MONTEPISANO HAMLETS & PARISH CHURCHES
From San Giuliano Terme, nested at the foothills of Monte Pisano, we leave toward Asciano, where we admire the 954 arches Medicean Aqueduct, built by Ferdinando the First to bring water to Pisa.
Once passed the first village, we bike through forests and fields until Calci, characterized by its Certosa, worth a stop and a visit the interiors and the Natural History Museum.
Then opt for a tasting and a stop in Agriturismo nearby, or else continue on toward Vicopisano through the Verruca mount, before you loop back on a more leveling out last part following the banks of river Arno.
MASSACIUCCOLI: THE LAKE, THE PROTECTED AREA AND THE ANCIENT ROMAN RUINS
Leaving San Giuliano we proceed west in order to go retrack the ‘Bikepath Puccini’.
Along the first part we can point out several noble Villas, while after Rigoli we run along river Serchio amid hamlets, small bridges, fields and canals which characterize the landscape all through Massaciuccoli.
Here the left-overs of a Roman Villa as well as a couple of good restaurants will enrich our visit to the Natural area where Birdwatching is a favourite activity.
SAN GIULIANO TERME – LUCCA LOOP THROUGH PUCCINI BIKE PATH
We reach Lucca through the Ciclovia Puccini and loop back across Monte Pisano discovering hidden corners and panoramic views.
From San Giuliano Terme we reach Lucca through an easy and pleasant ride, along the banks of river Serchio: the so called “Ciclovia Puccini”. This we’ll lead us to retrack Via Francigena as it enters Lucca. By bike is easy to explore the town and its most interesting sites and monuments. From here we can arrange a pick-up, or retrack the same way back to San Giuliano, else loop back through the hills of Monte Pisano, adding more exploration of the countryside, fun ups and downs, panoramic points.
E-bike is recommended.
Pick up points on demand, in correspondance of shown POIs.
MARINA DI PISA: SEA HORIZON FROM MONTE PISANO IN THE SADDLE OF YOUR BIKE
From San Giuliano we exit towards Pisa following the net of white roads into the countryside, in a characteristic environment enriched by egrets along the canals.
Monte pisano lays behind us, as we get nearer to Pisa: a glance into “Miracle square” will be a great chance to admire the architecture of the leaning tower and get a coffee, before we hit the road again: this time following river Arno first and then retracking what used to be the historical tramway itinerary toward Marina di Pisa.
SAN GIULIANO – LUCCA AND BACK ACROSS THE MONTE PISANO
From San Giuliano Terme we immediately face the climb to the “Passo di Dante”, so called to remember the mention of the great poet who quoted Monte Pisano with this sentence “monte per chè i Pisan veder Lucca non ponno”.
From here you descend into the Lucca area passing in front of the beautiful parish church of Santa Maria del Giudice and then grab onto the path along the arches of the Nottolini Aqueduct. Reached the city of Lucca, a break to explore its squares, churches and its streets in the saddle will be a must. Once admired the city, we follow one of the exits from the city walls along the Via Francigena to Capannori.
From here we begin the path on the Compitese route, which leads us to discover the “villages of the camellias” before pedaling back towards Monte Pisano to San Giuliano Terme, where the ring closes.
Recommended to take the itinerary in two days, stopping in San Ginese di Compito at his inn, for a taste of hospitality (and maybe a recharge to the e-bike battery!).
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