I'm looking for information about road biking in Tuscany. I'm not actually touring, but this category sounded the most promising.
Anyway, I am planning a trip to Italy the end of September. I will be spending 6 days at an agriturismo 10 km. south of Siena. This will allow as many as 4 days of biking. I'd like to take spoke rides from the place I'm staying, probably keeping the round trips under 100 km each day (a little more would be fine too.)
Lonely Planet (LP) suggested a hybrid or mountain bike for ultimate flexibility. LP said there were a number of dirt and gravel roads. I do both mountain biking and road biking. I am definitely more of a roadie and would prefer to ride a road bike on paved roads. My idea of a perfect ride would be a 40-50 km road ride to a small town to meet my wife for lunch and sightseeing.
Should I heed the words of LP and rent a hybrid or mountain bike? I assume if I only bike 4 days there will be plenty of road rides to keep me interested. How is the traffic if you stay on paved roads? Does anyone have suggestions of rides originating south of Siena in the range I've mentioned above? What kinds of things should I consider when planning rides beyond what you'd normally consider? Any other information or suggestions would be appreciated.
I searched the forum for information. After looking around for about 10 minutes I decided to start this thread. I apologize in advance if a 10 min. search isn't enough time to justify starting a thread. Thanks in advance for the information.