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The Colomba d’Oro, a perfect hideaway for trekking and cycling lovers

The Colomba d’Oro, a perfect hideaway for trekking and cycling lovers

Trekking and cycling lovers

The Colomba d’Oro is the only 4-star hotel near the Verona Arena, and is also the perfect deal for lovers of cycle tourism or trekking, the ideal home base for exploring and discovering the natural treasures that surround the city.

Just outside the ancient walls that once delimited the city and marked the beginning of the countryside, you can live unforgettable experiences among landscapes of water, nature, history, hills, architecture, in places famous for a particular dish, or for a wine. Don’t have your bike with you? It’s not a problem: our hotel with private parking in Verona offers all guests a bike rental service.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Nature on the Torricelle

The hills known as Torricelle are located close to the historic center: the name means “small towers” and comes from the watchtowers that were built here to keep watch over the fortified city. The ideal is to start – on foot from the steps in front of the Ponte Pietra, or with the funicular or even by bike – treating yourself to the panoramic view from Castel San Pietro. From here, along the walls, you can arrive at a large park where young people gather to study, play football or simply laze in the sun. You can then follow the path that will take you to the Opera Don Calabria, from where you can once again admire the city of the Colomba d’Oro from above, with its bell towers standing out against the skyline. If you prefer to rest or have a picnic, the nearby Parco delle Colombare is the place.

Along the Adige River

If you like walking or cycling with the sound of water in the background, we recommend following the course of the Adige River to the Chievo district, less than 10 kilometers from the Colomba d’Oro. Here you can treat yourself to a short stop at the park of Villa Pullè, an example of architecture dating back to the 18th century, which gives a touch of finesse to the neighborhood; or you can head to the 1800s Austrian fort and the Chievo dam, which tell the story of the area. By crossing the bridge you can continue your journey to Quinzano, a neighborhood on the north-western hills of Verona, a short distance from Valpolicella.

Up to Lombardy

A longer bike ride that we recommend is the one that starts in Peschiera del Garda, reachable by train or car, and arrives in Mantua, passing through Valeggio sul Mincio and Borghetto sul Mincio, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. 45 kilometers in the moraine hills, inside the Mincio River Natural Park, on the Mincio Cycle Path, the longest “green highway” in Italy.

At Lake Garda

A few dozen kilometers from the Hotel Colomba d’Oro there’s one of the most fascinating natural jewels of northern Italy: Lake Garda. Once you reach the Chievo district, just keep going towards Bussolengo via the Ciclabile del Sole bicycle path; here you will cycle surrounded by enchanting landscapes, with vineyards dotting the countryside. You will then pass through picturesque villages such as Pastrengo and Calmasino, immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere of this land rich in history and wine tradition. Along the Adige cycle path, you will arrive at Rocca del Garda, from which you can admire the charming Punta San Vigilio (the tip of a promontory which juts out towards the center of the lake). This is a day-long stroll dedicated to nature and discovery, with breathtaking panoramic points, caressed by the fresh air of the lake.

At the foot of Lessinia

Starting from the Santa Croce district, north-east of Verona, by bike or on foot you can reach Valpantena, a valley at the foot of Lessini mountains. Just outside the city but surrounded by nature is Santa Maria in Stelle, a small village 10 kilometers from the Colomba d’Oro, where you can visit the hypogeum, an archaeological site and a unique place of Christian worship.

Then following the signs for Quinto and Poiano, biking along a gently sloping road that leads to a panoramic view, surrounded by the vineyards and olive groves, you can relax among the fields, with the mountains of Lessinia as a backdrop.

And once your getaway is over, you deserve a good aperitivo in the lounge bar of the Colomba d’Oro!