Bicycle Tours in Italy: Bicycling Venice to Florence

   
 

Bicycle Tours in Italy: Bicycling Venice to Florence

BY EXPERIENCEPLUS! BICYCLE TOURS
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7 months ago

DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

May-October

RATES

USD 3,995.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2017
Bicycle Tours in Italy: Bicycling Venice to Florence
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Romance, art, history, and great food come together on our most popular trip for beginning cyclists. From the canals of Venice, the cycle-friendly streets of Ferrara and the early Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the Renaissance architecture of Florence, this tour features seven days of pedaling through the heart of Italian culture and cuisine. Along the way you'll visit the Malpezzi-Price family farm for a picnic lunch and walk through the vineyards, discover colorful ceramics in Faenza, and enjoy gourmet meals in Emilia-Romagna - Italy's foremost pasta region.

Highlights: Venice, Lunch at ExperiencePlus! Headquarters, Florence, Ravenna, Ceramics of Faenza, Comacchio, Lunch at an agriturismo

***Extend this bicycle tour 4 more days. Click to review our Bike Across Italy: Venice to Pisa tour.***

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Single Supplement*: $550

*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Tour Begins In Venice, Italy
Venice, Veneto, Italy
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Highlights: The Lido of Venice, dinner at a trattoria

Welcome to Venezia! Try to arrive a few days early to explore this incredible city before we set off cycling towards Florence. We meet at our hotel overlooking the Lido of Venice for an afternoon bike fitting, followed by an introductory aperitif before walking to a small trattoria for dinner on the Lido.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Day 2: Venice To Po River Delta
Taglio di Po, Veneto, Italy
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Highlights: Chioggia, Pellestrina, Po River Delta

The Lidos of Venice and Pellestrina protect the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Today, you’ll follow these natural levees as you pedal your way south via flat roads, ferries, and quaint fishing villages. Along your way to Chioggia, stop for lunch in one of the charming villages as you pedal southwest towards San Martino di Venezze.

Distance: 74 km (46 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 3: Taglio Di Po To Ferrara
Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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Highlights: Bicycle along the Po River, bicycle capital of Italy--Ferrara

Enjoy a day of leisurely riding all the way to the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Along the way we will stop at Fratta Polesine to visit Villa Badoer, you will quickly see why this architectural feat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Villa Badoer was designed in 1554 by Andrea Palladio, who is widely considered as one of the most influential architects in the West. The entrance into Ferrara is spectacular. You will ride directly under the finest example of Renaissance walls remaining in Italy to discover other highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage town including many palaces of the Este court from the 14th and 15th century.

Distance: 76 km (47 miles). Meals: B

Day 4: Ravenna
Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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Highlights: Comacchio, lunch at farm cooperative, mosaics of Ravenna

This morning we will shuttle to the nearby lagoon town of Comacchio, this old port town was once more famous than Venice. After a local fisherman takes us on a boat ride around the canals, we'll journey across the "valleys of Comacchio", through the Po Delta's rich bird habitats. Then it’s on to the Anita di Argenta where we'll stop at a local agriturismo (farm cooperative), to enjoy a lunch of local specialties including homegrown vegetables, and homemade ricotta. We'll then ride a short distance to Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire and home to more early-Christian mosaics than any other city in Western Europe. Spend the afternoon exploring this city’s great history as your hotel is walking distance from all the highlights including: Dante's Tomb, the mosaics of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

Distance: 45 km (28 miles). Meals: B, L

Day 5: Ravenna To Faenza
Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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Highlights: Picnic lunch at ExperiencePlus! Headquarters and family farm, ceramics of Faenza

We'll head west from Ravenna today, stopping at "the farm" for a light lunch together. "The farm" is our European headquarters and is located on land that Paola Malpezzi-Price's (Co-founder of ExperiencePlus!) family has cultivated for more than 100 years. We continue on to Faenza, where we visit a local ceramist who will introduce us to traditional Faenza designs.

Distance: 54 km (34 miles). Meals: B, L

Day 6: Over The Apennines
Apennines, Italy
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Highlights: Olive oil tasting, riding through Apennine Mountains, small mountain villages

We head into the Apennines today. We will pass through the medieval village of Brisighella for an olive oil tasting in one of Italy's most unique olive oil producing areas and then we'll then begin climbing (easily at first!) over the Apennines. Enjoy the varying scenery as it changes dramatically when you leave the plains and enter the mountains. Just before we reach the toughest part of our climb to Ronta, there is a conveniently located train station which allows you to jump on or keep pedaling to your destination!

Distance: 15 - 64 km (9 - 40 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 7: Florence
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
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Highlights: Fiesole and its Etruscan ruins, Renaissance Florence, Uffizi Gallery

There's a small climb this morning to Vetta le Croci, then it's downhill to the old Etruscan city of Fiesole, where you'll enjoy a great view of Florence rising from the valley floor. We'll ride into town together, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this capital of Renaissance Italy. Our hotel lies on the banks of the Arno River, close to the Uffizi Gallery. We'll enjoy a great farewell dinner together this evening.

Distance: 41 km (25 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 8: Tour Ends In Florence, Italy
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
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Highlights: Guided walk of Florence, end of trip

After a buffet breakfast in the hotel, we'll have a guided walk of Florence! Be sure to schedule your visits to Michelangelo's David at the Academia, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the other masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery after 12:30PM. If you have a flight or train to catch breakfast concludes your tour and we hope you've enjoyed your bicycling vacation.

Meals: B

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Use of a Quality 27 to 30-Speed Bicycle
  • Seven Nights Accommodations
  • Four Dinners with Wine, Two Lunches, All Breakfasts
  • Guided Walk of Florence

NOTES

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Total Distance: 306-363 km (191-227 miles)

Daily Distance: Average per riding day 60 km (37 miles)

What to Expect: 3 regions of Italy, fascinating small towns, a great first bicycling tour and introduction to Italy. Gentle terrain down the Adriatic Coast with more challenging rides as we enter Tuscany. Train option for ride over the Apennines.


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