Countryside bike tour & saffron tasting
Level of difficulty: BEGINNER / BASIC
Lengtt: 15/20 Km (9/12 miles)
Elevation gain uphill: 100/300 m (300/900 ft)
Surface: paved road, unpaved road
Duration: 3-4 hours
Meeting point: Vicchio (FI), piazza Giotto
Guided tour of farm
Tasting included: delicious saffron-flavored products (honey, cheese, biscuits, herbal tea)
Enjoy a 15 kilometer bike tour around the Tuscan countryside and discover the saffron's secrets, just a few kilometres from Florence and into Mugello, a little slice of heaven.
After a short walk into the small village of Vicchio and around its beautiful lake, begin your ride into the countryside, away from traffic. Along the way you’ll meet a Romanesque Church, a Villa from the Medicean era, and see the home of Giotto, always surrounded by nature and the typical Tuscan landscape.
Halfway through the ride, you’ll stop at a saffron farm. Meet the local farm animals, see the bee hives and vineyard, and taste some delicious saffron-flavored products (honey, cheese, biscuits, beer, herbal tea), while the owners show you how to grow saffron.
You can easily reach the meeting place by train from Firenze S.M.Novella station to Vicchio (about 50 min scenic journey through the countryside).
The tour starts in Vicchio, a village of medieval origin, where great artists such as Giotto and Beato Angelico, lived their youth. The ride continues on country roads between farmhouses, vineyards and olive trees into Mugello area, the homeland of the famous Medici family, and a land that’s rich in history with their medieval castles, romanesque churches and noble villas.
WHAT A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!!! This is so different from all the 'ordinary' guided tours you can book. Getting to Vicchio from Florence is straight forward and not expensive at all. If you're ever in Florence and fancy doing something unique I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tour! Thanks a lot for everything Simone! :)
Beautiful experience with Simone in the Tuscan countryside. My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the scenic views, touring the farm, and the delicious tasting of Saffron-infused cookies, teas, and more, not to mention the company of Simone. Do it!
Simone was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. It was a wonderful experience in an area I would not have necessarily gone to otherwise. Highly recommended! Grazie, Simone!
I had the most amazing experience with Simone exploring Vicchio in the Tuscan countryside. I highly recommend this experience with Simone! You’ll have a fabulous time with a fantastic guide who is knowledgeable about Vicchio and Mugello! Grazie Mille Simone!!! I look forward to your other experiences and visiting again!
Great trail on very good bikes. Simone told a lot about the history and the cultivation of the area. Nice break at the farm to taste saffron tea and to look around. Good experience to get an impression of wonderful Tuscany
What an amazing experience! The countryside is absolutely stunning. Simone is a wonderful guide.
This adventure is the perfect antidote to the intensity of Florence! When you’ve had your fill of museums and crowds, take this outing. The bikes and helmets were in perfect condition. The town of Vicchio is charming. The bike ride was spectacular! The views were absolutely stunning, the farm and animals were so much fun. Simone made sure we were safe and comfortable, and we all had the best time. This outing was definitely the highlight of our vacation. I highly recommend it!
Simone was a wonderful guide. The ride was exactly as it was described and a beautiful experience. The stop at the farm for tasting the saffron products was excellent, don't eat too much before you go as the snacks are delicious and plentiful! We also enjoyed meeting the owner of the farm and learning about growing saffron!