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Departure: Mira - Venice
Distance: 110 km / 69 mi
Elevation gain: 400 m / 1200 ft
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 will 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.
Distance: 102 km / 63 mi
Elevation gain: 1400 m / 4700 ft
Hotel: Relais Villa L'Olmo
Stage 4 takes us into the beautiful Tuscany and the heart of the Chianti region. The stage starts by taking us through Fiesole and down into Florence. We then stop for lunch in Greve in Chianti . Before we roll into Siena we will do some of the nicest gravel sections of the Eroica!!
Arrival: Ponte d'Arbia
Distance: 91 km / 57 mi
Elevation gain: 1200 m / 4000 ft
Hotel: Agriturismo Pievespenna
Stage 3 takes us through the heart of Tuscany. We then stop for lunch in Greve in Chianti . Before we roll into Siena we will do some of the nicest gravel sections of the Eroica!!
Departure: Ponte d'Arbia
Distance: 106 km / 66 mi
Elevation gain: 1550 m / 4500 ft
Hotel: La Badia
Stage 5 takes us through southern Tuscany and the Val d'Orcia. The route takes us on some classic Tuscan gravel routes and a natural reserve before rolling into Orvieto.
Distance: 147 km / 91 mi
Elevation gain: 1800 m / 5500 ft
Hotel: Donna Camilla Savelli
The last stage takes us through the northern part of region of Lazio and past the lakes of Vico and Bracciano (good spot for lunch). Our route takes us on a beautiful cycling path along the river Tiber that avoids all the traffic of Rome.