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Day 0 - Sunday
We meet in Venice to prepare the bikes and have our first dinner together.
We will have a Tour Briefing right after dinner.
Hotel: Venice Resort Mestre
Day 1 - Monday
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.
Day 2 - Tuesday
Distance: 145 km / 90 mi
Elevation gain: 1876 m / 6154 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 Barberino.
Day 3 - Wednesday
Distance: 111 km / 69 mi
Elevation gain: 1916 m / 6286 ft
Hotel: Villa del Sole
Stage 3 takes us into the beautiful Tuscany and the heart of the Chianti region.
Day 4 - Thursday
Distance: 130 km / 80 mi
Elevation gain: 1639 m / 5377 ft
Hotel: La Badia
Day 5 - Friday
Distance: 152 km / 95 mi
Elevation gain: 1987 m / 6519 ft
Hotel: Hotel NH Roma Leonardo da Vinci
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.