Grand Canal in Venice, Veneto, Italy. Flickr:Pedro Szekely

Marvelous Florence in Tuscany, Italy. Flickr:Rosino
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Venice to Florence Bike Tour

Italy Bike Tours

Bike Italy’s Art Cities from the Venetial Lagoon to Florence

  • Your bike tour in Italy begins in a Venitian lagoon, in the picturesque port of Chioggia and leads through Italian romance, art, and history, to end in the heart of Tuscany. From the bridges of Comacchio and the early Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the Renaissance architecture of Florence, this tour features six days of pedaling through the heart of Italian culture and cuisine. Vineyards, idyllic landscapes, and the Apennines mountains backdrop add to the sheer joy of cycling.

    From the colorful ceramics in Faenza to the Etruscan ruins in Fiesole, cycling from the plains to the mountains, you will discover hidden gems all along your way.

    And of course, we have to mention the culinary fame of Emilia-Romagna, Italy's foremost pasta region!

    Highlights:

    • Venetian Lagoon
    • Po River delta, wetlands and wildlife
    • The mosaics of Ravenna
    • Ceramics of Faenza
    • Quiet country roads
    • Art of Florence
    • Unique accommodations

    Want to explore more? We have many bicycle tours in Italy or bicycle tours in Europe to offer you.

  • Twin/double: $ 2605 £ 1290 $ 2,253 1410 $ 2659 kr 15895 $ 1,606 Single supplement: $ 480 £ 238 $ 415 260 $ 490 kr 2931 $ 296 Solo travelers (total, including single supplement): $ 1386 £ 686 $ 1,198 750 $ 1415 kr 8455 $ 854 *High season supplement (September): $ 277 £ 137 $ 240 150 $ 283 kr 1691 $ 171  

    *High season supplement may apply as well to May bookings. This fee may be waived depending on number of participants on specific date.

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 296 £ 146 $ 256 160 $ 302 kr 1804 $ 182

    Twin/double:

    Chioggia, from: $ 166 £ 82 $ 144 90 $ 170 kr 1015 $ 103 Ravena, from: $ 120 £ 59 $ 104 65 $ 123 kr 733 $ 74 Faenza, from: $ 111 £ 55 $ 96 60 $ 113 kr 676 $ 68 Florence, from: $ 111 £ 55 $ 96 60 $ 113 kr 676 $ 68

    The price depends on season of booking. Single pricing on request.

    Gourmet dinner in Chioggia: $ 78 £ 38 $ 67 42 $ 79 kr 473 $ 48 Dinner on Day 2
    Pizza menu: $ 33 £ 16 $ 29 18 $ 34 kr 203 $ 21 3-course menu: $ 50 £ 25 $ 43 27 $ 51 kr 304 $ 31 Dinner in Ravena, Faenza, or Ronta, Day 4, 5, 6:
    Per dinner:  $ 55 £ 27 $ 48 30 $ 57 kr 338 $ 34 Dinner in Florence: $ 46 £ 23 $ 40 25 $ 47 kr 282 $ 28 Guided visit of Ravenna:
    1 person: $ 222 £ 110 $ 192 120 $ 226 kr 1353 $ 137 2 ppl. sharing cost: $ 259 £ 128 $ 224 140 $ 264 kr 1578 $ 159 3 - 6 ppl. sharing cost: $ 333 £ 165 $ 288 180 $ 339 kr 2029 $ 205

    Olive oil tasting in  Brisighella: $ 9 £ 5 $ 8 5 $ 9 kr 56 $ 6 Guided visit of Florence:
    Per group, up to 12 ppl. sharing cost: $ 277 £ 137 $ 240 150 $ 283 kr 1691 $ 171 Cooking class:
    From 2 ppl, sharing costs: $ 148 £ 73 $ 128 80 $ 151 kr 902 $ 91


    Venice airport to Chioggia:
    1 - 6 ppl, sharing costs: $ 212 £ 105 $ 184 115 $ 217 kr 1296 $ 131 7 - 12 ppl, sharing costs: $ 425 £ 210 $ 367 230 $ 434 kr 2593 $ 262 Florence to Florence airport: 
    1 - 3 ppl, sharing costs: $ 92 £ 46 $ 80 50 $ 94 kr 564 $ 57 4 - 6 ppl, sharing costs: $ 102 £ 50 $ 88 55 $ 104 kr 620 $ 63

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Most convenient and closest airports: Fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) and depart from Florence Airport (FLR) or Pisa. It is also possible to fly into Bologna, Milan, or Rome.

