What to expect
Ride between two of Italy’s most famous cities, passing through areas of outstanding natural beauty and stopping off in charismatic towns. Touring south from the Adriatic coast, you’ll ride leisurely through the fertile green valleys of Emilia Romagna and past the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to arrive in Florence, Tuscany’s history-charged capital. Cycling past flamingos and unique plant life in the Delta del Po nature reserve is a magical experience and you’ll ride with a backdrop of neat vineyards and sunflower fields.
Following the Adige and Po rivers, you’ll pedal past orchards of kiwis, peaches and melons. Each fishing village and authentic town holds unique charms and you can look forward to fresh fish, stuffed pasta, Parma ham and excellent wine. The cycling is mainly flat on dams, farm tracks and quiet back roads with a few small hills on the last two days. You’ll have time to see the main city sites in Venice and Florence, but with some of the world’s best collections of art, extending your stay in either city is a good idea.
At a glance
- Glistening Adriatic and green Apennine Mountains
- Grand Canal palaces in Venice and magnificent art in Florence
- Local artists, skilled fishermen, exquisite wine and handmade pasta
- Cycling with tempting refreshment stops & clear rivers
Day 1 (Sat):
Arrive in Mestre
Arrive in Mestre on mainland Venice with excellent bus connections to the lagoon city. If you arrive early enough, set out to explore Venice.
Day 2 (Sun):
Mestre - Chioggia/Sottomarina
22 miles (35 km)
Riding along a cycle path, cross the freedom bridge to Venice and take the ferry to Lido. Continue by bike via the town of Pellestrina, with stunning views of the sea, to Chioggia – a quiet town reminiscent of the Venetian sea power – or neighbouring Sottomarina, with its' wide, sandy beach. Look forward to an evening meal in a typical local restaurant.
Day 3 (Mon):
Chioggia / Sottomarina - Adria
31 miles (50 km)
Cycle alongside the Adige River through fertile fields, melon plantations and tranquil villages. Reach the friendly riverside city of Adria and enjoy its narrow streets and cosy cafes.
Day 4 (Tue):
Adria - Comacchio
40 miles (65 km)
Follow Italy’s longest river, the Po, through a delta towards the Adriatic Sea. Cool off with a swim before continuing your journey to reach the charming town of Comacchio. On arrival, visit the magnificent palazzi, ornate churches, and beautiful bridges, built by the area's once prosperous salt industry.
Day 5 (Wed):
Comacchio - Ravenna
40 miles (65 km)
Ride to the Delta del Po natural reserve, home to more than 250 species of birds. Cycle along a dam, surrounded by water, passing nesting flamingos. Take a short ferry ride (cost approx €2) to reach the Adriatic Sea and pass wide sandy beaches en route to the artistic port city of Ravenna.
Day 6 (Thu):
Ravenna - Brisighella
34 miles (55km)
Pedal past the foothills of the Apennines, through gently rolling hills. Reach the enchanting city of Faenza and watch local artists produce world famous ceramics. Continue to the medieval village of Brisighella, which is overlooked by a beautiful clock tower and castle turrets.
Day 7 (Fri):
Brisighella - Florence
22 miles (35 km)
Take a scenic train journey through the wild mountain world of the Apennines to the town of Borgo San Lorenzo. Make two short ascents before a rewarding downhill via Fiesole town to Florence, the history-charged capital of Tuscany.
Day 8 (Sat):
Depart from Florence
Check out after breakfast or extend your stay with extra nights in this wonderful city.
3* & 4* Hotels
We use a pool of hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- A mix of 3* & 4* hotels
- Breakfast included
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation: 3 & 4 star hotels
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
- Welcome briefing
- Local contact number for assistance
- 24hr Venice public transport ticket (bikes not included - about €3 per bike per trip)
- Train journey: Brisighella - Borgo San Lorenzo incl. bike
- Venice grappa tasting
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Tourist taxes where applicable
- Ferry to Marina di Ravenna (about €2 per person incl. bike)
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
Hybrid 21 or 7 gear with pannier
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"This is a great tour - mostly very easy cycling, a lot of it along the Po or close to the sea, with varied landscapes and overnight stays in some great little towns. We avoided the sharp climb on the last day by plotting our own longer (ca. 35 mile) route via Rufina. This had a few short but quite sharp climbs, and a couple of miles on a fairly busy main road approaching Florence, but was beautiful (especially the run to Rufina) and a very good alternative for those like us who don’t like long climbs. All the hotels were fine, best amongst them being the Grande Italia in Chioggia and the Stella d’Italia in Adria. We found some great places to eat, too - particularly recommended were la Grotta in Brisighella, and Trattoria la Rustica in Ravenna." - Thanks Angus. We would always recommend that our customers to take the recommended routes to avoid busy main roads! Saul – Freedom TreksAngus Porter, UK, June 2019
We could not imagine a better way to see the countryside of Italy. We loved it all.Bernadette Foster, September 2016