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Italy 3 Ways

by Jessie Beyer - Thursday, September 21, 2017

Italy Three Ways

Experience this rich and diverse country your way

Most of our repeat travelers know that ExperiencePlus!’s first tour was born in Italy and we call this beautiful country our home-base in Europe. Italy is a diverse country with worlds of art, history, and of course cuisine to offer. Whether you’re looking for scenic views, great food, or rich history, we have just the route for you.

Bike Across Italy – From Venice to Pisa

Cycle into the heart and soul of Italian history, art, culture and cuisine

This is  our oldest and one of our most traveled bike tours. When we first created Bike Across Italy in 1972, it was the first tour our family business ever ran, and it has remained a customer favorite. If you want to get a sample of “everything Italy”: Roman and Renaissance history, the scenic landscape, the great artworks, the architecture, the famed cities, and the wonderful culture, food and wine, then we suggest you Bike Across Italy from Venice to Pisa. Beginning in Venice, you’ll cycle through the heart and soul of Italy, following routes we’ve ridden for over 30 years. You’ll enjoy gourmet meals and wines from Italy’s most renowned culinary regions, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, and you’ll have time to wander through the stunning art cities of Ferrara, Ravenna and Florence and end your journey by exploring Lucca and pedaling to Pisa.  Along the way, you’ll take in local markets and discover a side of Italy seldom seen by tourists.

Read the day-by-day Itinerary here.

Cycling Puglia’s White Villages Plus! the Salento

Experience the finest food and scenery from lush rural landscapes to crystal clear coastlines.

Beautifully situated on the Adriatic Coast between the spur and heel of Italy’s “boot” lies Puglia. Nestled against the brilliant blue of the Mediterranean, ancient Greek and Italian cultures mingle among hillside vineyards, olive groves, and whitewashed villages. Along the way you’ll enjoy meals prepared with Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern influences and discover the warmth and hospitality of Southern Italy’s friendliest people. This bicycle tour will begin in Matera, a world renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, where dwellings carved into limestone caves create an enchanted and ancient stone city. You will then pedal through a landscape filled with unique conical shaped dwellings known as trulli, past the striking “Città Bianca” or “White City” of Ostuni, and through important coastal towns with plenty of opportunity for impromptu stops at some of the beautiful beaches. You will end this adventure back inland in the welcoming palatial streets of  Lecce, the baroque Florence of Southern Italy.

Read the day-by-day itinerary here.

 

Cycling Italy’s Dolomites Plus the Sella Ronda

Italy’s most famous and dramatic mountains with world class cycling routes and a staff favorite.

If you are looking for a challenge on the bike set against the tremendous backdrop of Italy’s most famous mountain range this is the tour for you. The perfect blend of nature and culture, cycling the Dolomites gives you a blend of Italian, Austrian and German culture amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Dolomites. You’ll pedal through the heart of this region’s stunning valleys and over world famous passes and discover why UNESCO honored the Dolomites with World Heritage status for their “exceptional natural beauty”.  Imagine cycling breathtaking mountain roads, winding through ancient forests and Alpine trails, and finishing the day with traditional Tyrolean meals and top quality local wines, at other times feel as if you’ve been transported to Austria, where it’s time to relax, and enjoy a well-deserved beer, delicious dry-cured sausages, and of course, some Strudel!

Read the day-by-day Itinerary here.

 

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Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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