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7-day Self-guided Cycling Tour from Verona to Florence
Explore some of the highlights of the regions Veneto, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. From Verona to Florence, Southward along the Italian Boot experiencing amazing landscapes and sceneries that have been the setting of countless masterpieces of literature and cinema.
Your tour starts from Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, where you you not only admire the iconic balcony where one of the most popular scenes of Shakespeare’s masterpiece took place but also see the Roman Arena, famous worldwide for its agenda of lyrical events.
Mantua is beautifully built by the Gonzaga Family at the crossing of three lakes and setting of one of the marvellous operas of the composer Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto. Palazzo Ducale, Piazza delle Erbe and Palazzo Te are definitely on the to-do list here. You then head to Modena, with its cathedral that is a masterpiece of the Romanesque architecture and the Ghirlandina bell tower.
This is also the land of Pavarotti and Ferraris, not to mention good food. As the last step before leaving the flat countryside of the Pianura Padana and crossing over the Appennine mountains, you visit Bologna, home of the first university of the Western world, founded in 1088 and still active today. The Two Towers Garisenda and Asinelli and Piazza Maggiore with the imposing Basilica of San Petronio are only some of the views you cannot miss. With a little help from the local train, you start your crossing from Emilia Romagna to Tuscany.
Finally you will arrive in Florence, quintessence of Italian art and culture and also cradle of the Renaissance. Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo and Giottos’s bell tower, the goldsmith workshops on Ponte Vecchio, the refined statues of Piazza della Signoria and the collections at Uffizi Gallery: Florence is enchanting.
This tour follows through a stretch of the Eurovelo 7 track, also known as the Sun Route. The Eurovelo 7 route runs from Cape North to the island of Malta and is part of the Eurovelo project created by the European Cyclists’ Federation with the aim to build a trans-European network of high-quality cycling routes.
Terrain: mainly flat. Average length of stage: from 41 to 61 per day. Travel time: from 2h30 to 4h30 per day. Tour for everyone. Roads: 30% unpaved roads, 70% asphalt, some parts of the itinerary are on cycle paths.
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Individual arrival in Verona, a city known all over the world for the Arena, where every year important concerts and operas are held. Don’t miss a stroll through the small ways of the centre to discover the traces of Romeo and Juliet. Overnight in Verona.
Verona – Mantua (61 or 74 km / 38 or 46 mi, + 100 mt)
In the first part of the day, you will reach Peschiera del Garda, a pentagonal city located in the northern part of Lake Garda. Its town centre is surrounded by Venetian high walls encircled by water. Heading out of the city, you will go South following Mincio River, through less known areas in the midst of the idyllic countryside. After crossing Borghetto sul Mincio, a peculiar village, born as an islet between the loops of Mincio River, you will reach Mantua, an extremely fascinating city located at the crossing between three lakes and the river Mincio. Mantua has an important cultural centre rich in history and monuments, such as Palazzo Ducale and its Bridal Chamber painted by Mantegna and Palazzo Te.
Mantua – Mirandola (59 km / 36.5 mi)
Heading out of Mantua, you will cross the plain to reach San Benedetto Po, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, extending in the silence of the countryside, with oratories, abbeys, small chapels, cheese workshops and agricultural courts scattered around. Here you can also see the old drainage system used by monks to reclaim the lands from the water. After crossing to the opposite bank of Secchia River, you enter Emilia Romagna. Today’s destination is Mirandola, home town of the humanistic philosopher Pico.
Mirandola – Modena (54 km / 33.5 mi)
Today you ride through the “bassa modenese”, the suggestive flatland countryside outside Modena and all around River Secchia. This area has been seriously damaged by the earthquake of 2012 and it is showing the strong will and hard-working mind-set of its inhabitants through a flourishing recovery. Reaching Modena, don’t miss a small tour in the city centre: the Cathedral and its famous bell tower Ghirlandina, enlisted as UNESCO Heritage, are worth a visit. Be tempted by the local cuisine: “tortelli”, cold cuts and “gnocco fritto” is something you definitely want to try.
Modena – Bologna (55 km / 34 mi)
Heading out of Modena, you will plunge into the countryside and the fruit orchards: this scenery surrounds you along the cycle path. Enjoy the ride at peace, away from the noise and the traffic, to reach Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna region. Here tradition and modernity are perfectly combined: you can stroll in Piazza Maggiore, admire the most ancient buildings dating back to Medieval times, and perceive the cultural atmosphere which animates this city, always ready to welcome new artistic and cultural hints.
Bologna – Vaiano (by train) – Florence (41 km / 25.5 mi, + 200/- 300 mt)
A small transfer by train (about 1 hour) brings you to the small town of Vaiano, on the Bisenzio River, crossing the Appennini mountains and the border between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. From Vaiano, you start descending towards Florence, cycling through a landscape which seems to be projected by a nature and art lover. Here, country houses, castles, abbeys and even the tiniest church of the countryside expresses art in its purest form. You end your tour in Florence, international capital of arts, where you can visit museums, galleries or you can simply enjoy a stroll along the river Arno, at sunset.
Florence After breakfast the tour ends.
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