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Long route

Length: 46 km

Consigliato: experienced cyclists who are fairly fit

Note: height difference of 1,280 mt

Type: Cycling around

Setting out from the Castle of Monteriggioni, the route goes over some parts of the Via Francigena, the ancient system of roads that crossed the Montagnola, arriving at Abbadia a Isola, with its wonderful Romanesque Church of SS. Salvatore e Cirino, before then continuing towards Certino di Sopra, along a paved way going slightly uphill. Arriving at Casa Giubileo, where there is a stopping-off place, ancient history mingles with an episode in more recent history, and a sadder one, involving WW2 partisans: from here, continuing along the CAI 100 Route, down an unsurfaced path allowing cyclists to travel at high speeds, you return to Abbadia a Isola, and continue on to Valmaggiore, a pleasant plain that marks the spot where there was once a swamp: “Padule del Canneto”. Arriving at a crossroads with a tree in the middle, make sure you take the left-hand turning, as signposted, leading to the ancient osteria of Il Mandorlo (originally 16th century). You continue in the direction of Casella, Fioreta and Sparviero, until you get to the SS del Pian del Lago (state road); the subsequent sections, after Fungaia, are a succession of challenging single-track paths.
This is one of the most attractive and highest parts of the route, with panoramic views over the Sienese countryside, with areas of dense undergrowth full of local wildlife. The descent towards Castel Pietraio is fairly difficult, and you have to pay a lot of attention to the trajectory, especially if the ground is damp underfoot. Returning to Abbadia a Isola, and continuing once again  towards Valmaggiore, at the crossroads with tree turn right towards Podere Ebbio, and from here on the same route as before: Il Mandorlo, Casella, SS.2 Cassia.
The last section of the route crosses Podere Il Santo and continues along the challenging arrival of the Gran Fondo, along the unsurfaced climb with a maximum incline of approx. 25%, leading, via Porta Fiorentina, directly to the inside of the castle.

CAI Routes: 101-100-102-106

Route courtesy of Team Bike Pionieri

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Where to sleep nearby

Monteriggioni Suite Strada di Strove 2, loc. Abbadia Isola, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
S.m. affittacamere Abbadia Loc. Abbadia Isola 16/b - 53035 (Monteriggioni - SI)
None Il Colombaio Strada di Serfignano, loc. Abbadia Isola, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
S.m. affittacamere La Badia Loc. Abbadia Isola 16/b - 53035 (Monteriggioni - SI)
S. m. affittacamere L’arco Loc. Abbadia Isola 16/b - 53035 (Monteriggioni - SI)
Ostello Contessa Ava Loc. Abbadia Isola
S. M. Affittacamere Il Castro Loc. Abbadia Isola 16/b - 53035 (Monteriggioni - SI)
Castelbigozzi Strada di Bigozzi, loc. Strove, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
None Castel Pietraio Strada di Strove 33, loc. Strove,53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
None La Sosta di Strove Via XVII marzo 2-4, loc. Strove, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
None Casalta Via Matteotti 22, loc. Strove, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
None Le Parate di Castel Pietraio Strada di Strove 33, loc. Strove,53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
None Borgo Stomennano Loc. Stomennano, 3, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
None La Caminata Loc. Caminata 2, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
None Casa per ferie S. Maria Assunta Alighieri (già Roma) 23, 53035 Monteriggioni castello (SI)
Romantik hotel Monteriggioni Via I maggio 4, 53035 Monteriggioni castello (SI)
None Stomennano Loc. Stomennano 3, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
None Camere Dentro il Castello Via I maggio 19, 53035 Monteriggioni Castello (SI)
None Monteriggioni Castello Via I Maggio 10, 53035 Monteriggioni castello (SI)
La Signoria 1212 Via I Maggio 19, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
Casa vacanze Casa della Zia Via Matteotti n°7, 53035 Monteriggioni Castello (SI)
None La Canonica di Fungaia Loc. Fungaia 11-13, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
Il Mandorlo Strada del Gallinaio 10 - 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
None Casa Giubileo-Centro culturale ricreativo Strada del Giubileo, Loc. Abbadia Isola - 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
Ebbio Loc. Ebbio, 53035 Monteriggioni (SI)
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