Does the thought of a handmade fresh batch of pasta and a good pasta sauce recipe make your mouth water? Are you a traveler who loves to get to know a destination, its food, culture and people intimately?
Take a cycling tour to immerse in the wonderful back streets and alleyways of Tuscany, Italy. There’s not a better place to get fresh air, exercise and culture. Or, explore here in the states to find West Coast beaches and the charmed south.
What is It About Tuscany?
The name Tuscany conjures images of spectacular food and a sun-drenched, rolling landscape dotted with wineries and olive groves. It’s a destination that should be savored slowly in order to appreciate its beauty and culture. So don’t put the pedal to the metal to get around Tuscany. Instead, try cycling.
Not only will you be able to savor this region from atop a bike, but you can also work enough calories off during the cycling trip to enjoy a few extra helpings of Tuscany’s delicious fare.
A number of companies offer Tuscany tours that range in length from single-day tours to itineraries that cover a week or longer. These tours will take you down cypress-lined roads, through charming villages and to see such sites as a medieval fortress and olive orchards. Your nights will be spent enjoying great local fare and resting in lovely villas or hotels.
Sonoma Wine Country
If an airplane trip to Italy isn’t within your budget, choose a similar destination in the U.S. for a cycling tour. In California, for example, you will find that a number of companies offer cycling tours of Sonoma County, which is one of California’s most famous wine-growing regions, according to the USATourist.com. Select from one-day tours or a lengthier itinerary.
For those living closer to the East Coast, a cycling tour of South Carolina is a great alternative to a Tuscany vacation. South Carolina is famous for its charm, delicious regional cuisine and Spanish moss-draped oaks. Most cycling trips through South Carolina will typically include stops at genteel Savannah and romantic Charleston.
Traveling Safety Tips
Before the journey whether in the U.S. or overseas, take the extra steps to keep your home from looking like an easy target. Leave a light or two on and stop your mail and newspaper service. Find automated security options at www.SecurityCompanies.com to put a set of extra eyes on your home while away.
In addition, to keeping your home safe from crooks, some security companies will also allow you to monitor and control your home from a smartphone, tablet or computer. You can, for example, watch live videos of the interior of your home on some of these systems or lock the doors from your smart device, even if you’re miles or even continents away.
Once you get your home secured, you’ll be able to enjoy the cycling tour, whether you’re heading to Tuscany or to an equally lovely destination in the U.S. If going out of the country, remember to start the passport application early because sometimes it can take up to two months to receive your documents, according to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.