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Under the Tuscan Sun

Old 07-29-10, 04:14 AM
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Under the Tuscan Sun

An old friend moved to Tuscany a few years ago, and has been raving about it ever since. He's invited me to visit a few times, but the stars never aligned. A month ago he extended another invite. I found myself perusing some budget airline flights, found a good price, and 3 weeks later I landed in Pisa, with a carry on bag containing some bike kit, toothbrush, and some street clothes. Just my luck, my friend had a spare bike, which happened to the same make, model, and size as my own bike.

Herewith, some pics.



While Lucca was where I would be staying, this is (more or less) the terrain that I covered.



Looking down on to Lucca.



The famous city walls of old Lucca, built to keep the Fiorentini out.

In the past they were used for car races. These days, the only racing done on them is cyclo-cross.



Start grid from the last race.



If you want to go for a ride on the 4km circuit, you can pay extortionate rates to rent a bike at this place.



The Lucchese keep it simple.



The back streets provide some welcome shade from the searing heat.

Some sights.



Tower Guinigi
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Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
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San Michele in Foro.



Stairway to heaven.



Duomo di Lucca.

While at was inside the Duomo, I thought I heard thunder (the skies were looking ominous).

It turned out to be something completely different.

I left the piazza, and walked towards the sound.



First seeing some immaculately attired motorcycle cops.



Then seeing what was the cause of the commotion: Placebo doing a sound check for their evening concert.



Both tourists and locals enjoyed the 'show.'
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On with some scenes from the countryside.



Farm along the Serchio.





Views from and along the Piccolo Mortirolo.



Just one of many road side shrines, this one on a descent.



Tuscan vineyard.



Ascending Passo del Cipollaio. The white peak is marble quarry.



Western view from the top of the Cipollaio.



One day I went out on my own.

My plan was to follow along part of the route of the Via Francigena.



Which happened to also be on the course of the Gran Fondo Michele Bartoli.



Which brought me to some interesting climbs.
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And historical sights.


At the end of the ride, when I was back in Lucca, I decided to try a short, sharp climb that Mr. B apparently used to do intervals on.



Right, just off a road, and on to this, followed by a very sharp right, then...





Up this, and swing right.



Then up this.

I rode it a it a few times. Interesting.

Yesterday was my last day, so the plan was to get up early, and squeeze in a 5 hour ride, to and along the sea, before my afternoon flight.



Of course my host with the most included a few 'bumps.'



With their views of valleys.



And the civilized alternative to a 7-Eleven.



The Mediterranean in sight.



Finally descending down to the coast, and riding on pancake flat roads for the first time in a week.

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Alongside various hotels and resorts.


And that's about it.

Some amazing riding in the region. I only have two regrets: one is that I didn't have the chance to get some shots of an amazing bridge, and the other is that...



instead of imbibing upon the local plonk, I mainly drank this stuff (which isn't so bad, considering it was actually the brand that I learned how to like beer with, many moons ago).

finito.

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Great pics! Looks like sweet riding.
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Looks like a great time was had. Fantastic photos of a remarkable (my favorite) part of the world. Thanks for posting it.
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Great pics of a great location. Thanks
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Nice pics. thanks for sharing you lucky bastid.
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Im jealous. But you already knew that.
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Very Nice! Thanks.
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Looks like an absolutely beautiful area. I'm also jealous, going to add this to the bucket list.
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a yearly tradition that i truely enjoy. thanks for sharing. later.
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thanks for this botto
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Incredible pics! Thanks for the vicarious pleasure of riding in Tuscany!
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Very cool. I'm jealous
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Very nice trip and great photos, thanks!
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Thank you for sharing.
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fantastic all around!

+1 for placebo
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Wow, that looked like an awesome trip. Beautiful photos!
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As always, excellent pics.
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Incredible pictures. You really should have a show on the travel channel, or at least write for one.
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Beautiful. How was the food?
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Nice ! ....... I'm envious
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now that looks just fine. when are you moving there?
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