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Roman Roads of France & Italy
Tour Location
Country:
France (New Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alps Côtes d'Azur), Italy (Piedmont, Aosta & Liguria, Tuscany)
From:
Libourne
To:
Florence
Tour Information
Duration:
30 days
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
€4475
Tour Distance & Dates
Month(s):
Jun, Aug, Sep
Tour Operator:
Blue Marble Travel

Roman Roads of France & Italy

30 Days

Everybody’s dream: biking in vineyards first planted by Romans, through soft hills, by Mediterranean shores. The smell of lavender, lines of dark cypress on white limestone hills, almond and olive groves....

Communities organized 2,000 years ago still operate on their original city charters. Battles fought in the 16th century prevent today’s marriages between adjoining valleys. Arrow-straight roads laid out by legionnaires are now farm lanes and cycle paths. Time lines are different in this part of the world. Things here feel as if they have always been, and will always be.

Southwestern France is dotted with castles that are the relics of religious wars fought into the 18th century. Today they watch over some of the most beautiful cycling in Europe, married to one of her great cuisines.

On to Provence, where climate and terrain soften, tomatoes and rosemary appear in the sauces. A kingdom once located between France and Italy, and which joined the former, reveals colors, styles (and politics) which we associate with the latter.

Finally to Tuscany: Pisa, Siena, and the definition of a soft landscape everywhere between. Olive groves, fortified hill towns, and hearty chiantis lead us to Florence, where the ghosts of the Medici accompany bikeless ramblings. . . .
Inclusions
Bike
Breakfasts, most dinners
Exclusions
Baggage services
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