For the Campagnolo enthusiast, for the cycling fan, for the passionate rider- this is the trip you have been waiting for. Campagnolo and Thomson Bike Tours have joined forces to bring you the ultimate insider cycling experience.
4 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
I was pleasantly surprised to realize how much the Campagnolo Experience would progressively push me to my limit. The reward of completion was far greater than expected given the magnitude of the challenge provided by the kilometers of riding and the meters of climbing each day. The trip was bookmarked by two great days, on one end with the Roma Gran Fondo (on empty streets!) and on the other with the ascent and descent of Monte Grappa. In between, the Campagnolo factory tour was superb as was the support from the Campagnolo executive leadership team throughout the week. An experienced Thomson staff, a well organized route and a great hotels added up to a trip to be remembered forever.
On so many levels this trip was awesome. You inspired me to train and ride (again, after 4 years off the bike) and you also inspired me to embrace and love what I always hated… climbing… The trip was great, the routes perfect… the hotels reasonable (as above) and the staff members were all frigging OUTSTANDING. It was an incredible week of climbing. I made some great new friends who I will ride with again and remain in touch. The Granfondo in Roma was AMAZING and the Campy tour and Joshua’s participation really made the trip great. So what’s the problem you ask? There were a couple of riders ok 3 who irritated the crap out of me. I tried to let it go and move on, but as we were together so much, it was nearly impossible to avoid and Ghandi I am not. From asking for a “mocha” in an Umbrian hillside town bar, to expecting restaurant staff to get honey to put in his coffee, to shitting all over the walls of an illy cafe and getting us all kicked out.. these constant irritations were too much for me to shake off. Imagine if i had roomed with this guy? I’m sure you have crazier stories than that one, but for what it costs and the time involved, I’m hesitant to take the plunge again unless I know well in advance who I will be with on the trip. I generally do not leave the USA for Europe so I can be with Americans acting like Americans in Europe. Unless it’s a private trip or you guys have selective by invitation trips, I’d probably pass on another random encounter. Thanks again for doing your utmost to make this an outstanding week in the saddle. I truly enjoyed it on many levels.
Thomson is the best. This was our fourth trip and one of my favorites for the variety of riding, competing in the Roma Fondo and getting up and close with the Campagnolo family and factory. I was a little disappointed at the Fondo that we didn’t have timing chips. I came to compete at the Fondo and not just ride it. Thomson always says “WE RIDE” and I think that the attraction for me is that it’s going to be hard efforts and pushing the limits. The Fondo was treated more as a sight seeing ride to the group. If we go again next year, be advised, I’m racing. Also - Peter had told us that this was NOT a good non-rider trip. My wife Chris had an amazing time and actually really liked riding in the luggage van and arriving early at the hotels. She is good at finding spas, winery, food and things to do. She may not be the “normal” non-rider, but she loved this trip even better than the Tour de France trips. Overall satisfaction is HIGH with the trip!
TBT has the most desireable itineraries, run by the best team in the business. The number of repeat clients is testament to the quality of a TBT experience.
The Campagnolo Experience offers so much more than a spectacular week of cycling across Italy. This special collaboration celebrates one of the industry’s premier brands with exclusive access and surprises around every bend. It begins with a privileged starting position in front of the Coliseum for the Rome Gran Fondo, and it ends in Vicenza, with a private tour inside Campagnolo Headquarters closed doors. In between, we’ll tackle the 600 km of challenging Apennine Mountains that separate Rome from Vicenza - and on the final day we’ll challenge ourselves on one of Italy’s most infamous climbs - Monte Grappa! Experience the Italian history, routes, and culture that inspired the craftsmanship and innovation that is Campagnolo.
