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Italy's long been known as the belle of Europe and the coast of Versilia has something special in store for you. After a 20-minute shuttle from the meeting location in Viareggio, you’ll arrive at La Martinatica, a former oil mill house turned into an elegant restaurant. We'll sit down to a genuine Tuscan lunch specially prepared for you, and then your Trek Travel guides will ensure you have a perfect fit for your Trek Domane for the week. From the beautiful art town of Pietrasanta, we'll start climbing on a panoramic road that winds through a landscape of olive trees and dry stone walls. The view over the Mediterranean from the top is absolutely spectacular! The ride will continue along the coast on a nice flat road where we can breathe the salty air of the sea. After one last climb on a quiet road, we'll be rewarded with a sweeping descent to our opulent five-star hotel Bottaccio. Relax, unpack, and prepare your senses for a week of indulgence and riding. This evening we will gather for an aperitive followed by a first dinner together, elaborately presented by our Chef Nino in an elegant atmosphere.
Pietrasanta to Bottaccio
Approximately 20 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
After a bountiful breakfast with homemade croissants at our hotel, we'll gather to discuss the events of the day. It starts with a relaxing spin along the coast before climbing the panoramic Montemarcello with breathtaking views on the bay that inspired famous poets like Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. If you wish to add more miles, you can do an extra loop before descending to the so-called "Gulf of Poets" and finish the ride in Lerici, a truly picturesque fisherman's village full of character. After lunch in this magical harbor, you can hop on your bike and ride the same route back to the hotel. Alternatively, feel free to reward yourself with a shuttle and relax at the hotel one last time before shuttling to our next destination: The glamorous seaside town of Forte dei Marmi. Here you will have the opportunity to shop in many of its exclusive designer boutiques before meeting for a special Italian feast in an upscale restaurant near the beach.
Montemarcello to Lerici
Approximately 23 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing
Montemarcello to Lerici Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Savor your morning cappuccino and fuel up at breakfast before today’s spectacular ride along the coast above the Cinque Terre. We’ll start the day with a one-hour shuttle to the start of our ride, overlooking the sea above the five famous coastal villages. First, you’ll ascend the famous Volastra climb to enjoy the stunning views from this quiet coastal road before descending to the sea. Our destination is Monterosso, the only village of the five which boasts ruggedly beautiful beaches and natural areas. Enjoy la dolce vita, the Italian good life, at a relaxed seaside lunch in this village and try today's fresh catch! A private boat will await us for a fantastic excursion to Santa Margherita. It is your chance to discover the natural beauty of the Ligurian coast and enjoy a swim in its hidden coves. Tonight we will celebrate with dinner at our luxurious hotel, the Imperial Palace, our home for the next three nights.
Riomaggiore to Monterosso
Approximately 17 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing
Riomaggiore to Monterosso through the hills of Levanto
Approximately 30 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing
Imperiale Palace Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
You don't really savor the Cinque Terre until you explore the beautiful footpaths that connect all the five isolated villages. Today is your chance to learn everything about this unique natural park that makes the region so magical. After breakfast at the hotel, we'll take a train to Vernazza, known as the "pearl of Cinque Terre" due to its charming harbor and a delightful jumble of pastel-hued boats. We’ll hike high above the town, passing the fortress that overlooks the Ligurian sea on our way to Corniglia, the smallest and highest of the towns, offering a viewpoint with spectacular vistas of all five villages. Rest your feet and enjoy lunch at the bistro of your choice; be sure to try the spaghetti al mare and then stroll through the narrow alleys that give this town its charm. After lunch, take a train back to Santa Margherita to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a nap or dip by the pool. This evening, you are free to explore Santa Margherita and find the restaurant of your choice in town!
Hike day: Vernazza to Corniglia
Approximately 3 hours
Imperiale Palace Hotel
The true beauty of this region is on full display today, with a special trip in the heart of Tigullio Gulf. From the lively town of Rapallo we will ride uphill towards the stunning sanctuary of Montallegro. After a challenging climb, we will descend and explore the Ligurian inland riding on a gorgeous bike path along the river. Stopping halfway for lunch will give us the fuel we need to continue our ride on a spectacular stretch of Ligurian coast, passing through Chiavari, Zoagli and Rapallo, most famous for their lace making tradition. Don't forget to take a photo with Rapallo's best-known landmark, the castle located on a rocky promontory opposite the town! This evening, we’ll celebrate with one final dinner in great style. Soak in the atmosphere and raise your glass to toast a week of wonders in this magical land.
