Home > Campionissimo Veneto: A road bike tour through Veneto
The Veneto region of Italy is generally synonymous to the romantic canal city of Venice, but for those in the know, it's also inseparable from incredible cycling. This is an area that practically lives and breathes it! It's no wonder stars of bicycle industry call it home, from Willier to Sarto, to Pinarello. Often featured in the Giro d'Italia, the Veneto is graced with winding country roads, will-testing climbs, and gloriously rewarding views.
The tour we have mapped out is not for the faint of spirit. Highlights include the Asiago plain and the Monte-Grappa - both involving grueling climbs, but with high returns (and bragging rights). Eating well won't be a problem: Asiago cheese, polenta bianca, and tiramisu are just a few of the region's culinary specialties. And to top it all off, this is Prosecco territory; thanks to the beautiful vine-covered hills rising up from Valdobbiadene, you'll be able to celebrate on this adventure with a clink of glasses and a hard-earned Saluti!
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Vicenza is the city of racing bikes and home to many professional cyclists. It is a city of art and industry, where dozens of renowned cycling companies are headquartered: Fizik, Selle Italia, Willier, Campagnolo, and many others. Vicenza is easy to access from the area's major airports (Venice or Verona).
Take advantage of your free time to visit some of the city's treasures, including its Basilica and its beautiful villas and palaces.
From Vicenza, you'll cycle towards Marostica, where you'll roll through the public square that serves as stage (or board) for games of 'human chess'. Then its onwards and upwards along the castle walls, heading for the high plain of Asiago. The ascent to Asiago is intimidating, to say the least - 15 km (9 miles) at 6% that will leave you breathless! You'll be helped along by splendid scenery though, and Asiago itself is a great place to stop for lunch or drinks.
Once you've recovered, a slight downhill stretch will warm you up for another uphill section towards Foza and Valstagna. From Valstagna, you'll follow a cycle path straight into Bassano del Grappa, your stop for the night. Note that there is a shorter less strenuous option that takes riders through lowlands of Bassano.
There's no holding back on this tour! Today's stage immediately with an ascent up to Mount Grappa, a 27 km (17 miles) climb. With its 1,500 meters (4,921 ft) of uphill, it is one of the Giro d'Italia classic climbs. And the way down is just as exhilarating!
Not only will it take you to Valdobbiadene through the famous vineyards where Prosecco is produced (and where a tasting is a must), but you will also soon reach Treviso, another cycling mecca, and home to world-famous Pinarello. A shorter ride that skips Monte-Grappa is also provided.
On a loop from Treviso, you'll explore the quaint, sunny towns of the region, following quiet rural roads. The highlight of this relatively flat ride is again the Prosecco hills, which you'll reach around the village of Santo Stefano. Conveniently, the foothills happen to match up with the halfway point of your ride...ideal for a snack or a leisurely lunch.
For your last evening in Treviso (and indeed, the last evening of your cycling adventure!), take some time to wander through this beautiful city. Admire its examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, indulge in some tiramisu, and reflect on all you have achieved and experienced on this whirlwind bike tour through the Veneto.
After breakfast, you are free to depart at your leisure. Treviso is located a short drive from Venice's Marco Polo airport (1-hour drive). It also has a good train service to Venice (a 25-minute train ride).
4 nights' accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels