Inspired Italy

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BE A TRAVELLER - not a tourist Cycling to be Enjoyed - not endured! Electric Bike Tours through rural Umbria and Tuscany. Leave the Lycra at Home! Dolomite Ski Safaris - an on-piste journey from high-mountain rifugio to rifugio.
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Graham S
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We have just spent eight days completing the GIROe e-bike tour of Tuscany.

The tour was led throughout by Tim, with Roberto accompanying us for the first few days. Inspired Italy’s organisation was excellent, from first enquiries, through to getting us antigen tested and safely on our way home at the end of the tour. Tim was the perfect host and knowledgeable guide and he put together a varied programme of riding, gastronomy and sampling of the regional wines!

We are reasonably keen, but ‘mature’ leisure cyclists and at first we were a little apprehensive about our abilities to complete the six-day, 365km cycling trip. The Lapierre Xelius e-bikes allowed us to find our own level, whilst giving us a real sense of achievement at journey’s end. Tim and Roberto gave us advice and encouragement so that we were able to pace ourselves and complete each of the daily rides with confidence. The bikes are well maintained and were set up to suit our sizing and individual needs on the first morning.

We experienced the wonderful and varied range of Tuscan scenery, in perfect temperatures, with only one rain shower, which we were able to observe during our lunch stop under the awning of our restaurant.

We would highly recommend this adventure to anyone who wishes to combine serious road cycling with an interesting and stimulating holiday in beautiful Tuscany.

Even with the Covid restrictions, travelling to and from Italy was fairly straightforward.
Buying the pre and post travel tests in the UK was fairly easy and Inspired Italy arranged a quick visit to a farmacia for our antigen tests for the return journey.
Written October 3, 2021
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Ciao Graham! Thank you so much for your generous reveiw. It was great to see you pumping up those hills and extending your horizons. We'd love to have you both back at any time.
Written October 3, 2021
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Sonja G
Lexington, KY4 contributions
Family
For us it was a family affair and from the start, we could tell w Inspired Italy's help it was going to be an adventure to remember. We typically make our own travel arrangements and it was our first time to hire a tour company; but this wasn't your typical tour. From the initial planning to our actual ski safari, our guide Louise knew everything needed for the changing conditions we encountered (and we did encounter them!). Having done this for so many years, and being a local who knew the weather, the terrain and how to accommodate the demands of both; she had our small group coalesce into a smooth-running ski party from our first day. She is on a first-name basis with the Refugio proprietors, (not to mention the Dolomite Peaks), and she guided us to the best menus, the best beds, and the best accommodations. Sometimes compromises had to be decided, Did this place have the best chef and the sweetest sleep, even if not the most modern appearance? (And if you've skied all day, you know what's most important: fantastic meals and a superb sleep.) She knew all the ins and outs and could accommodate changing circumstances and demands on a moment's notice. Touring with Inspired Italy meant we skied the best trails for that day and its weather conditions, even as it constantly changed. One day we even had the skies turn orange from a sandstorm in the Sahara! It was such an amazing blessing to have our wonderful guide Louise; I would advise never attempting this adventure of skiing a tour through the Dolomites on your own.

