This single center self-guided bicycling tour offers a real insight into rural Venetia. It's hard not to become enchanted with the idyllic, back to nature lifestyle, without compromising on comfort or style that genuine Italian country living boasts.
The area is excellent for cycling as the valley floor here is crisscrossed with lots of quiet country lanes. We've put together a selection of circular routes of varying lengths, so you can be as active or relaxed as you choose. Further afield, the 'must see' regional highlights, such as Venice, Vicenza and Padua, can all be reached on a full day out. Or, of course, you can just laze by the pool (typically open June - early Sept only) and soak up the warm Italian sun!
Your base for the week is the AAA nine-room, Agriturismo l'Albara, nestled just outside the tiny village of Villaganzerla, in the heart of the Venetian countryside. Run by the affable Valfrido and Angelina, their daughter, Romina, and son, Federico, this is one of the friendliest places we've encountered. Don't be surprised if you are invited to take part in fruit picking or whisked away to the local grappa distillery just down the road!
The bedrooms here are cheerfully decorated with wrought iron bedsteads, brightly colored throws and polished wooden floors. The dining room's light and airy and serves fresh, regional cuisine according to what's in season. Everything, even the wine, comes from the farm!
Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Italy for children under 16. As we cannot provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Vicenza train station at 14:03 (transfer to hotel, 30 mins, provided).|
|Tour Ends||Vicenza train station by 13:56 (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Venice Mestre to Vicenza 13:32/14:03. Return: Rail Vicenza to Venice Mestre 13:56/14:28.|
|Rail Supplement||Second Class Italian Rail: Prices starting from $55 per person round trip. First Class Italian Rail: Prices starting from $74 per person, round trip.|
|Singles||Add $20 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade not possible on this holiday. Extra nights: We recommend Verona, Venice or Villaganzerla. Prices from $120 per person per night, halfboard, based on 2 people sharing.|