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Private Tuscany Cycling Tour from Florence provided by Riding with Cosimo

Private Tuscany Cycling Tour from Florence

Private Tuscany Cycling Tour from Florence
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3–8 hours
Hotel pickup offered
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3–8 hours
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Italian
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, Italian
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8404P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Private Bike tour
Exclusions
  • Bike
  • Bike helmet
  • Entrance fees to local attraction
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Security surcharge, payable at the time of check-in.
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Duration
3–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Contact me with your location and we can set up a time and place to meet to start our ride.
  • P.za della Libertà, 13, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Private Bike tour
Exclusions
  • Bike
  • Bike helmet
  • Entrance fees to local attraction
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Security surcharge, payable at the time of check-in.
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Contact me with your location and we can set up a time and place to meet to start our ride.
  • P.za della Libertà, 13, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    P.za della Libertà, 13
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Piazzale Michelangelo
    Stop: 15 minutes
    A beautiful view of Florence on the way out of town.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Eric G
Houston, TX67 contributions
Jul. 2020
I'm sorry to say this review is almost 2 years overdue as we had such a great time on our private guided bike tour in the hills around Florence. My fiancée and I booked a tour with Mark in July, 2019 and cannot recommend him highly enough. I'm a fairly avid cyclist and my fiancée is a casual/beginner and he designed a beautiful 39-mile route to our skill levels and provided options along the way to divert if we wanted to hit a particularly picturesque viewpoint, or take the less strenuous route, etc.

Coordination and communication were exceptional; he provided excellent advice with regard to bike rentals, met us at the shop on time, utilized the information about our riding styles and skill levels to recommend the appropriate equipment and, most importantly, guided us on a very fun and pretty ride through the Tuscan countryside, stopping for much needed espresso and snacks along the way. While my fiancée has opted to leave future vacation cycling trips to me (it's just not her thing), I wouldn't hesitate to book with Mark again. I imagine he's got some great gravel routes we could explore as well!
Written June 3, 2021
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Mark C
Thanks for the nice review, Eric
Written June 4, 2021
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Andrew Z
1 contribution
Sep. 2019
My partner and I hadn't planned much to do while visiting Florence, and happened across Mark's tour of the Tuscany hills when we got into town. Being a regular road rider, I was really looking forward to this day trip. Needless to say, it was a day more than well spent. Mark did an awesome job guiding our group, leading us to some of the nice sites around Florence, and then off into the hills where we had a fantastic meal - honestly probably the most authentic meal we had while in Florence. Although a few of our group members had some challenges with the amount of climbing we did, Mark did a good job of keeping everyone together, and also offering a riding push up some of the hills, further showing his professionalism towards being a top-notch guide. After lunch we headed back down into Florence where we made another stop for some Gelato, which again was outstanding. We would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an authentic adventure around the area, and would definitely ride with Mark again.
Written January 16, 2020
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threecats
Kentfield, CA17 contributions
Sep. 2019
September 2019 was our second tour with Mark. Our group of 9 women from California rode with Mark and another guide for 5 days. We departed from central Florence, and Mark guided us all expertly through the city and then out to the countryside. Each day was lovely, challenging and thoughtfully guided. We covered about 50 miles per day with elevations ranging from 2,700 to 5,000 ft per day. We stopped as needed for photos, pastries, lunch and espresso. Each day was unique. Mark kept our group together with excellent pacing and support. We will return to Florence to ride again with Mark as soon as we are able. Mark is a strong rider and designed a tour that was perfect for our skill level.
Written January 7, 2020
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Mark C
Thanks for the review - I enjoyed riding with the Girlz.
Written January 9, 2020
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Clare Hawkins
Galway, Ireland1 contribution
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Both myself and my partner had such an AMAZING day riding through Chianti with Mark. Although Mark and my partner are more experienced cyclists than me, they kept a nice pace throughout the entire day. Mark had set up the route so we could have options to extend it depending on our/my energy levels on the day. We cycled 75km in total, which was a new record for me!

