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Explore idyllic Italy in style with La Corsa

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18 Jun 2018
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This feature was produced in association with La Corsa

When it comes to cycling, northern Italy is perhaps best known for its forbidding passes such as Stelvio, Pordoi and Gardena which lurk amongst the Dolomites’ mighty peaks.

But if you head south, there are areas that offer an altogether more forgiving and yet no less magical landscape to explore – in particular, Tuscany.

Guided tours with dedicated experts are always the best way to really unlock the secrets of a destination and when it comes to this beguiling part of Italy, La Corsa Tours can definitely help out with that. 

Based in Chianti, its guides know the region intimately and their aim is to not so much show you the sights as completely immerse you in the local splendour as quickly and as effortlessly as possible.

They’ll not only share with you the best rides, views and roads (including the fabled strade bianche, gravel roads that crisscross the region), but the best restaurants, cafés and wineries, too – authentic places where the locals come to eat and chill.

They’ll also act as your translator, walking (or rather pedalling) encyclopaedia on local culture, as well as your all-round cycling advisor.

And it’s this commitment to providing a complete service that really underpins La Corsa’s philosophy. Everything really is taken care of, Depending on which of their tours you opt for, you can expect full mechanical support on rides, regular massages after them, all meals – hearty Tuscan dishes bursting with fresh local ingredients – plus a personalised bag containing a jersey and bibshorts, socks, cap, and water bottles waiting for you at the luxury villa that serves as La Corsa’s base.

Here guests stay in self-contained apartments with kitchenettes and en-suite bathrooms, while the villa also boasts a  private swimming pool. 

And as La Corsa is a partner of classic Italian bike brand De Rosa, you won’t even need to bring your own wheels. Instead, you’ll be provided with a stunning De Rosa Idol equipped with Campag Chorus groupset, set up for you by La Corsa’s mechanics before you arrive (just send them your measurements), then cleaned and serviced after each ride.

A variety of tours is available throughout the year, with options to suit all levels, tastes and even more – The  La Corsa Classic Yoga Week, for example (18-24 August) sees riders start each day with an expert-led yoga session, while the De Rosa Factory and Lakes Tour (22-27 September) heads to Lombardy for rides around Lakes Como and Garda.

It also includes a visit to the historic De Rosa factory where you’ll be greeted by Ugo de Rosa himself who founded De Rosa bikes in 1953 and whose hands made the frames that Eddy Merckx rode to countless victories.

La Corsa runs tours from March to October, prices start £1,500 for a 5-day tour, with shorter as well as longer options available. Although flights aren’t included, the nearest airports (Pisa and Florence) are well served by budget airlines, and transfers are part of the deal.

See lacorsa.cc to discover more.