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San Galgano and Montesiepi: the real sword in the stone

San Galgano: following in the footsteps of the knight who thrust his sword into the stone. A brief excursion into the history and legends of Tuscany A simple yet enchanting…

San Galgano: following in the footsteps of the knight who thrust his sword into the stone. A brief excursion into the history and legends of Tuscany

A simple yet enchanting and mysterious itinerary starts with a brief walk from the Abbazia di San Galgano to the Eremo di Montesiepi, where you can find a real 900-year old sword in the stone.

il sentiero per arrivare all'Abbazia

Il sentiero per arrivare all’Abbazia

This is a truly special area, certainly worth a half-day trip. Leaving your car in the free car park nearby, the looped walk starts from the Abbey and follows a country road and a cypress-lined avenue up to a unique building.

The (long de consecrated) church acts as a bridge between land and sky: now with neither roof nor floor it seems to have risen forever like this in this particular place, silently telling its story and emanating an aura of magic that is difficult to ignore.

Even children are transported by the enchantment of this Abbey, playing hide-and-seek amongst the ancient columns.

Osservare il cielo attraverso il rosone.

Osservare il cielo attraverso il rosone.

The tranquil surrounding countryside invites you to wander around the building, taking time to look around; you cannot miss the building that is slightly higher up and not far from where you stand. A sign marks a pathway that leads to the Eremo di Montesiepi. A brief trek of no more than 15 minutes, and what you’ll find at the end is more than worth it.

L’Eremo di Montesiepi e la Rotonda

L’Eremo di Montesiepi e la Rotonda

The Chapel (or Rotunda) is free to enter and conserves a unique, historically-worthy attraction – and truly the stuff of legends: now under glass to preserve it from atmospheric agents, this sword trapped in the stone seems to be awaiting the return of King Arthur.

A Made in Tuscany Excalibur; there are even those who believe that this sword – authentic and dating back to the first half of the 12th century – was the very one to inspire the Arthurian legend.

But who did it belong to? Galgano Guidotti, born in the nearby village of Chiusdino, was a dissolute knight who, after a vision of Saint Michael, abandoned all his worldly goods and thrust his sword into the land, with the intention of never using it again. The sword in the stone was never touched again and today the chapel stands on the very site of his home

L’autentica spada nella roccia

L’autentica spada nella roccia

To complete the itinerary, you can get in your car – closing the loop – and in a few minutes you are in Chiusdino, where you can see the relics of the saint, including a rock showing the marks made by Galgano’s horse when it fell to its knees in front of the vision of Saint Michael.

A fact that not many are aware of: just a few minutes by car from the Abbey and Chiusdino you can find the Mulino delle Pile water mill, or rather the original Mulino Bianco! Today used as a farm holiday home, you can stop for a quick selfie in front of the most famous water mill in Italy, and maybe even the world.

Abbazia di San Galgano:

open every day, times change depending on season

  • from NOVEMBER to MARCH: 9am – 5:30pm
  • APRIL, MAY and OCTOBER: 9am – 6pm
  • JUNE and SEPTEMBER: 9am – 7pm
  • JULY and AUGUST: 9am – 8pm

Tickets cost €4.00 full price and €3.00 reduced (under-18s, over-65s, students, groups of more than 20 people or families with at least four members). For info: +39 0577 756738

Eremo di Montesiepi:

open every day from 9am to sunset; for info +39 0577 756700

How to get here from PuntAla Camp & Resort

some photos

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Baratti: Buca delle Fate, Trekking and bathing in the legend

Along the trekking trails that lead to one of the most beautiful bays in Tuscany, surrounded by Mediterranean scrub, crags and bewitching songs. As intimate as it is enchanting, the…

Along the trekking trails that lead to one of the most beautiful bays in Tuscany, surrounded by Mediterranean scrub, crags and bewitching songs.

