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Wonderful landscapes: A tour among European classics, perfect to start discovering Italy by bike. Laid between the Alps and the Adriatic sea, the itinerary is completely flat and develops itself on cycle paths or level roads with low traffic volume. Characteristics of the route. The itinerary is completely in the lowlands except for the 1 km slope in Asolo. You will cover 283 km in 6 stages, riding on secondary streets with low traffic or paved bike paths. Trains with bike transportation connect the main cities of the tour, so in case of bad weather, or if you need a day of rest, you can reach your destination by train.
Individual arrival. A nice and cosy historical city centre characterized by the buildings of the famous architect Andrea Palladio from the 16th century.
From Vicenza you pass along the venetian fields heading to Sandrigo, home of the “Baccalà alla Vicentina”. Then along the walls, the castle and the „Square of chess“ of Marostica, scene of the famous chess-game with alive pawn. Finally, you reach Bassano del Grappa, a charming town in the valley of the mountains, famous for its old wooden bridge and the grappa!
You enter Asolo, which presents us the only real uphill section of our ride. The downhill run takes you to the land of Prosecco vineyards and on to Maser. The trip ends in Treviso.
Leaving Treviso behind you follow the course of the River Sile up to Casale. At the end of the trip Venice awaits for an evening among canals and narrow streets; accommodation is in Mestre. A supplement applies for lodging in Venice. 1st Day for those starting in Mestre.
LLeaving Mestre this morning you head into Venice pedalling on the 4 km bridge “della Libertà”, then to Tronchetto harbour. From here you take a ferry along the canal Giudecca to Lido. This is the most exciting day, pedalling on two narrow islands that divide the sea from the lagoon: Malamocco and the island of Pellestrina.
You will be pedalling along the two rivers that carried trade in and out of Venice in this area centuries ago: Bacchiglione and Brenta. You continue on to Strà, famous for the majestic Villa Pisani. On arrival in Padova, you will find the great basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the historic Caffè Pedrocchi and Prato della Valle.
The Bacchiglione River points the way out of the the city and you reach Costozza, a little town at the foot of the Berici hills. The bike path passes in front of Villa Rotonda, the most famous of the Palladian villas. Just before entering Vicenza you see the Villa Valmarana ai Nani with its marvellous frescoes by Tiepolo.
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