Cycle tourism: a new “slow tourism” proposal

Recently, we often hear about cycle tourism. First of all.. What is it cycle tourism?

Enit – the Italian Agency of National Tourism – defines cycle tourism as “tourism practiced by cycling”. An alternative way of approaching “places and people” through itinerant trips or daily trips without competition, along easily accessible routes, on low-traffic roads or paths reserved for bicycles.

Cycle tourism therefore proposes a slow journey, in which movements are not only tailored to men, but also considered as the goal themselves: the heart of the journey. A sustainable travel that allows you to enjoy a direct relationship with the environment by preserving it, creating a deeper relationship not only with the landscape but also with the people and with the culture of the territories you visit.
Furthermore, cycle tourism makes It possible to enhance unknown places, with positive effects on local economies. Therefore It brings both an economic and a socio-cultural worth.

Even a city as Florence can offer a truly rich and interesting cycling tour to discover unknown places. This is called the Renaissance Ring. It starts from and arrives to the castle of Calenzano, along a 172 kilometer long path, divided into sixteen stages, which surrounds the city and which has its ideal cornerstone in the Dome of the Cathedral of the city – a Brunelleschi’s work.
Through woods, hills and trails immersed in nature, the itinerary crosses monasteries, castles, country squares, ancient walled centers, hospitals to host pilgrims, fragments of streets from the Roman or Medieval times. Anyway, if you travel each section separately, you can always reach Florence via public transport links.
Surely it is an extraordinarily and unusual way – and to everyone’s reach – to visit Florence and to appreciate its history and traditions, but also the environment, in a joyful harmony.

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Cycle tourism, with its slowness and alternative routes, allows you to experience the journey, interpreted as a movement, and everything that is part of it, discovering it and enriching travellers thanks to the knowledge they have lived.
To put it a bit with the words of Monsieur Ibrahim, while with a red car crosses together with Momo all of Europe directed to the south, without taking the highway because “they are good for fools who want to go as fast as possible from one point to another” (from the novel Monsieur Ibrahim e i fiori del Corano, di Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt).

Here are a selection of accommodation along the itinerary:

 

Calenzano (start and arrival, stages 1 and 8)

 

La Certosa (stages 6 and 7)

 

Signa (stage 8)

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