Thinking of the Tuscany, a picture comes into my mind of stone houses with long driveways flanked by cypresses, mellow hills, vineyards, wide fields, the mediterranean sea. And of course the many stories of my friends about the great mountain biking.
The alps are covered by snow, so we go further south. About 1,5h south of Pisa and 3h north of Rome, there are several spots close together, making it a versatile destination for mountain biking. Zoom and move the map below, click on the trails to get further information or download the gpx tracks.
You can also open the region directly in the web-app and use it for navigation.
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The first spot we look at is Piombino. At the hills north of the town, you find a little easier trails and can ride all the way down to the sea. trailguide.net/4238
The descents often end at the mediterranean sea. Don't worry, this is just an extra ending of a really flowy trail.
Several hills offer loads of trails. You have to earn all by pedaling, but there are some really nice uphill trails which make climibing a lot more fun. trailguide.net/4237.
With all the nice riding, don't forget about the tasty Italian food. The castle of Populonia is a great place for a break. Take this trail to get there: trailguide.net/4239.
Punta Ala Trail Center
Spot number two is very versatile. In the hills between Casiglione Della Pescaia and Follonica the very first Enduro World Series took place, and thus fits the character of the trails. More technical, rocky, sometimes very loose. Good gravel roads allow an easy access and in the area around Tirli you can also take a shuttle. Punta Ala Trail Center.
Towards the coast, the trails get easier and the hill next to Puntone offers a few fun and flowy ones for less experienced riders. You can even ride down all the way to the sea.
Massa Marittima is further inland and spot number three in a radius of 20km. The beautiful historic village sits at a hillside above the valley.
From here you immediately reach the easier XC trails on the south side of the village with unique trails like the Canyon trail. trailguide.net/4247
The path winds through a little canyon, overgrown by trees. It is easy to ride and has many nice corners.
Freeride Il Cicalino
North of Massa Marittima, 6 very well built, signed easy to access enduro trails wind down in every direction of the Monte Arsenti. trailguide.net/4243.
The mountain offers descents up to 400 vertical metres and trails from fast and easy to rocky and technical.
The trail network is developed and maintained by the Trail brothers, a local group of trail builders. You can clearly see this in the high quality of the trails. trailguide.net/1426.
Ice skating in front of the Cattedrale di San Cerbone.
Italian street life
Although the Maremma region is a destination for the whole year, it can get quite hot in summer. A good time to go there is from September to June. You find all trails on our free web-app trailguide.net. Open Trailguide on the smartphone and use it for navigation. Or download the GPX tracks for offline use or your gps device.