A new friend, who was introduced to us last month through Weekapaug family / friends, had given me the name of a place and a friend of hers who owned it on the way to Fiesole. Nancy sent her friend, the owner of Pensione Bencista, an email as an introduction. Last summer, I spent a fair amount of time passing out flyer's at hotels, and my conclusion was that unless you had an introduction or contact, they were simply filed in the waste basket. So, with an introduction, I had emailed the Pensione, and had a contact to take the flyer's and cards to. It is right on one of my favorite short rides, so I combined a ride with the marketing errand. The place is spectacular. In a magnificent setting, with wonderful views, it is a great contact. It has around 40 rooms, and the contact, Beatrice, will keep the flyer's and cards on hand and put a link on their website to my website for people who want a cycling tour. Perfect.
I rode up through Piazza della Cure, one of the back ways to San Domenico, and turned off for Maiano, stopping at the Pensione to talk and drop the materials. I continued descending through Maiano to the start of the Vincigliata climb. I climbed past Vincigliata, then hooked up with the Fiesole road, descending back into town. Black clouds were gathering, and it looked like rain, but I was home first. Nice ride and an exciting marketing connection. Summary is 13.6 miles in 1:15 rolling time for an average speed of 10.9 mph with 1780 vertical feet of climbing at an average temperature of 67 degrees. Ciao.
A short ride combined with some marketing ... nice. by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Just after San Domenico, I noticed the wisteria are finally in bloom
and decided to take some pictures of it on the ride.
A wisteria pyramid right at the turn off toward Maiano.
I stopped at Pensione Bencista to drop some marketing materials,
after an introduction from Nancy West, whom we met last month
while she was visiting Florence. The terrace with wisteria in full bloom
was simply spectacular.