Backroads’ new Italy biking trip through the Dolomites combines some of the best Italian views with some of the best Italian food – a winning combination. You’ll spend your days biking through Northern Italy and your evenings relaxing at premiere inns and dining on Michelin-starred dinners. This six-day, five-night biking tour begins in Bolzano, Italy and ends in Venice.
It’s perfect for avid cyclists who get goose bumps just thinking about conquering tough mountain climbs. Over the course of the tour, you’ll tame 14 alpine passes in six days. Of course, you’ll get your share of glorious descents with sweeping views as a reward!
The Sella Ronda loop is possibly one of the most spectacular rides you’ll ever experience with four mountain passes and grades of nearly 7 percent. You’ll also get the excitement of 30 hairpin turns along the Passo Pordoi. There’s also the legendary Passo Giau, serving up an average grade of 9 percent over 6 miles! Are you short of breath just reading about it? J
Take your reward in the evening with plentiful Italian food and drink, including the cuisine at La Stüa de Michil and Michelin-starred Tivoli, as well as superb regional vintages. Don’t worry, you’ll burn off all those calories on this trip, for sure, so enjoy!
The lodging for this trip is exceptional: Hotel Goldner Adler in Bressanone is a 500-year-old hotel with an amazing rooftop terrace that provides views of this historic region. Hotel La Perla is a chalet that offers views of the Dolomites, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and, oh yes, one of Italy’s best wine cellars. Hotel de la Poste, as its name suggests, was once a former inn for mail coaches and has been around since 1835.
So start getting in cycling shape and get ready to tame some of the highest climbs you can dream of! See you in the Dolomites!