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Glossary

Tipologia Viaggio:

( I ) Itinerant – ( M ) Margherita – ( V ) Bike in Villas (new: a margherita trip based in sophisticated places, particular locations, farms, period residences, villas, castles where you can live at home and not as guests of a hotel).

Difficulty level:

( E ) Easy ( M ) Medio ( C ) Challenging

Tipology of bicycle:

( BDC ) Racing bike

( CTB ) Citybike or Trekking Bike with at least 21 gears

( MTB ) Mountain Bike

( GRV) Gravel

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8 days
Availability : on request
Abano Terme
Abano Terme
Max People : 40

The Anello del Veneto is a ring-shaped cycle route that touches the provinces of Venice, Padua, Vicenza and Treviso, one of the most beautiful and varied regions in Italy.

 

Difficulty level ( E,M,C ): C
Total km: 330
Type of bike: CTB e MTB
Type of Trip:  (I) Itinerant
Individual 
Minimum participants: 2
Period: from April to October

Early booking discount: 5% for those who book within 60 days of departure.

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Tour details

A tour to discover the Veneto region that will introduce you to the most beautiful provincial capitals but also to an industrious territory rich in varied beauty.
A cycle-tour to slowly savour an area that boasts thousands of years of history that have sprinkled our beautiful region with castles, walled cities, Palladian villas, without of course forgetting the undisputed queen, i.e., Venice.
But also a lot of food and wine, with extraordinary dishes and wines that will season your trip with different flavours and colours depending on where you are.

The price includes

  • Organisation and telephone assistance for all 7-day itineraries
  • Overnight stay in a double room with half board in a 3-star hotel or farm holiday centre
  • Third party liability and accident insurance

The price does not include

  • Lunches and snacks during the day
  • Transportation costs to Venice by vaporetto and ferry boat
  • Anything not specified in the price includes

Extras/optionals

  • Supplement for single rooms (€20,00 per night, on request when booking)
  • Bicycle rental on request
  • Extra charge for electric bike 30 € per day
  • Luggage transport

Notes

  • Tourist tax to be settled directly at the hotel where applicable
Travel programme

Day 1Arrival at the hotel and check-in

In the afternoon you will arrive by your own means at the Ariston Molino Hotel in Abano Terme, a cosy thermal hotel. In the evening you will be met by our cycle guide who will explain the tour to you.

Day 2 (Km 60)Abano Terme-Padova-Vicenza. Between the Euganean and Berici hills

Padua can be reached in half an hour along a pleasant cycle path on the banks of the Canale Battaglia. The latter is one of the oldest canals in Italy, and here too there is no shortage of Venetian villas, such as the magnificent Villa Molin by the architect Scamozzi. Near Bassanello you enter the city. Padua is a city of faith, science and art. This fame is due to the figures of great personalities of the past: Saint Anthony, whose remains, venerated by millions of believers, are preserved inside the Franciscan Basilica, Galileo Galilei, astrophysicist and professor at the ancient University, and Giotto, the greatest of the artists who frescoed churches and palaces in Padua at the turn of the 14th and 16th centuries. Don’t miss the Scrovegni Chapel. After visiting the historic centre, we return back to the waters of the Bacchiglione. The forty kilometres that separate Padua from Vicenza are a pleasant riverbank route because it offers the possibility of enjoying the beauty of the landscape.

Once in Longare we suggest a diversion to Costozza, which is embellished by notable Venetian villas. An easy cycle path leads tourists safely to Vicenza, whose arrival is anticipated by the high bell tower of the Sanctuary of Monte Berico and two works by Andrea Palladio: Villa Capra Valmarana “La Rotonda” and the nearby Arco delle Scalette.

