San Miniato was new since we had visited Livorno before. Our hotel was an old convent and very pretty inside. We all gathered for dinner at a beautiful 5 star Michelin restaurant. Under a brick room canopy we could see a deep blue sky & moon, just gorgeous. For dessert: Creme Brule
When you are in Tuscany you have to visit Siena.
Just loaded with beautiful buildings and a great plaza.
As soon as we left Florence we started seeing the hills and spectacular vineyards. We stopped in Greve for lunch and for the ladies a lot of shopping. From there we went to visit the Molina de Grace winery before we settled in Radda.
Our longest ride took us from Lucca to Florence, the Art center of Italy .Both our hotels were close to the Duomo, which is right in the center of the city. The views are spectacular and people are everywhere. The city is bustling
From Pisa we had a short ride to Lucca on some nice back roads. After we came to town, we first rode a lap or two on the wall which surrounds the old city and is close to 3 miles long. It’s used by lots of walkers, runners and bicyclists. We stayed at La Gemma di Elena, a very nice bed and breakfast. Innkeeper Juan was very friendly and accommodating. Lucca is very nice and has lots of shopping and dining. On our September trip we had the luxury to go to a fabulous Puccini concert.
Our Tuscany trip started in Pisa. Since we could not fly into Pisa with our bicycle we ended up renting bicycles from the Tuscany Bicycle Co in Gaiola. We had a mixture of Pinarello and Bianchi bicycles. After we set up up the bicycles our first order of business was to go see the leaning tower of Pisa.
Rachel and I had the opportunity to take the train out of Florence to Pompei. We had to leave early and were lucky to get a fast train that traveled up to 200 mph to Napoli. From there we had to take a special train to Pompei that was very crowded and took a lot of stops. At one point even a little band got on for a few stops. After we got there we had a quick lunch, before our tour started. Our guide was very good and knowledgeable.