This route begins on level ground, and then varies. The most difficult sections are the Capanne ascent and the up-and-down Via Marsiliana. The city of Massa Marittima is of great interest, as is the beautiful hilly landscape along the road. Naturalists can plan a stop near the Carapax Centre to see turtles and swans. Possible eating options may be found in the first part of the itinerary in Scarlino Scalo and Bagni di Gavorrano, and later in Massa Marittima.
We start from Casa Rondelli, on the outskirts of Follonica, near a large roundabout that exits onto the S.P. 152 in the direction of Punta Ala, Castiglione della Pescaia, and Grosseto. Pedalling on level ground along the path of the old Via Aurelia, which runs parallel to the railway, you pass through Scarlino Scalo (5). You go past the entrance ramp onto the S.S.1 Aurelia (9) and continue until you reach the fork on the right (12.5), where you follow the signs for Aurelia, Ribolla and Lago dell'Accesa, and turn on to the S.P. 31 "Collacchia" road.
From here carry on until you reach the town of La Pesta (20), the ideal place to have a bite to eat near Lake Accesa. Continue on for another 600 metres along the S.P. 49, before reaching a fork on the right, where you take the S.P. 50 toward Capanne (20.6). The road slopes gradually upwards for about 2 km, then proceeds without difficulty until the village of Capanne (25). When you come to the lay-by with the bus stop, take the secondary asphalt road that heads uphill, completely swamped by greenery, until Massa Marittima.
Continue along a lovely wide road, lined with cypresses, for about 1 km until you reach a medieval mill (37.1) where you turn left onto a straight road that heads past the precincts of the Centro Tartarughe e Cicogne (38.5). The road then slopes slightly downhill for about 3.5 km, then the altimeter kicks in and from this point on the Marsiliana becomes a series of ups and downs in a gorgeously hilly landscape.