Cycling holiday in the Prosecco Hills, Italy
Description of Cycling holiday in the Prosecco Hills, Italy
The Treviso region, just north of Venice in the foothills of the Dolomites, is a revered European destination for cycling. Not only are some of the sport’s most prestigious events held here, including the Giro d’Italia, but professional cyclists also use this hilly but scenic terrain for training.
You’ll take a far more relaxed approach in the saddle however, over this enticing eight-day itinerary that takes you from Nervesa della Battaglia and the famous Montello Hill to the charming medieval town of Asolo on a hilltop, via Soligo and finally to the enchanting ‘Floating City’ itself – Venice. A decent level of physical fitness is all that’s required, although a few practice rides in the weeks before you leave wouldn’t hurt.
Cycling along peaceful back roads, you’ll pause in historic communities such as Bassano del Grappa, scene of several epic battles during World War I; Possagno, birthplace of the sculptor Antonio Canova, and Follina, renowned for its ancient Cistercian Abbey. And then of course Venice, where the must-see landmarks include the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge, and Piazza San Marco.
And naturally, every evening, an opportunity to dive in to the local gastronomy, accompanied of course by the sparkling wine for which this region has become internationally famous. This cycling holiday in the Prosecco Hills will serve just as well for gourmets as it will be for those in search of a little exercise in a spectacular location.
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1 Reviews of Cycling holiday in the Prosecco Hills, Italy
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2019 by Lucie Zillinger
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
A picnic lunch at a beautiful vista with a view of the Prosecco Hills lsyed out below us.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
This trip has excellent cycling itineraries but is very moderate in terms of actual Km's travelled. The group felt we could have done more cycling with less stops.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes we ate out of local cafes and restaurants.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
The region is beautiful and the guides were excellent. Dealing with the operator was simple and easy. All in all the trip is excellent.
PlanetAccommodation and meals:
On this trip, we spend the nights in a number of locally owned hotels, where they employ local staff and purchase their ingredients from local markets or directly from farmers wherever possible. This thereby ensures that our visit provides economic benefits to the local community. When meals are not provided, our local guides will encourage and recommend clients to eat out in local restaurants and cafes to celebrate local delicacies.
Cycling trips have very little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents though we are aware that erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, however this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, visit markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts, to help facilitate overall cultural exploration.
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal craft and Culture:
There are plenty of opportunities for clients to be exposed to the culture and history of Cambodia. In Battambang, we discover the local way of life and the small cottage industries that produce sticky rice, noodles, and fish paste. At Phnom Penh, we have a tour inside the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing fields of Choeung Ek to learn about the story of the tragic legacy of Khmer Rouge that has caused the death of approximately 1.5 million Cambodians. We will also visit the largest temple complex in Asia, Angkor wat, with its huge moat, long causeway and massive towers.
When visiting local markets and shops, we encourage clients to purchase traditional goods and souvenirs to help support local production and craft. In Siem Reap, we will visit a night market with plenty of shops that sell silk, cotton, silver and statues. Clients are also encouraged to buy craft from non-profit organization, Artisans d’Angkor which helped rebuild Cambodia’s traditional art practices after the Khmer Rouge genocide and is now employing more than 900 artisans and 1300 staff around Cambodia. Definitely, our local guide will advise clients on what to buy and what to avoid as any type of protected animal products and original stone carving before the 20th century should not be purchased.
Our local partner is dedicated in contributing to the community. Every year, they participate in the Angkor Bike Ride 4 Kids to provide financial support for organizations supporting Cambodian children. They are also a member of the Cambodian NGO, conCERT that serves as a platform to connect people who are keen to help to suitable projects. Additionally, our partner also works directly with several charitable organizations in the area providing them with regular tourism income to help them become self-sufficient.
Arrangements can be made during the trip to have a meal at any TREE restaurants, which is an alliance of training restaurants that has the goal of providing young people, which many are former street youths, with skills to become employable in the hospitality industry. Hence, by dining at one of these restaurants, it supports the students in their hospitality training and all profits are reinvested into their training and also to partner with NGOs for projects.
A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help clients understand how they can help reduce their impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from our visit.