THE CANALE MAESTRO DELLA CHIANA
[THE MASTER CANAL OF THE CHIANA AREA]
By bike through the Tuscany of nature and of man
The bicycle ride along the Canale Maestro della Chiana is a journey through time and nature: you can pedal right through the heart of the Etruscan world, across a myriad of waterways, in a land that has been shaped by the strength of nature and by the hands of man.
The famous drainage works to reclaim the land, begun in the 16th century, completely turned the Val di Chiana into an important agricultural centre; and even today, its local economy is intimately tied to local produce, which you can observe by cycling through the roads of cheese and fruit, oil and wine. Between Arezzo and Chiusi, there are multiple ways of entering into the heart of an area that has to be thoroughly appreciated, to be lived in, recalling its history and its art, along the century-old waterways, letting yourself be tempted by the wonders of these lands which, apart from how they are usually considered, have a certain smell in the air, a perfume of their own true authenticity.
The Canale Maestro della Chiana’s cycle and pedestrian path which joins Arezzo to Chiusi is about 62 km long, and is equipped and protected for those who wish to travel slowly, either by bike or on foot. The ancient road used for both canal and lock maintenance is, in fact, a natural track without any height or level differences which makes it suitable for a family sporting tourism.