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April Fools’ Day Traditions Around the World

March 24th, 2021

April Fools’ Day has its share of origin stories. Trouble is, no one knows which is true and which are, well, malarkey. Here’s one that we like: For centuries, the ancient Roman Empire ran on the Julian calendar, named for Julius Caesar. Back then, New Year’s Day was recognized as April 1. In 1592, Pope... Read more »

VBT Recipe: Andrea’s Green Lasagna

December 17th, 2020

Check out VBT trip leader Andrea’s recipe for green lasagna below, and join him on our Italy: The Dolomites, Bolzano to Lake Garda and Italy: Valleys of the Dolomites tours to sample other local favorites! Lasagna may be the first food that comes to mind when you think of Italy, but the dish is actually most strongly associated... Read more »

Explore the Dolomites with Andrea

February 6th, 2020

Years with VBT: 14 Hometown: Bologna Favorite food: Mom’s lasagna   When Andrea talks about Italy, his enthusiasm is contagious.

Experience an Italy You Can Only Know by Bike

January 24th, 2020

Renaissance masterpieces, Roman ruins, a world-renowned cuisine and diverse landscapes from the soaring Dolomites to the glittering coast of Sicily—it’s impossible to sum up the attractions that make Italy such an iconic travel destination. But the only way to get a true taste of la dolce vita is by bike….which region will you choose? Ready... Read more »

VBT’s Proud Connection to an Anti-Corruption Movement

January 22nd, 2020

Sicily is a traveler’s dream: sun-soaked beaches and sleepy fishing villages; baroque cities brimming with culture; art, architecture, and history around every corner; and some of the best food Italy has to offer. VBT’s bike tour in Sicily is a perennial guest favorite, and with good reason. But the Italian island has also faced some... Read more »

What Does Coffee Look Like Around the World?

September 23rd, 2019

Your morning cup of joe may look a little different when you’re enjoying it in a foreign country. Check out some of our favorite ways to drink coffee on our VBT adventures. And make sure you take some time for a coffee break during your travels—you may just discover your new favorite beverage!    ... Read more »

Meet Elena Spalenza

September 19th, 2019

Inside the life of a biking, skiing, climbing, kitesurfing, wine-drinking, pasta-loving VBT trip leader. Elena isn’t in a rush. She sits inside her summer home—a Volkswagen California camper van—on the beach in Tuscany as she prepares to go kitesurfing. Wearing blue jeans and a faded green T-shirt, she radiates positivity as she puts a pair... Read more »

Summer Travel Tips for Vacations Home and Abroad

July 12th, 2018

Where will your well-earned vacation take you this summer? Will it be the vistas of the American west, or perhaps the ancient and austere ruins in Italy and throughout Europe? Road trips and flights to amazing destinations are both great choices, but they require different kinds of preparation. The Friendly Skies: Have Fun Flying Taking... Read more »

Touring the Picturesque Places that Inspired Artists

May 25th, 2018

There are dozens of reasons for taking a biking tour of Europe, but art lovers will be especially thrilled by what some of our vacations afford them: a chance to view the homes of some of the world’s most renowned artists and see settings that inspired their masterpieces. France, Spain, and Italy stand out as... Read more »

Why You Should Get into the Slow Food Movement

January 25th, 2018

In our fast-paced American lives, everything is go go go. Unfortunately, our diets are subject to this same dizzying pace. Breakfasts are eaten as we rush out the door, desk lunches are the norm, and take-out is so often the solution to dinner at the end of a busy day. We may be eating for efficiency, but... Read more »

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