We had an amazing time taking part in the Northern Italy Gentle Bike tour

It was challenging in parts but the views of the lakes and mountains were definitely worth the effort. Our tour guide, Stefano was very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to ride with him.
The hotel was perfect and all the family and staff were very friendly and helpful.
We will definitely be back.

Rosie & Roland Pompermaier, Farnborough, Hampshire, UK, (stayed in Varese, May 2017)


Great bike holiday and the hotel experience

Thanks VERY Much for a great bike holiday and the hotel experience.
The Hotel was EXTREMELY nice, the breakfasts were fantastic, MORE than enough. The snack for lunch was very good, the snack when we got back was also EXTREMELY good. The Fresh baking by Anna every day was and should be a great selling point in your website.
You can say anything you like about it, we would support it. Stressing that the hotel is a family business and that all the siblings work there is also a nice thing. Frankly the hotel is a VERY nice place, and the rooms and services are as good as one could desire.
The bike tours each day WERE very good. Stefano made the tours good for the level of the slowest rider in our group and that was good. The roads outside Varese were amazing and for the most part very good.
I have to say that the trip was great. WE would NOT comment like this if we didn’t have a great trip. We comment because we really enjoyed the hotel and the tours, and want to make the experience even better so that it will be a big success.


Paul Kramer, Berkeley
California, USA

Great forests, beautiful views and very interesting historical towns

If you’re interested at all, I can provide any additional info you might want on this great week of riding (and great week of food!) for this GPS Varese road schedule. A very economical cost to boot. I can promise you that no matter what your fitness level is, every day the ride can be designed to challenge you or alternately give you an easier day, if needed. Once you get out of town (5-10 km) you essentially have NO traffic, great forests, beautiful views and very interesting historical towns to stop in, some dating from Roman times. Besides getting in/out of town, the only other areas than can have some traffic are on a couple of sections of lakefront on Lake Lugano into Switzerland. Without further delay, see below.
Stefano (ride leader) and Simone (Hotel Ungheria) have put together the GPS Varese 2016 ride calendar.
8 Day Road Bike Tour 2016 : http://www.gpsvarese.it/i_8_Road_Bike.asp

Stan Stewart, Los Gatos
California, USA (stayed in Varese, July 2015)

The tour met all those needs

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our bike tour at the Hotel Ungheria in September 2015. The hotel served all of our needs and the family running the hotel could not have been nicer to us than they were. We were looking for a bike tour in Northern Italy with the following characteristics: affordable, challenging without being too difficult, nice roads with manageable traffic, and being around good people. The tour met all those needs.

The price was right and included seven nights in the hotel, all meals were included (we had plenty to eat and drink) along with rides to and from the restaurants, and it was very nice to have our bike clothes washed for us each day. The daily bike rides had spectacular scenery and varied routes led very well by our guide Stefano. There were some good climbs, like Monte Campo dei Fiori, that provided for a good workout. Optional routes could be chosen depending on how ambitious the cyclist was that day. Some day we would like to go back and do the ride over to Lake Como. Traffic wasn’t a problem. Each ride leaves the hotel in Varese and the first 5-6 miles go through the city and there are plenty of cars in that stretch out and back but after that traffic was mostly a non-issue and after the first day we were comfortable leaving and returning to the hotel. We met and rode with five others on the tour and had a great time with them – riding, having meals together, and just sitting around chatting. Thanks again to the hotel manager, Simone and his family for their hospitality and our tour leader, Stefano, for showing us the sights of Northern Italy and parts of Switzerland. We hope to return before too long.

The hotel’s website includes a great deal of information on the daily routes showing where they go and the range of difficulty for both the basic and avid options. Use these to determine whether the gentle biker or road biker tour is best suited for you.

Bob and Nancy Norcross
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Very enjoyable week

On behalf of my wife, Sandra, together with Carole and Roy Hill, I’d like to express my appreciation to the hotel, its serving staff and, especially, to our bicycle guide, Stefano, for making what could have been a distressing week in Varese such an enjoyable one.

When we made our reservation last April, we had no way of knowing that Roy would have a serious fall on his bicycle in Canada just weeks before leaving for Italy. The nearly 4 week gap following his fall in which Roy was unable to ride, obviously affected his ability to climb the hills around Varese.

That Stefano was able to alter our planned routes to make them less steep and shorter on such short notice showed remarkable planning flexibility.

After the first night, we also enjoyed all of the restaurants arranged for us to eat at – especially for me the two nights at the fish restaurant.

And the after cycling late lunch servings “hit the spot” (I.e. they were exceptionally welcome).

The bicycle i rode on was among the best I have ridden on. Our only suggestion would be that you acquire some ladies frame bicycles for shorter female guests to use.

Thanks again for a very enjoyable week in quite difficult conditions.

Paul McCrossanW. Paul McCrossan
Ontario, Canada
stayed in Varese, September 2015