Ride a bike to medieval wine-producing villages located south of Rome. This 6-hour excursion takes you through a lovely landscape overlooking volcanic lakes ... More info ›
Ride a bike to medieval wine-producing villages located south of Rome. This 6-hour excursion takes you through a lovely landscape overlooking volcanic lakes. Visit the hill towns of Castel Gandolfo and Frascati, famous for their wines and local cuisine. Your guide offers an authentic experience of Italian culture and stops at an 'osteria' for a taste of internationally acclaimed white wine.
Meet at the bike shop, where your guide will set up your bike to match your riding style; hybrids or road bikes are the best option for this full-day tour, which covers roughly 37 miles (60 km) round-trip with a small group limited to 10 people.
Leaving Rome behind, you'll head out along the Appia Nuova, a fairly busy road, which takes you to the foothills of the Alban Hills. The climb up to the top of the crater overlooking Lake Albano from the town of Castel Gandolfo is steady and regular, without steep sections. Upon reaching the top, continue on to a cafe situated in the main piazza overlooking the town square and lake. Take a moment to catch your breath and sip a cappuccino while surrounded by the Pontifical Palace and Church.
Cycling around part of the lake takes you up to an excellent viewpoint overlooking the town. On your way downhill, you'll catch glimpses of the lake below. Pass by Marino, another city known for its wine and fizzy water, as it is situated along the volcano. You'll arrive at your destination in Frascati, a medieval towns with villas built by popes, cardinals, and Roman nobility.
Make a stop at a historical osteria, famous for its long-running wine-making heritage. You'll sample some of the best white wine produced from grapes grown of the slopes surrounding the town, accompanied by fruit and bread or snacks, before heading back to Rome.