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

Casual self-guided – Venice to Florence – 7 days

A revamped version of one of our most popular tours in Italy! On this new itinerary, 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. Starting in charming Chioggia on the southern edge of the Venetian lagoon (think mini-Venice, sans the masses), through the natural beauty of the Po River Delta and the bridges of Comacchio, on to fabulous Ravenna, the Renaissance capital of Florence, and many little gems in between, this tour features five days of gentle pedaling in the heart of Italian culture and cuisine. Along the way you'll cross three distinct regions of Italy (Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, all in one week!), crossing vineyards, farms, fruit plantations and olive groves, and plenty of charming towns and cities.

New for 2024: in an effort to offer more sustainable options, we now offer this great tour package without luggage transfers between hotels. Self-supported cyclists can enjoy this bike itinerary carrying their belongings in bike panniers, thus reducing fuel and vehicle emissions!

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Chioggia and the Venetian lagoon

    Highlights: Canals and colorful alleys of "mini-Venice"

    Welcome to Chioggia and the Venetian Lagoon! Take a walk and explore charming Chioggia, admiring the canals, bridges and the lively pedestrian main street. You may even take a test ride along one of the islands in the lagoon, crossing over on the local ferry boat.

    Daily distance: optional ride of 17 km (11 miles), or cycle as much as you desire today.

    Accommodation: Hotel Domus Clugiae, or similar.

  • Day 2

    Pedal the Po River Delta

    Highlights: Chioggia, bicycle quiet roads, sleep in a country farm estate

    We leave the Venetian lagoon today towards the Po River Delta. Enjoy cycling on levee roads and birdwatching. Grab some picnic supplies from the local grocery store or stop at a cafe for lunch today. Those who want extra mileage can enjoy a great ride into the delta this afternoon. Our destination tonight is a lovely country farm bed and breakfast.

    Daily distance: 58 km (36 miles)
    Elevation gain: + 235 m (771 ft)

    Po Delta extra loop ride: 43 km (27 miles), with + 157 m ( ft) elevation gain. Accomodation: Agriturismo Forzello , or similar

  • Day 3

    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.

    Distance: 74 km (46 miles)
    Elevation gain: -196/+199 m (-643/+652 ft)

    Accommodation: B&B Al Ponticello, or similar.

  • Day 4

    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: 53 km (33 m)
    Elevation gain: 110 m (360 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel Centrale Byron, or similar.

  • Day 5

    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: 52 km (32 miles)
    Elevation gain: 158 m (518 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel Vittoria, or similar.

  • Day 6

    Over the Apennines to Florence

    Highlights: Brisighella, one of the loveliest hamlets in Italy; Bike (or train) over the Apennines; Renaissance Florence

    Today you'll cycle out of Faenza to Brisighella, through fruit farms and olive orchards, with the Apennine mountains in plain view. You may also choose to skip cycling today and take a lovely train ride from the Faenza train station, up and over the Apennines to Florence.

    A 15 km bike ride away, the medieval village of Brisighella (officially on the list of "The Loveliest Hamlets in Italy"), is a picturesque town worth the stop (on your bike, or by train). After exploring its alleys and piazzas (or even a walk up to the fortification perched on a hill above, the ride continues over rolling terrain to Marradi, just inside the Tuscan border, where you may choose to stop cycling and catch the train to Florence (with bikes aboard the train); or cycle to the following train station at Borgo San Lorenzo. You may even cycle all the way into Florence for the complete crossing of the Apennines! Many wonderful options to cross over the mountains from Emilia-Romagna and end your adventure in Tuscany!

    * Option 1: end your cycling in Faenza, leaving the bikes at the hotel; and catch the train to Florence from the Faenza train station (with your luggage at hand) The train ticket to Florence is included in the tour package price.

    * Options 2 and 3: Cycle to Marradi (37km / 23miles with 345m / 1131ft elevation gain) or cycle to Borgo San Lorenzo (72km / 44miles with 1298m / 4260ft elevation gain); in both towns, you can get on the train to Florence with your bike. Or cycle all the way to Florence hotel (104 km / 64 miles with 1785 m / 5850 ft elevation gain). In all cases, Cycle Europe will transfer your luggage to the Florence hotel. The fee for the optional ride on day 6 is €145 per person, plus 1 additional bike hire day (includes bike pickup and luggage transfer to Florence hotel, minimum 2 people).

    Accommodation: 31.10 Art Hotel Firenze, 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
Train tickets from Faenza to Florence Santa Maria Novella train station

Not Included:
Travel to and from the tour start and end
Bike fitting and welcome meeting
Bicycle rental (see Prices tab)
Luggage transfers (see optional pricing)
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
Any type of insurance (medical, trip cancellation and interruption, baggage, bike rental)

Solo Traveler and Private Group departures available: please inquire.

Extra nights: available before/after tour, please inquire for prices.

Extra meals and activities (please inquire for price and availability):

  • Cooking classes available in various tour locations! Organized by Le Cesarine, experts in Italian culinary experiences. You will be hosted by a local at their home - your "Cesarina" - in a class that lasts about three hours, during which you will help the Cesarina prepare three courses. In the fourth and final hour, you will enjoy the meal (lunch or dinner) which you prepared during the class. Water and one bottle of house wine for every 3 people are included.

  • More options available:
  • Guided visit of Ravenna (approx. 3 hours)
    Dinner in Ravenna
    Dinner in Faenza
    Olive Oil Tasting in Brisighella (only if cycling to Florence)
    Guided visit of Florence

    Navigation and roadbook:
    On our self-guided tours, detailed tour information and route navigation tracks are provided through the free smartphone app Ride With GPS - our "digital roadbook" - which includes daily routes, maps, elevation profiles, and ride descriptions; schedules and hotel itinerary; cultural and sightseeing information, visit suggestions; emergency numbers and more, all stored in one organized, easy to use app. Downloading the app content also allows for offline mode navigation. Participants can also upload the routes to their own GPS device, and even print the detailed route notes before leaving home.

