Trip around Northern Italy on mountain bike: Toscana, Brescia and Lago di Garda

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A tour of selected places in Toscana, Brescia, Lago di Garda and towns in the area. An easy itinerary, designed for those who wish to know, riding at leisure, two suggestive angles of Italy. La Garfagnana: a Toscana angle, surrounded by the Apuane Alps and the Tosco-Emiliano Appenino. A region unknown to “mass tourism”. Mostly mountains covered in chestnut and faggio trees, rich in lakes and medieval castles filled with art and tradition where time seems to have stood still. We will visit the cities of Luca and Pisa and other, smaller, towns. Lago di Garda: it’s Italy’s largest lake, surrounded by three regions: Lombardia (province of Brescia), Veneto (province of Verona) and Trentino alto Adige (province of Trento). We will get to know the coast of Brescia and the coast of Verona, the elegance of citadels, destination of international tourism and also the relaxed atmosphere of provincial life, riding through easy bike trails among old castles, vineyards, olive trees and exquisite lake views.

We will also discover the Iseo Lake, the town of the same name and one of its islands called Montisola, which happens to be the largest lake island in Italy. The ”entroterra” (inner land), named Franciacorta, is rich because of its historic wineries and famous all over the world because of its production of “bollicine”wine. We will visit Brescia, Mantova and Verona on our bikes, discovering the fascination of their piazzas and hidden nooks, testaments of the architectural splendor of these sites.

1 Jun 2015
Photos of the last travel in Trip around Northern Italy on mountain bike: Toscana, Brescia and Lago di Garda

–  Transfer from Firenze to an exclusive agro tourism farm in Toscana (Garfagnana):
After settling down we will do a short reconnaissance tour.

– Discovering historic Garfagnana:
This itinerary takes place around small valley villages. We will immerse ourselves in the quiet way of life of this place, discovering suggestive angles and old medieval castles. Tour around this picturesque place.

– Appennino Tosco Emiliano National Park:
We will ride on dirt and “single track”roads in the most distinctive area of the Reserva Integrale dell’Orecchiella, where we might be lucky enough to see the local animals.

– Alpi  Apuane Regional Park:
This mountain range, which stretches up to the Tyrrhenian Sea, is famous all over the world because of its marble of the purest white hue. Michelangelo would personally go and choose marble blocks to make his extraordinary artworks. We will reach Campocatino, an old “alpeggio” at the base of Mount Roccandagia, on dirt roads partly paved.

– Lucca-Pisa:
After a transfer we will ride on a splendid trail along the river Serchio. We will reach Lucca’s historic district, fascinating and untouched since the Middle Ages. We will ride the perimeter of the old walls and then, along another beautiful trail of 30 k we will get to Pisa, arriving at the remarkable  Square of Miracles.

– Transfer to Brescia:
We will go to a B & B in Brescia, in the town of Ponte San Marco, where we will stay the following 6 nights. We will settle down at the lodging and try our bikes on a brief ride.

– Lago di Garda and Valtenesi:
We will ride on trails and enter the green hills of Valtenesi and its quiet places of “entroterra”, among old villages and panoramic views of the lake. Nearing the city of Salo we will take a break for lunch, admiring the Gulf of Salo. We will continue to Maderno, where we will board a boat that will take us to Torri del Benaco, on the Veronese side of the lake. On our return ride, we will see a string of traditional villages, beaches and splendid views of Lake Garda. At night we will have dinner at an agro tourism farm tasting traditional products.

– Mantova:
We will ride along the river Mincio to the splendid Mantova, a “Sforzesca”and  attractive city.  The tour will be done, after a short transfer, on a bike trail that is mostly paved (flat ground). Picnic on the city’s lakes’ shores. Dinner at the Lonato citadella.

– Visit to Brescia:
We will ride on bike trails (15 k, mostly along a river) to the old area and the castle of Brescia. We will visit the museum and the monastery of Santa Giulia (UNESCO World Heritage). Typical Brescia dinner.

– Lake D’Iseo and Franciacorta:
Short transfer and ride on the hills and vineyards of Franciacorta (area well known because of its wines). We will visit a prestigious winery and we will have the opportunity to taste some local wines. We will continue riding to the citadel of Iseo, on the shores of lake Iseo, and sail to the island of Monteisola (largest lake island in Italy). We will ride around the island (9 k), appreciating its country houses and diverse views. Dinner at an agro tourism farm.

– Peschiera del Garda and Verona:
We will ride to Peschiera (bike trails) and then we will make a transfer.
We will visit Verona (a city declared “World Heritage” because of its urban and architectural structure). We will walk around the most interesting places such as L’Arena, Piazza Bra, Piazza delle Erbe, Il Balcone di Romeo e Giulietta, the tower dei Lamberti.

– Verona:
Breakfast and transfer to airport or train station.

in Garfagnana we will stay at an agro tourism farm, deep in vegetation and surrounded in vegetation and enjoying simple and authentic food. In the Lago di Garda we will stay at the “Al fiume” B & B, a comfortable place which is strategic to our rides. It will be “double occupancy” in both places.

easy, with some stretches in the Parks of Garfagana more difficult. Approximately 60 k a day, some stretches mostly on paved trails and some on dirt. It is an itinerary designed to get to know and enjoy the area, riding in a relaxed way and making some transfers in order to reach the most characteristic cities and places.

this trip is conceived for a minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 7, for logistical and economic reasons . Registration should be confirmed two months in advance in order to be well organized. There could be a surcharge of 15 % if the registration is done outside this time window.

  • Both lodgings we will have as base: agro tourism and B & B double occupancy).
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches (light, “pranzo al saco”), dinners. Guides. Every transfer mentioned in the program.

  • admission tickets to museums, extra drinks or meals.