    Local Travel

    For your arrival, Chioggia is easily accessible from Venice or other Italian destinations by train. If you are spending time in Venice before your tour, and most will, you can take a ferry to Chioggia which is on the south side of the lagoon. You can as well book a private transfer from the Venice Airport to your hotel in Chioggia. Let us know your travel plans and we can more fully inform you in regard to how to arrive to your first hotel.

    Climate

    Venice has a Mediterranean climate with hot weather in July and August accompanied by high humidity and Florence experiences a transitional Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot, sunny, summers. Peak (and best) travel months are April, May, June, September, and into October. A good website to visit to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather-related facts is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    We recommend booking extra nights in Venice before your tour and in Florence after your tour. However, Chioggia, from which you start your tour, is actually a wonderful base from which to explore Venice as it offers less expensive accommodations. There’s a summer tourist boat that runs between Chioggia and Saint Mark’s Square in Venice, from early June until late September. Another option would be to take a bus from Chioggia to Piazzale Roma in Venice. You can request extra nights in either city!

    Remarks

    Your luggage will be collected from 09.00 at the reception of the hotel and is delivered to the following hotel by 15.30. Each piece of luggage must be marked with a visible luggage tag. If your luggage is not ready by the time the driver comes to collect it, you may need to have to pay directly for a local taxi for the service.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

    Optional activities

    Optional activities are available throughout your tour. See day to day for options and pricing. The dinners you book through us consist of 3-course set menus (though some restaurants allow multiple-choice menu). Drinks are not included. Please check the scheduled time of your dinner, as some restaurants in Italy open for dinner as late as 7:30 or 8:00 pm.


Skill Level

You will be cycling on gentle terrain down to the Adriatic Coast with more challenging rides as you enter the Apennines. The first five days are flat but the last few days include climbs. However there is the option to take a train. Total distance is 305-362 km (190-226 miles) with daily distances between 15 - 83 km.

Where You’ll Stay

Please see each day’s detailed itinerary for the accommodations that are generally used. Of course in the event of lack of availability, our partner will search for a comparable alternative. Most of the accommodations are in 3 and 4-star establishments. Upgrades are possible in some hotels. Just ask.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Detailed welcome briefing by local, professional staff
  • High-quality titanium touring bicycle with straight handlebars or titanium road bike with drop down handlebars
  • GPs with preloaded tracks
  • Roadbook and maps with detailed step by step cue sheets
  • Tourist information
  • Luggage transfer
  • Emergency number

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1410 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Tour is offered April through September.
Suggested tour start day is Saturday but you can begin the tour on any day except for Monday.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Venice to Florence Map

Day 1: Chioggia
Day 2: Po River Delta, 36 - 63 mi. (58 - 101 km)
Day 3: Comacchio, 46 mi. (74 km)
Day 4: Ravenna, 31 mi. (49 km)
Day 5: Ravenna - Faenza, 32 mi. (51 km)
Day 6: Over the Apennines, 9 - 39 mi. (15 - 63 km)
Day 7: Florence, 26 mi.  (41 km)
Day 8:  Departure

Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen.

Day 1: Chioggia
On the southern end of the Venetian Lagoon, lies the busy fishing port of Chioggia, the start of your bike tour in Italy. Your hotel is located in the historic city center. Our local partner will meet you in the afternoon to fit your bicycles and go over the route details. This is usually scheduled between 2 and 4 pm so please inform us of your travel planes and arrival time in Chioggia. After checking in, you can take a stroll around the center of Chioggia and admire the canals, bridges, and main pedestrian walking street. If you arrive early, you can even cycle along one of the islands in the lagoon.
Accommodation: Hotel Grande Italia
Optional activity: Gourmet dinner in Chioggia
 

Day 2: Chioggia - Po River Delta, 36 - 63 mi. (58 - 101 km)
Today you cycle towards the Po River Delta, Italy's wildest and most fertile plane, the home to a variety of wildlife; flamingoes, bull, horses, and thousands of water birds. Grab some picnic supplies from the local grocery store and take your time,  or stop at a local cafe. Those who want extra mileage can enjoy a great ride into the Delta in the afternoon. Your destination this evening is a small country bed and breakfast. 
Accommodation: Agriturismo Forzello
Optional activity: Dinner near the agriturismo. Either a pizza menu or a 3-course meal.

