Landscapes full of winding roads between fields, olive groves, vineyards and cypresses in the wind… Sounds good to you? Here is the Val d’Orcia, one of the most evocative places in Tuscany. Perfect destination for those who want to approach cycling, for all lovers of the bike, for the most experienced cyclists or even just for those who want to enjoy a walk in the nature.
However for every trip, you need the right destination. And couldn’t be the best destination for you an organic farm near Pienza where the typical Pecorino di Pienza is produced? Maybe with a superb panoramic terrace, a 0 km restaurant and camping in the countryside?
Welcome to Podere il Casale! This little gem can be reached from Montepulciano, Pienza and Bagno Vignoni, combining a wonderful bike tour with the wonders of Val d’Orcia. We are talking about three of the most iconic villages of the Val d’Orcia, but we assure you that your final destination will leave you astonished. Podere il Casale is in a stunning location, located on a hill where you can dominate the whole valley. At sunset, the view is fantastic, with some peacocks that roam free around the patio.
Three bike itineraries in Val d’Orcia
We suggest you three bike itineraries for visiting 3 pearls of the Val d’Orcia: Pienza, Bagno Vignoni and Montepulciano. You can combine the different itineraries that we propose, according to your needs. Enjoy the tour and remember: come and visit us anyway! Take the opportunity to visit these magnificent villages across the Val d’Orcia and finally enjoy your stay with us.
FIRST ITINERARY: PIENZA – PODERE IL CASALE
Lenght: 4,3 km (2,6 miles)
The first route does not present a great difficulty level. We propose a dirt route of less than 30 minutes. To immerse yourself in the colors of the typical countryside, start from Pienza, a medieval village of exquisite beauty. First of all, enjoy a walk in the course full of craft shops. Then, venture through the picturesque alleys which gives you a breathtaking view of the valley below. Here in Pienza you can rent a bike or an e-bike with pedal assistance for your route from Cicloposse and E-bike Tuscany. Cross the historic center, enjoy the view from the ancient city walls and you will be ready to take the SC Pienza Monticchiello road, which will lead you to Podere il Casale.
SECOND ITINERARY: BAGNO VIGNONI – PODERE IL CASALE
Lenght: 13,1 km (8,1 miles)
From the thermal oasis of Bagno Vignoni, famous for the characteristic rectangular pool around in the center of the small village, take advantage of Ciclofficine del Teatro Povero di Monticchiello for the rental of a bike or an e-bike. Start by crossing the narrow streets and streams of thermal water that flow naturally.
From Parco dei Mulini, take the SR 2, then turn in direction of the SP53 and continue along the hills. About 1 km before the Spedaletto Castle, take the dirt road on the left. Finally take the SP del Monte Amiata (SP 18), and continue on the SP 88 until you arrive at your destination.
THIRD ITINERARY: MONTEPULCIANO – PODERE IL CASALE
Lenght: 11,1 km (6,8 miles)
From the homeland of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to the Casale the route is easy, in less than 40 minutes you will be at your destination. However, the departure requires a visit to Montepulciano, for sure. Montepulciano is a Renaissance village full of wine bars, restaurants and with an elevated central square (Piazza Grande). From here you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana. Here you can use the services of Byebike and Urban Bikery for bike or e-bike rental. Cross the city enjoying the view of the church of San Biagio, surrounded by nature and take the SP146, that will lead you to your destination.
As you can see, our routes can be combined them as you wish, according to your needs and the starting point that most excites you. These three villages are of an absolute and unique beauty, you cannot miss them! The countryside of the Val d’Orcia will give you unmissable moments that will lead you to a real oasis of relaxation, Podere il Casale.
PODERE IL CASALE: OASIS OF YOUR DREAMS
Finally, you will be arrived at your destination. Il Podere is a reality that seems to have crystallized in the past. A small, totally self-sustainable farm linked to a wise tradition and aimed at quality. You will find a cheese factory and a completely organic garden. The production of oil, honey, saffron, meat and wines comes directly from their farms and crops. At the restaurant you will find all this products and obviously homemade pasta. To find out more, click on our Menù.
The nature around the farm invites you to relax. We have the camping area, where you can stop and enjoy the delights of our restaurant just a few steps away. The farm also offers cooking classes, fresh pasta production, cheese production and even offers you the opportunity to participate in truffle hunting.
For cyclists who want to have a quick stop, we also have a picnic option: we will provide you a map of the area and a “basket” of our delicious food, that you can consume immersed in this paradise.