Sunday: arrival at the hotel, from 4pm onwards meeting with your guide and introduction to the program.
Monday: we will cycle along the flatland on low-traffic roads, amongst Palladio-style villas and olive groves. We will reach Romano dʼEzzelino and its tower, cited by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy and afterwards to Borso del Grappa, underneath the biggest paragliding and hand-gliding trampoline in Europe. We will let these colorful wings guide us into Asolo, one of the most scenic villages in Italy. There will be a visit to the ancient fountain surmounted by St Markʼs lion, the Romanesque cathedral, the Lodge of the Region and other Venetian style buildings. In the afternoon we will depart from the city of Caterina Comaro, queen of Cyprus, and Eleonora Duse and return back to Bassano along the Tobacco Route, on the footsteps of time-honoured poachers.
Tuesday: todayʼs excursion will take us to Marostica, the land of cherries and chess. We will follow for a short distance the River Brenta, the waterway that has shaped the history of these places, along a dirt track road until we arrive in Nove, the city of ceramics. Here we will have the opportunity to view the water mills that were once used to turn the lathes for the production of ceramics. In front of us Mount Grappa and the walls of the upper castle will indicate that we have reached Marostica. We will pass Valle San Floriano, the starting point of Rosina, the prestigious mountain stage of the Giro dʼItalia, and reach the town centre. We will be welcomed by the famous square where every two years the Chess Match is held, a historic re-enactment of a 1454 event. We will wander along the medieval alleyways and admire the churches to the path that leads up to the Upper Castle, from where the spectacular views of the entire flatland can be enjoyed. For those willing to test themselves, there is a tarmac road leading to the top of the hill, to be followed rigorously on a bicycle. After dinner we can have a stroll around the town centre of Bassano and drink the tajadea on the Ponte Vecio.
Wednesday: today a very peculiar and not very well known excursion to Mount Grappa is waiting for us! Only a few people know that it is possible to cycle up to 1300m without difficulty along an almost flat route through places touched by the Great War. We will start with a bus transfer to Mount Grappa. We will set off on our bicycles along a comfortable dirt track up to Col Moschin, the location of the namesake battle of the Italian army against the Austro-Hungarian one, and we will reach the Museum of the Great War, which holds several war findings unearthed on Mount Grappa. We will get off our bikes for a short break and to admire the flat expanses underneath: from Campo Solagna the eyes can embrace the Ponte Vecchio, the Valsugana and the Altopiano di Asiago. We will leave the war trenches and tunnels behind us for a tasting of Morlacco and Bastardo del Grappa in a mountain hut before returning to our hotel.
Thursday: free day. There are still plenty of cycling itineraries that can be enjoyed in at your own pleasure, on the flatland or up to Valdobbiadene. Those wanting to have a go at rafting can book a descent on the Brenta River down the Valsugana, obviously in full safety! Fancy a bit of culture instead? In a short time you can reach Vicenza, where you can visit the Basilica Palladiana and the Rotonda, or Padova, where you can see Prato della Valle and Giottoʼs Scrovegni Chapel. After dinner we can choose one of the wine bars of the town centre in Bassano and plunge into the lively nightlife of this fascinating town.
Friday: for our final cycling excursion we will follow the Brenta Cycle Way, one of the most important cycle paths in Italy. The landscape includes section of wild nature and areas where mankind has intervened and enhanced the natural environment, with olive farms and fields that have given the Grappa and extra virgin olive oil the DOP certification. We reach the San Nazario Museum of Tobacco, along a new section of the Tobacco Way and move to the left side of the River Brenta until we get to the Nature Park of the Oliero Caves. The icing on the cake is a visit by boat of the Parolini Cave, where we can admire the Flow Room and hundreds of alabaster stalactites.
Saturday: we will leave this area and its many unforgettable views and say goodbye to the friends with whom we have shared this beautiful holiday.