Colle di Val d'Elsa, Tuscany (Italy)

Colle di Val d'Elsa, a Tuscan gem, is known for its medieval charm, particularly in the historic center. Famous for crystal production, it boasts cobblestone streets, art, and cultural richness.
Cycle routes passing Colle di Val d'Elsa
Weeks I stayed Colle di Val d'Elsa
Wed, 8. Mar 2023
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Bad start, trying to get out of this car hell. Going through many smaller towns it's actually quite interesting on how they all work. The worst ones are certainly the ones that are just around a street, where cars are rushing through. Specially if there are not even sidewalks, the only option to move around is to drive by car.

Eventually the road turned calmer though and I was entering the area of Siena. Beautiful hills and neighbourhoods, a horse came by, people were walking and running.

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Thu, 9. Mar 2023
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My first rest day is approaching. To get there, it's just the tiniest of rides. As it's so short I decided to do a little detour to Certaldo. I listened to a podcast where they were talking about this little town and it sounded very exciting, but to be honest, not soo much to see here. But I got a cold drink, which I appreciated.

On the way to Vico d'Elsa I saw the first female solo biker, we just crossed and waived. It's great to see that people are slowly start biking, haven't seen so many yet. And yes, still very early spring. And that comes with unexpected puddles, big puddles. I was supposed to pass through a street, but the underpass was completely flooded. So I tried the next, but not a lot better. But decided to get through the mud, and well. My shoes are no longer white.

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Mood: happy :)