Venice to Florence Cycle

tours / Cycling

Venice to Florence Cycle information and booking

from
$1490
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights 3 to 4 star hotels
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Cycling in the fascinating region of Emilia-Romagna
  • Experiencing the outstanding scenery and small villages en route
  • Sipping coffee (or something stronger) in a café in a village piazza
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as marinated sardines
  • Delighting in the warm hospitality of the hotel owners

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Between the two romantic cities of Florence and Venice is the unknown Italy, where vineyards and endless sunflower fields merge with orchards and charming villages, where the river landscape has played an integral part in the region’s history and local fisherman wave as you cycle past their pole-huts lining the canals. The relaxed cycle route winds away from Venice along the Adriatic coast, reminding you of the previously strong Venetian dominance over the seas. Taking in the artistic culture and historical legacies entwined in the region of Emilia-Romagna, where mosaics, ceramics and cuisine are some of the noted specialties, there are endless opportunities to stop and absorb the attractions. Interspersed with short train and ferry rides, the final stage to Florence is a fitting end to this engaging cycle journey.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels
  • Bicycle, 21 speed with pannier
  • Luggage transfer
  • Train fare brisighella to borgo san lorenzo (including bike), 24hr venice ticket for public transport (bike extra, allow €3)
  • Signposting of route
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Information kit including detailed maps, sightseeing references and welcome briefing

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Venice / Mestre
The trip begins in or near to Marghera/Mestre on the mainland near Venice with good bus connections to the lagoon city. From here it is easy to venture into the famous canal city for your own personal exploration – note that bikes (like cars) are not allowed in the city proper.
Day 2 Cycle across Freedom bridge to Venice and on to Chioggia (35km)
The cycle begins by crossing the Ponte della Libertà (or Freedom Bridge). Originally built in 1933, and opened by Mussolini, it was renamed after WWII to recognise the end of the Fascist dictatorship and Nazi occupation. The 3.85km bridge links Mestre with Venice and is the only vehicle access point to the great canal city. Once in Venice, a short ferry ride takes you to Lido. The cycle then continues via Palestrina with marvellous view over the sea to Chioggia which is a quiet little town which reminds one of the Venetian sea power. You will find many typical fish restaurants, and in the northern tip of town you will find some excellent (though decaying) waterfront palazzi which are reminiscent of those found in Venice.
Day 3 Follow the Adige River through fertile fields to the charming town of Adria (50km)
On quiet roads you cycle today to the Adige River. The route follows the river through fertile fields, melon plantations and solitary villages to Adria. The charming little town founded by the Etruscans, with its branched channels, narrow streets, cosy cafés and friendly people is a ideal place to stay overnight.
Day 4 Along the Po River to Comacchio (65km)
Today begins with an easy cycle along the Po River, winding its way through the fertile plain. One of its branches, called Po di Goro, will lead you through the delta towards the sea. There is time to swim in the Adriatic sea before heading to the charming town of Comacchio. Magnificent palazzi, ornate churches and numerous bridges still bear witness to the prosperity once gained by salt production in the area.
Day 5 Cycle to Ravenna via the Po Delta Nature Park (65km)
The first half of today's tour is dedicated to the Nature Park of the Po Delta with its unique flora and fauna. Two short ferry crossings (tickets approx. € 3 payable on the spot) bring you to the Adriatic Sea. You cycle alongside large beaches to Ravenna, harbour town with a long tradition of arts and culture. Ravenna has appeared in famous works by Lord Byron (who lived here between 1819 and 1821), Oscar Wilde and the German poet Hermann Hesse. There are a number of important sites to explore including the grand piazza, the Mausoleum of Theodoric and the Arian Baptistry.
Day 6 Cycle to the foothills of the Apennine range and the town of Brisighella (55km)
Cycle to Faenza, a famous centre of ceramic artisans where you can enjoy watching the artists at work. Shortly after you reach the foothills of Apennine which marks a change in the scenery. Only a short distance remains to Brisighella, an idyllic medieval village, where you stay overnight. Guarded by Rocca Veneziana and Torre Orogloggio you can enjoy a restful evening.
Day 7 Train to Borgo San Lorenzo then continue by bike to Florence (35km)
The day starts with an amazing train ride through the wild mountains of the Apennines to Borgo San Lorenzo. Two climbs precede the rushing cycle descent via Fiesole to Florence, historic capital of Tuscany.
Day 8 Trip concludes
Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised in Florence.