    On our self-guided tours, GPS device rental, as well as a printed roadbook, are available at an optional extra fee:
  • GPS device rental: €50
  • Printed roadbook: €45 (second copy of printed roadbook €15)

  • For more information on our navigation options, as well as the smartphone app, please read our blog: What's it like to navigate on our self-guided tours?.

    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.

    Tour code: itbs3995
    Countries Italy
    Begin/End Venice - Chioggia / Florence
    Arrive/Depart How to get there and away:
    Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) / Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) or Florence Airport "Amerigo Vespucci"

    Starting point: Hotel Domus Clugiae - Chioggia
    We recommend flying into Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
    - To get to Chioggia you can take a taxi, or take a bus from Venezia airport to Campo Marconi in Chioggia (about 90 minutes). From there, it’s a 10-minute walk, or 5-minute taxi ride to your hotel.

    Ending point: Hotel Vasari - Via Bernardo Cennini, 11, Firenze
    We recommend flying out from Florence airport (FLR), but you can also fly out from Venice (VCE) airport. They're both connected to Florence city center by train
    Flying out from Florence:
    - From the hotel, take a taxi to the airport. Agree on a fare before entering the taxi. Travel time to the airport is about 15/20 minutes, depending on the traffic.
    - By public transports: you can take a 10-minute walk to the train station (or a taxi). From there, you can catch a shuttle bus to the airport (approx. 30min ride)

    Flying out from Pisa:
    - From the hotel, take a taxi to the Pisa airport. Agree on a fare before entering the taxi. Travel time to the airport is about 1h30min, depending on the traffic.
    - By public transports: you can take a 10-minute walk to the train station (or a taxi). From there, you can catch a train to Pisa Centrale train station, then the People Mover to the airport (approx. 1h30min tot. ride)

    Private transfers are available: please inquire for prices and details
    - Tour arrival: from Venice airport to Chioggia starting hotel
    - Tour departure: from Florence hotel to Florence airport

    Long-term parking
    - You may choose to leave your car in Venice Tronchetto and take public transportation to Chioggia for tour starting point. At tour end in Florence, take train back to Venice parking lot.
    - Or, choose to leave your car in Chioggia (tour starting point) parking lot. At tour end in Florence, take train back to Venice, connect to Chioggia by public transportation.

    Final arrival and departure instructions along with other detailed pre-travel documents, will be e-mailed prior to your travel, with information specific to your departure (including the actual hotels used on your tour dates, which may vary from the hotels listed above.)
    Total Distance 330 km (205 miles)
    Daily Distance 15-83 km (9-52 miles)

    Rating 101 to 201
    About Tour Ratings »
    Notes 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!
    Terms Terms & Conditions
    Dates Prices Single Supplement
    Dates Available March 1 to October 31

    Starts every Saturday. Other start days available by request (extra fee applies). Please note that starting on certain days of the week will make some visits (such as museums or tastings) impossible. Because most museums in Florence are closed on Mondays, we discourage starting in Chioggia on the previous Monday or Tuesday. There can also be more weekend traffic on the road over the Apennines, so we discourage starting in Chioggia on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

    *2024 price, per person based on double occupancy; minimum 2 participants per departure.

    Solo traveler departures are also available (only one person on the departure), with a supplemental fee of €315. This fee includes the cost of the single/double room supplement, as well as a GPS unit with the pre-loaded routes.

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

    For more ways to save, see our Discounts and Promotions page

    High-Season supplement (May-June, September and early October): Hotels and/or bikes may be subject to availability, and a supplemental fee of €100 per person may be applied on new departure dates.


    2024 Confirmed departure dates:

    April 27

    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: €95
    • Premium Titanium road or hybrid: €125
    • E-bike (hybrid with straight handlebar): €195
    • Tandem: €225 (priced per bike, for 2 cyclists)
    • Tag-along or kid trailer: €60

    Pannier rental: €40 per set (2 side bags per set)

    PLEASE NOTE: an additional bike hire day (including bike pickup and luggage transfer to Florence hotel) will be apllied for those cycling to Florence on day 6.

    Bike rental insurance is available for purchase with all our rental bikes – see details in the Bike Rental Insurance section of our Terms and Conditions page.

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


    Options for getting to Florence on day 6:

    • Option 1: End cycling in Faenza, catching a train to Florence with your luggage on hand (train ticket included in tour package price)
    • Option 2: Cycle to Borgo San Lorenzo or Florence: €145 per person, plus 1 additional bike hire day (includes bike pickup and luggage transfer to Florence hotel, minimum 2 people). Train ticket not included if taking train from Borgo San Lorenzo to Florence

    Luggage transfer option: €415 for 1-4 travelers

    Your luggage will be transported from one hotel to the next. The luggage is normally collected from 09.30 at the reception of the hotel and is delivered at the following hotel by 15.00 hrs. Please use the luggage tags provided by Cycle Europe on all your luggage being transferred. Please have your luggage ready before the driver comes to collect it, otherwise 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.


    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.


    Additional useful information:

    • Do you have any questions about how our bike tours work? Check out our FAQs page!

    • Curious about the difference between our Casual and Classic self-guided tours? Check out our introduction blog on Casual Self-Guided Tours.

    • We offer various tools for navigation - this page details what it's like to navigate on our self-guided tours.

    • If the self-guided formula isn't right for you, check out this blog introducing the differences between Guided and Self-Guided Tours.
    Prices €775 per person *

    Single Supplement €125
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