Day 11: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Baschi - Orvieto - Montepulciano - Pienza - Siena
165 km, 1700 m of climbing

This will be a day of clmibing options for you, as we will pass through much of pretty and hilly Tuscany countryside. The first such option for a climb is Orvieto, after almost 20 km of riding. If you want to ride up into town, it is a short climb into a beautiful place. Possibly a good stop for coffee.

The route continues north through rural countryside, with a climb of 350 m over 6 km waiting before the 40 km mark, which is just a warm-up, because the route drops down 250 m, only to gradually climb up in various shorter climbs and descents until we reach the high point of the day at Montepulciano, roughly 90 km into the ride. Famous for its wine, Montepulciano is a scenic place overlooking the area with plenty of amenities — the perfect spot to take a lunch break.

After lunch, riders will be tackling some larger rollers with a general tendency downwards to the valley of the Orcia river. About 15 km into the post-lunch ride the route reaches Pienza, a beautiful old town, which is listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. We will pass through town and head on west into the direction of Montalcino, another one of these famous Tuscany towns. However, Montalcino is one climb too much for today, so the route turns north after another 250 elevation loss (with a climb in between, of course).

The remaining 40 km will be less hilly. We will lose another 100 m in elevation but eventually gain 200 as the track approaches Siena, next to Florence the most important city of the region.


© Josef Janning 2021