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The Best Views in Italy
VBT travelers love Italy for many reasons ranging from the cuisine, to the chianti, to the cappuccino. As well as for its rich and varied history that has defined civilization itself. The advantage of exploring by bicycle and on foot is the spectacular views we can pause to enjoy. So we offer here some of our favorites. Go ahead, linger over them a while. There’s no hurry.

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View of Rome from St. Peter’s
It’s been said that those who work hard are rewarded. Where better to earn your prize than atop St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City? Give your legs a workout, and admire a rapturous view of an ancient city, during the Rome extension of these Italy vacations: The Tuscan Coast, Tuscany by the Sea, Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast, Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike and The Amalfi Coast & Capri.

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View of the Duomo in Florence
When you’re ready to step back from the intricate details of Florence’s Renaissance splendors, retreat to the south bank of the Arno River, past the Pitti Palace and into Boboli Gardens. The colossal beauty of Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Giotto’s campanile may best be admired from afar. Explore Florence during extensions before our Tuscan Coast and Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike trips.

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View from Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
Standing on this balcony at Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone, you won’t be alone if you imagine that your Mediterranean view is endless. A past admirer was equally inspired, perhaps by the godlike statues, and coined this perch the Terrace of Infinity. The likes of Greta Garbo and D.H. Lawrence have also gazed at this magnificent view. Visit Ravello during our Amalfi Coast & Capri Walking Vacation.

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View of Lake Como
Earthen-hued villas line Lake Como’s shores like so many celebrities huddling around for
a close-up. Indeed, for every lakeside village colored with terra-cotta simplicity and lapped at by tiny sloops, you’ll find grand estates dressed in over-the-top gardens with private yachts. You can visit Lake Como during an extension after our Italy: Po River Valley and Lake Garda Bicycling Vacation.

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View of the Bay of Naples from the Hotel Europa Palace in Sorrento
From our Hotel Europa Palace in Sorrento, we admire the azure waters of the Bay of Naples. We’re also glimpsing a dark chapter of ancient history, when Vesuvius across the bay darkened the sky with ash and froze Pompeii in time. Today, it’s a mere sunset that darkens these heavens, and at night the lights of Naples flicker on the bay to the north.  Sorrento is featured on our Amalfi Coast & Capri Walking Vacation.

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View of the Dolomite Valleys
You might think it’s crazy to bicycle in the most mountainous region of Italy, but in the Dolomites of South Tyrol, easy bike routes wind their way past towering peaks. And lush valleys – with dreamy names like Pusteria, Aurina, and Venosta – are dotted with tiny villages that bring fairy tales to mind. You can experience the magic of easy alpine biking during our Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleys.

Il Palio 

View of Siena
As it was in the 13th century when it was constructed, Piazza del Campo remains the focal point of Siena public life. It is where the Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) horse race is held twice each year on July 2 and August 16. Many consider this the best spot to glimpse unspoiled medieval Italian architecture and city planning. Indeed, you’re likely to hear the echoes of cafe conversations, weekly markets, and city celebrations of the past 700 years. Visit Siena with VBT during our Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike trip.

An Italian Experience: VBT Travelers Recount Their Italy Bike Tour

Often, our most resounding travel memories are born out of happenstance. With the help of outstanding local Trip Leaders, VBT vacations are designed to foster our travelers’ natural inclination to wander and explore, making the occurrence of a delightful chance encounter possible at any bend in the road. VBT travelers, Maryanne and Rich D. were kind enough to lend us a bit of their experiences on one of our Italy Bike Tours.

Rich and I cannot wait to have an opportunity to provide feedback regarding our recent tour to Puglia, Italy. Our tour guides Marco and Giuliano were superb in every way and they worked so well together. Since Rich and I were frequently the first riders to venture out in the morning, we had several opportunities to get lost, but we typically didn’t have any trouble at the “tricky turns” as Giuliano or Marco were there to lead the way. When we did veer off course (exploring as they would say) we weren’t away for long as Marco and Giuliano found us. When we asked if we were lost, they would gently state “Just a little, of course. Follow me!”

One of the highlights of the trip came when a local dog followed a small group of us as we rode. We affectionately called him VBT or Pawsers. He started out with us in the morning, but when we stopped for lunch he appeared to find a new pack, down by the Adriatic Sea. However, when we ventured out on the road to start our trip back to the hotel, he was there with us again. He ran 20 miles that day, and even managed to run faster than we could pedal! At the end of the day, one of my fellow bicyclists asked Marco to bring him back to the square where an inn keeper offered to keep him along with her other 8 dogs. It was decided that since he appeared to be so well cared for – that Marco would bring Pawsers back to the square.

In short there wasn’t anything that Marco and Giuliano wouldn’t do to make our trip memorable. All the best, and thanks for an absolutely wonderful time.

Maryanne and Rich D.

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