As intimate as it is enchanting, the Buca delle Fate is a tiny inlet in the Maremma coast. The bay is a break in the splendid Etruscan Coast: its rocky walls overlook the sea, wedged between its crystalline waters, created by the salt and the wind and softened by the seductive song of the Sirens.

This tiny lost paradise, soaked in charm and history, can be found near the ancient village of Populonia in Piombino, a little less than an hour’s drive from Punta Ala.

Sul sentiero verso Buca delle Fate.

Sul sentiero verso Buca delle Fate.

Legend has it that these places were inhabited by strange creatures and sirens who, with their charm and melodious song, bewitched the fishermen who cut through the waters of the bay, to capture them and prevent their return to the mainland. Similar legends and other fantastic stories gave this enchanting land an equally enchanting name – Buca delle Fate (Fairy’s Grotto).

An inlet so fascinating as to appear difficult to reach. Nothing could be further from the truth, or so pleasing. Immersed in a beautiful holly oak wood and typical Mediterranean scrubland, which in the spring blossoms perfumes and colour, you can reach the Buca delle Fate with an easy 20 minute trek by foot.

Cala San Quirico

Cala San Quirico

Trekking to the Buca delle Fate

Following the road that leads to Populonia Alta and just under a kilometre from here, to your left you will find a dirt track car park where you can leave your car, in “Il Reciso”.

At the beginning to the dirt track next to the car park a signpost directs you to the various paths, including the one to the Buca delle Fate. Coasting the carpark, turn right at the first two junctions. You should follow track 301 CAI which leads unambiguously to the beautiful bay which is especially magical at sunset.

First, however, we cross a piece of history emblazoned with the Etruscan touch: along the way you will find the underground tombs of a necropolis built over the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 2nd centuries BC. Continuing, the wood opens up onto shrub land and immediately onto breath-taking views over the sea and the coast.

And here you are treated to the spectacle of the Buca delle Fate, where you can relax and enjoy sublime landscapes, accompanied by the whisper of the sea or even, perhaps, the sirens themselves.

In prima fila per il tramonto su Buca delle Fate.

In prima fila per il tramonto su Buca delle Fate.

The return journey may take up to around ten minutes more than the way out due to the easy climb. Alternatively, you can take a loop to return to the car park, extending the trek and also increasing the climb but only by a little; by doing so you will also pass the splendid adjacent bay of Cala San Quirico.

From the Buca delle Fate, you take track 302 that descends along the coastline and coincides for a stretch with the Via dei Cavalleggeri.

In just a few minutes you are at Cala San Quirico, where perhaps you can even enjoy a relaxing swim. To return, take the path at the beginning of the bay that winds through the vegetation: the path climbs, leading us back to our departure point. A typical local dinner is the perfect way to end the day before returning to sleep under the stars.

Download here the itinerary to Buca delle Fate

Return Itinerary Buca delle Fate

  • Distance: 2.0 km
  • Altitude: 108 metres above sea level
  • Difficulty level: easy

Loop Itinerary Buca delle Fate – Cala San Quirico

  • Distance: 2.4 km
  • Altitude: 115 metres
  • Difficulty level: easy

Recommended equipment: trekking or sports shoes, min. 1.5 lt. water bottle, min. 20 lt. rucksack, bathing costume.

il Reciso car park, trekking departure point

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Populonia and the Baratti Gulf: azure waters and red sands

Splendid horizons and traces of history for a weekend spent outdoors on the Etruscan coast. A magical village overlooking the sea and back to the remotest of pasts. This is…

Splendid horizons and traces of history for a weekend spent outdoors on the Etruscan coast.

A magical village overlooking the sea and back to the remotest of pasts. This is Populonia, an influential city of ancient Etruria, a decisive focal point of Italian civilisation.

Beyond the impenetrable fifteenth-century city walls blows a salty wind from faraway: Populonia is the only Etruscan city on the coast, as unique as the atmosphere that you can relive wandering its alleyways and admiring the horizon from its ancient walls.

Panorami che sconfinano oltre l’orizzonte del mare.

