Posted By: Pierre Campana-Jourda | Feb. 26 2015
For those looking to be pampered during a cycling vacation look no further than Italy’s Tuscany region. While pure luxury and pampering certainly aren’t the only way that Tuscany can be enjoyed, if one is looking for that unique high-end experience, the region has plenty to offer. Just about every town and region of Tuscany has a broad choice of offerings that would fit that classification. I’ve taken the opportunity to highlight three of the towns that LifeCycle Adventures guests cycle touring Tuscany often choose to visit.
The town of Siena is usually our gateway for a Tuscany bike tour, and for many, this is where the pure luxury begins. Siena has many uniquely luxurious options:
Siena’s Grand Continental Hotel is the pinnacle of Renaissance architecture, with its 17th-century roots adorning every space. Individual rooms are decorated with original frescoes, antiques, and priceless artworks. Originally built as a private residence, the building has survived the test of time. Why not make this the start to your Tuscan cycling tour?
The Hotel Villa Scacciapensieri provides for a country feel while still being less than 2 miles from Siena’s historic center. The hotel is comprised of several buildings (villas) built in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Amenities abound, including a swimming pool, tennis courts, an on-site dining. While not providing cutting edge modern amenities, the hotel oozes charm and historical luxury. No two rooms are likely to be the same.
San Gimignano, known as the “Medieval Manhattan” will follow Siena for many bike tours in Tuscany.
Hotel La Collegiata, a hotel option on LifeCycle Adventure’s tours fits squarely in the “luxury” category. This converted 16th-century monastery is now a charming hotel set in peaceful gardens. Both the conversion to a hotel and the décor are very tasteful with amazing views back to San Gimignano. This is the perfect place to relax and escape the tourist bustle of the town.
Villasanpaolo, – three miles north of San Gimignano – is a skillful blend of the old and the new. The central villa was a 19th-century country house while the 10,000-square-foot spa is modern and built into the hillside to minimize its architectural impact. The seven-acre property includes formal gardens, olive groves and an outdoor pool.
In Sovicille, many of the accommodation choices are a few miles outside of town in a gloriously rural setting. The town itself is not in many tourist guides, but it is a pleasant and well-preserved village that can trace its roots back to 1000 CE. It also has a Roman mosaic and has been variously ruled by the Florentines, the Sienese, the Medici family and even the French.
The sumptuously luxurious former papal villa of Relais la Suvera is located on a hilltop surrounded by beautiful gardens. The property has a heated outdoor pool, spa and tennis court. It also has a small church and a “family” museum. This is simply one of the best places to stay and eat in Tuscany.
The list of luxury options is far longer than what I’ve covered here, with my sole intent being to provide you with a taste of the high end alternatives that exist. Being able to select one’s accommodations at every stop is much more than a “nice to have” for the high end traveler, and selecting the right custom cycling vacation provider is key! As always, we’d love to help you create that perfect luxurious experience.