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Discover Italian Art Cities Cycling from Venice to Florence/ VENETO – EMILIA ROMAGNA – TUSCANY

Starting from 999.00

Gentle terrain down the Adriatic Coast with more challenging rides as we enter the Apennines. Great for all cyclists. First 5 days are flat, last few days include climbs (with option to take a train over the mountain pass, or cycle! E-bikes also make this tour accessible to everyone!

Bikes: city bike / e-bike / tandem /


  • Chioggia: Canals and colorful alleys of “mini-Venice”
  • Delta del Po
  • Ravenna and its mosaics
  • Ceramics of Faenza
  • Florence
  • Culinary adventure on a bike
Path length: 303 Km

Difficulty: Medium
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DAy 1 : Welcome to Chioggia and the Venetian lagoon
Highlights: Canals and colorful alleys of “mini-Venice”

Welcome to Chioggia and the Venetian Lagoon! Take a walk and explore charming Chioggia, admiring the canals, bridges and the lively pedestrian main street. You may even take a test ride along one of the islands in the lagoon, crossing over on the local ferry boat.

Daily distance: optional ride of 17 km (11 miles), or cycle as much as you desire today.

Accommodation: Hotel Domus Clugiae, or similar.

Day 2 Pedal the Po River Delta
Highlights: Chioggia, bicycle quiet roads, sleep in a country farm estate

We leave the Venetian lagoon today towards the Po River Delta. Enjoy cycling on levee roads and birdwatching. Grab some picnic supplies from the local grocery store or stop at a cafe for lunch today. Those who want extra mileage can enjoy a great ride into the delta this afternoon. Our destination tonight is a lovely country farm bed and breakfast.

Daily distance: 58 km (36 miles)
Elevation gain: + 235 m (771 ft)
Po Delta extra loop ride: 43 km (27 miles), with + 157 m ( ft) elevation gain.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Forzello, or similar.

Day 3 Cycle to Comacchio
Highlights: Little Venice and the Tre Ponti; Roman maritime museum

Pedal through an old hunting forest that belonged to the powerful Este family. You’ll also have the chance to visit the impressive Pomposa Abbey on the way. Our destination is a small lagoon town which was more important than Venice in the 700 and 800s, and still shows its old splendor. Comacchio also houses a fabulous museum showcasing a dug-up Roman boat and its cargo, shown in a magnificent display. Built on 13 islands, this town is now landlocked but surrounded by the Po River and fresh water wetlands.

Distance: 74 km (46 miles)
Elevation gain: -196/+199 m (-643/+652 ft)

Accommodation: B&B Al Ponticello, or similar.

Day 4 Comacchio to Ravenna
Highlights: Lush wetlands and bird viewing; Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna

Continue south along the Valley of Comacchio towards Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire and home to more early Christian mosaics than any other city in Western Europe. You can walk to Dante’s Tomb and the mosaics in San Vitale, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. Make sure to also stroll this fabulous city – our hotel is walking distance from all the city sights.

Daily distance: 53 km (33 m)
Elevation gain: 110 m (360 ft)

Accommodation: Hotel Centrale Byron, or similar.

Day 5 Ravenna to Faenza
Highlights: Sant’Apollinare in Classe mosaics; Countryside cycling; Faenza Int. Ceramics Museum and Renaissance square

As you exit Ravenna this morning, we recommend visiting a Byzantine masterpiece: Sant’Apollinare in Classe. You will cross the plains and fruit plantations before arriving in Faenza. Your hotel is an elegant restored convent just a few blocks from the central square of this regional market center and famous ceramics town. Enjoy the bustle in the market square and the main “piazza” which is always full of bicycle riders of all ages (the square is one of the loveliest in Italy!). Faenza is world-renowned for its hand decorated ceramics, and we recommend visiting the International Ceramics Museum as well the local artists’ studios , specialized in this colorful pottery.

Daily mileage: 52 km (32 miles)
Elevation gain: 158 m (518 ft)

Accommodation: Hotel Vittoria, or similar.

Day 6 Over the Apennines to Florence
Highlights: Brisighella, one of the loveliest hamlets in Italy; Bike (or train) over the Apennines; Renaissance Florence

Today you’ll cycle out of Faenza to Brisighella, through fruit farms and olive orchards, with the Apennine mountains in plain view. You may also choose to skip cycling today and take a lovely train ride from the Faenza train station, up and over the Apennines to Florence.

A 15 km bike ride away, the medieval village of Brisighella (officially on the list of “The Loveliest Hamlets in Italy”), is a picturesque town worth the stop (on your bike, or by train).

After exploring its alleys and piazzas (or even a walk up to the fortification perched on a hill above, the ride continues over rolling terrain to Marradi, just inside the Tuscan border, where you may choose to stop cycling and catch the train to Florence (with bikes aboard the train); or cycle to the following train station at Borgo San Lorenzo. You may even cycle all the way into Florence for the complete crossing of the Apennines! Many wonderful options to cross over the mountains from Emilia-Romagna and end your adventure in Tuscany!

* Option 1: end your cycling in Faenza, leaving the bikes at the hotel; and catch the train to Florence from the Faenza train station (with your luggage at hand) The train ticket to Florence is included in the tour package price.

