Our undiscovered corner of Venetia, just 60 mins (but a world away) from bustling Venice, is the perfect setting for a relaxed cycling holiday. Nestled between the art cities of Padua, home to one of the oldest universities in the whole of Europe, and UNESCO recognized Vicenza, the region is bursting with Patrician villasÂ - built by Venetian nobles to escape the muggy heat of the city - and ancient castles, although it is surprisingly almost entirely untouched by tourism. Palladio was the most famous Renaissance architect and many of his villas, including the Villa Rotonda, can be visited on day 7 of this interest-packed itinerary.
We take you across the Venetian plain, past cherry orchards and swaying vine terraces, with the outline of the conical shaped Euganean hills and imposing Colli Berici acting as a constant backdrop. The cycling is wonderfully gentle, over the flatlands of the Plain and the low foothills of the Colli Berici, along peaceful canal side paths, cycle tracks and quiet country roads, passing sumptuous villas and historic towns with wine tasting opportunities on the way.
En route the cuisine is fabulous, home cooked style and you will stay with some of the friendliest people we've ever met. In Teolo you'll stay at Tiziana's lovingly restored Liberty villa, while there's a warm welcome at Valfrido and Angelina's charming agriturismo near Vicenza, and at the Ottolitri family's hotel just outside Galzignano.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Vicenza railway station 14:03, (transfer to hotel, 50 mins, provided).|
|Tour Ends||Vicenza railway station (Drop off) 13:56 (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Venice Mestre to Vicenza 13:32/14:03 . Return: Vicneza to Venice Mestre 13:56/14:28|
|Rail Supplement||Standard return rail: Prices starting from $55 per person roundtrip. First Class return Rail: from $74 per person roundtrip.|
|Singles||Add $16 per night.|
|Other details||Child: Over 2 and under 12, sharing with 2 adults, inquire for prices. Room upgrades from $19 per person, per night based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: We recommend Teolo, Galzignano, Verona, Venice or Villaganzerla. Prices from $79 per person per night, B&|
|Hotels||*** (4 nights), AAA (2 nights), AA (2 nights)|