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Cycling in South Tyrol is incredibly scenic as you weave through deep valleys and apple orchards down to the shores of Lake Garda. Expect to see ancient castles, rustic Tyrolean villages and vineyards scattered across the verdant valleys.
Choose between mountain trains to viewpoints or challenging yourself on ascents up bike paths. Pedal from the remote, rugged mountain landscapes in the Dolomites to the glamorous Lake Garda, before you reach the lively and romantic city of Verona.
Harvey, Head of Cycling
South Tyrol is one of Europe’s premiere cycling destinations thanks to an excellent network of cycle paths. While the terrain around you is full of staggering mountains, the cycling is in fact very gentle with most routes following the river valleys downhill. The region has a fantastic reputation for food, with Italian traditions mixed with Germanic flavours that create a truly distinctive cuisine.
In the Dolomites, the locals tend to eat a hearty fare of game and polenta paired with robust and fruity wine from the South Tyrol. Menus include meat stews, risottos, gnocchi and tortellini.
Risotto all’Amarone is a popular risotto with a generous amount of dry red wine from Valpolicella. Followed by either apple strudel or the Veronese cake, Pandoro, which is served with mascarpone, chocolate or cream.
From Riva del Garda on the northern shore, take the ferry across to Sirmione. The old town centre has impressive ruins, thermal baths and the Roman archaeological site of Grotte di Catullo that was once a Roman villa.
Best known as the setting for Romeo & Juliet, Verona has a well-maintained Roman amphitheatre and the Verona Arena. Each summer the Arena hosts the annual opera festival and large concerts. Cycle between Renaissance churches to contemporary art galleries and fantastic local restaurants.
This incredibly scenic tour is one of great contrasts: dramatic mountain terrain and the shimmering flat waters of Lake Garda. You'll discover old-world villages in the...
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An incredibly scenic tour through the dramatic mountain landscapes in the South Tyrolean Alps, this tour helps you to get a feel for rural Italian life. You can either stick to...
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