Piccola Università Italiana | Boutique Italian Language Schools in Fantastic Locations


Piccola Università Italiana gives you the possibility to attend an Italian language and biking course.

Calabria is a paradise for nature lovers. This Southern region of Italy is a haven of untouched natural beauties. In Calabria, you can enjoy bike tours far away from the usual tourist zones thanks to our mountain bike tours that will lead you to undiscovered paths around Tropea and Capo Vaticano.

Experience an active language holiday in the romantic Calabrese countryside.

The bike tours are customised for all those who want to get the most out of their holiday here. It is a unique mixture of culture, relax, and learning in some of the most beautiful countrysides of the whole Italy. Make the most of your vacation!

Our bike tours are organised by a German guide in collaboration with an international team. Our partner has been operating in this area for over 25 years. The bike station is equipped with the renowned bike brand KTM and has its own repair and spare part garage. The bike tours may be led by an Italian, German or English speaking experienced guide. As a safety precaution, protective cycling helmets must always be worn. Helmets are available upon request at the bike station.

It is also possible only to take part in bike tours without attending any Italian lessons. It is an ideal solution for families, couples or friends with different interests. While one learns Italian, the others get to know Calabria by bike.

A minimum number of 2 participants must sign up for these mountain bike tours. Bike weeks are on offer as a 1-week package or 2-weeks package and can easily be combined with our standard language course (Course B 4×5).

Upon request, these packages can also be carried out during different periods.

Discover more about our package Italian language and biking course!

Course start

This course can be held either in spring or in autumn.

  • Spring session: April 06 – June 01, 2020
  • Autumn session: Sep 21 – Nov 09, 2020


Package for 1 week

This package consists of 4 half-day and 1 full-day tour.

Package price includes:

  • Round trip from Tropea to the bike station (about 15 minutes)
  • Bike guide and mentioned tours
  • KTM Mountainbike or E-Bike (Choice shall be communicated when booking the package)
  • Helmet and rucksack with a service package

Tour description

The Sunset

Departure: 4 pm; Duration: ca.2,5 hours; Difficulty: I; Distance: 16 km; Altitude: 90m

From Tropea towards the small fishing village of Parghelia: enjoy the magical panorama view of the long sandy beach of Zambrone, a short stop at Mimmo’s ice cream, the harbour, the “Lungomare” and the old town of Tropea.

The Lighthouse

Departure: 1h30 pm; Duration: ca.3,5 hours; Difficulty: I; Distance: 25 km; Altitude: 230 m

On this tour, a fantastic panorama can be enjoyed in a relaxing way. Riding from the hidden sidestreets of Tropea to the famous Capo Vaticano, passing through the typical onion fields. On a clear day, you will be rewarded with the view of the Gulf of Gioia Tauro, the strait of Messina, and on an extremely clear day,  you can even see Mount Etna. To build up your strength, a “Peccoreo” (goat farmer) awaits you with homemade cheese and spicy sausages. On the way back to Tropea, you can admire orangeries and flowery meadows.

The Valley

Departure: 1:30pm; Duration: ca.4 hours; Difficulty: III; Distance: 16 km; Altitude: 90m

This tour requires good physical conditions and bike control. On the trip up to Ceramiti, you will ride along the dried river bed from one level to the next, but the view of endless sea and the Aeolian islands will pay your hard work back. The Valley is a tour full of variety with single trails, tarmac roads, and gravel paths.

The Vineyards

Departure: 1h30 pm; Duration: ca.4 hours; Difficulty: II; Distance: 26 km; Altitude: 600m

This semi-challenging tour will take you over the hilly countryside above Tropea, surrounded by the small private vineyards of Brattirò, romantic ruins and abandoned farms. A stop at one of the vineyards is included, you will taste good wine and Calabrian specialities. After a rest, you will enjoy the ride into the valley with view on the Aeolian islands

The Seventh Heaven 

Departure: 10 am; Duration: ca.6 hours; Difficulty: IV; Distance: 56 km; Altitude: 1600 m

After a very challenging uphill ride to Monte Poro (711m), you will feel like you were in the 7th heaven. After visiting the medieval grotto of Zungri, you can relax with a good plate of “Tagliatelle ai Funghi Porcini”. The relaxing downhill ride with a view of the endless sea goes down through serpentine roads into the old town of Tropea.

Package for 2 weeks

This package consists of 4 half-day and 1 full-day tour (1st week)

Package price includes:

  • Round trip from Tropea to mountain bike station (about 15 minutes)
  • Mountain bike guide
  • Mountain bike tours
  • KTM Mountainbike or E-Bike (Choice shall be communicated when booking the package)
  • Helmet and rucksack with service package


Package for 1 week with Mountain Bike Package for 1 week with E-Bike Package for 2 weeks with Mountain Bike Package for 2 weeks with E-Bike
250€ 345€ 390€ 535€

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