1 independent reviews for Pisa to Cinque Terre cycling holiday in Italy

Reviews for Pisa to Cinque Terre cycling holiday in Italy


review 2 Oct 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The shepherd's refuge at the top of the mountain on the optional day was beautiful, and the mountains generally were lovely. Lucca was also beautiful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Train on hill climbing. The distances aren't big but there are some serious and sustained climbs! Go on the optional ride, even if you skip the climb and go in the van, it's the best scenery of the week.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I don't know if it had much impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a bit disappointing, to be honest, compared with other Italian cycle tours I have done. The guide was English, so we didn't learn about the history or the culture of the places we visited (his organizational skills weren't the finest either). We didn't so much as whiz through Florence, despite staying right outside the gate, a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio. The scenery on the first two days was not inspiring, until we got into the mountains (don't expect much classic Tuscan landscape, it's all about the mountains, which are lovely). The towns we stayed in weren't that exciting, until Lucca, which is really lovely. Even the food wasn't all that inspiring, and the waiting times to be served were immense, even at lunchtime. Finally, the 'challenging' aspect of the tour attracted fast and competitive cyclists, some of whom wanted to race through the rides and hit the bar until the early hours, which wasn't what I was there for. It made it less comfortable as a solo female traveller than other tours that I have done.

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