We rode down across the Pesa river, then climbed almost to Montagnana where we decided on the shorter tour. We turned right at that point, and rode along a ridge then descended back into the Pesa valley, crossing the river again into San Vincenzo a Torri. We started looking for a lunch break, but continued through to Ginestra Fiorentina, where we found a good cafe and had lunch. After lunch, we took the right to climb to the turn for Marliano, then climbed over to Marliano, descended toward the highway, crossed, then descended to Vigliano. We took the right there and climbed through Roveta, Santa Maria a Marciano, to the main road back to Scandicci. We did the screaming downhill to Scandicci, then rode through town to Firenze, following the route into the city via Porta San Frediano, back to the residenza.
Art was interested in a beer, and I suggested we walk the bikes to Piazza Signoria and have beers / cocktails at Rivoire, then take the bikes back to the shop. Success - great beers / cocktails, snacks, and the wonderful scene in the Piazza from one of the best spots in Florence. We then walked the bikes back to the shop and returned them. A great three days of riding with various parts of the group. I admit I am a beginner at the cycling guiding business, but everyone did well, and I think all were happy. Success for everyone. What more can you ask for. Grazie mille to Art, Mindy, Billy, and Nancy for "riding with Cosimo". Ciao.
Ragazzi Giro - Chiesa Nuova, Cerbia, Ginestra, Roveta, Firenze by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Art on the way to Chiesa Nuova.
Billy on the way to Chiesa Nuova.
Billy and Art in the Piazza at Cerbia.
Hero shot of the climb to Montagnana.
Art's hero shot of the climb to Montagnana.
Billy and Art at a beautiful gate on the way to Marliano.