Panorami che sconfinano oltre l’orizzonte del mare.

On the northern point of the Piombino promontory, Populonia dominates the Baratti Gulf and its splendid beach, the perfect place for a dip in the summer but also luxuriant with vegetation that is home to wild fauna.

Not only this, but it is also a migration resting place of a very rare and protected species. Walking around the pines and beech woods you can catch a glimpse of bizarre-looking, long-beaked birds with iridescent plumage. It is the northern bald ibis that flies over the area and sometimes stops here, so it is not unusual to see it on the lovely fields next to the beach.

I colori del golfo di Baratti all’imbrunire.

I colori del golfo di Baratti all’imbrunire.

Nature and ancient history meld together in Populonia and the surrounding area and you can have a fully immersive experience in both here. The beach is just a walk away from the archaeological areas.

The acropolis can be found in Populonia Alta – reachable by both car and foot – while the necropolises are scattered in different sites of the promontory and the gulf. These traces of Etruscan civilization are part of the Parco Archeologico di Baratti e Populonia where you can wander among the well-preserved testimonies of populated cities and ports.

Dalla torre la vista spazia sulla costa del golfo di Baratti

Dalla torre la vista spazia sulla costa del golfo di Baratti

Rambling through the cliff-edge history of Populonia you may be inspired to take a dip in the intense blue waters off this stretch of the Tuscan coast. Baratti beach is a long tongue of red sand that can be found in the gulf of the same name, against which sweet waves of clear blue gently lap.

The sea-beds are densely-populated by water flora and fauna, perfect for snorkelling and for children to swim in thanks to the gently increasing depths. The striking, characteristic colour of the sand is due to the residues of the metalwork activities of the Etruscans who, at the time, monopolized the iron trade: this area was home to many furnaces where metal was worked.

The luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation embraces the sands, and its pinewoods offer a welcome break from the sun; it borders the archaeological park and is also equipped with a catering service, stretches of beach resorts and a car park.

La spiaggia del golfo di Baratti.

La spiaggia del golfo di Baratti.

For all those looking to take a dip in crystalline waters surrounded by uncontaminated nature, discovering sheer cliffs and breath-taking views, the Buca delle Fate is the ideal destination. A short, easy trek, allowing us also to take in some examples of Etruscan underground tombs, and we arrive at the splendid, intimate bay.

From Popolonia, you can reach both Baratti and the Buca delle Fate in just a few minutes by car, for a refreshing end to one or more days in the Etruscan world.

What to see in Populonia:

  • The tower of Populonia; you can climb onto the walls and admire a bird’s-eye view over the Baratti Gulf and the Val di Cornia.
  • The Museo Etrusco and the private collection of the Gasparri family.
  • The Populonia Acropolis.
  • The San Cerbone Necropolis and the Grotte necropolis.
  • The Monastery of San Quirico; located near the Buca delle Fate immersed in the vegetation.
  • The “Davide Mancini” Experimental Archaeological Centre, home to the reconstruction of a Bronze Age hut.

Parco Archeologico di Baratti e Populonia

Where to sleep: Puntala Camp & Resort

How to reach:

SOME PHOTOS

 

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Trail Building-Punta Ala Trail Center [video]

Trail Building is one of the key elements of good mountain biking locations. Punta Ala Trail Center has a dedicated team that spends time building trails. However you ride a…

Trail Building is one of the key elements of good mountain biking locations. Punta Ala Trail Center has a dedicated team that spends time building trails.

However you ride a good trail is important, in Punta Ala the Trail Center team focuses on build good natural trails, without berms and using the natural landscape to create unique riding experiences. See how Ettore and Simone build trails!

The trail crew keep it simple, cleaning about 300 metres of trail per day, on normal trails, opening up new ones requires a bit more time maybe they can clean 150 metres per day, you need passion and energy to create the trails that people love to ride.

The guys of the Punta Ala Trail Center will be soon preparing and shaping the trails Bandite Trail Area for the next MTB season. Do you want to be the first to ride the best flow?

