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BIKE TOURING THE CLASSIC CLIMBS OF THE DOLOMITES AND ALPS Bike Tour Italy's Dolomites and Alps is one of cycling's most spectacular adventures.  During this Italy Bike Tour the route is designed to allow you to challenge yourself on the TOP Climbs in Italian Cycling History.  Each day's route plan is organized to be enjoyable rides though one of the World's UNESCO Monuments, with plenty of options to ride extra miles. Italy's Dolomites Mountains offers some of the best mountain roads in Europe to bike tour on. The Dolomites are well developed, and the region is famous for it’s valleys and towns that come alive with après-ski fever each winter and hikers in the summer.  Offering great rides for all level of cyclist the Dolomites should be a must ride on all bike riders bucket list.  You can go for time or just relaxing rides for stunning views, either way we have a developed program that allows you to explore the area safely. During the Italian Dolomites Bike Tour week, you ride through the heart of the Dolomite's exploring many of the best know mountain passes that have been used for great races, for years. Enjoy great climbs, good food and wine, and fun company during a week of climbing while exploring the National Monument of the World. For more information and detailed route information connect us via email. mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BIKE TOUR ITALY - THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES AND ALPS AT A GLANCE Saturday - Venice Airport and move to Agordo at the base of the DolomitesSunday - Passo Duran - Passo Stalunza - to Selva di Cadore (68 km, 2000 meters)Monday -Passo Gaiu - Passo Falzarego - Covara (52 km, 1900 meters)Tuesday - 4 Passes of the Sella Mountain Group - Covara (50 km, 1904 meters)Wednesday - Passo Gardena - Passo Sella - Passo Costalunga (72 km, 2100 meters)Thursday - Passo Stelvio - Bormio (48 km, 2100 meters)Friday - Passo Gavia - (Optional Passo Mortirolo) - Bormio (74 km, 2100 meters)Saturday - Arriverdici ( Transfer to Milano Train Station) Each ride can be lengthened, or shorten based on rider preference.  All routes are on secondary roads.The Dolomites are featured each year in the Giro d'Italia, which has become known as the 'The World's Hardest Race, In the World's Most Beautiful Place',

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BIKE TOURING THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES AND STELVIO PASS

Photo of Passo Stelvio in the Italian Alps

Bike Tour Italy's Dolomites isone of cycling most spectacular adventures.  During this Bike Tour I take you on a route that lets you challenge yourself on the TOP Climbs in Italian Cycling History riding in the Dolomites and Italian Alps.  Each day's route plan is organized to be enjoyable rides though one of the World's UNESCO Monuments, with plenty of options to ride extra miles.

Italy's Dolomites Mountains offers some of the best mountain roads in Europe to bike tour on. The Dolomites are well developed, and the region is famous for it’s valleys and towns that come alive with après-ski fever each winter and hikers in the summer.  Offering great rides for all level of cyclist the Dolomites should be a must ride on all bike riders bucket list.  You can go for time or just relaxing rides for stunning views, either way we have a developed program that allows you to explore the area safely.

During the Italian Dolomites and Passo Stelvio Bike Tour week, we ride through the heart of the Dolomite's exploring many of the best know mountain passes that have been used for great races, for years. In addition, we ride 2 of the classic passes of the Alps, Passo Stelvio and Passo Gavia. During the week we enjoy great climbs, good food and wine, and fun company during a week of climbing while exploring the National Monument of the World.

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Italian Dolomites and Passo Stelvio Bike Tour DETAILS
 
Length 8 days 7 nights (7 riding days)
Mileage base routes are 40 - 60  km, Average Elevation Gain per day 1200 meter, Average % Grade -7%

Single supplement
Meals: All breakfasts, 3 dinners
Start - Venice Marco Polo Airport

Finish -Milano Airport

This trip can be organized as a private trip or a Self Guided Tour.  Contact me to schedule a trip date.

BIKE TOUR ITALY - THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES AND ALPS AT A GLANCE

  • Saturday - Pick Up at Venice Airport and move to Agordo at the base of the Dolomites
  • Sunday - Passo Duran - Passo Stalunza - to Selva di Cadore (68 km, 2000 meters)
  • Monday -Passo Giau - Passo Falzarego - Covara (52 km, 1900 meters)
  • Tuesday - 4 Passes of the Sella Mountain Group - Covara (50 km, 1904 meters)
  • Wednesday - Passo Gardena - Passo Sella - Passo Costalunga (72 km, 2100 meters)
  • Thursday - Passo Stelvio - Bormio (48 km, 2100 meters)
  • Friday - Passo Gavia - (Optional Passo Mortirolo) - Bormio (74 km, 2100 meters)
  • Saturday - Arriverdici ( Transfer to Milano Train Station)

Each ride can be lengthened, or shorten based on rider preference.  All routes are on secondary roads.

BIKE TOURING VENICE AND OLD VENEZIAN REPUBLIC | ITALY

Photo of Venice Italy

A sophisticated region located in northeastern Italy, flanked by the shores of the Adriatic sea and the foothills of the Italian Dolomites, the Veneto is a remarkable reflection of Italy: full of Renaissance art, fine food and style.  Our biking is through flat farmlands, by stately 16th and 17th century villas, and along canals reminiscent of the Veneto's most famous town, Venice.  By day we follow gentle routes and by night we savor the 'dolce vita' of classic Venetian cuisine and opulent villa hotels.

