Hills & Valley Self-Guided Tour
This 5-day, 4-night getaway starts in Firenze (aka - Florence) where you will be given your scooter(s) and a brief orientation talk. Then you are on your way into the heart of the Chianti region, one of the most picturesque areas of Tuscany. While Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, issued an edict in 1716 officially recognizing the boundaries of the Chianti district, which was the first legal document in the world to define a wine production area; now there is so much more to Chianti.
To the West of Chianti lies the Elsa River Valley, or Valdelsa. This was the center of Etruscan civilization. Under the Medici family the area became more agricultural. Here you can ride on long sweeping roads overlooking vineyards and saffron fields; discover your favorite gelato shoppe; and explore medieval towns to your heart's content.
This is a self-guided tour -- meaning, you are in control. We are here to lend our knowledge so you get the trip filled with what you want to do and see.
Day 1: Start your day by picking up the scooter(s) in Firenze/Florence
Ride Suggestion: Greve → Radda → Brolio Castle
Start your day in: Florence End your day in: Radda in Chianti
Day 2: Ride Suggestions: Ride to Siena and perhaps Monteriggioni; visit Badia a Coltibuono for a cooking class, a walk in the garden, or wine/olive oil tasting; maybe enjoy riding around Chianti and stopping in smaller villages (Volpaia, Gaiole, Vertine) as you desire
Start your day in: Radda in Chianti End your day in: Radda in Chianti
Day 3: Ride Suggestion: Ride to Panzano → Castellina → Colle Val d’Elsa for the night
Start your day in: Radda in Chianti End your day in: Colle Val d'Elsa
Day 4: Ride Suggestion: Ride to Volterra or San Gimignano
Start your day in: Colle Val d'Elsa End your day in: Colle Val d'Elsa
Day 5: Ride to San Gimignano → return scooter(s) in Firenze/Florence
Start your day in: Colle Val d'Elsa End your day and tour in: Fabulous Florence
Lodging for 2 nights in Radda in Chianti, followed by 2 nights in Colle di Val d’Elsa.
Dates: private departures from March to October
Starting/Ending Location: Firenze/Florence
For an additional charge, scooter(s) can be picked up, dropped off, or both in Radda in Chianti.
Price: US$900* per person based on double occupancy for 4 nights.
Note: Couples can share a scooter and save $100 for one person.
* - This prices covers 4-nights lodging and 5-days of scooter rental. It does NOT cover fuel for the scooter or for you (i.e. meals, snacks, coffee, gelato, pizza). The Vespa/scooter will be given to you full, plan to return it full. As to how hungry/full you are -- that's up to you.
See this page for fun facts on towns in Chianti, Sienna, and Monteriggioni.