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Recommendations Wanted: Bike Tours in Italy

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I'd like to do a 7 - 10 day bike tour in Italy next year. I've heard of two
companies, Backroads and Ciclismo Classico. Any opinions/recommendations on
these companies or any others would very much be appreciated. Thanks in
advance

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Steve Dannenbaum
post #2 of 6

Re: Recommendations Wanted: Bike Tours in Italy

Rick ha scritto:
> What type of terrain? What part of the country? Are you sure you want
> a tour company, or are you open to doing it on your own?


To these, and to the other excellent suggestions I have deleted for
convenience, I add some more.

There is also Customwalks, organising suppoted rides.
Do you have an idea of the country and of the terrain?
Of what you care to see and, as important, what you want to avoid?
Only if you have no idea, or/and if you want to travel with a lot of
your stuff shuttled along by somebody else, do you need a travel
company.

Sergio
Pisa

P.s. Get yourself the 1/200000 TCI maps or Atlas of Italy, anyhow.
post #3 of 6

Re: Recommendations Wanted: Bike Tours in Italy

>What type of terrain? What part of the country? Are you sure you want
>a tour company, or are you open to doing it on your own?
>
>Both you named are good, but there is a price differential between them
>that is difficult to justify. ExperiencePlus is another company that
>does a lot of tours in Italy (the wife of the couple who owns it is
>from near Rimini though they live in Colorado now). Hampsten, and a
>lot of others run tours in Italy as well.
>
>But the first step, IMO, is to figure out what you want to see, then
>narrow the choices to those companies who specialize in that area. You
>do not want to sign up with a company that does just the Dolomites and
>Alps if you do not like hills, or a company that just does slow rides
>on the flats if you love hills.


Your choice will also depend on what kind of riding you desire: Are you an
experienced group rider who would like to ride with like-minded (and
skilled) folks, or do have less experience or want to ride at your own pace?

Example: Hampsten's tours would more likely suit the former, while Backroads
would likely better suit the latter.



Chris Neary
diabloridr@tcsn.net

"Science, freedom, beauty, adventure: what more could
you ask of life? Bicycling combined all the elements I
loved" - Adapted from a quotation by Charles Lindbergh
post #4 of 6

Re: Recommendations Wanted: Bike Tours in Italy

Chris Neary wrote:
>
> Example: Hampsten's tours would more likely suit the former, while Backroads
> would likely better suit the latter.


Hampsten's groups appeared to me as well organised for good riding.
The Backroads group I came across in Fie', last year, appeard more apt
to enjoy luxurious accomodations, than tough riding.
That Customwalk flock I rode along with was such a boring company!
However, be advised that the various Companies run different programs,
to meet different demands. So, enquire with them.

But, why not planning it yourself and doing it on your own?
For inspiration, take a look at Allan Nelson's great home site.

Sergio
Pisa
post #5 of 6

Re: Recommendations Wanted: Bike Tours in Italy

Steve Dannenbaum ha scritto:

> I'd like to do a 7 - 10 day bike tour in Italy next year.


By the way, there is one Company based nexy to Bassano del Grappa and
specialised in tours within the Veneto region. The organiser is a lady
from NewJersey, married to an Italan, who commutes every year between
NJ and Bassano. Her name is April Pedersen (Santinon).
I have met her once and have had first-hand very nice reports about her
organisation.

Sergio
Pisa
post #6 of 6

Re: Recommendations Wanted: Bike Tours in Italy

We went to Italy in 2001 with ExperiencePlus - their website is easy to use
to pick region, difficulty, etc. I picked them as their prices were the
best (ie. cheapest) but when I asked around - there were no complaints. We
were very happy with them - and I plan to use them again for our next tour!
Ellen and Jim

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> Steve Dannenbaum ha scritto:
>
>> I'd like to do a 7 - 10 day bike tour in Italy next year.

>
> By the way, there is one Company based nexy to Bassano del Grappa and
> specialised in tours within the Veneto region. The organiser is a lady
> from NewJersey, married to an Italan, who commutes every year between
> NJ and Bassano. Her name is April Pedersen (Santinon).
> I have met her once and have had first-hand very nice reports about her
> organisation.
>
> Sergio
> Pisa
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