The Sun Route


From 660€
About 45 km/day Departure on Sundays 8 days, 7 nights, 6 days by bike

Verona, Lake Garda, Mantua, Bologna: an easy ride looking for bike paths and good food

EUROVELO 7 goes from the North Cape to Malta. We ride it here from Verona to Bologna so to visit extraordinary UNESCO heritage cities (Verona, Mantua, Bologna) and have the chance to slowly discover often unrecognized territories: the Po Valley countryside reshaped by the hand of man, with its artistic and food&wine heritage. Starting in Verona, we head West, stop in Peschiera del Garda, continue along the green Mincio River bike path to Mantua. We meet then Po and Secchia rivers, before intercepting the bicycle path on the old disused railway that from Mirandola has us pedaling safely to Osteria Nuova. The last stretch to get to our destination is a bit more complex, but great will be the satisfaction of arriving at Piazza Maggiore, the heart of Bologna!

ABOUT THE BIKE ROUTES The route runs mostly on bike path. The first leg between Verona and Lake Garda is the only one with some up and downs. The road surface is mostly paved; there are some gravel sections.

  • Verona, Mantua, Bologna: beautiful historical cities
  • Lake Garda: don't miss a swim in its waters!
  • The Po Valley: land of great food and of an unexpected Carnival

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Luggage on the bike or EXTRA luggage transfer?

• If you choose to carry your luggage with you, your bike will be equipped with 2 rear bags. You can leave your trolley at our shop at departure. This is the most sustainable way to travel! • If you want to ride as light as possibile, add the daily van service of luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel.

EXTRA Bike or e-bike rental

If you like, rent the bike with us! It includes: one or two panniers, a front handlebar bag, the mobile holder, repair kit, helmet, lock.

EXTRA Food&wine experiences

If you like, add the tastings! We selected for you nice producers and locations where to enjoy a break. On this tour you will be able to taste: organic wines from Lake Garda, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, tigelle, typical cured meats and cheeses from Emilia, and take an independent food tour of Bologna.

Hotels of a higher level?

With the Standard package you'll stay overnight in 3-star Hotels, Bed&breakfast and a modern Hostel in Bologna. With the Superior package, overnight stays in Verona, Mantua and Bologna will be in 4-star Hotels.


From the still intact vestiges of Roman times, among them the Arena, to medieval ones such as the Castelvecchio Bridge, which tell the story of Romeo and Juliet, to the grand noble palaces, every street in Verona is bound to fascinate you.

6 PM Bike fitting (if rental included).

Overnight in Verona.

We leave Verona cycling first on the bike path along the Biffis Canal and then through vineyards and olive groves inland from Lake Garda on low-traffic roads to Peschiera del Garda.

Look for a beach or visit the Peschiera Fortress, the impressive 19th-century defensive work of the Habsburg Quadrilateral.

FOOD&WINE If you add the extra food&wine experience, today you’ll taste organic local wine of the Bardolino area at a family run farm.

Overnight in Peschiera del Garda.

We take the quiet Mincio Cycle Path that follows the placid, emerald-green flow of the Mincio.

The first stop may be Borghetto sul Mincio, a few houses and many mills on the river, an ancient place with a special charm, above which stands the beautiful medieval castle of Valeggio sul Mincio, with its swallow-tailed Ghibelline battlements.

The stage destination is Mantua, a charming medieval city surrounded by three lakes. The arrival between Lago Superiore and Lago di Mezzo is striking and even more so in summer with the blossoming of the Lotus flowers.

Overnight in Mantua.

From Mantua, we shortly plunge into the countryside, among canals and cultivated fields, pedaling along the Mincio River to Governolo, which was a fortified village with a castle, later destroyed. Now the partially buried waterworks, a tower with a clock and a few houses remain.
On the next stretch we skirt the Po, the longest river in Italy, with a wide basin, now partly sandy because of widespread drought. Our stop is Ostiglia, a simple, hard-working town that grew up along the river. To relax, a dip in the hotel pool awaits us.

Overnight in Ostiglia.

Crossing the bridge over the Po, we find the town of Revere, admire the Ducal Palace with its tower and then resume the road westward along the P embankment, high above the surrounding countryside.

We soon leave the Po and descend to skirt the winding course of the Secchia River. Along the river we find Concordia sulla Secchia, the first municipality in the Emilian area. Passing through the streets of the center we can still see the wounds inflicted by the 2012 earthquake.

We now head into the countryside surrounding Mirandola, the birthplace of Giovanni Pico dei Conti della Mirandola, a 15th-century Italian philosopher. The town still retains its original octagonal plan and welcomes us with a large square, the Pico family’s beautiful medieval castle, and a small but lively historic center.

FOOD&WINE If you add the extra food&wine experience, today you’ll taste Balsamic Vinegar at small farm in the countryside.

Overnight stay in Mirandola.

