Italy Mare a Mare

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pie is a cycling events company delivering amazing bespoke bike rides throughout the UK and Europe. We create, develop, manage, operate and deliver fully supported guided group cycling trips for companies, charities and groups of individuals.  All to your specific brief.

Arguably the spiritual home of cycling, Italy’s varied landscape, climate and cycling culture combine to produce an ideal backdrop for a 3.5 day coast to coast ride.

 

Our Mare a Mare route crosses Italy from Pesaro (east coast) to Livorno (west coast), incorporating Giro d’Italia climbs, Roman Roads and famous Chianti vineyards. Highlights include riding through five areas of Natural Beauty and multiple route options per day, meaning the ride is suitable for all standards of cyclist.

 

Choice of daily routes

440km / 526km total distance

5125m / 7006m ascent

3.5 days guided cycling

Full support crew

Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Warm up loop: 39km / 65km

We fly into Bologna airport and transfer to Pesaro and our start hotel. Lunch is served on arrival, before dividing into our guided groups and setting out on a warm up loop to get the legs going!

Day 2 – Pesaro to Bosco: 136km / 158km

We ride in a south westerly direction as we leave the province of Marche and head to Umbria. On route we pass through the stunning Roman road along the Furlo Gorge, carved out of the rock and following the River Candigliano with sheer rock faces looming above us.

Today is the Giro climb for those that dare.  It’s a beautiful climb rewarding you with views as far as the eye can see!

Day 3 – Bosco to Siena: 136km / 155km

Umbria is sometimes known as the younger sister to Tuscany but today as we wind our way through remote roads, tiny hamlets and climb to the top of hillside villages, we will find it has a charm and life all of its own. The high mountain road that takes us from Umbria and into Tuscany looks down on Lago Trasimeno in the distance. As we climb ever higher we come over the hill to the famous medieval village of Cortona where we enjoy our restaurant lunch overlooking the town square.  The reward for climbing all this way is the descent into what will be the setting sun and the stunning views of Siena in the distance getting ever closer.

Day 4 – Siena to Livorno: 129km / 148km

Our last day and we find out the west coast of Italy is very hilly! Our destination is Livorno built several centuries ago with a rich heritage in global trade. It lies nestled on the west side of the Parco Monte Livornese on the edge of the Mediterranean.

As if spending the night in Siena was not enough, our 4th day is the Tuscany from the photos and guidebooks and the reason we are all here. The hilltop villages astound, the medieval towers of San Gimignano reach for the skies, and you can almost taste the Chianti as you cycle past the vineyards.

As the 3 different route options converge on Livorno, we celebrate right on the edge of the Mediterranean on the Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno’s jewel of a Piazza overhanging the sea.

Celebration drinks overlooking the waves before dinner.

Day 5 – Day of leisure!

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Livorno before transferring to Pisa airport and travelling home.

More Information

Interested? Please contact us for more details. Call 01932 460090 or email info@pieevents.co.uk and download the event summary sheet.

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We are a cycling events company specialising in developing and delivering high quality bespoke guided bike rides throughout the UK and Europe. We work with multinationals, charities and private groups to deliver exactly what you want, so your ride is tailor made for you.

All of our events are fully supported. Our multi-day rides are guided on a ratio of 1 guide to 10 cyclists and supported by an experienced crew of tour leaders and medics. Our sportives are fully supported with vehicles, medics and an experienced team delivering safety and logistics. We provide 3 food stops a day, we transport luggage from A to B, and deal with all mechanical and medical issues.

Beautiful scenery & great riding is provided as standard!

Download the Summary Sheet for more details