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Discover Italy's Art Cities, Cycling from Venice to Florence

Casual self-guided - 7 day

One of our most popular tours in Italy takes new form in 2021! On this new version, you will discover how art and history, stunning scenery and landscapes, charming towns and cities, and of course great food, can make a cycling holiday in the Bel Paese so special. From the Venetian lagoon and the lesser known Chioggia, through the natural beauty of the Po River Delta and the bridges of Comacchio, fabulous Ravenna and the Renaissance architecture of Florence, and many little gems in between, this tour features six days of gentle pedaling in the heart of Italian culture and cuisine. Along the way you'll cross vineyards and farms, see fruit plantations and olive groves, discover colorful ceramics in Faenza, an enjoy gourmet meals in Emilia-Romagna (Italy's foremost pasta region).

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  • Day 1

    Tour begins in Chioggia and the Po Delta

    Highlights: "Little Venice" and the Venetian Lagoon

    Meet this morning in Chioggia. Explore this charming town and its canals, on the edge of the Venice lagoon. before pedaling south through the northernmost part of the Po Delta Valley. You will cycle along narrow levees and wetlands, in one of Europe's most important and largest bird sanctuaries. You'll spot herons, coots, terns, mallards and if you are lucky even the resident pink flamingo population. Arrive in the small rural town of Taglio di Po, nestled on the Po River valley.

    Daily distance: 40 km (25 mi)
    Elevation gain: 162 m (531 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel Tessarin, or similar.

  • Day 2

    Cycle to Comacchio

    Highlights: Little Venice and the Tre Ponti; Roman maritime museum

    Pedal through an old hunting forest that belonged to the powerful Este family. You'll also have the chance to visit the impressive Pomposa Abbey on the way. Our destination is a small lagoon town which was more important than Venice in the 700 and 800s, and still shows its old splendor. Comacchio also houses a fabulous museum showcasing a dug-up Roman boat and its cargo, shown in a magnificent display. Built on 13 islands, this town is now landlocked but surrounded by the Po River and fresh water wetlands. Stroll the town or float around the canals with a local fisherman on a small gondola, before dinner.

    Distance: 80 km (50 miles)
    Elevation gain: 230 m (754 ft)

    Accommodation: B&B Al Ponticello, or similar.

  • Day 3

    Comacchio to Ravenna

    Highlights: Lush wetlands and bird viewing; Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna

    Continue south along the Valley of Comacchio towards Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire and home to more early Christian mosaics than any other city in Western Europe. You can walk to Dante's Tomb and the mosaics in San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. Make sure to also stroll this fabulous city - our hotel is walking distance from all the city sights.

    Daily distance: 49 km (31 m)
    Elevation gain: 124 m (407 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel Centrale Byron, or similar.

  • Day 4

    Ravenna to Faenza

    Highlights: Sant'Apollinare in Classe mosaics; Countryside cycling; Faenza Int. Ceramics Museum and Renaissance square

    As you exit Ravenna this morning, we recommend visiting a Byzantine masterpiece: Sant'Apollinare in Classe. You will cross the plains and fruit plantations before arriving in Faenza. Your hotel is an elegant restored convent just a few blocks from the central square of this regional market center and famous ceramics town. Enjoy the bustle in the market square and the main "piazza" which is always full of bicycle riders of all ages (the square is one of the loveliest in Italy!). Faenza is world-renowned for its hand decorated ceramics, and we recommend visiting the International Ceramics Museum as well the local artists' studios , specialized in this colorful pottery.

    Daily mileage: 56 km (35 miles)
    Elevation gain: 186 m (610 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel Vittoria, or similar.

  • Day 5

    Over the Apennines

    Highlights: Brisighella; Cycling the Apennines and the Mugello

    We head into the Apennines today, passing first through the medieval village of Brisighella (officially in the list of The Loveliest Hamlets in Italy!). Take a break and pick up some snacks for the climb. You may also decide to take the train over the mountain pass! For those who bike across, you will begin climbing (easily at first!) over the Apennines right at Brisighella - remember to look around as you pedal since the scenery changes dramatically as you leave the plains and enter the mountains (surrounded by lush olive orchards at first). Just before we reach the toughest part of our climb there is a very conveniently located train station, again giving you an option to hop on! Tonight's destination is the small and historical mountain town of Ronta, in Tuscany and on the main (and only) road.

    Daily distance - short option: 15 km (9 miles)
    Daily distance - long option: 63 km (39 miles)

    Elevation gain - long option: 1262 m (4140 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel La Rosa , or similar

  • Day 6

    Ronta to Florence

    Highlights: Fiesole and its Etruscan ruins; Renaissance Florence; Uffizi Gallery

    There's a small climb this morning to Vetta le Croci, from where you will glide down to the old and lovely Etruscan city of Fiesole. The views of Florence rising from the valley floor are magnificent, with the grand Duomo standing tall in the middle of it all. We recommend waiting until after lunch to ride into the famous Renaissance city, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this capital of the arts.

    Distance: 41 km (26 miles)
    Elevation gain: 523 m (1716 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel Vasari, or similar

  • Day 7

    Tour ends in Florence

    Highlights: The grand Florence; Arrivederci!

    After breakfast in the hotel, you're on your own and ready to explore Florence - visit Michelangelo's David at the Accademia, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the other masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery - or simply stroll the grand lanes and lovely alleys of this fabulous city. We will provide plenty of suggestions for exploring.

    PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.

Includes Includes: 6 nights in 2-,3- and 4-star hotels and B&Bs of similar quality; all breakfasts; access to smartphone app with preloaded tracks and digital "roadbook"; luggage transfers.