We begin our adventure along the Brenta River with a tour of the Villa Stra, a national monument.  Next, we bike country side surrounding Venice passing many of the villas of the 16 and 17 centuries.  Then it is on to Castelfranco, a 12th century walled city with an excellent vibe, along the way we have a chance to explore Treviso.  Next it is on to Asolo,  considered by many to be the quintessential Italian town. It is a tiny hamlet with an abundance of quaint, winding streets and a graceful piazza overlooking the valley.  Then following Asolo, we head into the foothills and vineyards of at the foot of Monte Grappa, to taste some of the sparkling wine which has made this area so famous, to reach Bassano del Grappa. That evening we enjoy a walking tour of this old Roman cross roads town, and site of the final battles of WW1, we visit the Gappa distillers just before dinner.  From Bassano del Grappa we head to the Palladio city of Vicenza, along the way visiting the walled city of Marostica.  We stay in this city of Neo Classic architecture for two nights.  Our second day of riding is along the base of the Berici Hills exploring hidden villages and history.  Our last day takes us from Vicenza over to Verona, the city of the Roman Arena, Romeo and Juliett, and Austrian Fortifications, along the way we also stop in the walled city of Soave.

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Biking works up our appetites for some wonderful Northern Italian meals. The noble region of the Veneto is home to risotto and polenta as well as homemade pasta spiced with radicchio, rucola and endive.  Seafood lovers will rejoice in the freshly caught frutti di mare prepared in the Venetian tradition. There is an incredible variety of foods and wines to enjoy along this tour and the  pace is set so that you have ample time to explore.

Some OF VENICE AND THE VENETO Tour Highlights
  • Palladio's architectural masterpieces at villa Malcontenta,Villa Emo, The Rotonda, and more.
  • The heart of the bicycle industry: Campogolo, Pinerello, Sidi, San Marco, Wilder Trestina, and more.
  • Pass through the area Ernest Hemingway served as an ambulance driver during WW1 and based his novel 'Farewell to Arms'.
  • Biking through the Prosecco vineyards
  • Grappa and Wine Tasting
  • The Roma Arena in Verona

This is a great week if you enjoy exploring and learning the history and culture as much as you enjoy the bicycle.  If you have someone not that interested in the bike riding tagging along this is a perfect tour option. You can ride as many miles you want and if someone wants a more relaxing day they can do so without interrupting the flow of the day, nor feel left out. There are plenty of additional activities to enjoy when you are off the bike; wine tasting, sight seeing, cooking classes, or just some shopping in the center.

BIKE TOURING ITALY - VENICE AND THE OLD VENEZIAN REPUBLIC

This trip can be organised as a private group Guided or a Self Guided Tour. Best time of year to ride is April through October. Contact me to schedule a trip date. 

QUICK GLANCE - DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:

  • Saturday - Meet at Marco Polo Airport and Transfer to Hotel for trip review introduction.
  • Sunday:Brenta Canal and Villas of the Republic
  • Monday: Mira - Treviso - Castelfranco Veneto
  • Tuesday: Castelfranco Veneto - Asolo - Bassano del Grappa
  • Wednesday: Bassano Del Grappa - Marostica - Vicenza 
  • Thursday: Vicenza - Berici Hills - Vicenza
  • Friday: Vicenza - Soave - Verona
  • Saturday: Arrivederci

Each ride can be lengthened, based on rider preference.  All routes are on secondary roads.

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BIKE TOURING TRIESTE AND THE FRIULI VENEZIA REGION

Photo of Bike Touring Friuli Venezia Region of Italy

The Friuli Venezia and Trieste Bike Tour is in one of the least known areas of Italy, that has a rare cultural mix of western and eastern European. The bike rides are varied, major of the routes are flat easy rides, two days of rolling hills, and the Queen stage of the tour is one of Italy's hardest climb Monte Zoncolan.  Our adventure will pass through wine areas, historical cities, and remote areas that seem to have been lost in time.  A great biking trip for all levels, (note there is an alternate climb if you do not wish ride the Monte Zoncolan). Once a part of the Venetian Republic the Friuli Venezia region sits on the cross roads between western and eastern Europe.  The land area has been occupied by Romans, Longbards, Venetians, Austria-Hungary, and Slovaks.

This culture mix with the dynamic landscape has made the Friuli Venezia one of the last "unexplored Italian" regions left.  Join me on a great bike ride some of Europe's great climbs and discover the hidden treasures and varied foods and wines of the region.

