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Gustatus: a taste of Maremma on two wheels

Italian Special Occasion, our partner, followed the most important event of the autumn in Maremma: GUSTATUS.

“In occasion of Gustatus, one of our local partners – BicieVento – conceived and organized some lovely activities to bring visitors closer to Maremma in an active yet relaxing way on mountain bikes and vintage bicycles.

Special itineraries were designed for participants to explore the natural beauties of the local lagoon and the Duna Feniglia Nature Reserve, the mysteries of the megalithic Etruscan walls, the historic transatlantic flights that departed from Orbetello in the 1930s, and the ancient Spanish forts.

All of this, of course, combined with foodie visits to some of the best farms and rural producers. For example, there were stops at the Selva farm to learn about its history and taste its famous jams, and at the Bruni Winery to taste the most refined wines together with typical cold cuts from Le Querciolaie 2.”

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Read more here: http://italianspecialoccasions.com/gustatus-maremma-tuscany/

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Italian Special Occasions interviewes our guide Luciano

CYCLE AND SEE

With longer days approaching and winter on its way out, some of you might fancy spending some time in the great outdoors and La Maremma is the perfect place to do so. Imagine something different such as a trip on two wheels with your friends and family, taking in the breath-taking landscape with informative and innovative guides who will show you the real Tuscany.

We spoke to Luciano from Bicievento who provide a range of unique bicycle tours throughout La Maremma territory…
Luciano, tell me a little bit about Bicievento and your philosophy

We are an association who organise day trips, weekend trips or vacations within La Maremma territory. We explore the territory of La Maremma on bicycle and also on foot.

What separates Bicievento from all of the other tour companies out there? What makes you different?

We take a different approach to the territory, we like to take the time to explain and offer some insight into the botanic, historical and geological side of territory- we like to share the history of La Maremma.

We try to work with the environment, minimising the environmental impact of travel and encouraging as many people as possible to cycle. We also work alongside other organisations which are environmentally friendly. We take more of a cultural approach, explaining what we show, how things are made, the background of the communities and sites we visit.

We organise trips for a range of different levels and abilities, for example trips for people who maybe do not cycle regularly. We also incorporate travel on trains so people can see the territory in a different way instead of being stuck inside a tour bus. We also make suggestions for what people can see or do when they have finished our tours, we put people in contact with other likeminded associations such as the slow-food movement. We might recommend somewhere you can drink a nice aperitivo and learn how the wines are made and where they come from.

We try to promote local cultural events and traditional festivals, and encourage links between local organisations so that our groups can experience a more human side of visiting a territory, less commercialised. We like the idea that a vacation should be more of a unique and personal experience.

Do you have a favourite tour that you like to take people on?

We have a range of tours, a few days or one day or half a day. One of our most popular trips is our one day tour around Orbetello Lagoon.

Part of the tour is over a very flat area of the lagoon, we explain the different vegetation of the lagoon and the marine side, then onto the ancient Roman city of Cosa which is a very beautiful ruin which is relatively unknown as it’s difficult to reach via bus.

You can choose to cycle all the way or walk part of the way, once we reach the site there’s a beautiful view of the Argentario skyline and mountains.

Luciano thank you for speaking to us- happy cycling!
- See more at: http://italianspecialoccasions.com/blog/spring-in-la-maremma

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Cycling in Lazio and Tuscany between butteri and gladiators

From Rome to Maremma Tuscany, from the metropolis to the open spaces of the countryside (from the 7th till the 13th of March)

A trip in the heart of central Italy visiting Rome and its oldest and famous archaeological sites first, and then moving by train to Tuscany, in the area known as Maremma. A journey rich with contrasts between the charm of the eternal city and the scents of the Mediterranean vegetation, between the monumental places of worship and the spectacular views from the Spanish fortresses scattered on the promontory of Monte Argentario.

JOURNEY EMOTIONS

  • Ride your bicycle along silent paths surrounded by the Mediterranean vegetation, observing from above the incredible symmetry of the Tombolo of Feniglia and Giannella

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San Valentine’s week end for SINGLES (in MAREMMA TUSCANY)

Are you single and proud of it? Do you love your freedom? Do you fancy something out of the ordinary? Bicievento proposes a weekend FOR SINGLES ONLY, a plunge into the winter environment of the Tuscan coast, to experience in total freedom, far from the noise of the city and its restaurants packed with couples dining by candlelight.

