Fly to Venice; transfer to Bolzano.
After familiarising ourselves with the bikes, we cycle along the Adige river. Today's ride is mainly on cycling paths and quiet roads, with an overall ascent of approximately 300m. Cycling through orchards and vineyards, we pass Lake Caldaro, the lovely villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno.This area is well known for its wine production, which represents three quarters of the whole of the South Tyrol. We end today's ride in the pretty city of Trento, where Italian Renaissance and Germanic influences meet.
Cycling distance: 70kms.
We continue along the Adige until we reach Rovereto and Mori. From here, we head west towards the northern shores of Lake Garda. After a short ascent, we cycle down to Torbole and then onto the elegant resort of Riva del Garda. There we take the ferry to the southern end of the lake, leaving Trentino and heading towards the Veneto region. The 4hr cruise on the lake gives us the opportunity to enjoy the splendid landscape and relax before cycling to our final destination of the day: Desenzano.
Cycling distance: 50kms (+ boat).
Cycling mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths today, we make our way to the legendary city of Verona. Located on the river Adige, Verona is arguably the most beautiful city in Veneto. Its famous arena is one of the many Roman monuments we can discover there. Also interesting to see are the Basilica San Zeno and of course Juliet's house and the famous balcony!
Cycling distance: 60kms.
After a flat start, we reach the more hilly region of Monti Berici. As we cycle on this undulating route, we can enjoy fantastic views of our destination for the day: Vicenza. The old city centre is a jewel of Renaissance architecture: private palaces, public buildings and the Basilica are testaments to the work of one of Italy's most renown architects: Andrea Palladio. A visit to the best ice-cream parlour in Vicenza is a great reward after today's ride!
Cycling distance: 75kms.
Leaving Vicenza, we cycle pass the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. We continue along the Bacchiglione river, on relatively quiet and flat roads, to the fascinating city of Padova, famous for the Scrovegni Chapel, painted by Giotto, and the Prato della Valle, one of the biggest squares in Europe.
Cycling distance: 57kms.
We continue through Veneto, cycling along the Brenta canal and and numerous villas belonging to the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Villa Widmann). Our day ends in Mestre, final destination of our week of cycling, near Venice. With easy access to the heart of the 'Floating City', we can enjoy a relaxed evening and perhaps a gondola ride!
Cycling distance: 40kms.
Fly to London.