Ghino di Tacco Tour
The route bears the name of Ghino di Tacco, the gentleman thief who had as a “hunting ground” the ancient road Francigena where pilgrims passed in the direction of Rome, and who, in 1290, had occupied the Fortress of Radicofani, at that time considered impenetrable, making it its lair.
And it is precisely from the enchanting village on the Val d’Orcia that this itinerary develops, making a ring around the calanchi and the biancane of Radicofani that can be done easily in a single day with any type of bike.
Recently classified on the basis of the Sweet Road format, it has a very good rating of 8.6 / 10.0 mainly due to the low traffic of motor vehicles and the fairly good state of the road infrastructure entirely in asphalt.
There is also a good presence of infrastructures for the reception and services for cyclists.
Presence of public Bike Points with columns for self-repairing bikes, information and dedicated signs.
The Via Francigena crosses much of the territory of the Val d’Orcia Natural and Cultural Artistic Park, a landscape that is still almost identical to that used by the traveler in the Middle Ages. Fortresses, castles, parish churches, abbeys, farms, hills, cypresses, woods, waters: images known all over the world and that the whole world identifies as the best example of harmony between man and nature.
In 2004, Unesco declared the Val d’Orcia a World Heritage Site with an exemplary motivation to understand the value and beauty of this land: “Val d’Orcia is an exceptional example of the landscape redesign in the Renaissance, which illustrates the ideals of good governance in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries of the Italian city-state and the aesthetic research that guided its conception.
Val d’Orcia, a combination of art and landscape, geographical space and ecosystem, is the expression of wonderful natural features but it is also the result and testimony of the people who live there. Between the harsh, rugged landscape of the Crete and the softer one of the hills where the Mediterranean scrub, the vineyards, the olive groves, the mixed crops exchange and intersect in frescoes of rare beauty, it is clear how and how much awareness has weighed. of man to depend, in his works, on the resources of the surrounding environment and on their use in a non-destructive way “