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25 Sep

3 biking trails from San Giuliano Terme, along Monte Pisano

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Three biking trails departing from our office in San Giuliano Terme, where you can rent bicycles.

We offer e-bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes: each bike can be rented on the spot, depending on availability, from €25.00 per day.

1. Calci, the Charterhouse and the Natural History Museum

  • Km: 26
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Period: all year round

Departure from San Giuliano Terme, a small town at the foot of Monte Pisano, towards Asciano, where you can admire the Medici Aqueduct, built by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinando de’ Medici, which used to supply all the public fountains in Pisa.

Leaving the aqueduct behind you, continue along the path towards Calci with its magnificent Monastery complex , main attraction of the route. The complex dates back to the 4th century AD and was home to a cloistered convent.
Today it houses the Natural History Museum and the Monumental Charterhouse.

Here, after admiring the wonderful view over the Monastery with Monte Pisano behind it, you can visit the whole complex.

After your visit, what better idea than an afternoon snack before jumping back on the bikes!

2. Massaciuccoli: the nature reserve, the lake and the Roman ruins

  • Km: 30
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Period: all year round

Departure from San Giuliano Terme towards the Puccini bike route.

Along the first part of the route you encounter many historic villas, then, when you have reached Rigoli, you take the Puccini Bike Route along the bank of the Serchio river, which leads to Massarossa crossing through villages, bridges and fields.

The last part of the trail to Massaciuccoli is on a normal road (but with very few cars). First of all you can admire the view over Monte Balbano and visit the ruins of Roman Massaciuccoli, an open-air museum, and follow the path up to the square of Pieve di San Lorenzo.

After parking your bikes, you can continue along the wooden boardwalks suspended over the Lake, admiring the plant and animal life of this exceptional area. Near the lake there are a couple of good restaurants.

3. Marina di Vecchiano, between the Apuan Alps and the horizon

  • Km: 35
  • Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Period: all year round

Departure from San Giuliano Terme towards Rigoli, where you take the Puccini bike route.

After the town of Migliarino, where you have to be careful because of the traffic, you reach the nature reserve of Marina di Vecchiano; you continue through the forest for a few kilometres, then you reach the beach.

The beach stretches from Bocca di Serchio (the river mouth) to Torre del Lago: with the sea in front of you and the Apuan Alps behind, the views are amazing! A long stroll along the beach accompanied by a seafood lunch in one of the restaurants along the beach is an ideal way to spend to a day, maybe even a swim in the sea, if it’s warm enough!

Following a path which leads through the forest, you can reach Torre del Lago, a seaside town known for its nightlife and the famous composer from whom it takes its name.

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Pietro Pestarini

Travelling is my constant passion and companion, in addition to sports, motorbikes and good food. I am an ex-chef and, after years spent in the kitchen, I decided to reinvent myself and to study Tourism and Marketing, which led me to Montepisano Store. I hope you enjoy reading my experiences, because they are authentic and first-hand.