Bicycling Venice to Florence

Cycling from Venice to Florence in Italy
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$4395
  • Style/Level Classic 2.5
  • Countries Italy
  • Begin/End Venice-Lido/Florence
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Romance, art, history, and great food come together on our most popular trip for beginning cyclists. From the canals of Venice, the cycle-friendly streets of Ferrara and the early Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the Renaissance architecture of Florence, this tour features seven days of pedaling through the heart of Italian culture and cuisine. Along the way you’ll visit “the Hub,” our European headquarters, discover colorful ceramics in Faenza, and enjoy gourmet meals in Emilia-Romagna – Italy’s foremost pasta region.

***Extend this bicycle tour 4 more days. Click to view our Bike Across Italy: Venice to Pisa tour.***


  • Venice, Lunch at ExperiencePlus! Headquarters, Guided visit of UNESCO WHS Florence and Ferrara

  • Ravenna, Ceramics of Faenza, Comacchio, Lunch at an agriturismo and Olive oil tasting


  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation

  • meals as noted in itinerary

  • guided walk of Florence and Ferrara

  • and the usual (see below).

  • All Classic tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

We recommend you make your museum reservations in advance. Find more information on how to go about here.

Date Price Private room fee Note
Sep 15-22, 2024 USD$4395 USD$550 Only one Recycle-Credit spot available.
Sep 29-Oct 6, 2024 USD$4395 USD$550
DateSep 15-22, 2024
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteOnly one Recycle-Credit spot available.
DateSep 29-Oct 6, 2024
Private room feeUSD$550

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  • Total distance 365 km (225 miles)
  • Average daily distance 60 km (37 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 2.5

Highlights: The Lido of Venice, dinner at a trattoria

Welcome to Venezia! You really should try and come a day or two early to explore this unique city before we begin our bike ride to Pisa. We meet this afternoon at our hotel on the Lido of Venice where we’ll fit bicycles. We’ll enjoy an introductory aperitif before walking to dinner in a small trattoria on the Lido.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Biasutti Hotel , Additional hotel TBA

Highlights: Venetian lagoon, fishing villages, bicycle along the Po Delta

The Lidos of Venice and Pellestrina protect the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Today, you’ll follow these natural levees as you pedal your way south via flat roads, ferries, and quaint fishing villages. Stop for lunch in Chioggia, the “other” Venice of the lagoon, before pedaling southwest towards San Martino di Venezze.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Agriturismo Corte Carezzabella

Highlights: Bicycle along the Po River, bicycle capital of Italy–Ferrara

Enjoy a day of leisurely riding all the way to the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Pedal along canals in the vast Northern plain of Italy. Enjoy a coffee in the sleepy city of Rovigo. The entrance into Ferrara is spectacular. You will ride directly under the finest example of Renaissance walls remaining in Italy to discover other highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage town including many palaces of the Este court from the 14th and 15th century.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Carlton

Highlights: Comacchio, lunch at farm cooperative, mosaics of Ravenna

This morning we will shuttle to the nearby lagoon town of Comacchio, this old port town was once more famous than Venice. We encourage you to visit the museum that features a Roman boat and stroll around the canals, we’ll journey across the “valleys of Comacchio”, through the Po Delta’s rich bird habitats. Then it’s on to the Anita di Argenta where we’ll stop at a local agriturismo (farm cooperative), to enjoy a lunch of local specialties including homegrown vegetables, homemade ricotta and eels. We’ll then ride a short distance to Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire and home to more early-Christian mosaics than any other city in Western Europe. Spend the afternoon exploring this city’s great history as your hotel is walking distance from all the highlights including: Dante’s Tomb, the mosaics of San Vitale, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Palazzo Galletti Abbiosi Hotel

Highlights: Picnic lunch at ExperiencePlus! new headquarters, “The Hub,” and ceramics of Faenza

We’ll head west from Ravenna today, stopping at “the Hub” on our way into Faenza for a light lunch together. “The Hub” is our European headquarters, the heartbeat of all tour operations. After lunch we visit a local ceramist who will introduce us to traditional Faenza designs. Dinner, if you are still hungry, is on your own!

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Hotel Vittoria

Highlights: Olive oil tasting, bicycle the Apennine Mountains, small mountain villages

We head into the Apennines today. We will pass through the medieval village of Brisighella for an olive oil tasting in one of Italy’s most unique olive oil producing areas and then we’ll then begin climbing (easily at first!) over the Apennines. Enjoy the varying scenery as it changes dramatically when you leave the plains and enter the mountains. Just before we reach the toughest part of our climb to Ronta, there is a conveniently located train station which allows you to jump on or keep pedaling to your destination!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel La Rosa

Highlights: Fiesole and its Etruscan ruins, Renaissance Florence, Uffizi Gallery

There’s a small climb this morning to Vetta le Croci, then it’s all downhill to the ancient Etruscan city of Fiesole, where you’ll enjoy a great view of Florence rising from the valley floor. We’ll ride into town together, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this capital of Renaissance Italy. Our hotel lies on the banks of the Arno River, close to the Uffizi Gallery. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together to say good bye to those departing tomorrow.

**The June 9 departure will stay at Palazzo Roselli Cecconi.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Plaza Lucchesi , Palazzo Roselli Cecconi

Highlights: Guided walk of Florence, end of trip

After a buffet breakfast in the hotel, we’ll take a guided walk of Florence ending at 12:30 p.m. Please consider this timing if you’d like to make reservations to see Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and the other masterpieces of the Uffuzi Gallery today. By purchasing your tickets ahead of time, you can avoid lines at the galleries. Whatever you do we hope you enjoyed your bicycling vacation!

Meals : Breakfast

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  • I have already recommended Experience Plus to friends. Our first cycling trip but the experience left us looking to do more. Your people and the system make the trip easy and enjoyable.

    Doug S., Surrey, BC – Sept 2019
  • I have already recommended this tour because of its excellent organization. Love, love the arrows and the support with the van and the guide riding with us. Really enjoyed all the cultural experiences along the way and the recommendations for things to stop and see and places to eat.

    Lori L., Surrey, BC – Sept 2019
  • Our guides were phenomenal their knowledge was incredible. The route awesome.

    Kathy D., Greeley, CO – Sept 2019