* Options 2 and 3: Cycle to Marradi (37km / 23miles with 345m / 1131ft elevation gain) or cycle to Borgo San Lorenzo (72km / 44miles with 1298m / 4260ft elevation gain); in both towns, you can get on the train to Florence with your bike. Or cycle all the way to Florence hotel (104 km / 64 miles with 1785 m / 5850 ft elevation gain). In all cases, Cycle Europe will transfer your luggage to the Florence hotel. The fee for the optional ride on day 6 is €145 per person, plus 1 additional bike hire day (includes bike pickup and luggage transfer to Florence hotel, minimum 2 people).

Accommodation: 31.10 Art Hotel Firenze, or similar.

Day 7 Tour ends in Florence
Highlights: The grand Florence; Arrivederci!

After breakfast in the hotel, you’re on your own and ready to explore Florence – visit Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and the other masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery – or simply stroll the grand lanes and lovely alleys of this fabulous city. We will provide plenty of suggestions for exploring.

PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.



Dates & Price

Bike & Freedom Type

Available from March 1 to October 31

Starts every Saturday. Other start days available upon request (additional cost applies). Please note that starting on certain days of the week will make some visits (such as museums or tastings) impossible. Because most museums in Florence are closed on Mondays, we discourage starting in Chioggia on the previous Monday or Tuesday. There can also be more weekend traffic on the road over the Apennines, so we discourage starting in Chioggia on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Also available in the 3/4-star version with an initial briefing.

QUOTES Category A

€ 999.00 Individual fee in a double room
€ 150.00 Individual fee in a single room

€ 100.00 High Season Supplement (May, June, September until October 15)

€ 155.00 Supplement for day 6 cycling to Florence and related luggage transport + 1 additional day of bike rental


  • € 99.00 Aluminum hybrid bike rental
  • € 130.00 Premium Titanium road or hybrid bike rental
  • € 199.00 E-bike rental (hybrid with straight handlebar)
  • € 240.00 Tandem rental
  • € 70.00 Tag-Along or Kid Trailer rental

Bike Bags Rental: €40 per set (2 side bags per set) GPS Device Rental: €50 Printed Roadbook: €45 (second copy of printed roadbook €15)

Private transfers are available: inquire for prices and details

Tour Arrival: From Venice airport to the starting hotel in Chioggia Tour Departure: From the hotel in Florence to Florence airport

Long-term Parking

You can choose to leave your car at Venice Tronchetto and take public transportation to Chioggia, the starting point of the tour. At the end of the tour in Florence, take the train back to the Venice parking lot. Alternatively, choose to leave your car in the Chioggia parking lot (tour starting point). At the end of the tour in Florence, take the train back to Venice, connecting to Chioggia by public transportation.

Meals and Extra Activities: (ask for price and availability)

  • Guided visit of Ravenna (approx. 3 hours)
  • Dinner in Ravenna
  • Dinner in Faenza
  • Olive Oil Tasting in Brisighella (only if cycling to Florence)
  • Guided visit of Florence


  • 6 nights in hotels and B&Bs of similar quality, 2, 3, and 4 stars
  • All breakfasts
  • Train tickets from Faenza to Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence
  • Access to the smartphone app with preloaded tracks and digital roadbook (in English)
  • Luggage transport
  • 24/7 phone assistance
  • Medical insurance and baggage insurance

Not Included:

  • Travel to and from the tour start and end
  • Bike fitting and welcome meeting
  • Entrance to museums or other activities
  • City hotel tax (€2 to €5 per night per person, to be paid locally by the traveler)
  • Any meals or beverages not indicated as included

How to get there and away:
Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) / Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) or Florence Airport “Amerigo Vespucci”

Starting point: Hotel Domus Clugiae – Chioggia
We recommend flying into Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
– To get to Chioggia you can take a taxi, or take a bus from Venezia airport to Campo Marconi in Chioggia (about 90 minutes). From there, it’s a 10-minute walk, or 5-minute taxi ride to your hotel.

Ending point: Hotel Vasari – Via Bernardo Cennini, 11, Firenze
We recommend flying out from Florence airport (FLR), but you can also fly out from Venice (VCE) airport. They’re both connected to Florence city center by train
Flying out from Florence:
– From the hotel, take a taxi to the airport. Agree on a fare before entering the taxi. Travel time to the airport is about 15/20 minutes, depending on the traffic.
– By public transports: you can take a 10-minute walk to the train station (or a taxi). From there, you can catch a shuttle bus to the airport (approx. 30min ride)

Flying out from Pisa:
– From the hotel, take a taxi to the Pisa airport. Agree on a fare before entering the taxi. Travel time to the airport is about 1h30min, depending on the traffic.
– By public transports: you can take a 10-minute walk to the train station (or a taxi). From there, you can catch a train to Pisa Centrale train station, then the People Mover to the airport (approx. 1h30min tot. ride)

Private transfers are available: please inquire for prices and details
– Tour arrival: from Venice airport to Chioggia starting hotel
– Tour departure: from Florence hotel to Florence airport

Long-term parking
– You may choose to leave your car in Venice Tronchetto and take public transportation to Chioggia for tour starting point. At tour end in Florence, take train back to Venice parking lot.
– Or, choose to leave your car in Chioggia (tour starting point) parking lot. At tour end in Florence, take train back to Venice, connect to Chioggia by public transportation.



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