Ponte a Rigo, Tuscany (Italy)

Ponte a Rigo, a tranquil hamlet in Tuscany, Italy, offers a serene escape. Nestled amidst scenic landscapes, it enchants with its rustic charm, historic architecture, and a slower pace of life.
Cycle routes passing Ponte a Rigo
Weeks I stayed Ponte a Rigo
Sun, 5. Mar 2023
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This is the part where I sort of fell in love with the Via Cassia. It is not a cycle path, but rather a small country road, at least in some parts. As mentioned earlier, I find the Italian drivers quite courteous, specially on these smaller roads. One thing that I now use as a rule of thumb. If the route is straight, try to avoid. Drivers will be fast and rush through. If it has many turns, take it. It's usually a lot easier to get up because of the turns and the cars can't go fast. That's just what I'm doing, but so far it works for me.

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Mon, 6. Mar 2023
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A fun day! Starting in the fog and abandoning the EV5 route again for the Via Cassia. I was sitting at the bottom of the climb to Radicofani for quite some time. Chatting a bit, smoking a bit and preparing myself mentally. And while it's always quite a big pain to go up a mountain, it's most of the time very rewarding once you made it. That was definitely the case here as well.

Looking at the widget below, it doesn't look steep. But it was a good hour of pushing the bike up. No way that I would be pedalling. And actually pushing is a solid workout as well. At least when your bike is roughly 45kg.

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Mood: happy :)