I took of the same way, but immediately dropped them, wanting to get a good tour in and return home. I climbed up through Chiocchio to Spedaluzze, then descended to the Greve valley. I climbed through Greve to Panzano, then went a little past Panzano to the Testelepre road. I only ride this 5 or 6 times a year, so I was looking forward to it. It is an up and down road along the ridge to the southwest of Greve, at times quite steep both climbing and descending. Great views, a challenge, and a nice ride today. I cruised into Mercatale, then rode over through San Casciano and descended to the road to Tavernuzze in the valley. This is also a little different than normal and fun today. A good crank in from Tavernuzze, and I decided for some reason it would be fun to go through the Centro. The piazzas were quite crowded, but I made it through with little trouble, only needing to dismount once. The typical tourist in the Centro can go any direction at almost any time making the passage through there a challenge. I must have enjoyed it, it was my choice.
Great ride on what turned into a very nice day. Here is the garmin link for all the information about the ride:
Meet and Greet to Impruneta, then Panzano, Testalepre by ridingwithcosimo at Garmin Connect - Details
Although it was raining when we met at the shop to get Karl and Kim set up for their three day
adventure, the rain stopped and it cleared by the time we stopped at Piazzale Michaelangelo.
They loved the city view and explored a little. Nice couple to help start a self guided tour.
The view back to the Northeast around 1/3 of the way along
the Testelepre part of today's ride.
Cypress trees framing the view on Testalepre
The views on the testalepre road were quite nice today. Beautiful
villa just ahead!