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From Fair Verona to Venice

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in the Veneto Self-guided trip: Starts any Tuesday or Wednesday from April 18th through September 27th, 2017
4 nights/5 days
Daily mileage: From 39 km (24 miles) to 71 km (44 miles, long option)
Starts from Verona and ends in Venice
Verona is serviced by train from closest major Italian gateways (Milan and Venice)
Accommodation: 3- and 4-star properties
Level: 2 (Easy)
From 495 euros per person sharing a double room

From Fair Verona to Venice — 4 nights/5 days

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This cycling trip will take you the city center of Verona.
 
An open-air market on gondolas in Venice.
  If architectural geniuses Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright were still alive, this is a tour they’d thoroughly enjoy. Beginning in Verona and ending on the outskirts of Venice, this five-day cycling tour focuses on the man-made wonders of Italy’s Veneto region.

We’ve blueprinted this tour so as to maximize your exposure to some of the world’s greatest architectural landmarks. Among the many highlights are the Teatro Olimpico, the Palazzo Chiericati, the Villa Rotonda, the Palazzo della Ragione, the Basilica di Sant’Antonio da Padova, the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, and Verona’s famed arena, a colossal Roman amphitheatre that dates back to the days of Jesus Christ.

You’ll also spend a night in Padova (known as Padua to readers of Shakespeare), one of the planet’s greatest cultural centers. Its University of Padua, founded in 1222, attracted game-changers like Galileo and Copernicus. Riding along the Brenta Canal, you’ll encounter an endless row of elaborate villas built during the Middle Ages by Venice’s wealthiest families.

All of the rides are relatively short and cover easy terrain, allowing you ample time to stop and explore the marvels at your fingertips. The relatively short span of this tour makes it a perfect vacation choice, especially for a holiday weekend. Plus, Verona is easily accessible by plane or train from most major European cities.
 
Itinerary

Day 1 (Tuesday or Wednesday): Arrival in Verona

Whether you travel by plane or train, it’s easy to get to Verona! If your schedule allows, we recommend arriving early. Verona has more historical landmarks than most countries. The entire city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site; major highlights are the arena, a massive Roman amphitheatre built around 30 AD, and the Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore, one of the world’s greatest examples of Romanesque architecture. “Fair Verona” is also home to Casa di Giuletta, the alleged site of Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony rendezvous.
Day 2 (Wednesday or Thursday): Verona — Vicenza (Long option: 71 km/44 miles, 715 meters/2,345 ft of climbing)
Today comes with two choices: you can either cycle from Verona to Vicenza (71 km/44 miles), or board a train to San Bonifacio and then pedal to Vicenza (30 km/18 miles) from there. The full ride will allow you to experience the Italian countryside, a blend of flatlands and hills, making for a relatively easy pedal. The shorter option will afford you more time for sightseeing. Whichever route you choose, both will approach Vicenza from the south, through the scenic Berici Hills region. The entire city of Vicenza feels like a stretching monument to Andrea Palladio, one of history’s most influential architects. The Teatro Olimpico (1583) and the Palazzo Chiericati (1553) are two of Palladio’s designs that warrant gotta-see status.
Day 3 (Thursday or Friday): Vicenza — Padua (Padova) (48 km/30 miles, 235 meters/770 ft of climbing)

An easy southeastern route begins with you wheeling past the Villa Rotonda, one of Palladio’s masterpiece works. Perched atop a hill just south of Vicenza, it takes just one glance to understand why it’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a stretch along the Bacchiglione River, you’ll pedal into Padova (also called Padua), one of Italy’s great cultural centers. Throughout history, Padova has been a magnet for artists, attracting architects, painters and poets. Its streets reflect the creativity of its former inhabitants: they’re adorned with some of the world’s greatest architectural landmarks, including the Pallazo della Ragione, the Basilica di Sant’Antonio da Padova and the Prato della Valle.
Day 4 (Friday or Saturday): Padua — Mestre (39 km/24 miles, 160 meters/520 ft of climbing)

Today you’ll cycle east towards the Adriatic Sea and into Mestre. This easy ride covers flat terrain while following the Brenta Canal, or what some call the Brenta Riviera. Between the 15th and 18th centuries, Venetian nobility employed world-famous artists and architects to build elaborate villas along both sides of the canal, creating a continuous collage of architectural “wow!” At night you’ll lodge in Mestre, Venice’s connecting mainland city, located just minutes away. Ferretto Square rates as Mestre’s top attraction, highlighted by Torre dell’Orologio, a watchtower built in 1108, and the Palazza da Re. If time allows, trains to Venice leave every 15 minutes — and we know it’s tough to resist Italy’s most romantic floating city!
Day 5 (Saturday or Sunday): Departure

After breakfast, depart Mestre at the time of your choice. Please contact us if you choose to do a post-tour stay in Venice.
Booking & Pricing
From 495 euros per person sharing a double room

  • 495 euros in April, May, June, and September. Single supplement is 130 euros.
  • 545 euros in July and August. Single supplement is 140 euros.

These prices include:

  • 4 nights' accommodation in 3- and 4- star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • Service charges and most taxes

These prices do not include:

  • Nominal city taxes, to be paid in cash directly at each hotel
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 70 euros per bike.

For further information or reservations:
Please book online or contact us at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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