And Covid? I was comfortable the whole way: every Refugio was spotlessly clean and hygienic, every gondola, tram, bus and taxi was spotless and required FFP2 masks to be worn, and every experience we had in airports and on the planes gave me confidence this part of the world knew how to handle the pandemic demands. Don't yet stay home because of fearing illness, get out and get healthy skiing the Dolomites with Inspired Italy. I recommend it!
Written March 19, 2022
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Vanessa B
Brooklyn2 contributions
Having just returned home from our amazing Ski Safari in the Dolomites, we have so many wonderful memories that it’s hard to know where to begin! My husband and I originally booked this dream vacation for January 2021 so our anticipation was high when our time to travel finally arrived. We were not disappointed! This trip was everything we had hoped for and more. The scenery was incredible, each meal was delicious, the accommodations were more comfortable than I anticipated, we loved our group with lots of fun dinner conversation, and the skiing itself simply awesome. We skied more than we have on any other ski trip and each day we couldn’t wait to get back on the piste, even if some mornings we were a tad bit sore. Black runs were always optional but I’m so glad I pushed past my comfort zone to be thrilled by runs like the Saslong, backpack and all. Best of all, we had an amazing guide who was full of local knowledge and all of the logistics were handled flawlessly. We simply had to get up each morning, take in the gorgeous sunrise on the mountains, pack up our backpacks, click into our skis and off we went on that day’s adventure. Each day was even better than the last, with breathtaking vistas and amazing terrain. We are so thankful to Tim and Lou for answering all our questions along the way and making sure we felt safe and cared for at every turn. I simply can’t recommend this trip highly enough. We can’t wait to go back!
Written January 30, 2022
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Rachel Baker
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Just back from the venture ski safari with my husband and our two adult children 27, and 24. The whole experience was thrilling and magical. Plenty of skiing in stunning locations, that we'd never have found on our own. The itinerary was chosen with real care to make each day special. The refugi were in fabulous locations and waking up each morning to sunrises on top of the dolomites was unforgettable. The food was great, guiding spot on and made us all feel in the safest hands. For once we didn't have to have the tedious arguments about who was deciding the way! Sharing a room with our adult kids was surprisingly fun too. What a way to bond as a family! I would recommend this holiday to anyone who loves skiing and mountains. The perfect antidote to the stress of the last two of years, and worth all the hassle to travel there.
Written January 18, 2022
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Grazie very much Rachel! You have a truly superfamily and I so loved spending the time with you guys. It was indeed a memorable week. Thanks so much for trusting us and we're just so happy that it hit all the right buttons! Ciao, ciao! Tim
Written January 18, 2022
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Fabrice C
Newbury, NH48 contributions
This is the most amazing ski trip I have ever had.
The Dolimiti Superski area is one of the largest in the world with 1,200 kms of pistes over 16 connected resorts. The scenery is beautiful and the weather during my stay was great.
The package offered by Inspired Italy is really unique and exceptional. A guide leads a small group of maximum 7 guests all week across all the resorts. Our guide Derek knew the ski area like the palm of his hand and we never skied the same piste in 6 days. We skied an average of 40 kms and 9,000 m vertical per day.
Finally, the stays at the rifugi at night were unbelievable. These are not mountaineering huts. These are luxurious accomodations at the top of mountains with amazing views and excellent italian food.
After spending a week on this ski safari, I do not believe I will ever be interested in spending many days in the same ski resort and the same hotel.
I will most certainly sign up for another Ski Safari instead
Written February 15, 2022
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Elizabeth
Goettingen, Germany6 contributions
Couples
I was a “non-riding” partner (along with a few others) and had an amazing time. This tour company provided “5 Star” highly-personalized service that far exceeded our expectations. They hired a personal daily tour guide (English speaking) for the “non-riding” partners that took us on daily tours, shopping and other cultural adventures. We met up with the riders for lunch and dinners on several days so we really felt like a part of the entire group. The accommodations were terrific and the food was amazing! If you are considering bringing your partner I would highly recommend “Inspired Italy”.
Written May 31, 2022
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Ciao Beth, It was so great to have you join Bob and we're so pleased that you had a great time. Thanks for the recommendation and we hope to see some of your fellow American cycling and non-cycling partners in Umbria very soon! A presto!
Written June 15, 2022
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Ally W
Glasgow, UK2 contributions
Family
Had the best time of a guided ski safari with Inspired Italy! The skiing was truly great and had was so varied as we were moving between areas in the Dolomites.

We were a family of four with differing energy levels etc and Tim managed to cater for all of us. I loved staying high up in the mountains each night and getting first tracks in the morning! The great food in the refugios topped it all off.

Couldn't recommend the Ski Safari higher if you are looking for a holiday that has great skiing, food and scenery.
Written March 3, 2022
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SteveV
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My spouse, Andrea, and I spent a week in Umbria with Inspire Italy in May, 2022 with Leonard Lee and other cyclists. I absolutely loved everything about the week. Andrea raves about how she, a non-cyclist, was treated during the week while I was out suffering on the roads.

After spending a week in Florence, the small village of Lisciano Niccone was a very relaxing change of pace. The farmhouse (La Fornagia) that we stayed in during the week was spectacular and Simone and his staff were great.

My experience with Tim, Roberto and everyone else at Inspired Italy was absolutely perfect. I just wish I was in better condition to fully take advantage.

I cannot wait to return and/or to ride with the crew in some new locale.

You can check out my rides on my You Tube channel "cycl'n vancouver" and see for yourself what I experienced.
Written July 26, 2022
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Hannah S
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Friends
I decided slightly last minute to take up a place on a Venture Ski Safari with a friend along with a group of my dad and his friends and I have to say it is the best decision I’ve made! Everything was wonderful - the skiing, the refugi, the food and the people. Lou did so well at organising plans to get us skiing as much as possible even when the weather was against us on a couple of the days. It was amazing to be able to just get up and have everything already planned, we didn’t have to think about anything other than getting our skis on in the morning. I wasn’t sure about skiing with a backpack on but they were so comfortable and light I didn’t even notice it! Thanks so much Tim and Lou, what an incredible trip.
Written February 10, 2022
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ELN53
Salisbury, UK33 contributions
Umbria for Food and Wine Lovers: My husband and I and friends went on this cycling tour in June 2022. We have previously hugely enjoyed skiing with Tim and the cycling tour exceeded our expectations. Tim as ever is thorough in his briefings, ultra careful about safety, friendly and fun. The scenery was spectacular, the hill top towns so beautiful, fascinating history and anecdotes. The bicycles were new and there was superb attention to detail for every aspect of the tour. The wine and food were wonderful as were the hotels. Truffle hunting and the cookery course were amazing. I am running out of superlatives. Even the day with thunderstorms was entertaining.I am 69 years old and with the electric assistance was able to keep up for the 50 or more kilometres we cycled a day.
Written July 4, 2022
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