I did a Florence by Bike Chianti tour today with a couple of young clients from the US and Luca for his final training ride. The weather was cool, but spectacular. The lunch and tour of the villa at Monteoriolo is just superb. Eleonora is such a gracious hostess and the views, location, the billa itself, and the food is pretty amazing. It makes this tour a hit with the clients. I like to think the riding and guide has something to do with it as well. Both Chianti tours I have taken for Florence by Bike ended up with the clients saying it was the highlite of their trip to Europe. Nice praise, and fun to share an experience like that. It is a pretty short tour from Florence to Poggio Imperiale, Galuzzo (cafe and pastry break), Mezzomonte, then Monteoriolo. We returned through Vacciano and Cinque Vie, then through the Centro in Florence to the bike shop. In town, we heard someone call Mark, and stopped. A member of the team, a beautiful woman ran over and hugged me and did the cheek kiss thing, then ran off. It was a hit with the young brother who were the clients for the day. I just said, hey guys, it is part of living in Italy. Il bella vita!
Check out Florence by Bike Chianti tour with two great clients. on Strava.com! It's a 42.1 km ride I did on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Nick climbing just above Mezzomonte.
Alex and Luca on the climb to Monteoriolo.
A view to the Northwest from the Villa Monteoriolo.