…along the Etsch cycle path to Riva del Garda
After an extensive cyclers breakfast we headed towards Lake Garda. On wonderful cycle paths along the Adige River we travelled to the upstream vineyards of the Garda area, and reached the beautiful deep blue Lake Garda – an impressive panorama with mountains all around! Once in Nago, you have a unique view over the northern part of Lake Garda, situated between high cliffs. Here you just have to pause and take it all in. Cycling comfortably downhill and always with a view of Lake Garda, we arrived in Riva del Garda, where after a short ice-cold dip in the lake we hopped onto the ferry to Desenzano. A remarkable crossing across Lake Garda rounded off this impressive day for us.
…In the city of Romeo and Juliet: Verona
Our second day of cycling started with a highlight – a visit to the old town of Sirmione. Full of expectation we cycled through beautiful terraces of wine, old farmhouses, simple villages and wonderfully fragrant orchards. A gently rolling landscape that is difficult to pass through without tasting the sparkling, light white wine. A little break in Sommacampagna came at just the right time!
In the pleasant partial shade, we enjoyed a bottle of Bianco di Custoza. For me it’s always a special moment when I try the products of a region!
In Verona we still had enough time to visit the beautiful historic old town. In Piazza Bra, overlooking the Amphitheatre, we reviewed the day’s ‘Italian style’.
…Via Monti Berici to Piazza dei Signori
The stage to Vicenza was again peppered with great impressions and southern flair. This stage is definitely the most exhausting, but you will be rewarded with a great view from the Monti Berici. The descent towards Vicenza let us rest again. The cosy evening in the old town with wonderful food and a good glass of wine was well deserved!
…Along the Venetian villas in the Euganean thermal baths, that the Roman’s already appreciated
After the exhausting day before, this short leg to Abano Therme invites you to relax, or to sightsee in the impressive city of Padua. After a short stay in Abano Terme we cycled at a comfortable pace to the beautiful city of Padua.
…Along the Brenta River into the city of Venice
The culmination of this journey was the planned final destination of Venice. Along the Brenta River with its villas we reached Mestre at about 1pm. We took an uncomplicated bus ride to Venice. We strolled through the small winding streets to the impressive St. Mark’s Square and could only say goodbye to Venice with a heavy heart.
…A unique journey
If you like the Mediterranean climate, I can highly recommend this trip. We visited eleven cities within a week and took the Italian way of life home. The stage lengths are ideally chosen in my opinion, so you have enough time after biking to enjoy the beauty of the trip. The route guidance, organisation of the luggage transfers and the hospitality in the hotels cannot be faulted. A cycling trip we will always remember!