Cycling in Versilia: 5 routes to try and many others to invent
If you are a cycling enthusiast, here with us you have found a territory full of possibilities for your passion!
Cycling is a much loved and practiced sport in Versilia and the geographical conformation of the territory allows you to vary the itineraries from the sea to the hills to the beautiful Apuan Alps, which has few equals in Italy.
There are 3 international level competitions that take place in these parts: in addition to the Giro d’Italia (which often reserves us a stage) also the Gran Premio Città di Camaiore and the Gran Fondo Della Versilia and the Tirreno Adriatico, which are events international level cycling.
As an example, we present 5 cycle-tourist routes, always advising you to check their feasibility and to be accompanied by expert guides both for those who include dirt roads and mountain paths and if you are not very experienced in the area.
CYCLING ROUTE 1: Marina di Pietrasanta – Viareggio – Torre del lago – Marina di Vecchiano – Bocca del Serchio
28 km of simple nature trail, all flat on asphalted ground, cycle path and dirt road. Starting from Viareggio it is 20 km. Possibility to arrive up to Torre del Lago Puccicni
Start from the pier of Marina di Pietrasanta and walk along the Lungomare on the cycle path that reaches Viareggio, crossing the towns of Motrone, Focette and Lido di Camaiore. At the end of Lido di Camaiore, you will find the Fossa dell’Abate canal and pass it on a small bridge, then the cycle path starts again along the entire Viareggio Promenade (3 km). The cycle path ends at the Burlamacca canal, beyond which you can see yachts and shipyards.
Turning left into Via R. Pilo, you come to a roundabout, take the first exit and cross the bridge over the canal: you are in Via Oberdan. Continue to the traffic lights and, continuing straight ahead, you will find yourself on Viale dei Tigli which will lead you to Torre del Lago.
Walk along Viale dei Tigli in the middle of the Levante Pinewood which is part of the Macchia Lucchese, one of the 7 estates of the “Natural Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli”. The cycle path remains on the right for the entire length of the Viale. Halfway along the avenue you can see the entrance and the park of the Villa Borbone, built in 1850 by Maria Luisa di Borbone, Duchess of Lucca.
After 5.3 km, follow the cycle path which turns right along Viale Kennedy towards Marina di Torre del Lago Puccini. After the cycle path, 300 meters before the roundabout on the Marina, you must cross the avenue and take a fairly wide dirt road on the left that leads to Marina di Vecchiano (after 4 km).
From here on you are in the middle of the pine forest among the dunes and lush vegetation. A small wooden roundabout delimits the center of Marina di Vecchiano: here you will find information signs on the vegetation and animals that inhabit the pine forest.
You are also on the border of the Tenuta del Duca Salviati, a private property of about 3000 hectares, which extends from the interior to the coast.
Taking the paved road in front of the roundabout, you can immerse yourself in a typical Tuscan landscape where cultivated fields alternate with the cultivation of ornamental plants.
Instead, continuing on the dirt road, you will arrive at the mouth of the Serchio river, after a few kilometers.
When you come back, arrived on Viale Kennedy, instead of turning right to return to Viale dei Tigli, you can continue for a few kilometers on Marina di Torre del Lago where there are restaurants and private beaches by day, night clubs and social life (also LGTB ).
Back on Viale Kennedy, before returning to Viareggio, you can also decide to continue straight on Viale Marconi and then on Viale G. Puccini and arrive, after passing the town center of Torre del Lago, to the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli.
Here you will find, and it is possible to visit it, the Villa di Puccini and also the “Gran Teatro all’Aperto”, which in summer hosts the famous Puccini Festival.
CYCLING ROUTE 2: on the hills of Pietrasanta
Easy route of 12 km suitable for mountain bikes
From the center of the town of Pietrasanta go towards Seravezza and, when you arrive in Vallecchia, take a road uphill to the right for Solaio and Vitoio.
Avoid a detour to the left (Castello locality) and, after about 1.5 km, near an old disused wash house, take a very steep branch on the right (recognizable by red arrows along the route), which, alternating dirt tracks with stretches paved, ends near a house.
From this point it is necessary to follow a very steep path with bicycle in hand which, in about 10 minutes, comes out on top of the hill (Villa il Colle locality) at m. 298 above sea level (4.5 km. Paths).
Then turn left and take a narrow asphalted road which after a short while joins (with a bend in the gom
ta of the International Sculpture Park, which is an Artistic Traffic Area that involves the entire municipal area, including the Marina.
66 works have been installed on squares, roundabouts, gardens and public spaces throughout the municipal area with the aim of enhancing them.
In Marina di Pietrasanta we find: in the public gardens of Tonfano “Il Flamenco” by Giovanna Battaino, a work in white Carrara marble; on the Lungomare the monument-memorial to 11 September by Beatrice Fineschi; in Piazza XXIV Maggio the “Woman Turtle” by Novello Finotti who also created the “Sant’Antonio” on the pier that comes out of the sea; at the entrance to Stefano Pierotti’s “La Potenza al Cubo” wharf. In Piazza D’Annunzio, in Fiumetto, “La Bagnante” by Franco Miozzo.
We are sure there is no shortage of ideas for a nice holiday!