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Departure: Mira - Venice
Distance: 135 km / 84 mi
Elevation gain: 833 m / 2730 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 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.
Distance: 137 km / 85 mi
Elevation gain: 2100 m / 6900 ft
Hotel: Hotel dei Vicari
The 2nd stages crosses the Appenines. Things start off easy but once we pass Bologna the long but steady climb starts. The peak is the Passo della Raticosa after which starts a long descent into Scarperia.
Distance: 111 km / 69 mi
Elevation gain: 1916 m / 6286 ft
Hotel: Palazzo Ravizza
Stage 3 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!!
Distance: 132 km / 82 mi
Elevation gain: 1835 m / 5900 ft
Hotel: La Badia
Stage 4 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: 152 km / 95 mi
Elevation gain: 1987 m / 6519 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.
After dinner in Trastevere will we go for a wild night ride and visit the main attractions of Rome....including a stop in one the best "Gelateria" there is!!!