Our first stage is relatively easy and gives us a chance to meet everybody and get into the swing of things. We roll out of Venice and follow the "Riviera del Brenta" which is lined with wonderful Venetian villas. The only hills of the day are the Euganean hills just south of Padua. They are gentle hills but very picturesque as is the town of Arqua Petrarca where we suggest you stop for lunch. The ride then goes through the flat countryside of southern Veneto until we reach beautiful Ferrara, frequently called the city of bikes.