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The lowlands of the Veneto, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea in northern Italy, provide for excellent cycling over flat terrain. Even better, a short ride in almost any direction brings you within reach of some of Italy’s most remarkable treasures.
This picturesque route will lead you from one marvel to another — Vicenza, Padova, an opportunity to island-hop, and Venice — for a grand finale in the world’s most romantic canal-laden, gondola-traveled city. Your detailed directions will carry you over very quiet roads or bicycle paths; although some sections may not be paved, they are definitely safe, easy to ride, and, of course, scenic.
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Located 80 km from Venice and 220 km from Milan, Vicenza is easy to access by train, especially from one of the major international gateways or from secondary airports serviced by low-cost airlines, such as Bergamo. Your hotel is centrally located and the limited automobile traffic makes it easy to discover this bike-friendly city on foot or by bike.
Vicenza’s remarkable architectural treasures include a number of works created by Palladio, one of the most influential architects of the 16th century, whose wonders you’ll be able to enjoy throughout this trip.
After meeting with our local representative who will outfit you with your bikes, you will soon be on your way to Bassano del Grappa. En route, you will ride through medieval Marostica and have a chance to play on its giant chessboard. When you spy on the Brenta River, you’ll know you’re near Bassano! The covered “Ponte Vecchio,” bridge spanning the river was originally designed by Palladio.
An early arrival will allow you time to stroll through Bassano’s historic pedestrian quarter.
Your ride starts with a rewarding climb to Asolo, the beautiful and charming “city of a hundred horizons”. From the land of Grappa (you will perhaps have tasted it in Bassano), you’ll enter into wine country through the vineyards that produce Prosecco, the famous sparkling wine. Afterwards, the ride takes you to Maser, where you can imagine yourself the master of many villas, before reaching Treviso. A tranquil town best visited on foot or by bike, Treviso makes a great destination for the night.
Following the River Sile, pedal through picturesque countryside to Casale, from where you’ll count down the minutes to Mestre! Mestre is in the vicinity of Venice, and your hotel is conveniently located across from a bus line that can take you to Venice in a matter of minutes. Arrive early for enough time to enjoy an unforgettable afternoon and evening strolling along the canals, admiring the remarkable squares and palaces, and lingering over the bridges of enchanting Venice.
Note: It is possible to shorten the stage by 20 km/13 miles by taking the train in Quarto d’Altino.
Today’s mileage may seem low, but we haven’t included the wonderful ferry ride along the Canal Giudecca and the time you’ll spend island hopping from Malamocco to Pellestrina. In between, you’ll ride on a narrow band of land between sea and lagoon — a truly unique experience in a unique setting. Chioggia is a fishing port in the Venetian lagoon and a smaller, simpler version of Venice.
Removed from the steady thrum of Venice, you can enjoy meals of freshly caught fish and other regional delights at your own pace.
Pedaling along one of Venice’s vital lifelines, the Canal Bacchiglione — once crucial for supplying provisions to Venice. Then you'll head towards the Euganean Hills, where you will have the opportunity to relax in a 4-star spa resort in the largest European thermal district.
Along the cycle path of the Battaglia Canal, you will reach the lively university town of Padua, where Galileo once taught mathematics. We recommend a visit to the grand Basilica del Santo dedicated to Saint Anthony. Following your detailed directions, you will make your way to Costozza at the foot of the Berici hills. The route takes you by Villa Rotonda temples.
A few pedal strokes and you'll be in the Piazza dei Signori, right in the heart of Vincenza, the capital of the Veneto region and Vicenza Province.
After breakfast, depart Vicenza at the time of your choice.
5 nights in 3-star hotel properties and 2 nights in a 2-star hotel "of character" in Vicenza
7 nights in 3- and 4-star properties
7 nights in luxury hotels and villas (night in a 3-star hotel in Venice instead of Mestre)