- Beautifully scenic cycling in the UNESCO vineyards of Prosecco
- Plenty of opportunities for wine tasting at the end of a day’s ride
- Superb regional cuisine with terraced osterias overlooking vineyards
- Pretty medieval towns and historic castles
- Wandering through picturesque villages and towns such as Follina and Asolo
- Taking a stroll over the famous Bassano del Grappa bridge
Following arrival at Venice airport, we’ll transfer as a group to the charming town of Treviso. With its meandering waterways and tranquil atmosphere, it’s an ideal starting point for our trip.
Arrival time permitting, there should be time to explore the town before enjoying an evening meal in one of the great local restaurants. With drinks in hand, we will provide you with all the information you’ll need for the duration of your trip.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 600 Metres Approx.
We’ll make a gentle start today leaving Treviso behind, as we ride alongside the fertile, cultivated countryside towards the Montello hills that lie below the Piave River. This area was the site of a deadly battle in June 1918 during the Austria-Hungarian war, and today, a majestic military memorial below the hill commemorates the event.
A short diversion will take us to the ruins of Sant’ Eustachio Abbey before we ride onwards and into the foothills of the Montello. This is a popular ride with the locals and it’s highly likely we’ll find ourselves sharing, and enjoying, the roads with fellow Italian cyclists.
Much of the route follows a delightful tree-lined water course and enroute to Asolo, we’ll be able to check out the imposing Villa di Maser. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, the villa, constructed in 1550, is one of the most admired works of Venetian architect Andrea Palladio.
Having rested whilst visiting the villa, we’ll be ready for the only significant climb of the day, as we make our way up to the town of Asolo. Situated on top of the hill and considered one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, Asolo has always attracted artists and writers from all over the world, including Victorian poet and playwright Robert Browning.
After strolling around the town and enjoying a drink in the main piazza, all that remains is a short, sweeping descent to our hotel.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 1,100 Metres Approx.
Today we’ll head into the heart of the Prosecco region towards Bassano del Grappa, one of the most important towns in the region. Leaving Asolo, the road meanders over rolling hills and past hamlets watched over by numerous small castles. Heading north, we’ll ride towards the imposing Mt Grappa and into its foothills, before heading into Bassano del Grappa along the Brenta cycle route.
The main attraction once in the town is the Ponte Vecchio, or “Old Bridge” of Bassano, one of Andrea Palladio’s masterpieces, which spans the Brenta River in the heart of the town. Many shops and bars surround the bridge, including Italy’s oldest distillery which dates back to the 18th century and still serves the local “Grappa” to its customers today. Maybe not the best idea to start on the Grappa so early, but we’ll arrive in Bassano in time for a morning coffee, an Italian pastry or lunch in one of the piazzas or overlooking the river.
Once back on the bikes, the route heads towards the Piave River and into the rolling hills of Ezzellino and the Colli Asolani, surrounded by Prosecco vineyards and topped with hamlets and castles.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 800 Metres Approx.
Today we’ll head into the heart of what is known as the UNESCO Prosecco region. The route heads towards the Piave River and into the rolling hills of Ezzellino and the Colli Asolani. Having crossed the Piave River, the vineyards become ever-more obvious and there is no mistaking that you have entered the heart of the Prosecco region.
As we head towards Follina, the road from Valdobbiadene rises upwards as the vineyards spread themselves extensively on the steep hills below.
On arrival at our accommodation, we’ll enjoy a well-deserved glass of Prosecco in the satisfying knowledge that it was produced within a 20 km radius, and very likely in the hills through which you we’ve ridden.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 950 Metres Approx.
Local riders consider today’s route to be something of a classic “must ride” as it takes in some of the best scenery and presents some of the best riding that the Prosecco region has to offer.
Leaving the accommodation, our ride begins along the fertile lower valley, separated by the high Monti dei Visentini and the lush rolling hills of Prosecco. Next, we’ll ride past the small lakes of Lago di Lago and Lago di Santa Maria, surrounded by lush woods and prairies. Heading south beyond the lakes, we’ll start climbing through the hills as the woods give way to vineyard after vineyard clinging to the rolling hills.
