Tourissimo Announces NEW Cycling Tour of Tuscany for Non-Cyclists
(Turin, Italy) – Tourissimo, a leader in active tours of Italy, is excited to announce a brand-new Tuscany bicycle tour for non-cyclists. The area between Florence, Pisa, and Lucca in northwestern Tuscany will set the stage for the “Bici Basics” tour designed for ultimate beginners. Each day will include cycling lessons with guides who are certified cycling instructors and 10-25 miles of riding. Guests will learn bike fit, bike safety, bike components, how to shift, how to climb, how to descend, rules of the road and more. In addition to the cycling, guests will immerse themselves in the food, wine and culture of Tuscany. The 7-day tour is scheduled for June 21-27, 2020 and starts at USD $2,995 per person. For more info, visit https://www.tourissimo.travel/bici-basic-tuscany. Hi-res photos can be downloaded here.
“Many cycling companies offer ‘beginner’ cycling tours, but they still assume a certain level of skill and often attract experienced cyclists,” said Heather Dowd, Tourissimo co-founder. “This can make those who are new to cycling feel intimidated, afraid to ask questions, and worried about falling behind or slowing down the group.”
Here’s how a Bici Basics tour is different than any other cycling tour:
- Totally non-judgmental; designed for guests with zero cycling experience
- Led by expert guides who are also certified cycling coaches
- Designed from the ground up as a skill-based program; guests learn by doing
“This Bici Basics tour was designed for non-cyclists who want to experience a bicycle vacation in Italy in a fun and judgment-free environment,” said Beppe Salerno, Tourissimo co-founder. “Maybe you haven’t been on a bike since you were a kid. That is okay. This trip is for the beginner with the desire to learn and ask questions; someone who wants to go at their own pace and be a part of a supportive group of other people with similar goals in mind.”
The tour starts in the countryside village of San Miniato along the Arno River. Guests will explore the hill country with a visit to a family-owned winery, a Medici family villa (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo. They’ll also visit two Italian artisanal businesses to dive deeper into the cycling culture and trends: Daccordi (bikes and frames) and Parentini (cycling wear).
Lucca, the next home base for three nights, was a former Roman colony, and its city center has been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The route to Lucca will be along the Via Francigena. Guests will ride their bikes on this ancient path like modern pilgrims and along Lake Massaciuccoli. From Lucca, riders will head inland all the way to the lovely town of Castelnuovo Garfagnana.
“This tour was a great way for me to be introduced to cycling, while also challenging myself,” said Tourissimo guest Emily Law. “I loved the integration of food and cycling for this tour as it allowed me to be more immersed in the culture and the views.”
About Tourissimo: We are Italy experts and have several decades of combined experience in all facets of the adventure travel industry. We came together to combine our strengths and focus on what we do best: create and operate tour programs that showcase the best of Italy. In addition to offering fixed departures in some of Italy’s most enchanting areas, we work with tour operators, travel agents and group leaders to provide high-quality, intelligently designed and exciting custom itineraries all over the country. https://www.tourissimo.travel