Southern Dolomites

Cycling in the Dolomites

 The Southern Dolomites are dominated by the famous Monte Grappa, considered one of the bucket list climbs to do in Italy. The Southern Dolomites rises up from the Venitian Plain, making it an ideal destination for cycling, with access to the Dolomites and the flatter riding to the South. This area is steeped in cycling history and has been a favourite area to visit for the Giro d'Italia.

Southern Dolomites

The magnificent Dolomite Mountains is a UNESCO world heritage site. The southern Dolomites may not have the altitude of it's Northern neighbours, but it is still  home to some of the best road riding in Europe. Combine the scenic terrain with the Italian love of cycling; and you begin to appreciate why so many cyclists come here. Unlike the Northern Dolomites, the climate is moderated by the nearby Adriatic Sea, meaning you can ride here for more months of the year.



Although most hotels are situated in one of the charming little villages to the North of Treviso that are nestled at the base of the Southern Dolomites, it is hard to talk about the region without mentioning Treviso. Treviso is a beautifully Italian town, based upon a network of canals. It has many Piazza’s, battlements and vaulted arcades, that date from the 16th-century, including a fountain that used to dispense wine. The cuisine in this region is magnificent and varied. Dumplings, Pasta, fresh fish and Goulash all make for a hearty post cycling meal. 


Bike highlights

Route highlight

Monte Grappa towers above the other mountains in the southern Dolomites and with nine ascents to the summit it is possible to spend a day riding up and down the mountain with a different experience each time. 

Bike difficulty

Difficulty level

The terrain is not as mountainous as it would be staying in the higher Dolomites mountains to the north of Monte Grappa but the riding is nevertheless tougher than the flat and rolling countryside to the south near Venice and Treviso.

Bike best times

Best time to go

As you are not as high up as being based in the heart of the Dolomites to the north the climbs have mostly opened by April, but for the best weather of the year we would suggest visiting between May and September. 

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