Approximately 33 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing
Chiavari avid loop
Approximately 35 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing
Imperiale Palace Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Take the opportunity of a final great spin to the surrounding hills and to Portofino, a gem you can't miss. Sitting on a promontory, with a small colorful harbor crowded with yachts and sailboats, the total area of Portofino is just a little over one mile. Such an amazing condensation of beauty beloved by artists, famous personages and writers that have long sung its praises. Before you bid your farewells, savor the sights and sounds of the sea one last time. This is Cinque Terre. This is the Italian Riviera. This is the trip of a lifetime.
Rapallo Portofino Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience. All boat excursions are subject to the weather conditions; in the event of cancellation your guides will offer an alternate means of transport.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride/Avid Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Pisa (PSA). From Pisa airport, you can take a direct train to Pisa’s central station, which takes about 8 minutes. From Pisa Centrale, transfer to a train for Viareggio. Trains depart twice hourly. The trip takes 20 minutes and costs approximately 5 euros. Tickets can be purchased at the airport, at Biglietteria office or from ticket machines. All tickets must be validated before getting on the train: do this by stamping your ticket at the yellow boxes near the platform. Taxis from Pisa airport are also available 24 hours a day to Pisa Centrale which takes about 15 minutes and costs approximately 20 euros.
Florence's Airport (FLR) also offers flight options. The Florence airport is about 3 miles from the Santa Maria Novella train station and the journey takes about 20 minutes by taxi or bus. You can take a taxi (approximately 25 euros) directly to the train station, or a bus (approximately 6 euros) which departs twice hourly. Trains from Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station depart to Viareggio every hour. The trip takes 1.5 hours and costs approximately 10 euros.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Viareggio Train Station (55049 Viareggio, Province of Lucca, Italy) at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. You'll then shuttle 30 minutes to your lunch spot for a taste of Tuscan cuisine. Please have your riding gear in a separate bag or readily accessible as the bus will drop you off at the ride start location while your luggage will be delivered to the hotel. After lunch, your guides will ensure you have the perfect fit to your Trek bike before you take your first spin through the Tuscan countryside.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Il Bottaccio (+39 0585 340031), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel in Montignoso, Il Bottaccio, for approximately 65 euros. The trip takes 30 minutes from the center of Lucca.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Imperiale Palace Hotel in Santa Margherita. You’ll depart by private shuttle for La Spezia Centrale Train Station in La Spezia, arriving close to 12:15 PM. From here trains connect to Pisa, Florence and other Italian cities. Please do not book seats before 1:00 PM. Visit www.TrenItalia.com for train information.View our post hotel recommendations
Fall in the Cinque Terre region is usually clear and sunny, with warm daytime temperatures (75F-85F) and evening temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler. A jacket or wrap will be useful in the evening. Rain is always a possibility, however, so be prepared with wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. Packing List
No trip to the Tuscan countryside is complete without a stop in Lucca, Italy's most impressive walled city. The infrastructure of this untouched gem still operates on the grid street pattern designed by the Romans, and elements of the original Etruscan settlement create a visible pastiche of the old and new. Romanesque churches seem to be around every corner, as do fun-loving and shady piazzas filled with soccer-playing children. There's so much art, culture and vibrance behind every nook and cranny of this richly historic city, that it's easy to see why Mario Cipollini, cycling's most unique and strong-willed sprinter, calls it his home. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:
Florence is the majestic heart of Renaissance art and intellect. You'll want to spend several days wandering the streets in the shadow of Brunelleschi’s Duomo and strolling beside the Arno. And that's not to mention the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi gallery, a pillar of the Renaissance and Medici eras. World-famous art is around every corner, including Michelangeo’s David in the Galleria dell’Arte, along with several other art museums and architectural marvels. Keep in mind while exploring Florence that opening hours vary and are quite often inconsistent. Different museums are open on different days and lines can be very long. It’s worthwhile to pay a few extra euros and pre-book your tickets—this will enable you to bypass long lines of visitors at the entrances. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:
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