Day 3 (Km 45)Vicenza-Marostica-Bassano del Grappa. Meadows and Resurgences

Between Vicenza and Bassano del Grappa there is a route rich in evocative landscapes and art. Leaving the city, cyclists can pedal through an area of great interest, where rivers and canals rise thanks to the numerous resurgences. The Bacchiglione River rises in the “Bosco di Dueville”, a protected area of high environmental value. Among the particularities of the place are Villa Monza, the municipal residence, Villa Da Porto Casarotto with its adjoining chapel, and Villa Da Porto Pedrotti. Continuing on our itinerary in the direction of Bassano del Grappa, we come across Sandrigo, a town also known for keeping alive the tradition of preparing the famous baccalà alla vicentina, a typical dish that is celebrated during the festival dedicated to it every year in September. Leaving Sandrigo, we come to Marostica, which welcomes visitors with its city walls and castles. Famous all over the world for the chess game that takes place every two years in the beautiful Piazza degli Scacchi, Marostica is also known for its typical products. We would like to mention the cherries, to which an exhibition is dedicated every year. The stage ends in Bassano del Grappa, an important city in the Province of Vicenza, which amazes and enchants those who discover it, with its architectural and landscape peculiarities. The city, located along the river Brenta and at the foot of Monte Grappa, is famous for the wooden bridge designed by Palladio, which has become the symbol of the Alpini. It is a city to be enjoyed by walking through its squares, discovering the city walls of the Ezzelini Castle or visiting its museums and admiring the beautiful view of the Brenta and the mountains from the famous bridge. A glass of grappa at the end of the day is the right reward for the fourth stage of this journey through the Veneto.

Day 4 (Km 65) Bassano del Grappa-Treviso. At the foot of the Asolani Hills and Montello

Along the route on the left-hand side you are accompanied by the profile of the Colli Asolani: here, in an enchanting rural landscape, excellent red and white wines are produced. This is the only stage with some climbs, although not particularly difficult, but necessary, such as the one to reach one of the most beautiful villages in Italy: the romantic and elegant Asolo:
“The city of a hundred horizons”, which stands out with the imposing shape of its Rocca against a lush landscape of olive and cypress trees. A short distance away is Maser, a village known for its Palladian villa of the same name, a jewel of sixteenth-century architecture, and for its cherries, whose flowers whiten the hills between March and April. Once in Montebelluna, it takes just a few pedal strokes to leave the city atmosphere and immerse yourself in a natural setting rich in history: the Montello. This hill, which overlooks the Treviso plain, is an ideal destination for pleasant excursions with farmhouse accommodation. The last section of the road crosses the Marca territory in areas where history blends with modernity; secondary routes lead to Treviso whose historic centre is enclosed within the original Renaissance walls.

Day 5 (Km 50) From Treviso and Mestre

From the Sile to the Lagoon. The last stage of the itinerary starts from Treviso, an enchanting city to be discovered in all its charming corners: canals along which walk along canals admiring the facades of frescoed houses, alleys and squares, including Piazza dei Signori with the Palazzo dei Trecento. Following the flow of the Sile, the longest resurgence river in Europe, you will enjoy a pleasant descent towards the Lagoon of Venice. The constant flow of water and the moderate current have always made it navigable and easily exploitable for hydraulic purposes, as evidenced by the numerous mills. Along its banks there are a number of interesting centres such as Casier, since ancient times a centre of trade between the countryside and the lagoon, where it is possible to listen to the chimes of an original water clock (hydrochronometer); then there is Casale sul Sile, a strategic point for the control of river traffic, as evidenced by the medieval tower built at the behest of the Venetian government, the medieval tower built in the fourteenth century by the Carraresi nobles. The possibility of tasting typical products while admiring the river makes a stop in one of these towns a must. We are in the homeland of the red radicchio of Treviso, known as “spadone”, grown in Dosson using the techniques known since the mid-19th century. These places offer more than just the prized radicchio: the Piave Wine Route invites tourists to visit the vineyard landscapes and lush estates that once belonged to the Serenissima Republic. When you reach Quarto d’Altino, the sea breeze brings the scents of the lagoon and some tourist signs indicate the passage of the ancient Via Annia. Not far from the modern town centre stands the archaeological area of a port city built by the Romans. With the barbarian destructions the city was demolished and the inhabitants took refuge in the lagoon contributing to the founding of Venice. The lagoon city is a fascinating destination for this loop itinerary through the ancient dominions of the Serenissima.

