I Bike Tuscany

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Monastery Ride


This is the ride for the tough ones who "have legs" and feel it's about time to show it! Part of the ride takes place along the route of the World Road Bike Chanpionship 2013.

A challenging climb on scenic and quiet back roads from just outside Florence to the ancient monastery of Monte Senario, standing on a hilltop at 3280 feet.

The visit to the monastery will take you back to the middle ages. Of course the 360° view over the valley is breathtaking!

Advanced skill level: Suitable for those who bike regularly and are comfortable cycling a hilly terrain with some longer and more challenging climbs.


€ 95 per person

  • Duration: Full day
  • Distance traveled: 35 miles
  • Area: Fiesole
  • Nearest city: Florence
  • Tour type: Road touring
  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Season: Year round
  • Number of participants: 2-7
  • Minimum age: 16
  • Fully guided: yes
  • Support vehicles: yes
  • Transportation to start site: yes


From your hotel (or nearby) in Florence you'll be shuttled to I Bike Tuscany's bike shop for bike fitting. The ride will begin right there. In a short time you'll be out of town, biking along a road with breathtaking views over Florence. You’ll reach Fiesole, the ancient village on the hills surrounding Florence, famous for its Etruscan and Roman ruins. From there, uphill, you will continue on a wonderful quiet country road to the Monastery of Monte Senario. The view from up there is breathtaking. In the distance are the Appennini mountains that, starting from north west and ending south of the country, represent the backbone of Italy. Take your time for a visit and a taste of typical products from the monastery. Afterwards we will make our way back to Florence cycling along scenic country roads, passing by beautiful historical Florentine villas.


  • Fully guided private or semi-private tour (small group)
  • Pick up/drop off at your hotel (or nearby) in Florence and van transfers to/from the tour starting point
  • 27 speed high quality hybrid bikes (carbon frame road bikes available upon request for an additional cost)
  • Helmets and water bottles
  • English speaking tour leader

Price reductions for parties of 4 or more.

If you stay outside Florence we will be happy to pick you up/drop you off directly at your location. Please send us an email for further details and personalized arrangements.


Please send us an email if you need more info. We will reply within 48 hours.