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About Riding with Cosimo
After years of visiting my daughter here, my wife and I moved here. I am offering cycling tours to share the love of the incredible cycling available in the area. Cycling here has turned me into a dedicated road cyclist after years spent mostly mountain biking. The roads available here are so fun to ride with great scenery, excellent surfaces, opportunities to stop for panini or a cafe, simply enjoy life on a bicycle. I take out small groups of 1 to 4 people on cycling tours from Florence. I customize every tour for the desires and fitness level of the clients. Come to Florence and we can explore the Chianti wine country, the wild area of the Mugello, or the birth place of Leonardo da Vinci, among other options. We can do a single day or many days in a row without repeating a ride. Let's ride!
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Spend a day cycling through the beautiful rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a fully customized bike tour. Departing from Florence, travel with a private guide on a route created especially to match your interests and abilities. Take in the scenic views while peddling along country roads, and stop along the way to indulge in your personal tastes, whether it's a farm-fresh Tuscan meal, homemade gelato sampling or wine tasting in the famous Chianti region. The day is yours!
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Eric G wrote a review Jun 2021
Houston, Texas
I'm sorry to say this review is almost 2 years overdue as we had such a great time on our private guided bike tour in the hills around Florence. My fiancée and I booked a tour with Mark in July, 2019 and cannot recommend him highly enough. I'm a fairly avid cyclist and my fiancée is a casual/beginner and he designed a beautiful 39-mile route to our skill levels and provided options along the way to divert if we wanted to hit a particularly picturesque viewpoint, or take the less strenuous route, etc. Coordination and communication were exceptional; he provided excellent advice with regard to bike rentals, met us at the shop on time, utilized the information about our riding styles and skill levels to recommend the appropriate equipment and, most importantly, guided us on a very fun and pretty ride through the Tuscan countryside, stopping for much needed espresso and snacks along the way. While my fiancée has opted to leave future vacation cycling trips to me (it's just not her thing), I wouldn't hesitate to book with Mark again. I imagine he's got some great gravel routes we could explore as well!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Mark C, Owner at Riding with Cosimo
Responded 4 Jun 2021
Thanks for the nice review, Eric
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Clare Hawkins wrote a review Feb 2020
Galway, Ireland
Both myself and my partner had such an AMAZING day riding through Chianti with Mark. Although Mark and my partner are more experienced cyclists than me, they kept a nice pace throughout the entire day. Mark had set up the route so we could have options to extend it depending on our/my energy levels on the day. We cycled 75km in total, which was a new record for me! Not only was Mark a super guide, but he was also a very friendly and likeable guy. The weather on the day couldn't have been better too - around 26 degrees Celsius and sunny. It really was such a memorable way to see the beautiful Tuscan countryside, and it was definitely one the highlights of our trip! Thank you so much for such a perfect day Mark!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Mark C, Owner at Riding with Cosimo
Responded 11 Feb 2020
Thank you for the nice review!
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Raff wrote a review Jan 2020
Wonderful day biking through the Tuscan countryside! We biked all day (about 30km) with out 10 and 12 year old kids. Mark was great! He met us in an agreed upon location in one of the towns and arranged for the bike rentals. He customized the bike route to accommodate our kids. There were some challenging hills but Mark was very patient and encouraging to help us all get up them. The scenery was beautiful and my kids say it was the best day of our trip. Would highly recommend Mark's tour.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Mark C, Owner at Riding with Cosimo
Responded 1 Feb 2020
Thank you for the nice reveiw!
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Jennifer R wrote a review Jan 2020
My husband and I were given a private guided tour through Tuscany with Mark, and it was absolutely fabulous! Not only was Mark great company but he also took us to a great place to have lunch and showed us all the best roads outside of Florence. If you want a great cycling experience outside of Florence definitely ride with Mark!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Mark C, Owner at Riding with Cosimo
Responded 21 Jan 2020
Thanks for the nice review.
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Andrew Z wrote a review Jan 2020
My partner and I hadn't planned much to do while visiting Florence, and happened across Mark's tour of the Tuscany hills when we got into town. Being a regular road rider, I was really looking forward to this day trip. Needless to say, it was a day more than well spent. Mark did an awesome job guiding our group, leading us to some of the nice sites around Florence, and then off into the hills where we had a fantastic meal - honestly probably the most authentic meal we had while in Florence. Although a few of our group members had some challenges with the amount of climbing we did, Mark did a good job of keeping everyone together, and also offering a riding push up some of the hills, further showing his professionalism towards being a top-notch guide. After lunch we headed back down into Florence where we made another stop for some Gelato, which again was outstanding. We would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an authentic adventure around the area, and would definitely ride with Mark again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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