Pillar, Heart and Spiritual Home of Cycling
Lucca's kept hidden because mystery intrigues. But the Lucchesi know about it. They foster and appreciate a cycling culture unlike any other. It's where professionals and serious cyclists roam, where Strava segments are prized possessions and where hours pass like minutes.
Contours of the Lucchesia
The full 360-degree radius outside the 4.4km original city walls is all cycling territory. From Monte Serra, which can be summited, not one, but three ways to the other end of the valley, Pizzorne, for additional pain and punishment. The Giro d’Italia isn’t considered the hardest race in the world for nothing, riding in Italy puts you to the test.
The narrow, twisty roads were designed with cyclists, Vespa's and Piaggio Ape's in mind. They take you through olive groves, vineyards, and ancient Tuscan farmhouses. A little effort can reap great reward.
Not only will the lay of the land stun you, it'll undoubtedly be love at first sight. If not, your first cappuccino is on me. Nobody makes coffee like the Italians do.
Beyond the Lucchesia, proper Apennine climbs like Abetone, Passo delle Radici, and San Pellegrino shall not be overlooked. Or, one of my all-time favorites, Passo Croce, in the Apuane mountains. There you'll die and be born again.