Shortly after the center of Mirandola, we come to the section of the Ciclovia del Sole recently built on decommissioned railroad tracks. The route runs alongside the active railroad of the Brenner-Bologna line.

We meet San Felice sul Panaro with the beautiful Rocca Estense (a brick castle with Ghibelline battlements), cross Crevalcore passing through the long porticoes, characteristic of Emilian cities, and arrive in San Giovanni in Persiceto, which surprises us with unexpected attractions: from the Museum of Physics, to the small squares with splendid murals, to the very ancient history of Carnival, traces of which we can find scattered throughout the town.

FOOD&WINE If you add the extra food&wine experience, today you’ll taste salami and cheese of local producers at a shop.

Overnight in San Giovanni in Persiceto.

Just a few kilometers separate us from Osteria Nuova where we leave the bike path on the former railroad track and a somewhat convoluted route awaits us to safely enter the great city of Bologna, jokingly defined in three words: the learned, the red, and the fat. It is the rich city of a thousand porticoes, soaring towers, ancient university, renowned and tasty cuisine, and so much more to see.

In Piazza Nettuno, which with Piazza Maggiore represents the center of the city, we are expected to arrive at the Bologna Welcome Info Point. We can safely leave our bicycles here for a walking tour of the historic center and to take advantage of a free visit to the Clock Tower, which allows us to admire the city from above.

FOOD&WINE If you add the extra food&wine experience, today you’ll be on a self guided food tour of Bologna with 4 stops.

We pick up our bicycles to arrive at our accommodation in Bologna, a modern hostel with a youthful atmosphere.

Breakfast, check out and end of the services. Arrivederci!

Price and information

Travel Package, 8 days, 7 nights, 6 days by bike


660,00 € Accommodation in double room, without luggage transfer

940,00 € Accommodation in single room, without luggage transfer

610,00 € Accommodation in triple room, without luggage transfer

528,00 € Teen under 16 years, in the third bed

PRICE PER PERSON / SUPERIOR PACKAGE (4-stars Hotels in Verona, Mantua and Bologna)

950,00 € Accommodation in double room, without luggage transfer

1455,00 € Accommodation in single room, without luggage transfer

  • 135,00 € Luggage transfer supplement (This option must be chosen by all or none of the participants. The price is per person and it is a Special price 2024!)
  • 120,00 € Food&wine experiences Supplement (4 experiences)
  • Downpayment 130,00 €
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 people.

• STANDARD PACKAGE: 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel*** or similar (1 in Verona, 1 in Peschiera del Garda, 1 in Mantua, 1 in Ostiglia, 1 in Mirandola, 1 in San Giovanni in Persiceto, 1 in Bologna) Please note that you’ll spend the last overnight in Bologna at a modern Hostel.

• SUPERIOR PACKAGE: 7 overnights with breakfast in Hotel**** (in Verona, Mantua and Bologna) and in Hotel*** (in Peschiera del Garda, Ostiglia, Mirandola and San Giovanni in Persiceto)

• 6 itineraries by bike: GPX tracks and PDF road book

• Daily luggage transfer (not included in the price without luggage transfer)

• Pick up of the bikes in Bologna

• Telephonic assistance 24/7

• Basic insurance of medical assistance

  • Bike rental (see extra)
  • Meals
  • City taxes
  • Anything not listed among the included services


+ 110.00 € Rental of hybrid bike for 6 days, including lock, helmet, mobile holder, small front bag and pannier, delivered in Verona and collected in Bologna

+ 220.00 € Rental of touring e-bike for 6 days, including lock, helmet, mobile holder, small front bag and pannier, delivered in Verona and collected in Bologna

+ 220.00 € Rental of gravel bike for 6 days, including lock, helmet, mobile holder, small front bag and undersaddle bag, delivered to Verona and collected in Bologna

+ 120.00 € For 4 food&wine experiences in farms, local shops or nice locations along the road

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  1. Select the date you want to start the tour on the calendar of the tour page and choose the services you look for. Insert your data and pay the downpayment (about the 20% of the sum of the basic tour price). If you book within March 1st 2024, don’t forget to use the discount code ITINERACLUB.
  2. Within about a week, we’ll send you the contract with all the confirmed services.
  3. 4 weeks before the tour, the system will send you the link for the final payment (the balance). Once this last payment is done, we’ll send you all materials:
    • The road book of your tour
    • The link to install the navigation app on your mobile phone
    • The final tour summary with all the booked services
    • The activation of the basic insurance
    • The invoice of your full payment (downpayment + balance)

As required by international legislation protecting the traveler, the traveler has the right to reconsider for a period of 5 days.

After 5 days from the down payment, it will not be refunded.

After the payment of the balance, you can cancel your booking with these penalties:

  • Cancellation up to 15 days before departure: 50% refund.
  • Cancellation later than 14 days before departure: no refund.

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