Our trip started in Bolzano at the base of the mountains and followed the Adige river south to Lake Garda and then east to Verona, Vicenza and Venice. Our guide, Michele, is a great guide who did absolutely everything possible to support the riders and he used his local knowledge to ensure that we got to see the local treasures and enjoy great meals with wonderful service. The trip was rated 2 which is a good rating, although we experienced some wind in the Adige valley that was a challenge for all of us. The trip route is really special because you experience a number of cultures as you travel from north to south and then easterly. This was our first time in Italy. Italy is a really wonderful country and the history is remarkable. Michele loves Italy and his knowledge and passion for what he does really made the trip an unforgettable experience.
We did have an unfortunate fall on the ride when two bikes touched. We were fully supported and cared for and we were able to resume riding the next day. I think you learn a lot about people in times of stress and Michele performed great. He ensured that we were taken care of and transported to our hotel. Then he got the ride going so that the others were able to complete the day.