Not only was Mark a super guide, but he was also a very friendly and likeable guy. The weather on the day couldn't have been better too - around 26 degrees Celsius and sunny. It really was such a memorable way to see the beautiful Tuscan countryside, and it was definitely one the highlights of our trip!

Thank you so much for such a perfect day Mark!
Written February 10, 2020
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Mark C
Thank you for the nice review!
Written February 11, 2020
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Raff
1 contribution
Jul. 2019
Wonderful day biking through the Tuscan countryside! We biked all day (about 30km) with out 10 and 12 year old kids. Mark was great! He met us in an agreed upon location in one of the towns and arranged for the bike rentals. He customized the bike route to accommodate our kids. There were some challenging hills but Mark was very patient and encouraging to help us all get up them. The scenery was beautiful and my kids say it was the best day of our trip. Would highly recommend Mark's tour.
Written January 31, 2020
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Mark C
Thank you for the nice reveiw!
Written February 1, 2020
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USA_AL
Charlottesville, VA41 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
Florence and Tuscany are incredible. But, most of the venues and activities are pre-packaged for the average dull, sedate tourist walking or using a bus.
--Then there's Cosimo!

Mark, the tour organizer is a mature, strong cyclist from the USA who moved to Florence four years ago so he and his wife could be near their daughter. He knows the region and, from his local connections he also has gained great insights into wonderful destinations. He combines the knowledge gained from his regional cycling and his relationships to create incredible end-to-end custom tours. He can help with bicycle rentals, riding, food, sites, public transit, and more. Just ask -- that's what makes this different, it's an all-day custom-built activity that will be the one thing you remember most about Florence. This is only possible because Mark is a native English-speaking guide who also understands the region, the local language, bicycling, and the local connections.

For four of us, Mark worked with us in advance to arrange a private winery tour with a chef-prepared meal for just us. The day started by meeting us at a coffee shop in town where we got to know Mark and learn more about the day ahead. We walked to the nearby bicycle shop where we rented very nice bicycles (highly geared hybrids, with step-throughs for the two women). We rode out quiet paths and roads to the winery up in the hills South of town. After that, he arranged for two the cyclists to return to Florence by train while the two more dedicated cyclists rode back for a full 40-mile loop. All of us enjoyed great views, many photo ops, and delightful rest stops (with coffee and pastry).

By way of background, I'm a bicycling enthusiast aged 59. I don't race, but I enjoy riding and am comfortable navigating roads with occasional cars and hills back home. My observation is that Mark is superb for moderate and serious cyclists. But, if you're shooting for a few miles of family fun riding, you would be better off with one of the dumbed-down package bike tours on clumsy fixed-gear heavy bikes.

Mark's custom tours are not "cheap," but they are a great value. His gives you a package for your small private group that spans the entire day and includes food, tours, wine, etc (whatever you choose). You can easily pay a lot more for a lot less. And, most other tours (by bicycle or van/bus) consist of a group of strangers and a fixed sterilized itinerary. With Mark, you create a custom package up front and then adjust your day as you ride -- based on the the riders' energy, changes in weather, surprising sites, hunger, or whatever you feel.

