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Biking Around Florence








hat (similar) // sunnies (similar) // top // skirt // bangle // espadrilles (similar)

Last week my friends at Tuscany Cycle let me borrow a bike... watch your toes Florence! 

I love biking around cities like Florence, Barcelona, Munich, and of course, Amsterdam. It is the prefect way to explore an entire city without killing your feet. I prefer to do bike tours in medium sized cities like the ones mentioned. I am a bit too scared to bike Paris, Rome, or London (and I am on the fence for Berlin). But for these smaller, yet still sizable, cities, bikes are the perfect way to make the most of your time.

Now, I am sure you are thinking that Florence is small and definitely doesn't compare in size to Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, or Munich. Yes, the center of Florence is tiny and you can easily walk the entire historical center. By bike, however, you can explore some of the gorgeous countryside and the Etruscan town of Fiesole just outside the city (Tuscany Cycle also offers bike and Vespa tours further outside of the city in the Chianti region). 


My favorite path for biking takes you from the center of Florence, up one of the most gorgeous streets in Florence, the Costa San Giorgio (look for Galileo's house on the right as you near the medieval city gate), around the edge of the valley Florence sits in, and finally up to Piazzale Michelangelo for the best view of the city (this is also my favorite jogging route). 

To begin, simply cross the Ponte Vecchio and head south towards the Palazzo Pitti. Turn left at the Piazza Santa Felicita and take the inclined road on the right. This is Costa San Giorgio. Follow this all the way through the old gate, past the fort, and finally to the first stop light. Hang a left at the light and follow this (larger) road all the way to Piazzale Michelangelo, passing the church of San Miniato al Monte across the street on your right along the way. If you are visiting in the spring, I highly recommend visiting the iris garden just east of the Piazzale Michelangelo.

Along the way you can enjoy beautiful villas teeming with flowers and ivy, and historic forts and churches. In just 15 minutes you've left the craziness of the city and entered something of a more peaceful countryside. The route doesn't take long and even if you stop to snap photos or climb to the top of San Miniato al Monte (completely worth it), it shouldn't take you more than an hour/hour and a half to do by bike. If you don't have much time in Florence, this is the perfect way to get a little bit of the gorgeous countryside in as well. If you do have lots of time in Florence, this path never gets old. I walk or jog it a couple times a week!


What are your favorite cities to tour by bike?

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  1. Such a fun and pretty photos, I love your bag and hat!

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  2. This is making me wish I would have done a bike tour in Florence!

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  3. I bet you cover so much more ground biking through cities. I recently watched a Beverly Hills Housewives episode (I know, don't judge) where they biked through Amsterdam and it looked like so much fun. Also really love that outfit, that skirt is amazing.
    -Alex
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  4. So, could you bring me to Italy? This looks like so much fun and a great way to enjoy the country!

    Hunter
    Prep on a Budget

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    1. Hunter you can come visit any time!

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  6. I've done a few bike tours before, but I haven't done one in Florence before. I agree, that route is a great one! I rally like your peplum shirt in the photos :)

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

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  7. This is great info! I'm doing a trip out to Italy this summer and will be bike touring throughout Tuscany. Very excited. My favorite cities to bike in are Paris and San Francisco. So much beauty.

    So glad I found your blog, it's filled with great info. xo!

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    1. Biking in San Fran sounds really hard lol.

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  8. These photos are adorable! I walked everywhere when I was in Florence but your description really makes me want to bike the next time I visit (:

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    1. P.S. Do you think you will be adding any photography of Florence to The Preppy Print shop? I ordered one of your Paris prints and I'm eager to add a Florence photo to my gallery wall too!

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    2. You must be a mind reader, because that is exactly what I am working on adding to the printshop now!

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  9. Never done a bike tour. We are in Florence in July so may just look this bike company up while we are there. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You should! It is fun and a great way to see some things off the beaten path.

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  10. Thanks for this lovely blog. Hope so that I will also be able to visit these beautiful places very soon. Pictures are really pretty.
    Regards:
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