Freedom is the keyword of this weekend. Orbetello is the place. Bicycle is the means.

PROGRAM

FRIDAY EVENING 13th FEBRUARY: ARRIVAL IN ORBETELLO* with your own transport. Accommodation in a 3 stars hotel in the center of the village. Welcome dinner in a typical seafood restaurant. Meeting with the other participants and explanation of the activities of the following days.promontorio ansedonia_1920x1080

SATURDAY 14th FEBRUARY: BETWEEN ARCHEOLOGY AND NATURE
Cyclist’s breakfast at the hotel. Meet at 10 am in Piazza del Duomo in Orbetello, choose your bicycle and off we go along the Laguna di Ponente. We will begin the uphill climb that leads us to the Ansedonia Promontory, a hill covered in Mediterranean vegetation. Here we will reach the ancient Roman settlement of Cosa. Descend to the beach of Capalbio to enjoy our packed lunch near the Spaccata Etrusca, an evocative artificial crack that represents a magnificent work of Roman hydraulic engineering. In the afternoon, after a pleasing ride on an even path, we will enter the Burano Oasis (first WWF oasis in Italy). We will cycle on roads with little traffic to reach Capalbio’s train station, and then we’re off to catch a train back to Orbetello with our bicycles. Dinner on your own and accomodation in the hotel.

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SUNDAY 15th FEBRUARY: THE SPANISH FORTS AND THE PINEWOOD

Cyclist’s breakfast at the hotel. 10 am meet at Piazza del Duomo in Orbetello and depart. The tour unfolds around Orbetello Lagoon, moving to the town of Porto Ercole, a wonderful fisherman’s village; we will walk in the heart of the hamlet through alleys and squares that overlook the sea. The steep steps will lead us to the Rocca, a Spanish fortress built in the XVI century during the “Stato dei Presidi”. Following the Argentario’s Panoramic Road, we will enter the Feniglia pinewood and stop along the beach for a fish-based packed lunch. We will head back to Orbetello passing by the large and flat bike path that goes through the entire tombolo, a strip connecting the Argentario Promontory with the mainland in the early afternoon. If you still have a bit of energy you can join the parade of the “Carnevaletto da 3 soldi”, the legendary carnival of Orbetello!

* Orbetello is located on the Rome – Pisa train line, and is reachable in 1 hour and a half by train from Roma Station and Pisa Central Station.

PRICE 150 € PER PERSON

Included: 2 nights with breakfast in a 3 stars hotel in Orbetello (twin room); 1 dinner in a typical seafood restaurant; 1 packed lunch; cyclist tour guide(s) in the required language providing technical assistance before and during the trip; illustrations and naturalistic and historic facts; train ticket from Capalbio to Orbetello; Bicievento membership card.

Not included: packed lunch of the first day; everything that is not specified in “included”.

Supplements: bike rentals for 2 days 30€; single room 30€ fot the 2 nights

Info e reservations: bicievento@gmail.com Stefania 346 6856651

What you have to know: Winter is the best season to observe the hidden life of nature. Vacationers are a distant memory and the animals show themselves in all their essence: hares can be spotted on Via di Cameretta; deer will be awaiting us on our way out of the Feniglia; flamingos will create pink designs while flying on the lagoon’s blue sky; herons and little egrets will take flight as we pass by. Observe lagoon-fishing techniques passed down through generations, and taste the bottarga and orata of Orbetello directly from the fishermen on the lagoon side.

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Gustatus 2014

Orbetello, from 30 October to 2 November 2014. On the occasion of Gustatus, which is the festival that celebrates the aromas and flavors of the local lagoon tradition, BicieVento proposes the following bike excursions: Cycling between the waters, Between archeology and nature, The Spanish fortresses and the pinewood.

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Local real estate agents on bicycles

After enjoying some excursions with BicieVento, Silvia from Albinia and Chiara from Porto Santo Stefano have discovered the pleasure of moving around on bikes… and have decided to buy two brand new bicycles!