Milan to Rome Tour
8 days, 7 Nights
Italy, a land of contrasts and beauty and the home of cycling. From the flat lands of the Po river, the Appennini mountains, the mediaterrain sea and the rolling hills of Tuscany there are no 2 parts that are alike. The scenery is constantly changing and around the corner there is always something different.
This ride takes in a lot of Italy and allows you to experience many regions of Italy.
But its not all just scenery, even the food and drink will change as well head south, from the Risotto and Bonarda in Milan, fresh fish and Vermentino in Cinque Terre, wild boar and Chianti in Tuscany and the Amatriciana and Lambrusco in Rome its not just a scenry that is delighful – which means you will be well rewarded after a hard days riding!
The riding is what this trip is all about and you will not be disappointed, the ride will challenge you but it will also leave you wanting more.
Your tour package includes:
6 days of guided cycling with two ride hosts
A support vehicle following the riders every day
7 nights accommodation
Private rooms where possible
Breakfast each day
Ride snacks each day
Final night dinner celebration
Other meals as listed below
All luggage tranfers, just get on your bike and ride each day!
Maximum 12 Riders
Tour Dates: Saturday 7th July to Saturday 14th July 2019
Start Location: Milan, Italy
End Location: Rome, Italy
AUD 2,900 per person twin share until December 1, 2018. AUD 3,100 per person twin share from December 2, 2018.
Day 1 - Arrive
Saturday 6th July: Milan
On arrival to the city that is the finiancal and fashion capital of Italy, transfer to the hotel and have the time to unpack and prepare you bike the week of riding ahead.
This is a free day in Milan if you arrive early. In the evening we will meet for an apperitivi followed by some great food down by the canals in old part of Milan.
Sunday 7th July: Milan to Bobbio
116km - 1500m Climbing
It’s a lesiurely start for the trip out of Milan and being a Sunday it will be quiet with little traffic and lots of cyclists heading out of the city.
The day starts in front of the catherdral for the great instagram moment. We then leave Milan via the Roman ruins in San Lorenzo and out alongside the canel system that was used to build Milan. The riding is easy as we head out on the the flat lands that run down to the Po river and the city of Pavia. We will stop for coffee in Pavia and a quick look at the centre.
After this we head into the wine hills south of Pavia and start to climb uupwards on rolling terrain and our destination of the anceient town of Bobbio.
You will have time to freshen up before a well earned dinner all washed down by some good local wine (this will no doubt be the reoccuring theme most evenings!)
Monday 8th July: Bobbio to Levanto
128km - 2100m climbing.
You wake up and know that with a few hours riding we will be on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and riding the rolling hills of Cinque Terre, with its amazing sea views and isolated villages.
We leave Bobbio and start heading west down the valley and over the mountains that will take us to Setre Levante and the sea.
Lunch in Setre and a chance to paddle in the water. We climb out of Setre on the road that is cut into the hills directly above the sea as we ride to our destination that is the coastal village of Levanto.
Tuesday 9th July: Levanto - Cinque Terre to Lucca
117km - 1800m climbing
Breakfast over looking the sea is how we start the day. We leave Levanto and are again riding the road high above the sea
We are heading to the coastal town of La Spezia from where we pick up the pan flat road down the coast alongside the sandy beaches. At Lido di Camiore we turn east inland where we start to climb the hills on the rolling road to Lucca.
Lucca is a wonderful old walled Tuscan town that has a charm that very few forget.
Wednesday: Lucca to Siena
118km - 2100m climbing
The road from Lucca is initially flat as we cut south, before long we are into the Val di Cecina valley and on the road to our lunch stop, Volterra, an ancient walled roman city perched high above the valley below.
From Volterra we head east and ride the rolling roads to Siena, passing through small villages, olive groves and wine yeards - the roads are testing but at the same time the views are stunning.
We arrive at Siena and climb up the Via Fontebranda climb that decides the winner in the Strade Bianchi bike race every year
Get to the top and we buy the beers in the Piazza del Campo square!
Thursday: Siena to Bolsena
128km - 1900m climbing
Today we will be heading off the tarmac and onto some of the famous white gravel (weather permitting) in the rolling hills of Tuscany as we head to our coffee stop of the morning in Radi.
We leave Radi and continue to head south along the road that gives spectacular views across the area and takes us to the base of the climb to Montalcino - the home of one of the most famous Tuscan wines and our lunch stop.
Once loaded with food and drink we will then head south down rolling hills to Acquapendente and the lake at Bolsena
Friday: Bolsena to Rome
116km - 1000m climbing.
The last day of this epic ride across Italy. We wake up along side lake Bolsena and take in the views and savour the atmosphere one last time on the final morning.
Once on the bikes we have it easy and include a coffee stop for the morning will be at Viterbo. Then its an easy ride to the lake at Bracciano and from where we have a nice roll into Rome