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Coming this fall: A new bicycling adventure in Tuscany, Italy

Route of Tuscany cycling tour. Map courtesy of VBT.

Attention cycling fans: The folks at VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations want you to know you'll soon have a chance to pedal your way back to the Tuscan Renaissance in northwest Italy.

Among highlights of the 10-day adventure – called “Cycling Italy's Middle Ages: Lucca to Pisa” – will be a visit to the historic city of Florence (where you'll get immersed in the city's artworks, museums and centuries-old landmarks, including a walk across the Arno River on the Ponte Vecchio). Also on the itinerary will be stops at Pisa (with plenty of time to explore the famed Campo dei Miracoli and to climb the 290 steps inside the Leaning Tower) and Vinci, the hometown of Leonardo Da Vinci (including a tour of a castle-like museum dedicated to the famous artist).

You'll pedal 18 to 40 miles a day along undulating rivers, through quaint villages, on gently rolling roads lined by olive trees, along protected marshlands, past ancient castles and even atop the city walls of Lucca. Along the way you'll take a dip in thermal waters, enjoy some family-style meals with local folks and sample homemade cheeses, olive oils and wines.

The tour is scheduled six times this fall leaving on these dates: Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19.

Cost of the 10-day tour starts at $3,845 per person, including your international airfare. Or you can buy a seven-day, land-only package starting at $2,845 per person. For more details click the website for VBT's Cycling Italy's Middle Ages.