Check out  here  our rates for a stay during the weekend or a week at the PuntAla Camp & Resort and then  get in touch  with the Punta Ala Trail Center to book your shuttle service.

Photo Story

Ettore fixing some branches

Ettore fixing some branches

The trail team likes to find interesting shaped rocks, emotions are high with their creations.

The trail team likes to find interesting shaped rocks, emotions are high with their creations.

Simone knows as a biker himself what a good trail should ride like.

Simone knows as a biker himself what a good trail should ride like.

Up close with the rake.

Up close with the rake.

Tools need to be simple and light to carry into the trail.

Tools need to be simple and light to carry into the trail.

The branches are removed the trail bed swept and all is in order.

The branches are removed the trail bed swept and all is in order.

The before and after, as the trail builders clear the bed of the trail.

The before and after, as the trail builders clear the bed of the trail.

The before and after, as the trail builders clear the bed of the trail.

The before and after, as the trail builders clear the bed of the trail.

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Kite surf in the Maremma

The coastline from Punta Ala down to Monte Argentario is unique, apart from being beautiful it also has seasonal thermal winds that give passionate windsport people the ability to enjoy…

The coastline from Punta Ala down to Monte Argentario is unique, apart from being beautiful it also has seasonal thermal winds that give passionate windsport people the ability to enjoy the coastline in a different way. Kitesurfing is practiced up and down the coast. Grab a board and a kite and enjoy the ride.

Video

Kite Surfing In The Maremma from Punta Ala Trail Center on Vimeo.

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There are so many nice spots and things to see from the water, the whole coastline takes on another point of view.

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One of the kite beaches, PKS beach, has space and shallow water, it is a great place to learn kitesurfing in the morning.

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The beach is fully equipped with a rental station and storage facilities.

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Location

In high season there are specific locations or “exit channels” where you can kite or take lessons. The Kite beaches are located in Puntone, Castiglione della Pescaia and Marina Di Grosseto.

It’s Important to kite only where you are allowed, this respects other beach users and also the kite beaches are located where there is the best wind!

Kite Beach Fiumara

PKS Beach – Castiglione della Pescaia

Surf Relax – Puntone

The kite schools are open all year, just head on down to the beaches and take a lesson, rent equipment, or enjoy the beach atmosphere.

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Climbing in the Maremma – Ravi

If you like the thrill of exploring in the woods and finding a natural version of bouldering walls, the Maremma has a few local options that are well known on…

If you like the thrill of exploring in the woods and finding a natural version of bouldering walls, the Maremma has a few local options that are well known on the national climbing circuit. Close to the ex-mining town of Ravi, high on the hills above, there are some interesting routes to try if you like wild climbing on Monte Calvo.

Looking across to the Ravi climbing location.

Looking across to the Ravi climbing location.

The Walls

here are a number of main walls with various routes up them, best looked at from a small distance, the climber can get an overall picture of the possible routes.

Here there are a number of main walls with various routes up them, best looked at from a small distance, the climber can get an overall picture of the possible routes.

The furthest wall from the base with some fixed anchor points for safety ropes, this offers some fairly interesting climbs, with an easy access rope recovery point.

The furthest wall from the base with some fixed anchor points for safety ropes, this offers some fairly interesting climbs, with an easy access rope recovery point.

The upper more complicated routes of the top wall.

The upper more complicated routes of the top wall.

Close up we can see the rock is characterized by some smooth surfaces and small holds. Great experiences for those who are looking to up the adrenaline.

Close up we can see the rock is characterized by some smooth surfaces and small holds. Great experiences for those who are looking to up the adrenaline.

In the woods close to the base are smaller more easy going practice walls that give novice climbers the ability to try their beginner skills.

In the woods close to the base are smaller easier going practice walls that give novice climbers the ability to try their beginner skills.

Off to the right of the main walls are some subsidiary walls which have overhangs and are open for a freestyle climbing style.

