The Italian Etruscan coast is an undiscovered gem in the world of cycling, with rolling roads passing through the sea of Mediterranean blues and greens that form the outline of the region of Tuscany.
Extending from the city of Livorno to Piombino, the area offers a huge range of trails ranging from asphalt roads to pine forests and dirt tracks, each of which transports you from one gastronomical delight to the next with the Tyrrhenian Sea as a backdrop and cultural wealth to spare.
Here’s Mpora’s pick of the best things to do for a getaway filled with active delights and delicious sensations on the Etruscan Coast this summer.
1) Visit San Vincenzo and Ride to a Roman Fortress
Whether you choose to ride from North to South, South to North, or base yourself in the middle, we’d recommend a visit to San Vincenzo. The popular village boasts seductive sealines and is enriched by the greens and browns of the pine forest of Rimigliano Macchia, adding a whiff of natural romance to the air.
From here you can ride a short distance and climb the Gulf of Baratti, a stunning ride which will bring you to the Fortress of Populonia; one of the most important settlements in Etruscan and Roman history. From the top of the fortress, look out on the dark blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea, where one of the most stunning sunsets in the world awaits.