All roads lead to Rome.... Come immerse yourself in the Italian countryside and let Diane and Vito take care of you. Experience rolling Tuscan hills, unique white gravel roads, vineyards, sunflowers, hilltop villages, cathedrals and historic buildings galore, wonderful cities and the Mediterranean Sea on a route which is more than 1,000 years old.
Time 08:00 AM
Start Location Milan, Italy
Your Host : Diane
8 Nights accommodation and 6 days of fabulous cycling.
Your Ride Leaders: Diane and Vito
Experience Dates: Saturday 6th July to Sunday 14th July 2019
Start Location: Milan, Italy
End Location: Rome, Italy
Cost: AUD 3,350 per person
Italy, a land of contrasts and beauty and the home of cycling. From the flat lands of the Po river, the Apennines mountains, the Mediterranean sea and the rolling hills of Tuscany there are no two parts that are alike. The scenery is constantly changing and around the corner there is always something different.
This tour is an amazing opportunity to ride fully supported between the two great cities of Italy and experience so many regions of this magical country.
It’s not all about the scenery… Even the food and drink will change as we head south. From the Risotto and Bonarda in Milan, fresh fish and Vermentino in Cinque Terre, wild boar and Chianti in Tuscany then the Amatriciana and Lambrusco in Rome… you will be well rewarded after a hard day of riding!
The ride will challenge you, but it will also leave you wanting more!
Your experience includes:
8 nights accommodation in hand-picked hotels
6 days of guided cycling with owner-operator ride hosts
Rest day with an optional ride to Pisa
A support vehicle on the road with you, offering mechanical assistance and ride snacks
Maps of each day’s ride
Breakfast each day
Ride snacks each day
Final night dinner celebration
Other meals as listed below
Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff
All luggage transfers. Just get on your bike and ride each day!
Twin share as standard
Rider numbers are strictly limited
About your Ride Leader - Vito
Vito is an Italian name derived from the Latin word "vita" meaning "Life" and he lives it with passion! As a cyclist he loves riding new roads, racing and meeting new people. Vito is the Vice President and Honorary Life Member of the Footscray Cycling Club - one of the oldest cycling clubs in Melbourne. You will find him extremely passionate, funny, honest and genuine and he can speak both English and Italian faster than he rides! Vito is so excited to be sharing Italy with you!
Saturday 6th July
Arrival in Milan
On arrival to the city that is the financial and fashion capital of Italy, transfer to hotel set up your bike for the next week’s ride. Free day in Milan if you arrive early. In the evening we will meet for an apperitivi at 5:30pm for a ride briefing then have some great food down by the canals in old part of Milan. For those flying out of Rome, CycleHosts will take your empty bike bag/box this evening and transfer this to the finish hotel.
Sunday 7th July
Day 1 - Milan to Bobbio
122km, 1500m elevation
It’s a leisurely start for the trip out of Milan and being a Sunday, it should be quiet with little traffic and lots of cyclists heading out of the city. The day starts in front of the cathedral for the great Instagram moment. We then leave Milan via the Roman ruins in San Lorenzo and out alongside the canal system that was used to build Milan. The riding is easy and slightly downhill as we head out on the flat lands that run down to the Po river and the city of Pavia. We will stop for coffee in Pavia and a quick look at the centre. After this we head into the wine hills south of Pavia and start to climb upwards on rolling terrain. A nice downhill to the ancient town of Bobbio where will have lunch then an uphill finish to our hotel in the hills.
Monday 8th July
Day 2 - Bobbio to Deiva Marina
128km - 2100m elevation
You wake up and know that with a few hours riding we will be on the coast of the Mediterranian sea and riding the rolling hills of Cinque Terre, with its amazing sea views and isolated villages. We leave our hotel with a downhill start back into Bobbio and then head south-west down the valley and over the mountains that will take us to Setre Levante and the sea. You will have earned your lunch in Setre Levante which is a stunning seaside town. We climb out of Setre on the road that is cut into the hills directly above the sea as we ride to our destination that is the coastal village of Devia Marina that sits between the steep hills and the sea.
Tuesday 9th July
Day 3 - Cinque Terre to Lucca
140km - 1800m elevation
Breakfast overlooking the sea is how we start the day. We leave Deiva Marina uphill then drop into the town of Framura to join the cycle path to Levanto. Then it is up into the hills again to ride through the Cinque Terre National park before we head back down to the coastal town of La Spezia for lunch.
From here we pick up the pan-flat road down the coast alongside the sandy beaches. At Lido di Camiore we turn east inland where we start to climb the hills on the rolling road to Lucca which is a wonderful old walled Tuscan town. Your hotel here has a day spa and we highly recommend booking in!
Wednesday 10th July
Day 4 - Rest day in Lucca
Relax and enjoy your hotel and explore the ancient town of Lucca.
There is an optional ride to visit Pisa and see the Leaning Tower during the day - approx 40km return.
Thursday 11th July
Day 5 - Lucca to Siena
125km - 2100m elevation
The road from Lucca is initially flat as we cut south, before long we are into the Val di Cecina valley and on the road to our lunch stop, Volterra, an ancient walled roman city perched high above the valley below. From Volterra we head east and ride the rolling roads to Siena, passing through small villages, olive groves and vineyards - the roads are testing but at the same time the views are stunning. We arrive at Siena and climb up the Via Fontebranda climb that decides the winner in the Strade Bianchi bike race every year - get to the top and we buy the beers in the Piazza del Campo square!
Friday 12th July
Day 6 - Siena to Bolsena
123km - 1900m climbing
Today we will be heading off the tarmac and onto into the rolling hills of Tuscany. We will tackle some of the famous white gravel roads as we head to our coffee stop of the morning in Radi.
We leave Radi and continue to head south along the road that gives spectacular views across the area and takes us to the base of the climb to Montalcino - the home of one of the most famous Tuscan wines and our lunch stop. Once loaded with food (and drinks into the support car for later!) we will then head south down rolling hills to Acquapendente and the lake at Bolsena.
Saturday 13th July
Day 6 - Bolsena to Rome
114km - 1000m elevation
The last day of this epic ride through Italy. We wake up alongside lake Bolsena and take in the views and savour the atmosphere one last time on the final morning.
Coffee stop for the morning will be at Viterbo, then it's an easy ride to the lake at Bracciano and onto Rome. Tonight we will have a celebratory dinner as a group.
Sunday 14th July
Departure day, or stay on and be a tourist in this magnificent city.
Snacks / Energy food
Front and Rear light
Note that the final route may have minor changes to ensure your magical experience
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