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Extending from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, Italy’s north-eastern region is home to the artistic city of Venice, the verdant and undulating Prosecco hills as well as the Renaissance city of Mantua that is surrounded by lakes. Take a gondola down Venice’s canals, pedal into the Prosecco hills and learn about Mantua’s history on our Venice and Mantua Bike & Boat tour.
Walk along Venice’s maze of canals and bridges, stopping to view famous artworks at the Doge’s Palace, Gallerie dell’Accademia and The Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Hop on a short boat ride to the colourful island of Burano famous for its lacework, and Murano where you can watch artisans and glassworkers hard at work and peruse the artisan shops.
Surrounded by three artificial lakes, Mantua is known for its Renaissance Gonzaga rulers who built the Ducal Palace. Housing frescoes by Andrea Mantegna and an impressive bridal chamber, no expense was spared. More works by Andrea Mantegna can be found on gold gilded ceilings in the medieval San Giorgio castle.
Start with a drink at one of Venice’s traditional bàcari bars which are accompanied with small plates of cichetti, usually between 6-8pm. Seafood is at the centre of local dishes, including squid ink risotto, sarde in soar – a sweet-sour sardine dish – and creamy cod dish of baccalà. Pedal to the fertile Prosecco hills where viticulturalists live in small villages and produce fantastic wines.
From the canals of Venice, the bridges of Comacchio and the early Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the Renaissance architecture of Florence, this self guided cycling tour...
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