The Maremma is the home of cycling. With wide roads and little traffic, it is possible to cross the length and breadth of the province in solitude and tranquillity.
However, the tranquillity of the place and the beauty of the territory are not just a coincidence. The Maremmani are extremely attentive to their environment, they know exactly how much the Maremma is the ideal place to practice cycling, and they have dedicated time and resources to allow all cycling enthusiasts to explore this territory.
The first thing to do when organizing a cycling holiday is to choose accommodation. Before choosing accommodation for your trip, however, consider well which itinerary to follow by bicycle and how far you will have to travel, considering that the Maremma is a very vast territory, almost a third of the whole of Tuscany.
The best itineraries are certainly those along the coastal area of the Maremma and around the provincial capital, Grosseto. In fact, this part of the Maremma not only boasts an incredible vastness of places to discover, but also an excellent network of roads and paths to ensure not only safe and relaxing excursions, but also easy access to beaches and natural parks.
Once the destination has been chosen, it is time to think about the facility in which to stay. Whether you decide to bring your own bike or rent one locally, there are plenty of bike-friendly facilities in the Grosseto area. Since you are planning a nature holiday, why not choose eco-friendly accommodation? You certainly don’t want to ruin your holiday with greasy, fried food and claustrophobic spaces, so choose a B&B or agriturismo with plenty of open spaces to explore on foot when you get off your bike!
Considering that ‘we are what we eat’, once you get off your bike you won’t be able to resist the temptations of Maremma cuisine. The Maremma is famous for its genuine and seasonal products, such as acquacotta (a delicious bread and vegetable soup), tortelli (filled with spinach and ricotta and served with meat sauce or butter and sage). These dishes are not only delicious but also healthy; farmers and butteri used to take these foods to the fields and to work. The Maremman people prepare their menus according to the seasonality of produce, so be sure to choose an agriturismo that produces the ingredients they use or at least sources them from nearby farms. You could also opt for an agriturismo that embraces the organic philosophy; after all, cycling and ecotourism go hand in hand. If you are not particularly experienced, or if you simply want a guide to lead you to discover the most beautiful paths in the Maremma, you can contact one of the local cycling schools. You can ask directly at the reception of your hotel, and the staff will more than willingly help you organize a cycling trip along the perfect itineraries for you!
If you are not particularly experienced, or if you simply want a guide to lead you through the most beautiful trails in the Maremma, you can contact one of the local cycling schools. You can ask directly at the reception of your hotel, and the staff will be more than happy to help you organize a cycling trip along the itineraries that are perfect for you! If you are not particularly experienced, or if you simply want a guide to help you discover the most beautiful paths in the Maremma, you can contact one of the local cycling schools. You can ask directly at the reception of your hotel, and the staff will more than willingly help you organize a cycling trip along the perfect itineraries for you! If, on the other hand, you prefer to experience this alone, you can choose from more than 30 cycling trails in the Maremma. The most beautiful nature trails run through the Maremma Park, just outside Grosseto. These routes are suitable for all levels of experience and will take you from the deserted beaches of the coast to the ancient medieval watchtowers. Beware of the Maremmane cows (typical of the Tuscan Maremma), which roam the park.
If you love sun and surf, take the Ciclopista del Sole, a route that crosses the peninsula from the Brenner Pass to Sicily, meets the Maremma along the coast and inland for about 100 km from Follonica to Marina di Grosseto to Magliano in Tuscany.
If you want shorter routes, consider a tour of Monte Argentario, a route that circles the entire promontory from Porto Santo Stefano to Porto Ercole, with many scenic stops and the possibility of swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Costa d’Argento.
If you are looking for a challenge, we recommend the Gran Tour della Maremma. 366 kilometres through the most authentic spirit of the Maremma, discovering ancient towns, breathtaking scenery and hidden secrets. The Grand Tour of the Maremma is a circular itinerary, starting and ending in Massa Marittima, passing through the hills surrounding Manciano, Monte Argentario and the Grosseto countryside, to Castiglione della Pescaia and back to the Colline Metallifere in Massa Marittima.
Here you can download a copy of the 30 Maremma cycling routes: www.turismoinmaremma.it