The Unique Culture And Landscape Of The Dolomites Awaits
Culturally and scenically diverse – the Dolomites are ready to welcome you to a true paradise encapsulating Italian and German cultures.
Cyclists of all abilities will enjoy this cultural and scenically diverse Italian tour that glides (mostly downhill) along the Adige River Valley and affords stunning views of the Dolomites to the east and the Alps to the west.
Meander from the Venosta Valley toward the romantic city of Bolzano along flat, rolling roads and the cyclists’ paradise “Ciclopista del Sole” (bike path of the sun) to the biggest of the Italian lakes, the beautiful Garda. German is one of the official language spoken here but the area is still Italian, making for a captivating multicultural mix. Visits to ancient castles, delicious mountain cuisine, and fascinating encounters with locals await you.
Dolomites Trip Highlights
Quaint and tiny hamlets of wooden houses, high steeples, well-manicured gardens and free roaming cattle are but a few of the delights we take in visually while enjoying culinary pleasures. From fresh local cheese, rich valpolicella wines, an olive oil tasting, mouth watering fresh harvested apples, and some of the best gelato in Italy, the Dolomites are a culinary capital.
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From Gentle Biking to Magnificent Sights and Eats
“Our trip seemed to be filled with extra experiences from dining at a mountain “refugio” to wine tasting at the most intimate wine cellar to gliding down hills with the most remarkable views I have ever encountered.”
With virtually no hills (longer option has hills)! on a bike only cycle path, the Dolomites tour is a gentle biking trip, with gentle cycling winding along the Valpolicialla vineyards that are hugged by one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world. From here, tram up to the rural hilltop town of Mezzocorona and meet Stefano and his family for a lunch of piping hot spaghetti al ragu and vino rosso. More than a warming hut, the traditional Dolomite rifugio is an oasis of simple comfort and hearty cuisine. Have a siesta afterwards or a walk around to see panoramic views of the valley below.
Pedal along the famous “Strada del Vino” (literally, wine road) while pausing at small villages and taking in the magnificent rock towers that glow in varying shades of pastels with the day light. For a change of pace, hike for the day at Lake Garda, or take a lesson in windsurfing, or an exciting mountain bike ride that will leave you ready for our once-in-a-lifetime 7 course dining experience at the family-run Agrotoursimo high in the hills.
From Lake Garda (a breathtaking mutli-activity sea-sized lake) to Merano (The Shangri-la of Italy) the options of cycling, hiking, windsurfing are endless.