A 15km/9 mile easy, mostly flat footbike ride from Ponte a Moriano to Lucca along the Serchio river, with lunch in a local trattoria and tour of Lucca.
We meet at 6:15am and depart from Montecatini to take a 1 hour 45-minute train to Ponte a Moriano just north of Lucca. Here after a briefing on how to properly use the footbikes, we set off and cycle to Lucca on a scenic ride that is nearly all flat.
We follow the Serchio river cycle path (compact earth), with great views on the river and surrounded by a peaceful park, on a 4 hour/15 km: we enter town riding 4.2km around the 2nd large and perfectly preserved city walls. These were built between 1504 and 1648 to protect the city from the growing attacks from Florence and then the Great Dutchy of Tuscany. We wind our way through the narrow streets admiring the beauty and richness of the many churches, palaces and square, then drop off the footbikes and then head to a local trattoria for a nice lunch with genuine and local product. In the afternoon, we take the train and go back to Montecatini.
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