By bike from South Tirol to Veneto: cycling into the art
South Tirol, Trentino and Veneto offer numerous cycle tracks for relaxing rides. Wear your helmet on and discover all the magnificent sceneries you will pass by. Don’t forget to taste all the typical thing.
Day 1 Arrival at Verona Airport and transfer to the reserved Hotel in Bolzano Area. Dinner and overnight stay
Day 2 Bolzano – Trento.
The bikeway “via Claudia Augusta” of the Adige stretches from Bolzano towards south. Enjoy cycling in the flat valley, past fruit orchards, vineyards and mountains, this is what we recommend to anyone of you who loves this sports, no matter if you are a beginner or a skilled professional. Starting from the centre of Bolzano you proceed towards south along the Adige riverside. Having left behind the city, the landscape mainly presents apple orchards. Arrival in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Trento.
Day 3 Trento – Lake Garda
The north-south axis of the cycle path network of the Trentino stretches across the southern part of the Val d’Adige, called Vallagarina and characterised by vine-growing. Wines with evocative names such as Marzemino, Enantino and Merlot are cultivated in this place. From the centre of Trento, you proceed along the Adige river, past Besenello and Calliano (in the background the mighty fortress of Castel Beseno) to the area of Nomi, where there is also a cycling roadhouse (bicigrill).
A few km farther in the south, the valley between Volano and Villa Lagarina widens, on the west side sun-drenched vineyards surround the villages. You can already see the towers of Rovereto, the main place of the Vallagarina, second largest city of the province. The bikepath proceeds to Mori, Loppio and Nago, from where you can have a magnificent view on lake Garda. Arrival in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Lake Garda Area.
Day 4 Garda – Verona
Starting from, continuing on towards the Rocca del Garda, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view as you make your way to the Camaldolese Hermitage, olive groves and vineyards . In order to get to the cycle route along the Adige, you can go past the enchanting Riviera degli Olivi . Proceeding on in the direction of Verona, you can enjoy both the nice bike path and the view over Valpolicella, a land of highly appreciated wines such as Valpolicella, Amarone, and Recioto. Along this route, surrounded by vineyards and orchards, you’ll pass through the towns of Pescantina and Bussolengo, which were once important river ports. Verona can be accessed by way of the dam in Chievo. Arrival in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Verona Area.
Day 5 Verona – Vicenza.
The day will start at Juliet’s house and heads south of the town. The surrounding countryside is expertly cultivated, bearing fruit and vegetables of superior quality, After around thirty kilometers, you’ll come to Soave, a walled city boasting Longobard origins. Heading back out on your journey, After passing Montebello, you’ll see two castles located in proximity to one another; these are commonly known as the castle of Juliet (Castello della Bellaguardia and the castle of Romeo (Castello di Villa). These places set the original scene for the legend that inspired Shakespeare to write his famous tragedy. The route to Vicenza follows the roads leading up to Brendola, at the foot of the Berici Hills. The surrounding landscape is embellished by Venetian villas, serving as a prelude to the Palladian masterpieces guarded within the main cityThis low-traffic road goes uphill to an altitude of about 200 meters. However, your efforts will be repaid by one of the most breathtaking views on the itinerary – a first glimpse at Vicenza from the top of Monte Berico. Near the famous sanctuary there, you can enjoy a view of the entire city wrapped tightly around the “Basilica Palladiana” . Arrival in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Vicenza Area.
Day 6 Vicenza – Padua
Once you get back to pedaling along the bike path on the Riviera Berica “Casarotto,” it will only be a few kilometers before you reach the Villa Capra Valmarana, one of Andrea Palladio’s masterpieces. The main guide on journey is the Bacchiglione River, a waterway that was once the principal line of transport connecting Padua and Vicenza. During the Middle Ages, this area was the source of much dispute among the populations of Padua and Vicenza, as can still be gathered today by the various military structures that you’ll see along the way. As you enter the territory of Padua, there are three rural villages that will brighten up your ride: Santa Maria di Veggiano, Cervarese Santa Croce, and Castle of San Martino della Vanezza, The route continues on, venturing through the lush natural environment bordering the river, until reaching the gates of Padua. Access into the city is first provided by way of the Canale Scaricatore, a waterway that is very popular among locals for practicing sports. Then, by following the cycle routes, you can enter the city’s big “outdoor living room”. Arrival in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Padua area.
Day 7 Padua – Venice
To finish the week, Heading out towards Venice, you’ll go through the university district of Portello, with the monumental gate of Porta Ognissanti, travelling first along the Piovego canal, and then the Brenta. These medieval waterways ensured communication between Padua and Venice for many centuries, through the renowned Riviera del Brenta. The beauty of Venetian architecture can be admired also in the rustic abodes, which despite having lost their original productive functioning. Among the many vessels that once navigated the waters of the Brenta Canal, one unique example was the burchiello, a flat-bottom boat with a finely decorated cabin, which was mainly used by the Venetian noble class. Travelling by bike, you can follow the same route and admire the same scenery that awed travelers centuries ago – the Villa Pisani in Stra, the charming village of Dolo, or the Villa Foscari, also called “La Malcontenta . A little further on, you’ll reach Mestre; here you will leave definitively your bike and take the train into Venice. One of the peculiar qualities that makes this city one-of-a-kind is that of not allowing bicycles in its calli (alleys) and campielli (piazzas). Back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Venice area.
Day 8 Departure, Arrivederci Bella Italia
After breakfast transfer to Venice or Verona Airport.