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Day 1 - Monday
Distance: 140 km / 87 mi
Elevation gain: 947 m / 3100 ft
Hotel: Hotel Ferrara
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: 138,7 km / 85 mi
Elevation gain: 1798 m / 5900 ft
Hotel: Villa Le Maschere
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 5 - Friday
Distance: 132,4 km / 82 mi
Elevation gain: 1552 m / 5100 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.