BIKE TOURING THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES AND STELVIO PASS
Bike Tour Italy's Dolomitesisone 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%
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.
LINOSA ISLAND | SICILY REGION
A volcanic island comprised of three extinct craters, remote Linosa retains a quiet charm while attracting many more visitors in recent years. The coast has both cliffs and lava beaches and inland there is a certain amount of agriculture. Much less windy than Lampedusa, Linosa is renowned for being very hot.
Area: 5 sq km
Coastline: 11 km
Highest point: 195m (M Vulcano)
Visitor capacity: 485 (2 hotels, 1 campsite)
Access: Sea - Porto Empedocle (3-6 hours)
Reaching Linosa from Rome is a 24-hour journey -- but it's worth it. This volcanic atoll is closer to the coast of Tunisia than it is to the Italian island of Sicily.
Landing here is like touching down on another planet -- Mars.
The jet-black beach of La Pozzolana has sulfur-yellow and red layers. Its Black Planet bar is popular for sunset aperitifs and private dinners.VSnorkelers dipping their mask into the water are greeted by black crystal-clear scenery. The island is home to loggerhead turtles and there's a hospital dedicated to helping heal those hurt on fishermen's hooks.
At night, under starry skies, the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
A hike into the island's center reveals Monte Vulcano, an extinct volcano covered in fluorescent green prickly pears.
The island's main village is a bunch of low-rise pink and green dwellings.
Getting there: Flights connect Rome and Milan to Lampedusa island, which is linked to Linosa by ferry.
Staying there: Casa Faro (+39 3336846636) is a typical island dwelling for rentals.
Eating there: Errera serves traditional cuisine.
SUGGESTED BIKE TOURING VACATIONS IN ITALY
Italy is one of the most bike-friendly countries in the world, it should be since half the Bike Industry is located in the country. The USA has baseball, football, and basketball while Italy has soccer, cycling, and motor sports (and a mixture of other outdoor recreation activities). Any given day throughout Italy there are cycling events, individuals out training or just using the bicycle as a primary means of transportation. Combine this passion for the bicycle with the diverse historical and cultural diversity, of the Italian Regions, you have a perfect destination for your active vacation.
In this section you will find suggested bike touring vacations. Great rides for every level of cyclist that I have conducted thought the years. If you need additional information or find a program you would like organized for your private group click the photo below.
WHEN TO BIKE TOUR ITALY
The bike touring season in Italy can start as early as April and finishes in late October. When planning your bike tour, you need to understand the climate of the region you wish to visit and the tourist flow.
Examples are: riding the Italian Dolomites, you can ride as early as May but you could still find snow in the passes or be snowed on and there are fewer hotels open since this is the off season. However, if you are an avid rider you will find many of the classic climbs traffic free and save on hotel costs.
Where as the Sicily Region it is best to ride during April and May, or in the fall late September and early November, outside these times you have the heat and beach tourism to deal with. Any earlier or later you have rain storms and rough seas to contend with, and the road structure is not the best for riding.
Check out each region guide to find the best time to ride.
SUGGESTED CYCLE TOURING ROUTES
Veneto Region and Old Venice Republic Bike Tour, Northern Italy
Lake Garda to Venice Bike Tour, Veneto Region
Venice to Trieste Bike Tour, Northern Italy
Bike Tour Trieste and the Friuli Venezia Region of Italy
Bike Tour Venice and the Veneto Region of Italy