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Heart of Veneto Cycling

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This single-center cycling holiday is a perfect choice for people wanting a genuine grass-roots Italian experience. You’ll stay on a family-run farm, in the heart of the Venetian countryside, with private pool and vineyards. Venice, Verona and Padua are all possible day trips.

  • Reviews 57 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Easy
    3/8
All about the Heart of Veneto Cycling.

This single-centre self-guided cycling holiday offers a real insight into rural Veneto. It’s easy to become enchanted with the idyllic, back-to-nature lifestyle, that doesn’t compromise on the comfort and style that genuine Italian country living boasts. The area is excellent for cycling as the valley floor here is criss-crossed 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 – end Sept only) and soak up the warm Italian sun!
Your base for the week is the charming 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’re 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 coloured throws and polished wooden floors. The dining room is light and airy and serves fresh, regional cuisine according to what’s in season. Everything, even the wine, comes from the farm!

This holiday has RidePlus routes as an option – longer, more challenging routes suitable for more experienced cyclists. See the itinerary for routes and distances. RidePlus routes require the use of a lightweight road bike, details of bike upgrades can be found in the dates and prices. Routes are supplied as downloadable GPX files for you to use with own navigation device (Garmin, Wahoo, Bryton, etc).

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights, center based accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Headwater wine service
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • RidePlus route options (more challenging routes)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • RidePlus road bike (inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Undiscovered corner of Italy
  • Stay in a delightful agriturismo – friendly and family-run with pool, a Headwater favourite!
  • Gentle circular routes with more challenging options available
  • Tranquil lakes, pretty villages, ancient villas, beautifully green countryside
  • Olive groves, vineyards, cherry orchards
  • Varied day-trip options: Venice, Verona, Padua and Vicenza
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Villaganzerla

    Arrive at your friendly agriturismo in Villaganzerla where you’ll be fitted out with a bike and go through the various cycling choices available to you before dinner (time permitting). (Staying at l’Albara for 7 nights, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Bastia Market 25km/16mi

    Sunday is market day (morning only) in Bastia, so we’ve built in an easy cycle along quiet country lanes criss-crossing the Paduan plain to get you in your stride. Stroll around the stalls before heading off to the tiny village of Lovolo, a charming village square with its ancient lime kiln, for lunch. Your return route takes you through the delightful hamlet of Monticello as you wind your way back to Villaganzerla.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Lake Fimon 38km/24mi

    Today’s route takes you along wonderfully tranquil valley lanes and on to Lake Fimon, a totally undiscovered gem surrounded by shaded woodland. There are lots of little spots for picnicking by the water’s edge, or you can take lunch at one of the lakeside trattorie. It’s a lovely 5km circular cycle around the lake, before you meander back amidst the green backdrop of lush valleys and rolling hills to your agriturismo.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Villas and Vineyards 25km/16mi

    Heading north this morning, your first stop is the lovely village of Costozza, named after the network of caves in the cliffs above, with its impressive campanile, beautiful villas and extensive formal gardens lined with statues. Ice cream lovers should call in at the locally renowned gelateria before looping south and on to Lumignano, famous locally for its annual pea festival! Your route then follows the Northern Strada as you wind your way through rows of immaculately tended vineyards, against the rolling backdrop of the Berici Hills. This is the only area outside Hungary where the red Tai Rosso grape is grown. Stop off for some tasting, perhaps in Castegnero or Nanto, with its striking Venetian bell tower, before pedalling east and back in time for a swim before dinner.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Vicenza and the Villa Rotonda 34km/21.5mi

    A cycle path (those feeling lazy can catch the bus) takes you to UNESCO-recognised Vicenza, nicknamed ’Venice of the Terra Firma’ for its marvellous architecture. Palladio designed dozens of the city’s buildings from the Basilica Palladiana in the main square to the Teatro Olimpico, so there’s plenty to explore. On the way home you can visit the famous Villa Rotonda and its surrounding gardens.