Half-board option: €170 euro per person

Not Included: Travel to and from the tour start and end; bicycle rental (see Prices tab); GPS device; entrance to museums or other activities; city hotel tax (€2 to 5 per night per person, to be paid locally by traveler); Any meals or beverages not indicated as included.

Solo Traveler and Private Group departures available - please inquire.

Lodging Upgrade: Room upgrades are possible in some hotels - please inquire for prices and availability

Extra nights available upon request - please inquire about adding nights along the itinerary or before/after the tour.

- In Chioggia (Grand Hotel Italia) or Venice (central 3-star hotel): 70 euro per person per night.
- Alternative 2-star hotel or B&B in Chioggia: 50 euro per person per night.
- In Florence, extra hotel night: approx. 65 euro per person, depending on season and availability.

PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.
Countries Italy
Begin/End Venice - Chioggia / Florence
Arrive/Depart How to get there and away:

Starting point: Chioggia (exact point will be communicated prior to your travel)
- We recommend flying into Venice (VCE) airport
- Take a train from Venice Mestre, or the traghetto (water bus) to Chioggia (we will provide detailed instructions).

Ending point: Hotel Silla - Florence Via de Renai 5 - Firenze
- You can fly out from Florence (FLR) or Parma (PMF) airports, both connected from Florence city center by train

Once you book the tour we will send you detailed information and different options on how to get to the starting point and away from the ending point of the tour. Private airport transfers available (see prices below), as well as car parking option at tour start and end, are also available - please inquire.

Private transfers: *

- Tour arrival - from Venice airport to Chioggia: €115 (1 to 6 people) | €230 (7 to 12 people)
- Tour departure - from Florence to Florence airport: €60 (1 to 3 people) | €65 (4 to 6 people)
*subject to change depending on arrival time and flight delays)

Long-term parking
- Choose to leave your car in Venice Tronchetto (€21 per day) and take public transportation to Chioggia for tour starting point. At tour end in Florence, take train back to Venice.
- Or, choose to leave your car in Chioggia (tour starting point), parking lot option there costs €12 per day. At tour end in Florence, take train back to Venice, connect to Chioggia by public transportation.
Total Distance 330 km (205 miles)
Daily Distance 15-83 km (9-52 miles)

Difficulty description:: Gentle terrain down the Adriatic Coast with more challenging rides as we enter the Apennines. Great for all cyclists. First 5 days are flat, last few days include climbs (with option to take a train over the mountain pass, or cycle! E-bikes also make this tour accessible to everyone!
Rating 101 to 201
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Notes Tour code: itbs3995
Navigation and roadbook:
Detailed daily information and route navigation are provided through a smartphone application. Our app allows you to download the information into your device, where you can access them even in offline mode. Hotel itinerary, daily ride descriptions, cultural information, visit suggestions, elevation profiles, and emergency numbers are all stored in one organized place. Downloading maps and routes also allows you to navigate in offline mode. If you prefer, you can download the routes into your GPS device and print the detailed route notes before leaving home and use them on tour.
For more information visit RideWithGPS Experiences.

GPS devices with pre-loaded routes are also available for rent - please inquire.


Luggage transfers are included in your package.
The luggage is normally collected from 09.00 at the reception of the hotel and is delivered at the following hotel by 15.30. Every piece of luggage must be marked with a visible luggage tag. Please make sure yours have correct tags. If your luggage is not ready by the time the driver comes to collect it, you may have to pay a local taxi for the service.

Please consider that the luggage is not insured during the transport. You need to have your own insurance. Do not leave valuables or fragile items in your luggage.
Normally, the luggage transport service cannot be used by participants to skip the cycling stage. In case you need help to skip the cycling stage, please contact our emergency number and we will arrange it for you.
Terms Terms & Conditions
Dates Prices Single Supplement
Dates Available March 1 to October 31, 2021

Starts every Friday *

* Other weekly start days available, with €150 fee (total fee per departure, not per person). Please note - most museums in Florence are closed on Mondays, so we discourage starting in Chioggia the previous Monday or Tuesday. There can also be more weekend traffic on road over the Apennines, so we discourage starting on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Per person price based on double occupancy with 2 participants per departure minimum; Single rooms and Solo Traveler departures available - see supplemental fees on the right.

Group Discounts for 6 or more participants booking together on the same departure! Please inquire for details through our contact form below.


Does crossing Italy from coast to coast sound appealing? On our legendary Bike Across Italy from Venice to Pisa Tour (12 day), you will cntinue from Florence to Pisa, hitting more grand destinations in Tuscany like Vinci and Lucca.


Bike Rental options:
We offer quality bikes in different styles, all great options for this bike tour. Our bikes are maintained and delivered in optimal working condition.

The prices below are per bike for the duration of the tour, including delivery to starting point in Chioggia and collection from ending point in Florence.

Bike rental rates
Aluminum hybrid: €105
Premium Titanium road or hybrid: €140
E-bike (hybrid with straight handlebar): €210
Tandem: €245 (priced per bike, for 2 cyclists)
Tag-along or kid trailer: €70

For detailed specs and photos of our bikes, see our website - Bike Rentals Italy.

High-Season notes (May, September and early October):
Hotels: may be subject to availability, and a hotel supplemental fee may be applied.
Bike Availability: our premium (titanium-frame) bikes are also subject to availability
Prices €695 per person

Single Supplement €160 fee for private, double room

€610 solo traveler fee (only one person on departure)
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