Today's ride is quite rightly known as one of the highlights of our trip! We will get to see the awesome scenery of the Crete, which lies to the south-east of Siena. This region is also the venue for the well-known, annual ride called l'Eroica, which takes in gravel roads (called ‘Strade Bianche’). We, though, stick to the tarmac. On the approach we ride around Siena, because we’ll take a closer look at the town on our recovery day ride. Immediately thereafter we dive into the Crete hills and find the sort of views that we know from postcards and photos of Tuscany. The way back takes us over the quiet Passo dell'Incrociati, which won't tax us too much. Could it be that one or two people fancy a little dual prior to the recovery day?