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Under the Tuscan Sun, Part II

Old 10-21-10, 08:59 AM
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Under the Tuscan Sun, Part II

botto's pics started the discussion.

Once there, it was apparent words would poorly describe the experience.

My rental - Madone 6.5, DA 7900. My Aliante and Speedplays.



Volterra








Monteriggioni




San Gimignano





Radda




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Although Tuscany was close, Finale Ligure was perfection.















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Every time I look at these threads, I always wonder what's wrong with me for looking at fancy wheels instead of just investing that money in a plane ticket to a place like this.
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Scenic.
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awesome possum.
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Now that's living. Maybe I think of buying a house in Italy?
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How old are ruins such as this?

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I've been to Tuscany and Umbria in the past 4 years.

Finest place on Earth, IMO and I am NOT going back again unless I'm riding.

So where did you rent the bike ?, as even though I'd love to bring a bike, it's a big expense now-a-days to get it on the plane.

Thanks in advance

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
How old are ruins such as this?
Really old.
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Originally Posted by Lightingguy
So where did you rent the bike ?, as even though I'd love to bring a bike, it's a big expense now-a-days to get it on the plane.
We chose to ride the train instead of renting a car. We took the train from Florence to Milan and then from Milan to Finale. It would have been impossible with both bikes and our luggage.

Anticipating that, and set on riding nice bikes, we chose Trek Travel.
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Originally Posted by Lightingguy
I've been to Tuscany and Umbria in the past 4 years.

Finest place on Earth, IMO and I am NOT going back again unless I'm riding.

So where did you rent the bike ?, as even though I'd love to bring a bike, it's a big expense now-a-days to get it on the plane.

Thanks in advance

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I have been to Florence, Rome and Venice and although Venice is impressive I would rather ride in Tuscany (Florence). I have wondered if I would enjoy the vacation more if I rode a bike or rented a convertible and drove. I would see more places in a car but more isn't always better. A person could see more places using an air plane than a train but from a train you see much more and that may be the same with a bike.
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Beautiful pictures.
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Finale Ligure looks beautiful.
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After a cappuccino and some focaccia, we stumbled upon this high end bike shop nestled amongst the stores in Finale. Carbon everywhere. Scott, Cervelo, Trek, Cannondale.

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You have to love small towns in Italy. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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Another ride report with wonderful pics. Excellent.
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We drove from my wife's village in Bayern last summer to Volterra.

We stayed 10 days at Podera San Lorenzo, appr. 3 kilometers outside of Volterra.

We had bikes along, a Wilier and a Pinarello that were on loan from her cousins.

We drove through Milan, and stopped here. Closed! Of course it was a holiday.





Here is a pic of our Agriturismo, Podera San Lorenzo.



A working olive farm and a slice of heaven.

It was our 20th wedding anniversary and it couldn't have been better.

Biking was incredible, but really, all aspects were just right.
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Awesome pics! How's the ride on that Madone?
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Originally Posted by gundom66
How's the ride on that Madone?
I spent a lot of time on that bike and liked it, until we hit rough patches of road. I prefer a stiffer bike, but it was bone-jarring and unforgiving. Even with carbon everything, the road vibration was significant. Enough to rattle your fillings loose.
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I spent a lot of time on that bike and liked it, until we hit rough patches of road. I prefer a stiffer bike, but it was bone-jarring and unforgiving. Even with carbon everything, the road vibration was significant. Enough to rattle your fillings loose.
I had Continental 4000s tires on the Pinarello I rode.

Were super on the paved roads, not so much on white gravel farm roads though.

Fun climbing the hills between Sienna and Volterra wasn't it?

My favorite memory was watching three seniors on their Colnagos grinding up about a 8-10% grade smoking heaters with groceries stuffed into their back jersey pockets!

All the while, I was ready to puke out a lung.
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Originally Posted by gomango
Biking was incredible, but really, all aspects were just right.
That pretty much sums it up.
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Originally Posted by gomango
Here is a pic of our Agriturismo, Podera San Lorenzo.
Shameless advertising for Aunt Angela.

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