 mi. (26 - 50 km)
Day 3:  Loop ride Argentario, 23 mi. (38 km) 
Day 4:  Porto Santo Stefano – Isola del Giglio, 10 mi. (16 km
Day 5:  Isola del Giglio – Giglio Castello – Punta Capel Rosso, 19 mi. (30 km) 
Day 6: 
Isola del Giglio – Giannutri – Isola del Giglio
Day 7:  Isola del Giglio – Campese, 16 mi. (25 km) 
Day 8:  Isola del Giglio – Porto Santo Stefano  

All distances are approximate.

Day 1:  Argentario 
Check in, settle in and enjoy your afternoon At 6 pm, you will enjoy a welcome aperitif and presentation of the tour followed by dinner with your group. Once an island, this rugged promontory became linked to the mainland by three slender, 6 km-long accumulations of sand, one of which now forms the isthmus of Orbetello. 

Day 2:  Argentario-Feniglia-Ansedonia-Argentario, 16  - 31 mi. (26 - 50 km)
Let the biking begin. First on the agenda is Feniglia, Ansedonia and the archaeological site of the city of Cosa. A visit to the archaeological excavations of the citadel and the National Archaeological Museum is on the agenda.  You will explore Orbetello, built on thin strip of land in the centre of a lagoon, it is a very unique location. The lagoon which surrounds Orbetello is part of a protected nature reserve and is one of the most uncontaminated areas of natural beauty in Tuscany. This day could be up to 50 kms if the group agrees. In this case, you can visit the sculpture park of Nikki de Saint Phalle. The two options are presented at the tour briefing and you can decide. The group can also split into two groups since there are two cycling guides.

Day 3:  Loop ride Argentario, 23 mi. (38 km) 
Today you will ride a loop around Argentario, beginning at the hotel at 9 am with visits to the Convent of the Passionist Fathers and Porto Santo Stefano included in the day's agenda.

Day 4:  Porto Santo Stefano – Isola del Giglio, 10 mi. (16 km) 
Biking begins at 9 am to Porto Santo Stefano. At 10:30 am, you embark on a one hour ferry transfer to the island of Giglio. You will visit  the Roman port and enjoy excursion to the beaches and coves of the east side of the island. It is a day with few km biking but intense and beautiful landscape. Dinner and overnight. 

Day 5:  Isola del Giglio – Giglio Castello – Punta Capel Rosso, 19 mi. (30 km) 
At 9 am, you depart to Giglio Castello, with its medieval fortification atop a mountain, after a visit there, you continue with a bike ride to explore the southern tip of the island from the lighthouse to the coves at Punta Capel Rosso. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Isola del Giglio – Giannutri – Isola del Giglio
Free day or enjoy an excursion by boat, departing at 10:30 am to the Isle of Giannutri, the southernmost island of the Tuscan Archipelago.You will enjoy a walking tour with a visit to the ruins of the Port and the Villa Domitia of the Roman era.  Dinner is not included this evening.  

Day 7:  Isola del Giglio – Campese, 16 mi. (25 km)  
9AM we depart for the exploration of the west side of the island. The beaches of Cala Campese and the Allume. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8:  Isola del Giglio – Porto Santo Stefano 
1:30 pm ferry to Porto Santo Stefano.

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