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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The Medici Villas in 7 stages – 3rd part

An half-day of free time, a car with a full tank of gas, a camera and your search for beauty sensor activated: let’s start …

We complete our itinerary for the Medici Villas started in the previous post: we left Florence in the first part of our itinerary and then we went around Fiesole and up in Mugello area in the second half.

Today we return to low altitude and leave again from the Villa of Cerreto Guidi in Chianti area that houses the ‘Museum of Hunting and territory’.

Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi

Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi

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Florence for sport lovers

Florence has many attractions for travellers: the artistic heritage, the beautiful surroundings of the Chianti and Mugello, cultural initiatives, and the rich range of museums and the tasty food and wine. You should add to your journey an international sport event: if you are a fan of a particular sport or an athlete, you will easily combine your passions  in Florence on the occasion of one of the next sporting events.

In the coming months there will be opportunities in Florence for fans of different sports to make your stay in Florence even more unique.

deejay ten Firenze 2013

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Palazzo Coppini, a ‘new’ historical building in Florence

The historic centre of Florence is filled with small stars that tell us the wealth built by the many families of nobles, merchants and craftsmen. So each building is a story within a story: in the facades with the characteristic medieval gates reinforced by the nails and in the towers “scapezzate” broken off in 1250, in the changes during the Renaissance and often also during the nineteenth-century.

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