Volcanic Hills, Potent Spirits, Hilltop Towns - Classic
Discover the enchanting riding to be found in the Colli Euganei, Berici, and Asolani. Experience some of Italy's finest cycling routes, breathtaking landscapes, and local treasures.
Although the towns of Padua and Vicenza are well known, lesser known are their neighboring cycling havens, respectively the Colli Euganei and the Colli Berici. But cyclists from the area are well aware of the great riding and beautiful scenery to be found in these areas.
Combine that with the great riding to be had around Bassano and the beautiful town of Asolo, and the stage is set for an amazing cycling experience.
Included in this trip
- 4 nights accommodation in select boutique hotels including breakfast.
- All transfers, incl. pick-up from and drop-off to the airport.
- Support with set-up of rental bike, or assembly/disassembly of own bike.
- Orientation meeting on day 1.
- Daily CyclingHero van support.
- Exclusive access to the CyclingHero Companion App with daily multiple route options and local insights.
- Access to Hammerhead Karoo-2 bike computer with pre-installed CyclingHero route options.
- Bike box storage for the entire duration of the trip.
Trip at a Glance
Day by Day Breakdown
The day starts with a flat route West that skirts the edge of the city of Padua and joins a section of the Treviso-Ostliglia cycling route. Turning Southward, the striking Colli Euganei or Euganean Hills come into view, a collection of volcanic hills that is a paradise for spa-goers and cyclists alike. The more direct option takes in only one climb before reaching Teolo, while a longer, more hilly option loops around the Monte della Madonna and Monte Altore before returning to town.
Those with the legs can have a go at riding the route to the summit of the Monte della Madonna, which starts just outside of Teolo.
The Colli Euganei are not the only spectacular hills in the area. Today the route takes in the nearby Colli Berici for more challenging terrain and beautiful vistas. Situated just south of Vicenza, the ‘Colli’ are a well-known playground for cyclists from the city.
After descending from Terno, a flatter section brings us to the first climb of the day after leaving the town of Toara. This is followed by a short descent, then a further 9 km ascent through Zovencedo and up to the highest point of the day near the monte Lungo. The hard work is rewarded with a long downhill to the beautifully situated Lago di Fimon. Leaving the lake, an optional 5 km side trip brings you to the Piazza Biade in the center of Vicenza and the nearby Basilica Palladiana. From here, the route heads back to the Eugenei Hills and the final uphill stretch to the hotel.
For those wanting to further explore the great riding to be had in the Colli Eugani, an option that climbs up to Castelnuovo and passes through the cobbled town of Arquà Petrarca is available.
Leaving Teolo and the Colli Euganei, the mostly flat route heads due north and crosses the Brenta river, before reaching the fortified town of Cittadella. For those with a shorter ride in mind, it's a direct run to the final destination in hilltop Asolo.
The more ambitious can head first to Marostica and up the stunning La Rosina climb which offers fantastic views of the Venetian plains before descending into Bassano del Grappa. From Bassano it's mostly flat until the final push into Asolo.
Today there is climbing on the program, how much is up to you. For those wanting a tamer challenge, a scenic loop takes you up to the Canova Temple in Possagno, before hugging the Colli Asolani through Cornuda and on to Maser. From here, it's time to get acquainted again with the small ring, with a challenging 3 km up to the Forcella Mostaccin before returning to Asolo.
For the more ambitious, the imposing Monte Grappa awaits with its 17 km and 1500 m of altitude change. Whichever route you decide to take, a cool Aperitivo with beautiful views awaits you back in Asolo.