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While biking up challenging slopes and undulating hills can be fun on a standard cycle, it's certainly smooth sailing on an e-bike. If you're planning a tour through the captivating ruggedness of Tuscany's diverse landscapes for example, then an e-bike can help you reach those astounding, sun-soaked views with ease. Here we share why we love Tuscany and our favourite Italy ebike tours.
An e-bike is almost identical to a normal bike in every respect, except for the fact it has an electric motor fitted to help with riding. That doesn't mean the bike does all the work for you of course – it simply makes pedalling much easier thanks to the motor's assistance.
There's actually a number of advantages to this, with perhaps the least obvious one being fitness. While it might seem counterintuitive, riding an e-bike can actually mean you do more exercise than on a traditional bike. This is because you'll cycle faster and for longer thanks to the assisted pedalling, which translates into more exercise overall. The lower-impact nature of the exercise is also easier on your joints and muscles.
Last but not least, there's the fact that you'll have a much easier time getting up hills or through energy-draining headwinds – ideal for a few of our Tuscany cycling tours, as you'll see.
Movie-worthy scenery - Some days it will feel as though every turn reveals a new film set – from the old country roads of Gladiator to the villas of Much Ado About Nothing, you'll want to keep your camera firmly in hand. The vistas from atop the Chianti hills have to be seen to be believed. Luckily, your e-bike will mean you'll still have plenty of energy to take photos when you reach the top.
Traditional cuisine - One of the best things about Tuscany is indulging in the local cuisine. We recommend a stop off in the charming village of Asciano for an authentic wood-fired pizza. As you cycle through the Chianti region, famous around the world for its fine wines, there'll be plenty of opportunities to sample some in the sunshine.
Medieval villages - We love Cortona, a hillside town with views of Montepulciano, Lake Trasimeno and the Tuscan hills. Other village highlights on our tours in Tuscany include Radda and Greve in Chianti, Montalcino and Asciano.
Celebrated films like Tea with Mussolini, Hannibal, and Quantum of Solace have been filmed against the vivid Tuscan countryside, which is something of a favourite when it comes to movie locations. This tour takes you past the Monastery of Sant’Anna (used in The English Patient), too.
E-biking through Val d’Orcia is a real highlight of this trip, and you'll really be able to take in the lush shades of green and gold that blanket this rural paradise. While you'll certainly be conserving energy as you glide up the curves of the quintessentially Tuscan hills, don't miss a chance to pick up some locally-made pecorino – a hard, salty cheese similar to parmesan. The town of Pienza, with its neat piazzas and towering palazzos is another highlight of the valley.
The Tuscan landscape of ripe fields, perfectly arranged vineyards, and winding lanes produces some of Italy's finest food and wine. Rich, intense truffles, silky smooth, fruity olive oil, and even the vivid crimson of saffron are all celebrated in regional and local dishes. If you're a fan of food and drink (who isn't?), you'll particularly enjoy the dinner specially prepared by celebrity chef, Giancarlo Polito, available on our tour.
You'll certainly appreciate the e-bike as you head through the sloping foothills from Gubbio to Assisi. Even though there's the option of a rest day once you reach this delightful Umbrian haven, a brief jaunt off the tour and into the rugged beauty of the nearby state park, also home to St Francis' mountain retreat, is certainly worth considering. The e-bike can do all the hard work, after all. Whichever option you settle on, make sure to try the unforgettable tenderness and flavour of a traditional Florentine T-bone steak while you're in Assisi.
To discover our full range of Italy ebike tours view our website here or call our cycle experts on 020 7471 7760
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