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Medieval Mantova to Romantic Verona

Lakes, rivers & vines of northern Italy
This self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling holiday, with luggage transfers, is a treat for Renaissance lovers. The magnificent art and architecture inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Your journey takes in picturesque Lake Garda and the beautiful Sigurtà Gardens (tickets included).
Medieval Mantova to Romantic Verona. 6 nights
Medieval Mantova to Romantic Verona. 6 nights

Holiday information


A cycling holiday in northern Italy

Cycling right up to Verona’s atmospheric Roman Arena via the iconic, red-brick Scaligero Bridge is just one of many highlights on our journey on two wheels through Lombardy and the Veneto.
Mantova, where your journey begins, is a Renaissance gem. Surrounded by lakes on three sides, the city has hardly changed since the days it sheltered Shakespeare's love-struck hero Romeo, following his exile from Verona. You’ll be equally enchanted by your second stop, Valeggio, whose medieval houses jut out into the river, and your day exploring the magnificent Sigurtà Gardens will be one to remember. 
Let’s not forget the cycling itself, which reveals a wonderful variety of scenery as you journey along the picturesque banks of the River Mincio, around the southern shores of graceful Lake Garda, and through vineyards framed by the pre-Alps to reach Verona.


We are currently unable to take new bookings for this holiday, but hope to be able to do so again soon.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Mantova
    Night 1: at Casa Poli (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Out-and-back route from Mantova: 29km
    To help you warm up for the coming days, we suggest a pleasant out-and-back lakeside cycle to the west of Mantova. Passing through the Mincio Nature Reserve and the picturesque village of Grazie, your target is  Rivalta, a small river port from where you can enjoy a short boat excursion.

    Alternatively, you way wish to spend today in Mantova – a compact city that was once ruled over by the powerful Gonzaga family. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its Renaissance architecture, Mantova can easily be explored on foot, so spend your day visiting artistic treasures such as the frescoed Palazzo Ducale (closed Mondays) and Palazzo Te, as well as the 11th-century Rotunda church, then take a boat ride (pay locally) across the lake to see how, from this perspective, the elegant, red-roofed city seemingly floats on the water.
    Out-and-back route from Mantova: 29km
    Take a boat ride to gain a different perspective of Mantova
  • Mantova to Borghetto: 35km
    Leaving Mantova, you skirt its lakes and then turn north through the nature reserve bordering the gently flowing River Mincio. Keep your eyes peeled for herons, egrets and white storks as you cycle. Your target, located due east of Solferino, site of the battle in 1859 which led to the creation of the Red Cross, is Valeggio sul Mincio. This charming village is built beside the river, and some houses jut right into the water. You stay at the Hotel Faccioli in the neighbouring district of Borghetto for two nights.
    Mantova to Borghetto: 35km
    Pause for lunch
  • Circular route from Borghetto: 25km
    While it is tempting simply to potter around the village on your day here, we highly recommend cycling to nearby Sigurtà, an extensive country park referred to as a ‘temple of nature’ due to its extraordinary variety of flowering plants and trees (tickets included). Take your time to pedal along the cycle trail within the estate, where you’ll find plenty of inviting spots for a leisurely picnic, then head out into the Custoza vineyards before looping back to Borghetto.
    Circular route from Borghetto: 25km
    Sigurtà Gardens
  • Borghetto to San Vito al Mantico: 40km
    The River Mincio accompanies you north once more to its source at Peschiera, a bustling town with impressive Venetian fortifications on the shores of Lake Garda. After pausing to explore, you follow a lakeside trail before heading eastwards through vineyards and orchards to join a canal path for the final leg to Villa Sagramoso Sacchetti, a wonderful place at which to finish your holiday.
    Borghetto to San Vito al Mantico: 40km
    Pass along the shores of Lake Garda
  • Circular route from San Vito: 20km
    To conclude your journey, hop on your bikes one last time to re-join the canal path and later cycle alongside the fast-flowing River Adige into the very heart of Romeo and Juliet’s city to the Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra, arrival at which brings a real sense of achievement. We include a City Card giving a variety of free entrances and discounts, so lock up your bikes and follow the star-crossed lovers' footsteps to explore the wealth of Roman monuments – not to mention the wide array of pavement cafés and osterie  (wine bars) – which lend this romantic city such charm.
    Circular route from San Vito: 20km
    Visit Verona on your circular route from San Vito


Your accommodation is as diverse as the settings: a stylish city hotel, a small country hotel, and a historic residence in tranquil countryside.
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
  • Verona city card
  • tickets for Sigurtà Gardens

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  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – cycling holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
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  • Our cycle supplier will provide you with a hybrid bike with 21 gears; a bottle holder; waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/ saddlebags; puncture-proof tyres; lock; and a repair kit. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking. The bike shop also has a limited number of tandems.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • Bike insurance is not included in the price of our cycling holidays, and unfortunately we can't supply such insurance. Some general travel insurance policies can or do provide cover for rented bikes, so it's worth seeing if your policy is one of these. The most important thing is to ensure that you take good care of your bike (you are responsible for damage to or loss of it while it is hired to you), always being careful to lock it up, ideally to an immovable object, and removing all easy-to-steal accessories whenever you leave it unattended.
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  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
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    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
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    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
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