I highly recommend Mark for a unforgettable day (or days) that you'll remember even after the rest of your vacation fades from memory.
Written May 1, 2016
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lremfam
Lake Oswego, OR4 contributions
Oct. 2014 • Couples
The couple we were traveling with in Tuscany had heard about Riding with Cosimo through a friend and we decided it would be a nice complement to our trip to hire Cosimo (owner Mark Collins) for a cycling tour in Florence's countryside. We had no cycling gear with us other than shorts and t-shirts and were concerned about too difficult a ride as none of us are regular cyclists. When we arrived for the tour Mark had everything arranged including bicycles for the four of us and a tour mapped out that was sensitive to our riding experience. We had to ride a bit inside Florence to get out to the countryside and then for the duration of the trip we cycled through the Tuscany countryside enjoying picturesque villages and landscape that you cannot appreciate as well by car or public transportation. For those who know the countryside around Florence, it is not flat but hilly terrain, some of the inclines quite challenging. Mark watched out for us to be sure we didn't get too strung out and did a nice job of selecting a route with minimal auto traffic. He has a really nice way of giving encouragement without pandering. While at the end of our 55 kilometer ride we were happy to no longer have a bike seat under us, we all shared high fives to symbolize how much we enjoyed the trip, one of the highlights of our two weeks in Tuscany. As an added benefit, Mark takes pictures along the route and records distance ridden and elevation gained and shares all this in a subsequent email that arrives almost immediately. All in all, a first rate experience that we'd do again in a flash.
Written October 25, 2014
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Rasha H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates79 contributions
Sep. 2019
my fiance and myself were in Chianti for a quick getaway and mark managed to change his regular route to meet us in Chianti since that is were we wanted to have the tour and we were shocked by how knowledgable he was of all the routes as he chose it to completely fit our needs as we wanted nice views with medium level of workout. also the whole itenerary and stops and recos for food was on point.
Written January 8, 2020
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Mark C
Thanks for the review, Rasha.
Written January 9, 2020
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SeeThePlanet
San Francisco, CA15 contributions
Oct. 2018 • Friends
In October 2017 our group of four women from San Francisco hired Mark to guide us for 4 days of amazing cycling. He is fabulous! He showed us beautiful rides, shared local stops for espresso, pastries & savories, and lunch stops as well. We rode 33-55 miles per day and he paced us according to our skill (he is a very strong rider!). We have hired him to guide us again for a week -- in fall 2019 -- and can't wait! He is such a nice guy and I recommend him very highly!
Written May 3, 2019
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Frank S
Boulder, CO10 contributions
Oct. 2018 • Couples
We had an enjoyable day with Mark riding out to Chianti and back from Florence, with nice stops at cafes along the way.
Written November 12, 2018
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Just what I asked for!
Mark guided me for four days of road bike riding in Tuscany and they were the highlight of a two week vacation to I
JuliainRandolph
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Riding with Mark exceeded my expectations
Riding through Florence and into the Chianti region was thrilling. We rode through small towns and up and down thro
tangerinedreams
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Tuscan Hill Towns
We had a great day out with Mark at the beginning of July. We eschewed the more popular Chianti countryside in favo
David F
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Mark was amazing!
Gorgeous ride through Tuscany/Chianti - felt like we were in very experienced, safe pair of hands with Mark
Bloggs53
Bloggs53
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Great ride
I'm a keen cyclist but had never cycled in Italy. Mark did a great job showing me round the Tuscan hills and matchi
jonathanpowers
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A dream riding experience
I don't always write tripadvisor reviews, but I felt that I had to share what a great experience I had riding with
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Riding with Cosimo / Firenze
I will think to the monument of Cosimos on the left side of Palazzo Vecchio; it's a work of big dignity; the posh
cathypfahl
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GREAT guide!!
I had the pleasure of riding with Mark on a 30-mile loop through the Chianti region. Mark is a great guide. He offe
Ali A
Ali A
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Cycling in Florence
Absolutely amazing tour thanks so much Cosimo for all the information and making me comfortable, Definitely will s
Kate W
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Mark was a fantastic hiking guide. My husband and I were on our honeymoon in August. We were gifted the hike throug
Joseph W
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Florence Bike riding - Cosimo is in a class by himself!
Cosimo (Mark) was an excellent guide who tailored a ride to my riding ability and expectations for the day. Pleasan
Michael K
Michael K
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A fantastic experience
My wife and I (on our honeymoon) took a multi-day trip with Cosimo. He was an amazing, adaptable, fun, and engaging
geoffladandbigted
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Fabulous Day Out - Not To Be Missed!!!
We would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who enjoys cycling and wants to get off the beaten track to see th
TinaLina592
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Experience the amazing Tuscany countryside~ Breathtaking!
This was truly the trip of a lifetime for my husband and I. We found out about Mark through a friend of a friend,
Jen0601
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Climbing in Chianti
What can I say? We now have a new appreciation and enjoyment for hill climbing! My boyfriend and I took a tour thr
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