Off to the right of the main walls are some subsidiary walls which have overhangs and are open for a freestyle climbing style.

Looking back across the Maremma to Ravi and the Amiata, the views are stunning, isolated but connected.

Looking back across the Maremma to Ravi and the Amiata, the views are stunning, isolated but connected.

The rocky crags at the top of the rock walls give multiple route options and technique variations.

The rocky crags at the top of the rock walls give multiple route options and technique variations.

The Guide

So climbing these walls where do we start, luckily the world of climbing has grades and those who can grade them who are also good at putting together the best route possibilities.

Eraldo Meraldi is the guide behind these guides each route has been described and graded. With suggested attachment points for ropes.  Grading varies between 4 and 7 in difficulty.

Eraldo Meraldi is the guide behind these guides each route has been described and graded. With suggested attachment points for ropes.  Grading varies between 4 and 7 in difficulty.

Each wall has a name and with at least four routes per wall, variety is possible, climb time per rout obviously depends on climber ability but can take up to 40 minutes on more complicated routes.

Each wall has a name and with at least four routes per wall, variety is possible, climb time per rout obviously depends on climber ability but can take up to 40 minutes on more complicated routes.

Location

Climbing spots are often closely guarded secrets, some because they are hard to access, others because people want to make sure there is not too much “traffic” on the walls. Monte Calvo is located near Ravi and is accessible by car and foot.

Map

Park on the road and walk up.

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Here in cartoon form we can see the route, it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to the base.

The path starts by the road near a fence, it's clearly defined and has small rocks up the hill showing the routes.

The path starts by the road near a fence, it’s clearly defined and has small rocks up the hill showing the routes.

A perfect trail leading people to the secrets.

A perfect trail leading people to the secrets.

Here the path passes behind the power tower.

Here the path passes behind the power tower.

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Close by there is the abandoned mine and museum of Ravi.  Below we can see the whole ridgeline is a potential rock climbing heaven.

 

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Sailing The Coast Of Tuscany

Punta Ala lies on the coast of the lower part of Tuscany. The coastline is covered with small islands and rocky headlands, which stretch back inland to the hills behind….

Punta Ala lies on the coast of the lower part of Tuscany. The coastline is covered with small islands and rocky headlands, which stretch back inland to the hills behind. The great thing about the coastline of Punta Ala is it is possible to sail all year in all seasons.

Sailing is a year around sport and the coastline offers many ports and things to see from the sea, with some jewels of the offshore islands.

Sailing is a year around sport and the coastline offers many ports and things to see from the sea, with some jewels of the offshore islands.

Opena water.

Open water.

Spring

With sometimes strong winds and blue skies, the coast is for experienced and medium sailors alike. The key is to remember to enjoy the view of the coast, the ports are usually more quiet at this time of year.

Sailing off the point of Punta Ala a spring gusty day.

Sailing off the point of Punta Ala a spring gusty day.

Further down the coast one of the small islands gives a spectacular backdrop.

Further down the coast one of the small islands gives a spectacular backdrop.

Cruising out of the port in spring is a calm time, but the water and wind are still ready to be appreciated.

Cruising out of the port in spring is a calm time, but the water and wind are still ready to be appreciated.

Summer

The coast comes alive as yacht owners open up their sails and follow the gentle sea breezes that emanate from the north-west every day. It’s busy but worth the trip out on a boat, it’s warm so dive in whilst at Anchor!

The beaches invite users into the sea.

The beaches invite users into the sea.

Leaving or entering port in the summer, the hills of the Bandite radiate the last golden sunlight of the evening.

Leaving or entering port in the summer, the hills of the Bandite radiate the last golden sunlight of the evening.

Just across the water, Elba offers some protective coves and stunning scenery.

Just across the water, Elba offers some protective coves and stunning scenery.

Up high, the water is crystal clear below.

Up high, the water is crystal clear below.

On Giannutri, the water radiates a turquoise blue color.

