The tour difficulty is primarily a subjective factor, determined by different elements and from never equal situations.
The most important of them is the effort: the more the climbs are high, the more effort is made.
But climbs are not all the same: they can be more or less steep and of variable length.
To get an idea of how many climbs are waiting for you on a tour, you should check the "elevation gain uphill". The higher the "elevation gain uphill" is the higher the number of climbs you have to face.
Another element that can make a tour more or less difficult is the climate and in particular - in summer time - the exposure to the sun.
Doing the same path in autumn or spring with 20/25 degrees is completely different if done in summer with 35 degrees.
In addition to the temperature, even the humidity, the presence of shade and the road surface can increase (even in the worst cases) the difficulty of 20%.
For this reason, there is no a unique answer to the question 'how difficult is a course' is; everybody has its own parameters and sensations that also depend on your training level, so the difficulty index is considered an indicative value.
Explanation of guided tours characteristics
To help you choosing a guided tour, in addition to the degree of difficulty, we ranked the tours according to the following parameters: Landscape, Nature, Art and History.
Landscape The trail winds through panoramic paths from which you can admire some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Tuscan countryside.
Nature The tour takes place predominantly in wooded areas or crosses areas of important naturalistic interest such as parks or nature reserves.
Art and history During the tour you will find places of great historical and artistic interest such as medieval villages, abbeys, churches and castles.
This beautiful tour of about 30km will take us to discover one of the most beautiful stretches of the Via Francigena crossing the countryside between Montaione, Castelfiorentino and Gambassi terme.
Starting from Montaione, we will descend to Santo Stefano and from here to the valley of the Orlo stream. We will go up to the Pieve di Coiano - a beautiful Romanesque style building, mentioned by Sigeric (archbishop of Canterbury) as early as 1000 AD, during his passage on the Via Francigena from England to Rome- where we will take the Via Francigena admiring one of the the most beautiful landscapes of our area, crossing olive groves and vineyards up to Gambassi Terme.
We will then let the Via Francigena continue towards San Gimignano, while we will return to Montaione.
Leave the words aside, and let yourself be guided by emotions, feel small in the immensity of these areas and at the same time as if, for a moment, the world was yours, shrouded by that particular feeling of peace and being amazed by the beauty that only Tuscan countryside is able to give.
Traditional or electric mountain bike? We have the right one for you!
If you are a real sportsman and you like to sweat and struggle to reach the top of a hill, rent a traditional mountain bike, but if you are not very fit, choose an e-mtb*where, thanks to the pedal assistance, you can face much longer distances with less stress.
Whatever your choice, you will be sure to have a quality, durable, safe and reliable bike ready to go for self guided or guided tour to discover the most remote and fascinating Tuscan countryside!
*Rate reserved for participants in a guided tours.
*.Rate reserved for participants in a guided tours
MTB Guided Tours
Live a unique experience, choose to take a guided tour!
Safely accompanied by a qualified iBikeMontaione.com’s guide you will live each time a different experience: we'll show you the most beautiful green and peaceful landscapes, the rich history, passing between medieval villages, ancient churches, trees and lakes.
Finally, we will experience together the flavours of the typical produce of each unique territory
5 reasons to live Montaione and the surrounding area by bicycle
For people like you who love a cycling holiday, just say that Montaione is located in the heart of Tuscany at a short distance to major attractions of the region, surrounded by beautiful nature and breathtaking landscapes, it should already be enough to convince you to choose it as a right starting point.
But we want to give you another 5 good reasons why Montaione really worth to be choosen as a starting point for your next vacation on two wheels.