From San Donato i contoured over to Tavernelle, where I picked up the road toward San Casciano, then turned off on one of my favorites which runs along a ridge through Romita, San Pancrazio, San Quirico, then Montagna. Between Romita and San Pancrazio, I pulled over to take a picture and must have hit a thorn or something, as the rear tire was quickly flat. I walked a little ways to some shade and a reasonable place to pull off the road to fix the flat. The road itself is basically one lane, but used for both directions. With the tire repaired, the ride from San Pancrazio to Montagnana is mostly downhill, and a really fun screamer. After Montagnana, you join the road which descends steeply to Cerbia. More water in Cerbia, then climb to Chiesa Nuova, where I checked the water and it was ice cold. Nice! I ran my head under the water and refilled the bottle. Back to Firenze from Chiesa Nuova through Galluzzo, then Cascine del Rocco, Cinque Vie, then back to the Viale at Piazza Ferrucci. The route from Galluzzo is really quiet, relatively scenic, and right on the edge of town. It is a relatively new connection for me, as I had ridden all the parts before, but not connected it in this way. 110 kilometers in around 4 and 3/4 hours of riding time.
Vineyards on the climb from Greve to Panzano.
The start of the climb to La Piazza. I realize these roads start
to look similar, but I think they are just so beautiful and fun to ride.
The old town of San Donato a Poggio.
Vineyards and villa on the road from Romita to San Pancrazio.
This is where the rear tire flatted.