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Veneto Bike Tours

Experience the dramatic mountain beauty and fairytale towns in the Italian and Austrian Alps.​ The Veneto is as diverse culturally as it is geographically. The aspects of Verona that make the city so attractive were created long before the expansion of Venice’s terra firma empire, and inPadua – a university seat since the thirteenth century – the civilization of the Renaissance displays a character quite distinct from that which evolved in Venice.

Essence of Veneto

  • Experience Northern Italy’s most popular Prosecco wine as well las the meditative Amarone
  • Spectacular rides over some of the most famous passes in the Italian Dolomites
  • Guided tours of Verona, the romantic city of Romeo and Juliet, and Salzburg, the magical, musical city of Mozart

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Culture

There are the city-states Venice annexed in the 15th century: Padua (Padova), with its pre-Renaissance frescoes; Vicenza, with Palladio’s peerless architecture; and Verona, with its sophisticated bustle atop Roman foundations. Culture-lovers will want to attend the famous outdoors opera season in Verona’s Roman arena, and will be spoiled with the region’s collection of art galleries and fine architecture.

Food & Wine

The wines, in particular, Valpolicella’s bold Amarones, are top rate. The hills around Conegliano produce Italy’s finest bubbly: Prosecco Superiore. For harder stuff, Bassano del Grappa provides its eponymous firewater.Wine-lovers will find several good local wines, including the sparkling Prosecco which can be sampled in vineyards along the so called ‘Ring of Prosecco’.

Landscape

The Veneto extends from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, by way of an expansive range of hills and a valley furrowed by rivers, canals and the Po River Delta. One experiences the dramatic mountain beauty and fairytale towns in the Italian and Austrian Alps. Ride over exhilarating passes, climb by soaring spires and downhill to charming hamlets surrounded by meadows of wildflowers on alpine routes made famous by the world’s greatest cyclists.

Best Time to Visit

May through late September.

What to Bring on Tour

On the Bike:

  • 2-3 pairs of cycling shorts with chamois lining
  • Chamois cream
  • 2-3 brightly colored bicycle jerseys (one will be provided by us)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes and pedals (if you use them)
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof wind breaker or rain jacket
  • Light weight jacket or vest
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Day pack/hip pack
  • Arm and leg warmers
  • Saddle (optional)

Off the Bike:

  • 2-3 interchangeable evening outfits – our style is very casual and comfortable; jacket and tie not necessary
    • We occasionally have a more formal evening, feel free to bring something for that occasion
  • 1-2 lightweight sweaters
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts or slacks
  • Intimate clothing/sleepwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes for evenings in town

For Alpine Tours:

Pack warmer clothing (layers), waterproof gear, warm gloves and hat

Personal Supplies:

  • Passport and photocopies of your passport
  • Wallet
  • Airline ticket/e-ticket information
  • Camera and camera charger
  • Cell phone
  • Electrical adapter and adapter plug
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions or other medications
  • Bathing suit and sunscreen
  • Cash for guide gratuity and meals on own
  • Cash for wine kitty (optional)

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