On Giannutri, the water radiates a turquoise blue color.

Giglio is also a contrasting place in strong summer light as the hillside rises behind the main port town.

Giglio is also a contrasting place in strong summer light as the hillside rises behind the main port town.

Autumn

Winter time is coming meaning the last boat races of the year close to the coast as competitor look for the best winds.

Winter time is coming meaning the last boat races of the year close to the coast as competitor look for the best winds.

Sailing close to the "Sparviero" of the Troia off the port of Punta Ala, epic early evening sunsets

Sailing close to the “Sparviero” of the Troia off the port of Punta Ala, epic early evening sunsets

Bigger conditions require bigger boats.

Bigger conditions require bigger boats.

Late September winds and green hills off the coast looking back towards Punta Ala.

Late September winds and green hills off the coast looking back towards Punta Ala.

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Florence E-Bike Festival

Punta Ala Trail Center has access to about 35 trails of varying levels close to the beach, E-bikes are one of the best ways to access those trails. At Florence e-bike…

Punta Ala Trail Center has access to about 35 trails of varying levels close to the beach, E-bikes are one of the best ways to access those trails. At Florence e-bike festival the guides and organizer spent time with people explaining the bikes and location.

Video – Punta Ala and Florence E-bike Riding

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The festival location was at the Cascine park next to the Arno river and took in a range of different bike related exhibits, including the Punta Ala Trail Center Booth where festival goer’s where invited to take a ride for free on the trail center’s E-bikes.

The E-bike Festival

The stand was located at the front of the festival.

The stand was located at the front of the festival.

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Taking place over three days the event location was busy and also the focus of the start of the Granfondo di Firenze.

On display we had a selection of our Giant E-bikes.

On display we had a selection of our Giant E-bikes.

Roberto Vergottini explains to the festival visitors how the bikes work.

Roberto Vergottini explains to the festival visitors how the bikes work.

We also had the opportunity to try the new Mo-bikes on demo.

We also had the opportunity to try the new Mo-bikes on demo.

The future of biking parked at the Punta Ala Trail Center stand.

The future of biking parked at the Punta Ala Trail Center stand.

Punta Ala Trail Center

E-bikes have changed the landscape of cycling and trail access, they also allow people who are not strong on a bike to reach some beautiful locations, their pedal assist credentials mean it feels like it is always riding on a flat road.

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The trail center has the same spirit as the festival, a welcoming location for riding in, the center guides are there to help people access the trail experiences on offer.

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Riders can choose their route and the guides will take groups on specifically tailored rides.

The cool thing about the trial center location is rides can start on the beach…

The cool thing about the trial center location is rides can start on the beach…

…and end on the beach, here in Cala Violina.

…and end on the beach, here in Cala Violina.

There are trails for all levels of rider…

There are trails for all levels of rider…

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One day we all might be able to jump like this…

Trail Center Location

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A Guided Mountain Bike Ride at Punta Ala

A guided mountain bike ride from Punta Ala Trail Center can take in the best of Punta Ala’s beaches and mountains while riding fun singletrack trails, with rides expertly tailored…

A guided mountain bike ride from Punta Ala Trail Center can take in the best of Punta Ala’s beaches and mountains while riding fun singletrack trails, with rides expertly tailored to all and any abilities.

Punta Ala Guiding

Checking out the trail map at our Bike Center shop, while hiring two Giant bikes for today’s ride.

 

Starting at Punta Ala Trail Center‘s beachside base, our guide Bibo meets up with his clients for the day – two avid mountain bikers of an intermediate level on holiday from Switzerland. They’ve hired bikes from the Bike Center’s (our bike shop) range of Giant-Liv Cycling rentals, choosing mid-travel trail bikes for today’s singletrack blast. Tomorrow they might try an e-bike.

The couple is staying in one of our Club cabins on the shore of the Mediterranean, where Bibo talks them through the local trail network while assessing their riding level and the type of trail they’d like to ride.