Granfondo Campagnolo Roma
123km 1,970m of elevation
The legendary course offers a rare and extraordinary opportunity to ride though the closed streets of Rome. After winding through the ancient landmarks and sensational stone streets, the route transcends to the beautiful countryside of the Castelli Romani, tackling 4 classic climbs:
- Cronoscalata di Rocca di Papa 7.7km
- Salita “Le Macere” 5.3km
- Cronoscalata Rocca Prioria 6km
- Cronoscalata Tuscolo (Monteporzio Catone) 3km
Welcome to Italy! Our staff will meet you at Rome Airport before the short transfer to our hotel in the center of historical Rome.
Campagnolo Gran Fondo Roma
Today we’ll enjoy a privileged starting position at the world famous Campagnolo Roma Gran Fondo.
The fondo starts on closed roads in central Rome with the Coliseum and other famous monuments providing a spectacular back-drop. From downtown Rome the route heads south-east into the beautiful landscapes that surround Lake Albano where the Pope enjoys his summer residence.
Enjoy a magical day on closed roads with thousands of passionate cyclists and meet numerous Campagnolo celebrites and famous riders. Granfondo Details
We’ll ride out of Rome to one of the gems of the outskirts, Bracciano Lake. From here, get ready to experience a Thomson tradition: steep climbs. This time you will find yourself fighting on Rocca Romana, one of the most serious hills in Rome. Once on the top you will be in a new world. Quaint, windy roads will lead the way through the picturesque Italian countryside. We’ll climb the long and steady Monti Cimini before arriving in Orvieto, a quintessential Italian village, with it’s spectacular cathedral sitting on top of the cliff.
Saying goodbye to Orvieto may be hard, but knowing that we’ll be heading into Tuscany will ease the pain. This stage offers the best of the best in terms of distance and beauty with no less than 4 categorised climbs along our route. 140km, over 3000m of elevation-rolling hills and the hors-categorie Monte Amiata, the highest mountain in Tuscany! Your legs will keep you rolling through this cycling dreamland as your eyes capture all the natural and historical beauty of the region.
Get ready for a classic Tuscany route, elevated to Thomson standards. Another challenging day with almost 3000m of elevation over a distance of 146km. Today most of the elavation will be provided by short, steep climbs - typical of the region. Enjoy the countless hilltop villages - we’ll stop in a few for an espresso and soak in the local culture. We’ll ride by the legendary Gaiole in Chianti, home of L’Eroica Granfondo - signalling the start of 3 successive Chianti climbs. Enjoy the ride!
From Tuscany to Emilia Romagna
Today we leave Tuscany and head for Emilia Romagna, home to many famous Italian cyclists including the late Marco Pantani. We’ll say goodbye to the rolling terrain and get into serious long climbs. Almost straight out of the hotel we’re faced with the 9km climb to Vallombrosa. Next up is the well known Passo Giogo, and one final one, Passo Raticosa. The descent takes us into Emilia Romagna, where our incredible hotel awaits. It’s an impressive refurbished XVIII century villa…placed on the top of a long, steep hill. Welcome to Thomson Bike Tours!
Before we enter the Campagnolo World, we’ll ride their roads to understand the magic and heritage of this company. We have designed a special route between the Padova and Vicenza hills. Unknown to most of the world, these hills are favoirted by hundreds of local riders. Big name Italian pros, like Marco Marcato and Gianluca Brambilla still live and train there. It is cycling heaven- many of the hills have been used by the Giro d’Italia. We’ll arrive in Vicenza, and you will be ready for a VIP, inside look at the passion of Campagnolo. Enjoy an exclusive tour inside the Campy Headquarters.
Monte Grappa x 2
Our objective today is one of the most spectacular and most famous climbs in Italian cycling: Monte Grappa!
There are 10 ways up this massive mountain, and today we’ll be tackling two of them, for a grand total of 3400m of elevation in 100km. Enjoy!
At the end of the day, we’ll pour some prosecco and toast an enchanting week of Italian cycling and culture.
Unfortunately our trip must come to an end. After breakfast we’ll drop you off at the Venice Marco Polo Airport. Arrivederci!