For your next trip to Tuscany, discover Pomarance on a cycling tour with a multi-world champion

What do you get when you combine bicycling, gourmet food and wine, and geothermal energy? A dreamy trip to Tuscany’s warm heart full of treasures!
Explore pomarance and beyond on a bike. Image: shutterstock/feel good studio. | tuscany
Explore Pomarance and beyond on a bike. Image: Shutterstock/Feel good studio.

Pomarance in Tuscany keeps safe 3,000 years of history in its territory that is truly wild, heated by geothermal energy as well as the warmth of its people. And about 30 hotels, farmstays, and B&Bs have come together with BikeandTaste to offer a one-of-a-kind cycling experience through the region.

Join luxury ambassador Paolo Bettini, former cycling world and Olympic champion, in tailored cycling expeditions offering a blend of adventure and relaxation in the lap of nature right in the warm heart of Tuscany. Pick a slow, sustainable vacation as you explore the endless treasures of the territory of Pomarance and the upper Val di Cecina.

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The cycling excursion will be headed by former olympic champion, paolo bettini. Image: courtesy bikeandtaste. | tuscany
The cycling excursion will be headed by former Olympic champion, Paolo Bettini. Image: Courtesy BikeandTaste.

As you pedal your way up, learn the fascinating use of clean geothermal energy, rediscover ancient flavours, enjoy bespoke hospitality, and reconnect with nature. Between gravel paths and roads, forests and villages, BikeandTaste promises exclusivity and fun, in the name of typical products tasted in the setting of geothermal energy.

Born and raised in the Tuscan Maremma, Bettini now lives in a small village in the hills of Val di Cecina and knows the region as the back of his hand. The cycling expert will be guiding cyclists in person to discover a lesser-known strip of Tuscany.

Spend your days pedalling through the region and exploring the hidden gems. Image: courtesy bikeandtaste. | tuscany
Spend your days pedalling through the region and exploring the hidden gems. Image: Courtesy BikeandTaste.

“I spent an entire career training on the roads of these hills, and I am happy that, finally, there is a concrete project on the enhancement of an extraordinary territory such as that of geothermal energy,” says Bettini, who can’t thank the local municipality enough for playing its part. “Today many choose two wheels to travel, enjoy the outdoors, and rediscover a slower way of life. I, therefore, want to thank the administration of the Municipality of Pomarance and the whole geothermal area because they understood the importance of supporting cycle tourism in this precise historical moment, where the bicycle proved to be an extraordinary means of being able to leave after the pandemic. ”

Born in the heart of tuscany, bettini is the best person to explore the region with. Image: courtesy bikeandtaste. | tuscany
Born in the heart of Tuscany, Bettini is the best person to explore the region with. Image: Courtesy BikeandTaste.

The Municipality of Pomarance is at the forefront of the initiative that aims at giving the guests an authentic Pomeranian experience. “We are happy that this great project finally materialises,” believes Nicola Fabiani, Deputy Mayor of Pomarance. “Ours is a strategic territory from all points of view: It is a few kilometers from the sea of the Etruscan Coast and has the wild charm of the Tuscan hinterland. A territory with a “warm heart”, rich in underground resources and full of energy. The same one that releases the Earth through the geothermal manifestations of Larderello and that is perceived in the warmth of the typical welcome of those who live there. The roads of the Val Di Cecina are natural cycle paths, where the cyclist can enjoy nature without traffic and without stress, pedalling with their head held high 365 days a year “.

Enjoy village excursions, aperitifs at distinct locations, and delicious tuscan wines. Image: courtesy bikeandtaste. | tuscany
Enjoy village excursions, aperitifs at distinct locations, and delicious Tuscan wines. Image: Courtesy BikeandTaste.

The five-day package starts on June 1, 2022, and is for those who wish to enjoy a unique experience in the run-up to the Paolo Bettini Green Fondo, pedalling through the hills of the Val di Cecina, savouring traditional dishes and sipping on some Tuscan wine. Add to it cooking lessons for authentic Pomarance cuisine under the guidance of chef Federico Frosali; visits to the Geothermal Park of Sasso Pisano, discovering the geothermal springs, fumaroles and lagoons; a guided excursion to Volterra, the land of Etruscan goldsmiths and alabaster workshops; and more. Book here.

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