Punta Ala Trail Center accommodation

Bibo gets to know today’s guided customers, meanwhile the coffee brews in their Club cabin.

 

After a relaxed meeting talking bikes and discussing e-bikes (over a coffee – this is Italy after all), the ride starts directly from the door of the cabin. No need for transport here: singletrack starts a stone’s throw from all our accommodation.

Pedalling for a minute or two, the ride quickly dives into the dense and intriguing forest, where Bibo picks up a flowing snake of singletrack. Never climbing nor descending for too long, this trail is a great start for groups to get used to the dry terrain and never-ending flow of our nearest trails in the Cala Violina area.

Mountain biking Punta Ala Italy

Pedalling through the pleasant pine cover of our accommodation base, soon the group will be enjoying nearby singletrack.

 

Bibo, one of three full-time mountain bike guides at Punta Ala Trail Center, has a wealth of experience when it comes to group rides. As a long-term professional snowboard instructor in the winter and having shaped some of Italy’s most famous mountain biking in Sauze d’Oulx (and Punta Ala!), his knowledge of sport and riders is endless. He’s also supremely talented on a bike, but incredibly friendly and patient too – perfect guide material. That’s how he’s earned so much positive feedback from our customers.

Flowing like water around the mountain, Bibo’s choice of trail gently makes its way upward, bursting out of the trees to a timeless view of the surrounding nature and across to the Isle of Elba. Bibo’s small group are stunned by the beauty of the area, but soon forget it as they hurtle through the woods on a fast, fun trail called Torretta. This is an apparently endless descent that comes seemingly for free – they barely noticed the uphill to a high point 250 meters above the sea.

Singletrack Cala Violina mountain biking

Bibo, one of Punta Ala Trail Center’s full-time guides and mountain bike experts.

 

Punta Ala Trail Center mountain biking

Every ride ends at the sea! Bibo gives a demonstration of his skills during a cornering exercise with the intermediate group.

 

After a riveting 10-minute ride with some of the best turns our group has ridden, the trail comes to a rolling finish at one of Punta Ala’s best-kept secrets: Cala Violina. A pristine beach accessible only by bike, horse or a lengthy walk from the nearest car park, the feeling of wonderful calm could not be greater.

The ride ends here as the group take a shortcut back to base at the end of this two-hour blast. But tomorrow they’ll be back here and will explore some of the dozens of trails Bibo pointed out during the ride, which he also handily marked on their trail map.

Trail map Punta Ala Trail Center

Tomorrow’s ride? Even more flow, this time with some challenging singletrack climbs on rented e-bikes!

 

At Punta Ala Trail Center the ride options are unlimited. Gentle trail? No problem. Hardcore downhill? We’ve got that covered too. Everything in-between? Yep. Just ask one of our guides and they will point you in the right direction, or even better hire them for a half- or full-day of guiding to really benefit from their knowledge of the area.

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[Video] Toscano Enduro Series – How he and she will prepare a race!

Giacomo Dodino and Rachelle Riolfo came down to Punta Ala Trail Center just before the Toscano Enduro series to enjoy the trails, practice a bit for the race and take…

Giacomo Dodino and Rachelle Riolfo came down to Punta Ala Trail Center just before the Toscano Enduro series to enjoy the trails, practice a bit for the race and take part in the first major Enduro event of the year in Tuscany.

Giacomo Dodino and Rachelle Riolfo came down to Punta Ala Trail Center just before the Toscano Enduro series to enjoy the trails, practice a bit for the race and take part in the first major Enduro event of the year in Tuscany.

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Giant PATC from Punta Ala Trail Center on Vimeo.

Racing together was a great experience and Punta Ala gave them the ideal base to make sure they had all the bike services at their disposal to make their experience seamless.

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Enjoying the beach at Cala Violina just before sunset, after riding the trail loops just by the sea.

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Spring time is ideal for riding with empty spaces and perfect weather.

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Giacomo Dodino drops down onto the beach from the last trail of the day.

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