Biking in Tuscany – Cycling tour by mountain bike in Monsummano Alto and Montalbano
Monsummano Alto is 340 m high hill perfect for cycling tour by mountain bike. It’s a hotspot of biodiversity and and a good place for cycling tour by mountain-bike. Many tracks link the hill to close Montalbano ridge. Montalbano is a hill chain that goes from Serravalle Pistoiese and the Arno river. The area is a very green hills system that is suitable for mountain bike lovers.
An ancient abandoned village on the top characterize the hill with original stone wall, a tower and two gates.
During the spring many species of wild orchids blooms in meadow and in the Mediterranean Scrub.
How is this cycling tour by mountain-bike
The group can start the cycling tour by mountain-bike in the Monsummano Terme town and following the trail to the top of the hill. During the trail the guide gives explanations about the particular morphology and geology of the upland. Also a particular kind of evergreen vegetations grows here with many significant species.
On the very top of this part of the trail the Middle Age village gives a wide view on the valley from many different point due the hight slopes.
Rising this hill need a good physical shape. It’s not an easy path. From here the group can descent to valley visiting the old quarries an the fauna living here, like the common raven or the peregrine falcon.
Otherwise the group can continue the cycling tour by mountain-bike rising on the Montalbano ridge. The path here is very technical and hard. Once the group reach the crest the path is large and quite easy and can arrive on the Arno river or, before, in one of the many nice villages of the Montalbano, like Vinci, Lamporecchio, Larciano, etc. All depends on what the group like to do and to stay outside.
Organization and extras
The group can take on the cycling tour by mountain-bike with its own packed lunch and water and eat during the trail. Otherwise it can choice to eat at restaurant typical food and wine. Along the trail there are many possibilities.
At the end of the trail the group can chose to stay some hours in the spa of Grotta Giusti relaxing in the warm thermal water.
Wine tasting, olive oil (one of the best of Tuscany) tasting are other extras the group can do during the day.