A popular beauty spot, and well worth a visit to take a few photos, is Molinetto della Croda, a water mill set below a picturesque waterfall, just off the road between the villages of Rolle and Refrontolo. Later, looping west through Compea, you’ll ride through the 117 hectare DOCG region of Valdobbiadene, famed for its high quality Valdobbiadene Superior of Cartizze Prosecco.
A well deserved light lunch overlooking the vineyards will be one of the highlights of the day.
Partially retracing some of the latter stages of yesterday’s route, we’ll pass through Follina where a visit to the abbey with its stunning cloister is a must-see before finally making our way back to base. Later this evening just before dinner, we have a special “aperitivo” treat in store with wine tasting from several different small producers.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
- Ascent: 700 Metres Approx.
It’s time to bid farewell to Valmareno and head back to Treviso. The journey south leads us past numerous medieval castles such as the castle of Collalto di Susegana, the tower and bastions of which still stand having withstood first world war bombardments and the privately-owned Castello di San Salvatore with imposing walls and towers telling tales of great imposing dominance in the region.
As we ride once again through Nervesa della Battaglia, our week of riding draws to a conclusion. We follow the tyre marks of the many local riders and head into the Montello Hills before one last sweeping descent through the countryside surrounding Treviso.
We should arrive in Treviso in time to enjoy our final afternoon and evening exploring the beautiful, and oft-overlooked city before sitting down to enjoy one last Italian dinner.
This ride through the Italian Pre-Alps will be 100% on asphalt roads. The route uses a mixture of single lanes and quiet double roads with minimal traffic. There will also be occasions where you’ll be riding on some busier roads, especially when cycling through built up areas and bigger towns such as Treviso and Bassano del Grappa. Overall the quality of the roads is very good, although there are sections that are potholed and gravelly at times.
The Prosecco hills are of course, by nature, hilly, and so some climbing can be expected (see daily itinerary for approx. elevations). The daily distances (between 30 and 50 miles / 50 and 75 kms) mean this tour falls into our grade 2 category, you will, however, need to be a semi-regular cyclist with a decent level of fitness to take on the daily elevations and some individual climbs might be more challenging than you would typically find on a grade two tour.
Road Cycling Grade
Average distances around 70-90 km with occasional challenging climbs
A moderately difficult tour somewhere slightly tougher than a Grade 2, but not as difficult as Grade 3
Some long days and significant climbs
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
You’re reasonably fit and ride frequently at weekends, sometimes staying on the bike for a number of hours at a time. You do enjoy an occasional challenge and quite happy climbing but you‘re unlikely to be found daydreaming about ticking off all the famous cols of the Tour de France. That said the prospect of tackling a semi-serious to serious mountain pass doesn’t fill you with dread. You enjoy the social aspect of cycling and look forward to the occasional coffee-stop as much as the riding itself. You have good control of your bike and feel confident in your skills to ascend and descend safely. Whilst you find a full day in the saddle fulfilling, you’re not obsessed and as much as you are looking forward to the riding on your holiday, you’re also looking forward to a little local culture and cuisine. Grade 2-3 would be a good option for you.
For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.
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A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 3 and 4* hotels
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides
D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in First Aid
E) GPX files available on request
F) Wine tasting
G) Support vehicle and luggage transfers
H) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Venice airport (VCE)
I) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Venice airport (VCE)
J) Financial Protection through ABTOT
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Travel insurance
E) Single room (available if required)
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en-route
I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
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Matthew, Isle of WightOn of our best Skedaddle holidays!
Classic Prosecco Loop – lovely route – picturesque, do-able, enjoyable. Our guide was well organised, had everything in hand. He kept the group together, kept the ride together, and was a fountain of local knowledge, particularly of the history of the Great War which was clearly of great importance to the locality.