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Italia Outdoors

Bike tours in Italy known for personalization and service.
Company rating: 5 out of 5 with 2 reviews
Italia Outdoors

International Bike Tour Operators

Website: www.italiaoutdoorsfoodandwine.com

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Location: ITALY

Price: Upscale

Bike tours in Italy known for personalization and service.


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5.0 (2)
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REVIEWED BY Adine Whitfield on Jul 22, 2016

My husband and I along with our teenagers, Josh 16 and Zoë 14 had last cycled in the October 2011 and keep reasonably active during the winter with outdoor and or racket sports and gym. So not by any means cycling fit or real cyclists however, were up for an active vacation. We have mountain bikes at home so on Day 1 were given the 101 on the fabulous Italian road bikes' mechanics, namely how the gears work, etc. and then did a warm-up cycle where we needed to target an average speed of 25km per hour. This is quite doable for a novice on a great Italian road bike. Day one was a great intro and got us set-up for the next 5 thrilling days. We had a cooking class in the afternoon of the 1st day and that worked great as we made a calamari starter and a risotto in addition to Kathy's tiramisu that my teenagers rated the best of trip after trying a few different types at other restaurants. The second day, a Sunday was cycling to Soave followed by exploring Verona. Our cycling guide, Vernon, established after day one that we were good for around 40 km on the 2nd day and for more experienced / fitter cyclists they would have been good to cycle all the way to Verona, however, they wanted us to have the energy to enjoy the city. That is what made it so great, we cycled 30 to 50 km per day which allowed us to stop for a macchiato mid-morning, enjoy the exploring a town at lunch and end our day around 3 pm to allow us to relax before going out in the evenings for some sight-seeing, proseccos/cocktails & dinner. The 9.30 am get together each morning made for a good rest and enough time to enjoy a hearty Italian breakfast. The pace allowed our teenagers to look forward to each morning's excursion and they were always excited to get on the bikes for the day! On day 3 we cooked in the morning and cycled hills in the afternoon. We made a meat ragout and risotto balls with roasted asparagus, with Kathy always sourcing the freshest ingredients and salads in the region. The cooking classes were fabulous and upon returning when Zoe had her 1st day off school on Monday April 23, she made the meat ragout for our evening meal and another meal for the Tuesday night. She called me at work to ask me what red wine she could use...I said you could leave it out if she wanted, however, she was very comfortable cooking with red wine after our lesson with Kathy. The difference this trip has made is that Zoe is now a much more enthusiastic cook that she was before. Our 8 pots that were previously filled with flowers in the summer now all have herbs instead for use in our salads and dishes. She now does the meal planning! So great! Her last lasagne was made with sausage meat...I have always used ground beef! The other cycle days covered great terrain and great places to explore and we tried gelato in all the different places and found that our 1st cone of mandarin gelato in Bassano Del Grappo was not matched in Castlefranco, etc. We tried new flavours / dishes wherever we went and loved the freshness of the food. In Bassano Del Grappo, Zoe found the perfect Grade 9 grad dress and the perfect shoes to match in the next street. Our final perfect day was spent walking around Venice for the day...we could feel the accumulation of the 6 days of cycling, so visited from 9 to 3 which worked great. Key is that a cooking & cycling trip can work for a family with teenagers where everyone has a base level of fitness and is keen to try new things. Also Kathy and Vernon could accommodate someone who may not wish to cycle one day or someone who wants to chill and not cook, (like Mike). For families who like being active, trying new foods and wines, you can't go wrong. The Italians are used to looking out for cyclists all the time and so with the narrow roads you are regarded as simply another "vehicle" on the road and I had one scary moment when we got separated in the roundabout with 4 entries/exits of 2 lanes of traffic each, however, it was only me who was nervous...the cars are looking out for you! We had a fun dinner on the final evening where we enjoyed great food and wine, received our 1st ever "cycling shirts" and have been recommending this trip to our friends. We would love to do a different region in Italy sometime in the next few years. My kids love that they cycled "Giro d'Veneto" the same year that Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro d'Italia. Go

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Location of Tour

Veneto, Italy

Your Location

Calgary, Canada

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Overall rating
4.8
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5.0
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4.0
Food
5.0
Bike Quality
5.0
Value
5.0
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5.0

REVIEWED BY Susan Regis on Jul 22, 2016

To see Italy--the real Italy--you must live like an Italian. With Italiaoutdoors that is exactly what you get to do. Kathy and Vernon make the perfect pair with Vernon's insiders prowess of all things Italian and Kathy's quest for unknown wines and hidden artisanal treasures. From the first glass of prosecco on the terrace of the hotel overlooking olive groves, everything immediately feels different-pressures evaporate and adventure, challenges & enormous amounts of everyday culinary serendipity await. I'll never forget our first day of cycling. After climbing more than a few rolling hills through several vineyards (wines we would later try) we wound our way down the ridge--fig & olive trees everywhere--to the town of Mossano? We stopped at a small trattoria for a late morning refueling--not your typical American version of sunflower seeds & gatorade, but freshly baked bread with prosciutto & proseco. The local men were sitting, sipping, talking--simply taking in the morning. I was exactly were I wanted to be. The authentic Italy, whether cruising on a magnificent, locally made road bike, sitting in a cafe, or cooking up fresh squash blossom frito, is effortlessly available for the taking. Italiaoutdoors supplies the framework for the trip of a lifetime, leaving just the right amount of time and space for the unexpected. To feel as though you are part of the Italian culture is a testament to the insightful precision of a thoughtful journey-because in the end, its all about the roads taken. I loved my journey!

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Location of Tour

Veneto, Italy

Your Location

Boston, MA

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Overall rating
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Value
5.0
Customer Service
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