Il Lombardia race & Gran Fondo cycling tour

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12 Oct 2018
€ 720
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Il Lombardia race & Gran Fondo cycling tour


We LOVE Italy! In autumn this place is one of the best to be either cycling or just having fun and relaxing on the vacation. Cycling is one of the most environmentally ways of exploring and we think it is a brilliant way to explore Italy.

We are careful with the hotels we select - many chains have popped up throughout relatively untouched lands and plains and we prefer to stay in more classic, older buildings that have seen a renovation just from the inside. Isn’t it nice to look out of the window and have that historic breath around you? Historic guesthouses usually have the nicest owners. We love the fact that many things are actually self made, or bought locally. Maybe, some of our guests will get the inspiration from the stunning craftsmanship that the old architecture encompasses.

We believe promoting cycling is good for us and the planet. If everyone would go up to watch the Il Lombardia Gran Fondo in the mountains with their car, it would become suffocating! We encourage everyone to watch the race as it should be seen – on your bike or to take some of the dedicated bus services. In the higher altitudes air is much more tenuous and a lot of cars could make the situation with melting snow on the peaks even worse!

We are keen to avoid plastic usage and littering - and try and ensure our cyclists take reusable water bottles on rides.


Traveling with a sports kit is a real hassle, especially with something as clumsy to transport as a bicycle. We encourage our guests and everyone else to invest in a rental bicycle from locals. Rental bikes are a good way to have more space in our support van and we consider it as a help to local businesses. If we find a good and kind rental in the tour area we stick with it for next tours and next years, because we equally value a good deal and a good relationship with local community.

We provide a tour that goes through more rural parts of Italy. It is important that not only our guests see the racing parts where the best riders in the world battle on the steep climbs, but we want to show them everything this countryside can offer. We support local business wherever possible - from local shops to local hotels and farmers - nice cheese and meat cuts from local farmers are a must if we are near and we never forget to offer a fair deal for their services and spread a word around about the amazing place!

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