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Touring Tuscany from the Seat of a Bike

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Photo: Kip Malone

Nobody cares about road bikes anymore. But I’d argue these light, fast, and efficient machines are still great for exploring—something that was reaffirmed when I rode a Pinarello F10 through Italy on a trip with InGamba tours.

Pedaling up to six hours each day, I had an unobstructed view of the countryside that I would have missed while sitting in a tour bus. I met locals and got a close look at vineyards and medieval fortresses that I would have otherwise whizzed past in a car. And thanks to all those calories I burned each day, it felt great to eat heaping platefuls of fettuccine with ragu Bolognese every night, washed down with glass after glass of Chianti classico.

Photo: The group rolls through Castellina in Chianti, a small town of 3,000 people just north of Siena.

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In Tuscany, you can ride for miles without passing a car.

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Chatting with a local in the piazza outside the Rocca di Castellina.

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Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of vineyards along the road in Tuscany.

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The food was simple, fresh, and plentiful. InGamba jokes that if you lose weight on one of its trips, you get your money back.

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The Italians drink espresso at least a couple times a day. It’s rare to find a to-go cup and almost sacrilegious to take milk in your coffee after 11 a.m.

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InGamba tours are not cheap—the company’s late-August trip starts at $6,950—but that’s because all the details are handled. Riders get their own kit and locker, plus a team mechanic who ensures all the bikes are perfect each day, and the company supplies all the food, coffee, and wine you can consume. Even better, it offers an end-of-day massage.

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Fresh bikes waiting for the riders.

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Resting at the Borgolecchi Inn in the town of Lecchi.

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The medieval town of Siena, which is famous for its Palio di Siena, a bareback horse race that takes place around the palazzo.

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Riders sharing war stories.

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