(7° Tappa Giro d'Italia )

Starting from € 1244

A week’s cycling between the Adriatic Coast and the most majestic Massif of the Apennine Chain, following the Giro d'Italia.
The Gran Sasso d'Italia, which is in the very centre of the peninsula, with its 2912 metres is the highest mountain in Italy that does not belong to the Apennine Chain.
Six days on your bicycle with enthusiasts from around the world and our professional guides and all the bike services that hotel Dory provides.
We will go on three excursions in the Romagna countryside along itineraries that we have planned for you on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and then there are three exciting legs in the mountains of the Gran Sasso d’Italia Massif with two cycling guides and a minibus to assist us at all times. The arrival of the last leg will be in the city of L’Aquila, where we will see the arrival of the seventh leg of the Giro d’Italia.

The routes and the description of the tour

S. Benedetto in P. - L'Aquila
(Gran Sasso Tour)
67 km 1482 mt
S. Benedetto in P. - Campo Imperatore
(Gran Sasso Tour)
67 km 2035 mt

We will leave from Riccione by Minibus early in the morning. After about 3 hours on the motorway and half an hour on mountain roads we will reach the town of San Benedetto in Perillis, where we will check-in to the hotel right away and have a light lunch in a typical trattoria of the area, and in the early afternoon we will leave right away for the first tour in the nearby mountains, which will last about three hours.
Then, we will have dinner in a restaurant in town.

On the second day we will climb the Massif of the Gran Sasso d'Italia until we reach the wide highland of Campo Imperatore 1800 metres above sea level. Impressive and majestic, uninhabited and bare, surrounded by mountains, and almost unsettling in its vastness, it has been the setting of many scenes of the “Spaghetti Western” films which were shot in the 60s and 70s. The climb towards Campo Imperatore despite its length is not especially hard, and it is characterised by an average 3/4 % slope. For the less fit there will also be the chance to take a short trip by minibus in order to set off from a higher point thus reducing the length and elevation gain of the trip.
Those who wish to can go back to the hotel by bike by cycling another 60 kilometres, which are almost all downhill.

On the third and last leg of the trip we will leave the mountains of the Gran Sasso and head towards the city of L'Aquila, along a mountain route with continuous slopes and descents, which is dotted by evocative old hill top towns, and which affords a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains.
When we get to L'Aquila, we will visit the village of the Giro d'Italia and watch the arrival of the professionals, so we will be able to watch the final rush and see them up close! At around 6 pm with our minibuses we will leave for Riccione, where we will arrive at around 11 pm after having had a last pizza together in Gabicce.

The week programme:
SATURDAY Arrival in Riccione and check-in at Hotel Dory
6.00 pm Welcome cocktail and information to participants
7.00 pm Welcome Dinner
SUNDAY 9.30 am Tour in the Romagna and Marche Regions 80/90 kms
7.00 pm Dinner

9.30 am Tour in the Romagna and Marche Regions 80/90 kms
1.00 pm Barbecue in Vecciano at the country house and tasting of balsamic vinegar
6.00 pm Breafing with the guides for useful information over the trip to Siena
7.00 pm Dinner

TUESDAY 8.30 am Route in the Marche region of about 100/120 km
at 6.00 pm breafing with the guides on the Tour Gran Sasso d'Italia
7.00 pm dinner
WEDNESDAY 8.30 am Transfer by minibus Riccione - San Benedetto in Perillis (AQ)
12:30 pm Arrival at the hotel and check-in
Light lunch in a trattoria
at 15:00 departure for a first bike tour of about 30/40 kilometers
at 20.00 dinner in a typical restaurant
THURSDAY 8.30 am departure for the bike tour to Campo Imperatore with two groups:
Cappuccino group 67 kilometers and group Cappuccino Light 50 kilometers with transfer by minibus
Light lunch along the way and possibility of descent from Campo Imperatore to the hotel by bike
7.00 pm dinner
FRIDAY 8.30 am departure for the bike tour to the city of l'Aquila of 67 kilometers with the two groups Cappuccino and Cappuccino Light
Light Lunch along the way
around 2:00 pm arrival in L'Aquila, visit of the Village of the Tour of Italy where we will see the arrival of the riders.
6.00 pm Departure from L'Aquila to Riccione by minibus
10.00 pm dinner in a pizzeria in Gabicce Monte and return to the Hotel in Riccione


General information

  • The program is open to well-trained cyclists; the average speed will be 18-22 km per hour (Cappuccino and Cappuccino Light groups)
  • All services for cyclists and also a first-aid and mechanical service minibus following the group during the 3-day excursion.
  • The cost of the package is indicative and is calculated on a minimum of 12 participants to a max of 14.
  • Please bring a small trolley with the bare essentials for 3 days (not large Samsonite suitcases :-)
  • The suggested weekly program can be modified and agreed with us at your convenience

Where we sleep
3***/4**** stars hotel in San Benedetto in Perillis. Prices are per person, in double or twin room, either Superior room or miniapartment. Single room supplement € 40 per day.

Andrea Gennari

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