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Giovanni Bottazzi

I've been in the Girolibero team for a good 20 years now, coordinating tour leaders and their destinations. I am also in charge of new products and tours. Born and bred in Vicenza (not far from Venice), I have been constantly driven by my passion for adventure and travel. Snow sports score high among my passions, with a never-ending search for the perfect slope.

I adore good food and fine wines and I am working on visiting all the wine-producing areas in the world – preferably by bike (that way he won’t risk losing his driver ’s license!:)). A Vespa enthusiast, I am the proud owner of four vintage models, all beautifully crafted.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Leisure bike holidays all over Italy, especially in the beautiful Venetian region and the Dolomites area."

How did you get involved in travel?

"When my dad gifted me with my first Vespa, age 15, I started traveling. I began with the local mountains, the Dolomites, and travelled on to Greece, Northern Europe, London, etc I then moved on to bicycles and snowboard, and it became a crescendo supported by my job. We started to organize bike tours in Italy and then we ended up biking the world!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Biking through a thunderstorm and lashing rain with a group of international clients, coming down from Passo San Giovanni while cycling on the “Dolomites to Venice” tour. Lake Garda in front of us, the sky clearing and a big rainbow displaying just for us. A red wine aperitivo on the lake in the sun. This is Italy for me. "

Giovanni is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents
Ferry across the palm-lined shores of Garda Lake
Cycling Northern Italy: Dolomites to Venice, Slovenia to Croatia - 14 Days

Featuring two weeks of cycling through beautiful and diverse landscapes in northern Italy, you'll also pedal along the Slovenian and Croatian coastline. Begin your journey in Bolzano, the gateway to the Dolomites, and work your way south to Peschiera before turning east to Venice and following the Adriatic Sea around the Gulf of Trieste, where you'll end along the Istrian coast in Croatia's Poreč. Discover romantic Verona, marvel at architectural masterpieces in Vicenza, and soak weary muscles in thermal waters in Padua.

Cycling Tour of Southeast Italy - 8 Days
Cycling Tour of Southeast Italy - 8 Days

Spend a week cycling through Italy's Apulia region in the Mediterranean southeast. Start in ancient Matera to see 9,000-year-old cave dwellings, then continue to the laid-back Ionian coast. Cycle through endless olive groves, white-walled coastal resort towns, and quiet country roads.

Cyclists in the Tuscan countryside
Cycling in Tuscany - 6 Days

Active travelers dreaming of a Tuscan retreat will love this six-days cycling itinerary that winds through medieval towns and quiet wine country. Begin in the artistically vital city of Pisa where you can learn about the Italian Renaissance before beginning your cycling trip through the lush countryside. You'll pass villas on your way to bustling Lucca, enjoy thermal spa treatments in Montecatini Terme, and visit the home of Leonardo da Vinci before enjoying a final night in the piazzas of Pisa.

A cyclist in the narrow streets of Puglia
Cycling In Southern Italy - 8 Days

Soak up the sunshine and go off the beaten track on this 8-day cycling expedition around Puglia in the heel of Italy's boot. You'll bike to lesser-known towns and villages on this moderate-level ride, pedaling through lush inland plateaux and down the coastline on mostly flat terrain. Enjoy southeastern Italy's historic sites, flavorful food, and natural beauty on this active tour.