Day 3: Comacchio, 46 mi. (74 km)
Today is another day of easy riding. The destination is a small lagoon town, Comacchio, full of character and history. At one point in history, this port was more powerful than Venice. Built on thirteen islands, the town is now landlocked but surrounded by the Po River and freshwater wetlands. Comacchio has a fabulous museum that showcases a Roman boat and its cargo that was excavated from one of the canals.  You may enjoy a boat ride through the extensive maze of canals on a traditional batane, a small flat-keeled boat which was the usual means of transport for the inhabitants until a few decades ago.
Accommodation: Hotel La Comancina or B & B Al Ponticello
 

Day 4: Ravenna, 31 mi. (49 km)
You pedal along the Valley of Comacchio wetlands towards Ravenna. This city was 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 of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia this afternoon, as your hotel is near all the city sights.
Accommodation: Ostello Galletti Abbiosi
Optional activity:
Guided visit of Ravenna (approx. 3 hours)
Dinner

Day 5: Ravenna - Faenza, 32 mi. (51 km)
Exiting Ravenna you have the choice to visit another very important Byzantine masterpiece, Sant'Apollinare in Classe. After crossing the plains, you pedal through fruit plantations and arrive to Faenza, located in the region of Emilia-Romagna. Your hotel is a restored convent near 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. Faenza is world-renowned for its hand-decorated ceramics and a visit to the International Ceramics Museum is highly recommended as well as several of the local artists' studios specialized in this colorful pottery.
Accommodation: Hotel Vittoria
Optional activity: Dinner
 

Day 6: Faenza - Ronta, over the Apennines, 9 - 39 mi. (15 - 63 km)
You head into the Apennines today, passing first through the medieval village of Brisighella. This is a good place to take a break and pick up some snacks for the climb ahead. If you want to tackle the entire mountain, you can do so. Your route descriptions provide options. The climb is quite easy at first as you begin the ascent. Remember to look around as you pedal since the scenery changes dramatically as you leave the plains and enter the mountains. Just before the toughest part of the climb, there is a conveniently located train station which allows you a choice in how you reach your destination! 
Accommodation: Albergo La Rosa
Optional activity:
Olive oil tasting in Brisighella
Dinner at the hotel in Ronta

Day 7: Florence, 26 mi.  (41 km)
There's a small climb this morning to Vetta le Croci, then it's downhill to the old Etruscan city of Fiesole, where you'll enjoy a great view of Florence rising from the valley floor. We recommend waiting until after lunch to ride into town and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this capital of Renaissance Italy. 
Accommodation: Hotel Silla
Optional activity: Dinner 

Day 8: Departure
After a buffet breakfast in the hotel, you're ready to become a tourist again. Visit Michelangelo's David at the Accademia, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the other masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery, and more.
Optional activity: Guided visit of Florence

Cooking class is available in more than one location along the way and includes tasting the meal as well. 

The class is run by Le Cesarine, a company that organizes culinary experiences at local people’s houses. Your class will last about 3 hours, during which you will help the Cesarina prepare 3 courses. In the 4th and final hour, you will enjoy a meal (lunch or dinner) made of the courses you prepared during the class. Water and one bottle of house wine every 3 people are included.

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Tour Reviews

  • Nelson P. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was my 4th trip with Tripsite. There are some points I would like to mention- 1) Actually the company was Eurobike. No problem but I think I should know before. The others trips were with local company. Eurobike clients have an app with the route 2) The bikes wasn't so good 3) In others trips you offered me to rent helmet. In this trip nobody offered and I supposed there were helmets to rent. But Eurobike doesn't rent helmets. So I should bought. Since I doesn't have space in my luggage I let 2 helmets (mine and my wife) in the last hotel 3) The beginning of the Journey in Mestre was very difficult to find the route.
    Well apart from this 3 points the trip was Ok. I am wondering in my next trip If I am going with you or with Eurobike directly.

    • Jehiel from Tripsite 3 months ago     Staff

      Hi Nelson,
      Thanks for leaving this feedback. We are very proud of our partnerships and the relationships we form with our partners. You can see this information on the tour page above, you must have missed that detail.
      We mention in your pre-travel information that bike helmets are not included. Helmets are listed under "what to pack". To make this more clear, we have listed helmet under what's not included on this tour page.
      We are glad you enjoyed your trip and we would love to help you plan your next, whether it is in Europe or elsewhere!

  • Darryl V. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We really enjoyed cycling through the countryside, especially past the vineyards, tomato fields and fig trees. The accommodation in the smaller centres were all unique and well located as well as being clean and welcoming. Breakfast were superior. Be prepared for a little traffic here and there but even though it was out first trip we had no issues navigating. This route is varied and every day is exciting and different. if you have not ridden much before you go get an e-bike as the last day has some challenging hills. My wife had one and it added to her enjoyment. If you can ride 50 K today without one no worries as I am 65 and had no issues with a regular bike. Be sure to download the route on your cell as I was able to assist others although the arrows marked the route well. Thanks to Tripsite on all the arrangements for a self guided tour - we will be back. Just book this trip and go !

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