Around Adriatic Tour - Part 1
DAY 1: Tour of Venice
We started our over a month long tour in Venice. It was a perfect day for visiting this unforgettable city on the water with the sun high on the sky and with just a few people in the streets. We started the city tour with Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and continued with St. Mark's square, St. Mark Basilica, Doge's Palace, Grand Canal boat ride and under Rialto Bridge, walked across Bridge of Sights. In the afternoon we did a tour briefing, checked the bikes and prepared for the first out of many riding days on this trip.
DAY 2: Venice - Riva del Garda 240 Km
In the morning we had a nice spring temperature of 10 ⁰C, later on the temperature went up to a decent 16⁰C. Getting out of Venice was quick, riding towards Treviso. We had our first coffee stop in the town of Enego, about 150 kilometers out of Venice, and from there on amazing roads awaited. We made a short stop to see Asiago World War Memorial from WWI, enjoyed a delicious lunch on the mountain pass above Levico Terme, with the snow on the side of the road, and at the end of the day a great decent to town Riva del Garda. In the evening we all enjoyed a well deserved drink on the promenade of the Lake Garda surrounded by fantastic scenery.
DAY 3: Riva del Garda – Lake Como 270 Km
It was a nice sunny day filled with twisty roads and spectacular views. In the morning we drove on the coastal road of Lake Garda passing town of Lemon, having lunch at Iseo Lake and for the grand finale of the day we rode mountain roads towards San Pellegrino and later on experienced very technical riding above the lake Como. We finished the day in nice Villa with the magnificent view of Bellagio across the bay and the mountains behind.
DAY 4: Lake Como – Porto Venere 380 Km
It was a long day today, but luckily we had a nice weather and good conditions on the road. We escaped rain and entered into Emilia Romagna region which is famous for parmesan cheese, artichokes, grappa, “limoncello” liqueur made of lemons and green basil pesto. To end the day we went for a walk to the old part of the town of Porto Venere, and visit the old fortress on the peninsula with spectacular view of the choppy sea.
DAY 5: Porto Venere rest day – Cinque Terre
It was a rest day and we spent it off the bikes visiting the spectacular fishing villages under the UNESCO Heritage the Cinque Terre. Due to not so good weather conditions we had to take the train from Porto Venere, a great starting point for exploring Cinque Terre. We visited some of the villages. The scenery was fantastic with loads of different colored houses. We had a really tasty lunch. It was a must to try green pesto with homemade gnocchi and some sea food. We finished the day with Limoncello liqueur. It was a great day spent in a great company.
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