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Free day exploring

    Why not give the bike a rest today and head off to one of the great Italian cities? Venice, Verona and Padua are all accessible by train from Vicenza (short bus or cycle ride). If you prefer to avoid the crowds, perhaps take the bus to Bassano, home to the region’s famous grappa and a museum in its honour.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Southern Strada dei Vini Berici 25km/16mi

    Today, ride past Villa Pigafetta-Camerini, inhabited by the Camerini family since 1700, to Mossano and enjoy the stunning panorama of the Venetian plain. The wine road undulates through the vineyards between the towering Berici Hills and the Paduan plain, offering wonderful vistas on all sides. Turn back north towards the idyllic Franciscan monastery of San Pancrazio before a lovely descent to Ponte di Mossano and a ride along the quiet country lanes of the Paduan plain back to l’Albara.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Leave Villaganzerla
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Where you stay
Agriturismo L’Albara
The Agriturismo L’Albara is situated about 1km from the centre of the tiny village of Villaganzerla in the middle of rural farming land. The area is known for its olive and cherry trees. L’Albara is run by Valfrido, Angelina and their family. They are keen for you to discover the very best that this delightful region has to offer – from must sees around Venetia, to the local cuisine! Everything here comes freshly prepared according to what’s in season and the wines come straight from their own vineyards! The bedrooms here are cheerfully decorated with wrought iron bedsteads, bright coloured throws and polished wooden floors. They are all ensuite. The dining room is light and airy, with exposed wooden beams and dark wooden tables with views over the surrounding fields – the perfect setting for your evening meal.
Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and evening meals included.

The Veneto ranks as one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the country. You will see fields of maize and barley everywhere. It is also a big area for fruit; expect to eat cherries, peaches, melons, plums, pears, strawberries and apples. The cuisine varies from the coast up into the mountains and reflects the region’s mixed cultural past. Nearer to Austria in the mountains, you get a more Tyrolean cuisine with dishes such as apple strudel creeping onto the menu, whereas towards the coast, you will find a lighter cuisine with lots of fish dishes.
Three typical dishes you are likely to find throughout the region are baccalà (air-dried salted cod soaked and cooked to a creamy consistency in garlic, parsley and olive oil), carpaccio (now seen on menus throughout Italy and even internationally, this is thin slices of very rare beef sprinkled with lemon juice and garnished with parmesan cheese, mushrooms or even white truffles according to the season and the restaurant) and polenta (made from maize, this is served as an accompaniment to meat or fish).

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Av. daily ride: 29.4km (18.7miles).
No. of days cycling: 5
Terrain & route: The suggested cycling is along quiet, tarmac roads (mainly traffic-free). There are a few ascents and descents along the way.
Vehicle Support: A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 30/09/2019
5/5

Mr Cook

A company that is all about subtle choices of accommodation, destinations and routes; knowing also how essential their own representatives are on the ground to make everything work well.

Reviewed On 23/09/2019
5/5

Mr Dunn

Headwater takes care of all the arrangements, leaving you free to enjoy the cycling. Thanks for a first class holiday.

Reviewed On 02/09/2019
5/5

Mrs Pitchforth

Excellent relaxing holiday - accommodation was faultless.

Reviewed On 07/08/2019
4/5

Mr Grimes

The holiday was well described and you can do as much or as little as you want. The food provided was the best Italian food I have ever tasted! So...different from UK Italian restaurants and the local wine was very easy to drink. There is a Family atmosphere to farm location and overall very relaxing. The cycling APP used with headphones makes life a lot easier and means you don’t have to stop and start at each junction. The cycling is generally easy, although it can be very hot, so be careful on the days where the route is longer. The other main thing to be aware of during July/August is that (other than in Vicenza) almost everything is closed during the middle of the day. So be very careful planning cultural, shop or restaurant visits else you are likely to be disappointed. Overall a really good holiday and ideal for one where you want a balance of activity and relaxation.

Reviewed On 17/06/2019
5/5

Mr Worsdall

Food excellent. James very helpful.

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