Italy - Grand Traverse - North to South (17 days) - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
- Riding down the backbone of Italy on a stunning route which takes in some of the best road cycling that Italy has to offer
- Cycling through 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites and 5 National Parks
- Visiting some of the most important historical and artistic cities in Italy: Lucca, San Gimignano, Pienza, Assisi and Lecce
- The camaraderie of your fellow cyclist who’ll be joining you on this incredible tour
- Immersing yourself in Italian culture – meet the friendly locals, experience delicious culinary specialties and taste the wines of each region
- Cycling to the most southerly point of Italy, having ridden nearly 1,100 miles and climbed over 21,000 metres!
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|1||Arrival: Pisa Airport||Non Riding Day|
|2||Cinque Terre to Carrara Riviera||55 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.||1,500 Metres Approx.||B L|
|3||Carrara Riviera to San Gimignano||75 Miles / 120 Kms Approx.||1,500 Metres Approx.||B|
|4||San Gimignano to Pienza||65 Miles / 110 Kms Approx.||2,100 Metres Approx.||B L|
|5||Pienza to Assisi||75 Miles / 120 Kms Approx.||1,600 Metres Approx.||B L|
|6||Assisi to Monteleone di Spoleto||65 Miles / 110 Kms Approx.||1,500 Metres Approx.||B|
|7||Monteleone di Spoleto to Santo Stefano di Sassanio||80 Miles / 130 Kms Approx.||2,800 Metres Approx.||B L|
|8||Santo Stefano di Sassanio to Pescocostanzo||75 Miles / 120 Kms Approx.||2,300 Metres Approx.||B|
|9||Pescocostanzo to Campobasso||70 Miles / 115 Kms Approx.||1,700 Metres Approx.||B L|
|10||Campobasso to Termoli||56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.||750 Metres Approx.||B L|
|11||Termoli to Peschici||77 Miles / 125 Kms Approx.||1,000 Metres Approx.||B L|
|12||Peschichi to Santa Margherita di Savoia||87 Miles / 140 Kms Approx.||2,000 Metres Approx.||B|
|13||Santa Margherita di Savoia||62 Miles / 100 Kms Approx.||1,100 Metres Approx.||B|
|14||Altamura to Alberobello||62 Miles / 100 Kms Approx.||800 Metres Approx.||B|
|15||Alberobello to Lecce||77 Miles / 125 Kms Approx.||575 Metres Approx.||B L|
|16||Lecce to St Maria di Leuca||70 Miles / 115 Kms Approx.||1,000 Metres Approx.||B|
|17||Departure: Bari Airport||Non Riding Day||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
Really excellent guides...
It’s hard to say which days were the best! Each day was different and the guides always handled the challenge of occasional poor conditions with confidence and surety. Perhaps the ride from Assisi the most wonderful, although Tuscany great and Puglia also. Really excellent guides, both Radu and Gualtiero were just fabulous cyclists and super individuals!
If someone was going to do just one of Skedaddle's trips, it should be this one!
All essential info was sent by Saddle Skedaddle just before the ride which was excellent (and appreciated). If someone was going to do just one of Skedaddle’s trips, it should be this one. Our questions were always answered and any additional info was supplied. Loved each day for different reasons and the leader and her crew changed stuff around to suit our needs. This trip had something for everybody, the crew were fantastic and they were a vital part of it working, the rest was just the magic of Italy.
Excellent tour leader...
Radu was an excellent tour leader, very professional, engaging and fun. He and Wally were a perfect team, they knew how to work well together and provide us all with an amazing and safe service. Radu is clearly leader material but Wally was also superb, with very good English – a great ambassador for Skedaddle!
The service was second to none
Great Ride! Fantastic guides, awesome routes.
All of the days in the Appenines were great – the right balance between challenging, rewarding and doable at this grade of holiday. The Sibillini route up Monte Prata across Castellucio and descent to Arquata, Gran Sasso and Majella are superb routes and some of the best routes and descents I have seen (and that includes St Malo Nice, Colombia and Grand Tour of the Med by comparison). Monte San Angelo is a spectacular climb and descent. South Italy includes some amazing and scenic cities along the route.
How can I fault Skedaddle picnics? Italian food and restaurants a massive step above any others highlights were the Tre Archi Di Castoro Guisep in Altamura, the ‘food challenge’ in Osteria Del Castello in Arquata and Residence Il Palazzo (Santo Stefano) but pretty much all the others hard to fault!
Massimo is a great tour leader, and was well supported by Tim and Guiseppe. Really knew the area and route well, loves the job and you could see a lot of preparation had gone in to this. Not a chance of keeping up with him on any race up the climbs either!!
We have mourned the end of this wonderful trip. Excellent routes, fantastic cycling, perfect organisation, lovely companions, great food …. But it was the icecream which clinched it!! Keep up the good work. You cleared our stressy heads and toned up our tired bodies, made us laugh (some hills made us cry!) and took us out of ourselves – basically looking after our every need and ‘parenting’ us – but allowing us freedom to just do what we love – pedal our tandem in glorious surroundings. Thank you so much.
Every day was so different. It’s hard to give a favourite. The Apennines were overwhelmingly beautiful and we enjoyed the satisfaction of making the climbs. But, in honesty, every day was joyful.
Massimo was excellent and his choice of route from Venice to St Maria de Leuca was first class. A lovely mix of quiet roads and some very nice cycle tracks. Our 3 other guides did a great job. Favourite days were Vieste to Manfredonia through the Gargano National Park where I was able to enjoy the wonderful scenery, and the mountain days in the Appenines – stunning scenery and beautiful autumn colours.
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