A lot of fun and surprises for this challenging path to discover Parish Churches and Villages of Monte Pisano. The medieval fortified village of Vicopisano, with its Brunelleschi Tower, the challenge of climbing up to the ‘Verruca Fortess’ descending again to the ‘Certosa di Calci’, a XIV century Monastery.
The price includes:
- Mountain bike-Trekking bike/E-bike
- Expert tour guide
- Tire repair kit
Route development: Dirt roads and mountain paths
Length: About 50km
Total ascent: approximately 444m
Total travel time: 8 hours
Meeting: 9.00 am in Bike Village Agnano (Pi).
Rates available in the “Info and conditions” section
Technical description of the route:
(Ring route, the order of the stages varies according to the starting point)
From San Giuliano Terme we leave to Asciano: here we can admire the Medici Aqueduct that juts out from the mountain towards the city of Pisa with its 954 arches: it was built by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando I de ‘Medici to bring the water to all the fountains in the city. Once passed under the Aqueduct arches, the path to Vicopisano meets the Pieve di Santa Giulia, which rises from a green field like a jewel of the Pisan Romanesque style, the Torre di Caprona whose story is told by Dante, the Thermal Park of Uliveto with the small parish church of S. Martino al Bagno, the historic village of Noce: we are in the area of Pisan ceramics, highly valued since Roman times. Once in Vicopisano we will allow ourselves a relaxing break in one of the various cafes or bistros, after visiting the small medieval village with its Brunelleschi Tower. Here it comes the most demanding part of our route: the climb to the ‘Rocca della Verruca’. From the highest point of our tour, the descent along the paths will be pure fun and adventure. Descending from the top of the mountain, we will reach our next stop: the ‘Certosa di Calci’, a monastic complex founded around 1300. Today it houses the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the Monumental Monastery. ‘Terra & Aroma’, a new bistrot with all genuine food and drinks, will be the best spot to enjoy the postcard landscape with the mount towering behind the monastery. It’d be worthwhile planning a visit to the two Museum for the following day. On the way back we will still meet some beautiful parish churches, but above all we will have experienced the atmosphere of the small village and people who live in Monte Pisano area!
During the whole tour a professional guide will assist the group and tell everything about nature and history of these incredible places.
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