Bicycling Venice to Florence

Cycling from Venice to Florence in Italy
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$4650
  • Style/Level Classic 2.5
  • Countries Italy
  • Begin/End Venice-Lido/Florence
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Romance, art, history, and great food come together on our most popular trip for beginning cyclists. From the canals of Venice, the cycle-friendly streets of Ferrara and the early Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the Renaissance architecture of Florence, this tour features seven days of pedaling through the heart of Italian culture and cuisine. Along the way you’ll visit “the Hub,” our European headquarters, discover colorful ceramics in Faenza, and enjoy gourmet meals in Emilia-Romagna – Italy’s foremost pasta region.

***Extend this bicycle tour 4 more days. Click to view our Bike Across Italy: Venice to Pisa tour.***


  • Venice, Lunch at ExperiencePlus! Headquarters, Guided visit of UNESCO WHS Florence and Ferrara

  • Ravenna, Ceramics of Faenza, Comacchio, Lunch at an agriturismo and Olive oil tasting


  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation

  • meals as noted in itinerary

  • guided walk of Florence and Ferrara

  • and the usual (see below).

  • All Classic tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

  • Venice Access Fee: The City of Venice has launched its 2024 pilot project to have day visitors pay an access fee, and for overnight guests to apply for an exemption. Our May 19 and June 9, 2024 departures fall on dates that these access rules are in effect. Apply for your exemption. See how on our step-by-step guide
  • The guided walk of Florence ends by the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, 5 minutes from the Uffizi and other important sights. On our walk, we will not visit the inside of any buildings or museums. 
  • If you wish to explore Florence’s renowned museums, we recommend you make your museum reservations in advance. Refer to Day 8 of the itinerary to find out when to schedule your visit of the famous Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David, and read more about how to plan your museum visit in Florence on tour

Date Price Private room fee Note
Sep 29-Oct 6, 2024 USD$4395 USD$550 Departure confirmed to go!
May 4-11, 2025 USD$4650 USD$550 Book Now and Save $200 per person
May 18-25, 2025 USD$4650 USD$550 Departure confirmed to go! Book now and save $200 per person.    
Jun 8-15, 2025 USD$4650 USD$550 Book now and save $200 per person.
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DateSep 29-Oct 6, 2024
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteDeparture confirmed to go!
DateMay 4-11, 2025
Private room feeUSD$550
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DateMay 18-25, 2025
Private room feeUSD$550
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DateJun 8-15, 2025
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteBook now and save $200 per person.
DateSep 7-14, 2025
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteBook now and save $200 per person.
DateSep 21-28, 2025
Private room feeUSD$550
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  • Total distance 365 km (225 miles)
  • Average daily distance 60 km (37 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 2.5

Highlights: The Lido of Venice, dinner at a trattoria

Welcome to Venezia! You really should try and come a day or two early to explore this unique city before we begin our bike ride to Pisa. We meet this afternoon at our hotel on the Lido of Venice where we’ll fit bicycles. We’ll enjoy an introductory aperitif before walking to dinner in a small trattoria on the Lido.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Biasutti Hotel

Highlights: Venetian lagoon, fishing villages, bicycle along the Po Delta

The Lidos of Venice and Pellestrina protect the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Today, you’ll follow these natural levees as you pedal your way south via flat roads, ferries, and quaint fishing villages. Stop for lunch in Chioggia, the “other” Venice of the lagoon, before pedaling southwest towards San Martino di Venezze.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Agriturismo Corte Carezzabella

Highlights: Bicycle along the Po River, bicycle capital of Italy–Ferrara

Enjoy a day of leisurely riding all the way to the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Pedal along canals in the vast Northern plain of Italy. Enjoy a coffee in the sleepy city of Rovigo. The entrance into Ferrara is spectacular. You will ride directly under the finest example of Renaissance walls remaining in Italy to discover other highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage town including many palaces of the Este court from the 14th and 15th century.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Carlton

Highlights: Comacchio, lunch at farm cooperative, mosaics of Ravenna

This morning we will shuttle to the nearby lagoon town of Comacchio, this old port town was once more famous than Venice. We encourage you to visit the museum that features a Roman boat and stroll around the canals, we’ll journey across the “valleys of Comacchio”, through the Po Delta’s rich bird habitats. Then it’s on to the Anita di Argenta where we’ll stop at a local agriturismo (farm cooperative), to enjoy a lunch of local specialties including homegrown vegetables, homemade ricotta and eels. We’ll then ride a short distance to Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire and home to more early-Christian mosaics than any other city in Western Europe. Spend the afternoon exploring this city’s great history as your hotel is walking distance from all the highlights including: Dante’s Tomb, the mosaics of San Vitale, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Palazzo Galletti Abbiosi Hotel

Highlights: Picnic lunch at ExperiencePlus! new headquarters, “The Hub,” and ceramics of Faenza

We’ll head west from Ravenna today, stopping at “the Hub” on our way into Faenza for a light lunch together. “The Hub” is our European headquarters, the heartbeat of all tour operations. After lunch we visit a local ceramist who will introduce us to traditional Faenza designs. Dinner, if you are still hungry, is on your own!

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Hotel Vittoria

Highlights: Olive oil tasting, bicycle the Apennine Mountains, small mountain villages

We head into the Apennines today. We will pass through the medieval village of Brisighella for an olive oil tasting in one of Italy’s most unique olive oil producing areas and then we’ll then begin climbing (easily at first!) over the Apennines. Enjoy the varying scenery as it changes dramatically when you leave the plains and enter the mountains. Just before we reach the toughest part of our climb to Ronta, there is a conveniently located train station which allows you to jump on or keep pedaling to your destination!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel La Rosa

Highlights: Fiesole and its Etruscan ruins, Renaissance Florence, Uffizi Gallery

There’s a small climb this morning to Vetta le Croci, then it’s all downhill to the ancient Etruscan city of Fiesole, where you’ll enjoy a great view of Florence rising from the valley floor. We’ll ride into town together, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this capital of Renaissance Italy. Our hotel lies on the banks of the Arno River, close to the Uffizi Gallery. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together to say good bye to those departing tomorrow.

September 29, 2024 departure will be at the Villa Royal Hotel Firenze

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Plaza Lucchesi , Villa Royal Hotel Firenze

Highlights: Guided walk of Florence, end of trip

After a buffet breakfast in the hotel, we’ll take a guided walk of Florence ending at 12:30 p.m. Please consider this timing if you’d like to make reservations to see Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and the other masterpieces of the Uffuzi Gallery today. By purchasing your tickets ahead of time, you can avoid lines at the galleries. Whatever you do we hope you enjoyed your bicycling vacation!

Meals : Breakfast

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  • Major focus was biking, of course, but there was a fair bit of time for other things. Very fun. Wonderful, capable guides and fabulous good. Extremely organized?you don?t really have to do anything yourself except ride and socialize!

    Wendy S., Chadds Ford, PA – May 2023
  • Of the 6 tours we have done in Italy, that we have thoroughly enjoyed, this one was extraordinary and takes first place!

    Susan M., Victoria, BC – May 2022
  • Very pleasant riding, excellent nightly destinations and accommodations, a great variety of cultural activities and great food. No wonder it is your most popular tour

    Paul M., Victoria, BC – May 2022