Day 6: Venezia Venice Free Day to Visit Venice

This day will be dedicated not to cycling but to walking, since the route cannot cross it if not on foot or by boat, we want you to have the opportunity to spend a day in beautiful Venice, so free day to go and get lost in the streets or in the most hidden foundations, visit the Piazza di San Marco or the Palazzo Ducale, enjoy the cicchetti accompanied by a glass of wine as is customary in Venice, in short, get lost in this city is the best way to discover it.

Day 7 ( km 28) Venice-Chioggia. The islands' cycle route

After visiting the historic centre of the lagoon, strictly on foot, we reach the ACTV Tronchetto embarkation point to board the ferry boat for Lido di Venezia. Once you get off near the church of S. Nicolò, start pedalling towards the northern end of the island, following the E5 signs; in fact, the route is the same as the “Ciclovia delle isole di Venezia” excursion. On the island of Lido it is worth visiting the church of San Nicolò and, a little further on, the ancient and monumental Jewish Cemetery.

In a short time, you will reach the Marconi waterfront, where the most prestigious buildings of the tourist centre overlook: the Gran Hotel des Bains, the Casino, the Cinema Festival building and the unique Moorish palace of the Grand Hotel Excelsior. Beyond the centre, you can take the cycle-pedestrian path behind the Murazzi, a system of barriers protecting the island from storm surges.
This takes you to the historic centre of Malamocco, where the calli and campielli (small squares) create a typically Venetian atmosphere. Leaving the small town you reach the Alberoni nature reserve, from where you take the ferry to the island of Pellestrina. After descending to Santa Maria del Mare you continue towards the port of S. Pietro in Volta with its 18th century church surrounded by low fishermen’s houses and vegetable gardens. Pedalling southwards you first come to the village of Portosecco, where you may still come across ladies working at lace-making, and then the picturesque centre of Pellestrina with its 16th and 17th century houses. Experienced cyclists can go as far as the southern end of the island, following an unprotected perilagunare route, where you can see the old fort and the Ca’ Roman nature reserve. From Pellestrina, take the ACTV ferry to Chioggia, just a few kilometres away.

Day 8 ( km 60) Chioggia-Abano and Montegrotto Terme. The road of salt and sugar

The cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the ancient church of Sant’Andrea and the medieval tower are the main monuments of the picturesque historic centre of Chioggia, squeezed between calli and canals. Not to be missed is the colourful fish market, between the piazza and the Canale della Vena.
In addition to fishing, a still flourishing economic activity, in the past the expansion of the salt pans made Chioggia the salt capital of the Adriatic. With this stage we retrace the salt route that led from the lagoon to the Veneto towns. Leaving the lagoon environment behind us, we cross agricultural land crossed by a network of artificial canals. At Correzzola we encounter a 16th century building of great architectural value: the Benedictine Court. In this area the monks carried out great works of land reclamation and built numerous rural courts, still inhabited today, to support agriculture and livestock breeding. The next stop is Pontelongo, a town that developed after the construction of a large sugar refinery in the 19th century, which is still active. We continue along the left bank of the canal and pass the once fortified town of Bovolenta, where the waters from Padua on the right and the Euganean Hills on the left converge. The journey continues in the direction of the Euganean Hills, which appear on the horizon with their characteristic volcanic profiles. The numerous Venetian villas, the riverside village of Pontemanco, the masonry bridges and the former Abbey of Santo Stefano are all elements that we encounter along the way and that attest to the ancient origin of this waterway, now transformed into a cycle path. Battaglia Terme is a characteristic town in the Euganean Hills where an original museum preserves the memory of river navigation. From Battaglia Terme, Abano and Montegrotto Terme are less than 10 kilometres away.

How to get there

How to get to the base and starting point:

Hotel***Ariston Molino 
Via Cornelio Augure, 5
35031 Abano Terme PD
Tour departure 12 September 2020

 

NB: we recommend setting the destination address on your navigator or Google Maps.

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