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FRIULI VENEZIA AND TRIESTE BIKE TOUR DETAILS


Quick Glance of the Day by Day Itinerary

  • Saturday - Pick Up at Marco Polo Airport or Mestre Train Station
  • Sunday - Caorle - Aquileia - Palmovia
  • Monday - Palmovia - Miramare - Trieste
  • Tuesday - Trieste - Slovenia - Gorzia
  • Wednesday - Gorzia - Udine - Tolmezzo
  • Thursday -Tolmezzo Monte Zoncolan Loop
  • Friday - Tolmezzo to Portaguraro
  • Saturday - Goodbye - Transfer to Airport

BIKE TOUR ITALY - TRIESTE AND FRIULI VENEZIA REGION

DAY 1 - SATURDAY On all our trips we like to set the tone of relaxation and fun.  Therefore on the first day of the tour - we pick you up that the Airport (or designated Train Station if you are flying into Venice's Marco Polo).  Transfer to 1st night hotel, set bikes, give over of week and program schedule.  There is a short check out ride if there is time and enjoy some local foods and wine.

DAY 2 - SUNDAY - Today we are riding along the coast line of the Adriatic to Palmovia, a unique fortress city.  After breakfast we gather our bikes and make a short ride to the city of Grado and then onto Aquelia (old Roma city that was sacked by Attila the Hun, whose invasion helped create the city of Venice). From Aquelia it is on to Palmovia and after our ride and cleaning up we have a tour of the city, sample some local food and wine, and then enjoy a dinner out at a local trattoria. Milage Day 2 - 35 miles.

DAY 3 - MONDAY - Departing the fortress of Palmovia we head toward the coast line and through the old battle lines of WW1, Montefalcone and Redipugia are options to visit along the way, and a must stop over is Miramare (once the seaside retreat of the Austrian-Hungarian rulers).  Or destination is Trieste, once the main sea port for Central Europe, coffee captial of Italy, and once home to James Joyce the famous English Author.  Overnight in Trieste, explore the city and small cafe shops during the late afternoon. Mileage Day 3 - 42 miles

DAY 4 - TUESDAY - Leaving Trieste we ride up unto the hills behind the city to reach the Carso, barren limestones hills that once created a natural barrier between Italy and Slovenia.  If you do not want to start the day with a climb you can ride up to on the old tramway. Once over the Carso we reach the city of Gorizia, unique cross roads city on the Italian border, to reach the city, we will first ride through the wine hills of the Colli. Overnight in Gorzia   Milage Day 4 - 35 miles

DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY - From Grozia we ride the foothills of the Julian Alps working our way through small villages and wine zones.  Our first destination of the day is the captial of the Friuli Venezia Region, Udine, and then to the small town Tolmezzo, that sets at the gateway, into the Alps.  Overnight in Tolmezzo. Dinner at our Hotel.  Milage Day 5 - 43 miles

DAY 6 - THURSDAY - A great challenge awaits us on our ride today, riding a northern loop ride will take us by Monte Zoncolan, in the hardest climbs in Italy. Monte Zoncolan is a climb many cyclist dream of being able to do, anyone not wanting to attempt the ride there is an alternate route. Overnight in Tolmezzo. Mileage Day 6 - 48 miles

DAY 7 - FRIDAY - Leaving behind the mountains we are back on the flats, riding south to Palmovia.  We ride through the medieval town of Spilimbergo. Following the Taligmento river we cut across the plains to reach Portogruaro, one an old port city on the Adriatic Sea.  At Portogruaro we lodge for our last night and enjoy an end of trip dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Portogruaro Mileage Day 7 - 35 miles

DAY 8 - SATURDAY -Arriverdici! After our morning meal we transfer you to Venice Marco Polo Airport, or Mestre Train station so you can continue your adventures in Italy.

Bicycle Friendly Cities in Italy

bicycle friendly cities in italy

During your Italian adventure you decide you would like to the explore the world of bicycling and bike in Italy.· There are several great cities that are perfect to use the bicycle to explore.· Many cities are starting a bicycle share program were you can join an association and pick up a bicycle at one part of the city and turn in at another site. Also, many hotels are starting to provide bicycles as part of their service.

Keep in mind that if you are comfortable with traffic when riding you can enjoy every city by bicycle. The cities I am listing are places even the least experienced person can still move around well with the bike.

Bike Friendly Cities in the Veneto:

Venice: You can not ride bicycles in the city. You can push your bicycle through to get your hotel but if you are stopped by the police while riding except a nice fine.  On the Lido di Venezia the best way to visit is by bicycle and a perfect commuter style ride.

Verona: The main center is a good walk from train station and there are lots of sites worth seeing that are spread throughout the city. This is a great city bike option and there are many great rides outside the city for the avid rider.

Padova: Has gone to great lengths to add bike paths and itineraries throughout the city. It has returned to me visit list just for this reason. I use to hate going into town but now I enjoy being able to move around on the bike so I go more regular.

Most of the other cities are compact enough to do by foot or are town to pass through on your bike tour.

Bike Friendly Cities in the Emilia Romagna

Ferrara: This has been the best bicycle city in Italy for years.

Bologna: Not super bike friendly but still the bicycle is a great option to get around.

Bike Friendly Cities of Friuli Venezia:

Udine: is perhaps the best city at the moment to explore on bike for a commuter, but they still have a ways to go.

If you are staying at the beach each area is perfect for moving around by bicycle.

Bicycle Friendly cities of Trentino Alto Adige:

Bolzano: has lots of great bike paths and a perfect place to stay for two or three days of riding.