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Bike tour in Italy?

Old 03-07-14, 12:41 PM
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Bike tour in Italy?

Has anyone here taken an organized bike tour/trip in Italy? If so, how was it? Would you do it again?

I am going to Oktoberfest this year and I will have some time before or after to do a short 1 week tour. I am not going to bring my bike and Im not really interested in renting and trying to figure things out on my own. Those are not options I am considering. Ive looked into a bunch of different tour operators and read some online reviews. But I was interested in any BF experiences.
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I can't comment specifically about Italy, but with respect to tour operators I did a tour in California using Backroads, and they did a super job. Great accomodations, choices of routes, the guides were excellent. I know that they do a number of tours in Italy.
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We've done Tuscany and it was great. Good food, Good wine, great scenery. Lot's of climbing, but it's all fairly small stuff.

We've gone on a number of Backroads trips and would also recommend them. They stay in nice places,and provide a high level of service.

You're pretty much free to ride as much or as little as you want.
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Absolutely go for a tour. As mentioned below Tuscany is a really nice place to ride plus adjacent areas. We did a week trip which was wonderful. cicioposse was our tour group. They shuttled our luggage to the next location and had great bikes for us (nice carbon aluminum framed bikes at about 19lb ) which were great. We just needed to bring our saddle, pedals, and helmet. Oh boy if you have the spare time go for it. curtwally
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We're doing the BackRoads Tuscany tour in July because my wife's best friend is doing it. It's pretty expensive. The routes don't look too challenging, but we will see. There are other tours which focus on rigorous climbing, like Andy Hampsted's company. Cinghiale Cycling Tours with Andy Hampsten


Two years ago my buddy and I did Alpe d'Huez and Mt. Ventoux. I know that you said that you weren't interested in renting, but it was very easy and the bikes were pretty nice. The shops are at the foot of each climb and they cater to guys like me who just want to say that they've done it. I'd recommend the renting route.
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We did a Tuscany trip through Trek Travel. It was incredible. We'd do it again tomorrow, but we have a three year old now.

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