Cycle Tuscany – Day 4
Siena to Fabro
Siena is a lovely city and it was sad to leave having only spent one night here, but cycling through the streets I knew that I was going to come back sometime and spend a bit more time.
The city walls were even more spectacular heading out, and you are soon into the countryside. The next big city you see will be Rome with three days cycling to get there.
The lanes on the way to Arbia are a bit rough and at one stage you have to walk the bike through a ford, but these lanes avoid the busy main roads. As soon as you go through Arbia you are on the road to Asciano, and good roads all the way.
Once you cross the Ombrone river you have a 15 kilometer climb through some great countryside, and then another climb up to Montepulciano.
This fascinating town is a good place for lunch and to buy some gifts or wine. Make sure you spend some time at the Chiesa di San Biagio on the way out of the town going south.
You go through some lovely villages and typical scenery on the way to Fabro, and at the very end of the day, just before the town you should turn right and climb the last two kilometers to the old castle.
The very small village there is a great place and typical of the area, and the views up here are well worth the climb.
B&B Al Castello is one of the most bazaar places I have ever stayed in, it is wonderful, you have to try it. The owner, Luca took us down into Fabro for a meal, and picked us up later – great service.