ExperiencePlus! - Bicycle Tours since 1972

2012 Giro d'Italia Emilia Romagna and the Marche

  • Itinerary Summary

    Enjoy the Giro d'Italia off the beaten path in some of the most beautiful corners of rural Italy. We begin in Faenza, where you will visit the ExperiencePlus! headquarters at "the farm." We see three stages of the 2012 Giro d'Italia including the stage as it races through Faenza and finishes in Fano. After viewing a start in Macerata, we'll ride the route of Stage 6 out of Urbino through the hills of the Marche region of Italy.
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    1. Day 1: May 8 - Arrive today in Faenza

      Highlights: Famous Italian ceramics, world class handmade pasta

      Faenza is home base for ExperiencePlus! in Italy and in Europe. So we know the territory! We fit bicycles this afternoon and will plan on dinner together in one of our favorite local trattoria after introductions. Your choice for a warm-up ride if you get here early.

      Lodging: Hotel Vittoria

    2. Day 2: May 9 - Bicycle into the foothills of the Apennine Mountains

      Highlights: Bicycle Monte Trebbio, the Medieval village of Brisighella, visit ExperiencePlus! headquarters at "the farm"

      Our ride today takes us through the Medieval village of Brisighella and then on to Modigliana. From here we climb to the ridgeline of Monte Trebbio, a ride that is often incorporated into the Giro d'Italia (though not this year). We finish our ride with a stop at ExperiencePlus! headquarters in the middle of a plum and peach orchard for a late picnic lunch. Cycling Distance: 65 km (40 miles) more available for those who wish.

      Lodging: Hotel Vittoria

    3. Day 3: May 10 - See the Giro d'Italia on the ancient Roman "Via Emilia"

      Highlights: Watch the Giro in the heart of a Medieval town, see the finish in Fano

      We'll suggest an optional ride this morning just to warm up and then we'll enjoy the festivities as the Giro comes right through Faenza, just down the street from our hotel. Faenza has long been a bicycle town and has hosted many passages, finishes and starts of the Giro. Once the peloton passes through we'll jump in our vans and shuttle to Fano to watch the finish later this afternoon. We'll be in the coastal resort of Pesaro tonight. Dinner will be at the restaurant of our hotel. Cycling Distance: 40-60 km (25-37 miles).

      Lodging: Imperial Sport Hotel, Pesaro

    4. Day 4: May 11- Bicycle the Giro Route from Urbino

      Highlights: Bicycle the Giro d'Italia route from Urbino through the hills of the Marches

      We shuttle straight to Urbino this morning and begin our own Giro d'Italia in this famous Medieval city. The Giro will begin later so we'll get a head start and let the race overtake us. We'll have plenty of time to find a great spot to watch the race go by. We'll ride on and shuttle, as necessary, to our hotel tonight in Macerata, (unless you want to try and ride the entire distance). Dinner is together tonight. Cycling Distance: 80-100 km (50-62 miles); 170 km (106 miles) if you elect to ride to Macerata.

      Lodging: Hotel Claudiani, Macerata

    5. Day 5: May 12 - Watch the Giro start in Recanati and pedal the countryside

      Highlights: Watch the start of a Giro stage, bicycling the hills of the Marches

      Our plan this morning is to ride to Recanati in time to get a good spot to watch the beginning of the Giro, so you can see the hustle and bustle that accompanies a stage start. We'll then keep on pedaling through the hills and hill towns of the Marches countryside. Take your time to explore this forgotten corner of Italy. Dinner is on your own tonight. Cycling Distance: 70-90 km (43-56 miles).

      Lodging: Hotel Claudiani, Macerata

    6. Day 6: May 13 - Bicycle to Assisi in Umbria

      Highlights: Assisi and Umbria in the Green Heart of Italy

      Stage 8 of the Giro is a time trial today in south-central Italy. So we'll head into the Apennine Mountains where we cross from the Marches to Umbria. We'll be in the Umbrian Basin this evening, surrounded by Medieval villages. We'll be in Assisi where dinner is together tonight. Cycling Distance: 120 km (75 miles).

      Lodging: Hotel Giotto, Assisi

    7. Day 7: May 14 - Tour ends today in Umbria

      Highlights:

      Thanks for joining us. From here you can continue to enjoy central Umbria or catch convenient trains north to Florence and Bologna or south to Rome.

    • Highlights

      3 stages of the Giro d'Italia, Urbino, Umbria and the Marches, Faenza, Assisi
    • Includes

      Van support; bilingual tour leaders; 4 dinners, 1 lunch and 6 breakfasts; 3 stages of the Giro d'Italia plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

      Italy
    • Begin/End

      Faenza / Assisi-Perugia
    • Arrive/Depart

      Bologna (BLQ) / Florence (FLR) or Bologna (BLQ)
    • Total Distance

      380 - 445 km (236 - 277 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      40 - 120 km (25 - 75 miles)
    • Rating

      301-401 Everyone shuttles on a few days in order to see the Giro; 301 level riders may choose to shuttle more on some days
    • Terms

      Terms & Conditions
  • Dates Price Single Supplement Notes

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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