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Visit Some of the Most Photographed Places in Veneto with VBT

Cycling Verona
Italy’s Veneto region is a beautiful area full of soft, rolling hills, limestone cliffs, alpine lakes, citrus groves and quaint villages.  On our new Lake Garda to Venice: Cycling Italy’s Veneto tour you’ll visit some of the most picturesque places in Italy including historic cities like Venice and Verona, scenic locales like Lake Garda and the Berici Hills, and marvel at Andrea Palladio’s unique architecture during our time in Vicenza. With so many great spots for photo ops on this tour, be sure to bring along your camera! As a primer, here are some of the most photographed places you won’t want to miss during your vacation in the Veneto region.

Verona Arena
Our tour begins in the city of Verona, which is very pedestrian-friendly, and we encourage you to walk along the city’s large, quiet, streets and plazas to fully take-in the scene.  The entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is highlighted by its most famous Arena—only a half a mile from our hotel—which despite being built in AD 30 is so well preserved it is still used for live operas and concerts today. During your stay take some time to see the Palace of Reason, Piazza Brà, and the fine art gallery housed in the Castelvecchio fortress.

Lake Garda
Lake Garda
During our stay in the commune of Lazise we’ll cycle along the eastern shores of Lake Garda. This beautiful lake was glacially carved and is full of dramatic alpine scenery where the surrounding mountains meet the lake.

Vicenza la Piazza dei SignoriA bike path along the Bacchiglione River takes us to Vicenza where we’ll explore its many treasures. We’ll meet a local guide and take a tour of the famed Piazza dei Signori where we’ll learn about historic buildings designed by Andrea Palladio, a 16th-century Italian architect who is known for pioneering the use of villas as an economical, healthy and beautiful place to live and work. This concept was ahead of its time, and the villas he created have earned recognition from UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Berici Hills
Berici Hills

As we take a shuttle into the heart of the Berici Hills—a group of high limestone hills southwest of Vicenza—we’ll see thick forests, rolling vineyards, and high cliffs dotted with caves that were once inhabited by prehistoric man. Our bike ride follows the Wine Route of the Berici Hills, a rolling path through picturesque villages dotted with elegant villas.

Our tour concludes in Venice, a city not to be missed. If you take VBT’s optional post-trip extension, you will stay in a historic, family-run hotel located just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square and a short walk from all the main sights. Explore this magical city by foot or by boat in its many canals and you will be astonished by the decorated palaces, museums, picturesque bridges, gondolas, churches and little squares that are so unique to this city.

These are just some examples of the places you’ll visit on our new Lake Garda to Venice: Cycling Italy’s Veneto ​tour. To learn more about our Italian vacations, please click here.  If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Discover Siena and the Chianti region with VBT

Tuscan Hilltown Biking with VBT
Some of the most picturesque biking in Tuscany is through the rolling hills of the Chianti wine region and nearby Siena. As you cycle these roads you’ll pass sprawling vineyards and medieval cityscapes as you make your way through the beautiful countryside. Travelers on our Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike​ vacation will enjoy spending two days in the region biking along wine roads and absorbing the culture and history of the area’s largest city, Siena—whose historic downtown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also the venue for one of the world’s most famous horse races, the Palio.

Siena CathedralSiena embodies medieval charm like no other city in Tuscany. Its early inhabitants indulged in their rivalry with Florence right into the area of urban planning. Throughout Siena’s history, they preserved their city’s Gothic appearance, which was mostly developed between the 12th and 15th centuries. During this period, Sienese painters like Duccio, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini influenced the course of Italian and, more broadly, European art. Architecturally, the whole city is built around one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares, the Piazza del Campo, which was created as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape. VBT travelers will attend a presentation about the Italian Renaissance, the history of Siena and of the Palio by a local art historian during our stay in Siena.

The Palio horse race, which has taken place twice a year since 1656, is Palio Horse Raceheld right in the middle of the Piazza del Campo. As the spectators gather in the center of the square, riders representing their home contrade—district—race around the enlivened crowd. There are historic alliances and rivalries between contrades, and epic street celebrations lead up to and surround the races. VBT travelers are likely to see some of the festivities and decorations surrounding this famous local event during the June 20th departure of the Tuscan Hill Towns tour.

Bike Ride in ChiantiSiena is also the starting point for one of the tour’s loveliest bike rides during which you’ll explore the Chianti wine region by way of the Via Chiantigiana, a panoramic road that runs along hillside vineyards and through the sleepy hilltop villages of Radda and Castellina. These towns are the heart of the original Chianti wine region that was created in 1716, before it was expanded to include more areas within Tuscany in 1932.

These are just some examples of the experience you’ll have on our Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike​ ​tour. To learn more about our Italian vacations, please click here.  If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

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