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Piccola Guida: Val di Cornia by bike

Routes for MTB and cycle tourism between the coast and the hills

The ‘Small Guide’ dedicated to two-wheel lovers is finally online. Let me introduce it to you because the possibilities that this area offers to cycling and MTB lovers are truly innumerable.

From the hills to the vineyards, from the 99 curves to the breathtaking views of the Island of Elba and the sea… you can spend a wonderful holiday exploring different areas of the Val di Cornia simply on the saddle of your bike. If you are unable to bring your bike from home, there are numerous points where you can rent bikes, both normal and electric as well as mountain bikes. There are also guided tours that allow you to explore certain areas in the company of other enthusiasts. So here are the most interesting solutions that we have chosen for you in detail, so that you can experience the different realities that our territory can offer.

1- Start by downloading the Komoot APP: you will need it to view itineraries recommended by other outdoor enthusiasts and hikers. Within each itinerary there is information on the terrain, photographs, altitude difference, km and other detailed data to evaluate whether the proposed route is for beginners, experts or pros.

2- The ancient Via dei Cavalleggeri, in the stretch that connects Piombino to Populonia offers 8 km of enchantment. Between Mediterranean scrub and crystalline sea. Starting from Calamoresca you can continue to Populonia and the Gulf of Baratti. This excursion is also beautiful on foot. By bike it is as beautiful as by foot. Plan some stops for a dip in the beautiful Lunga or delle Canne beach because you won’t be able to resist!

3- Ring from Suvereto to Sassetta: in 2 and a half hours you can make a beautiful route starting from Suvereto until you reach the village of Sassetta. The route winds through hills, enchanting woods and vineyards and is therefore easy to do even in summer.

4- The 99 Curve: a 90 km historical cycle route that touches the main towns of the Val di Cornia. The route starts from San Vincenzo, skirting the pine forest of the Rimigliano Park until you reach the first suggestive view of the sea in the hidden Pozzino beach. We then continue towards the Gulf of Baratti to enter the Etruscan Necropolis of the Archaeological Park. From here you enter the interior towards Campiglia Marittima with its beautiful panorama and cross the San Silvestro Archaeological Mining Park. From here we continue towards Suvereto crossing vineyards and olive groves. The 99Curve begin from Suvereto, it is said that there are many curves that divide the village from that of Sassetta. After the stop in Sassetta among vineyards and olive groves, the route crosses the famous Bolgheri road after stopping in the village of Castagneto Carducci, to then reach the coast and return to San Vincenzo.

5- Tuscany Trail: the Tuscany Trail is the largest bikepacking event in the world and takes place every year in Tuscany. By participating in the Tuscany Trail, you will experience a unique 470 km long loop adventure that will allow you to cross enchanted forests and millenary historical centres. All the info on their website.

6-Tuscany Coast Park: the Tuscany Coast Park is a bike park that offers more than 500 meters in altitude, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, and created by professionals with trails of different levels suitable for whatever your ability. The bike park is accessible with the purchase of a ticket and is located in Castagneto Carducci.

7- Tuscany Love Bike: qualified cycling tour guides, cycling enthusiasts both on the road and off-road, experts in the territory of our beautiful coast and hinterland will be able to introduce you to the food and wine traditions and the infinite beauties of these areas. Follow their website and consult the proposed activities. We are sure you will find something you will want to book right away! Do not miss the excursion to the Castle of Querceto or to the Colline del Vapore.

8- Tuscany Bike, located on the Poggio all’Agnello estate in Piombino, is the ideal place to meet other people who practice mtb with whom you can make friends by sharing moments of riding. They offer a shuttle service, MTB rental, guided tours – such as the one in Baratti, Campiglia or the Island of Elba and the brand new Poggio Pump Track, a route where you can practice with your bike. Fun is guaranteed!

Below is the version of the guide ready to be saved or printed.

The Little Guide are made by La Casa nel Castello and La Gualda Vecchia.

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