Cycling holidays in Italy: when and where to go

The end of the year is near. It’s time to take stock, but above all, to make plans. If you’re thinking about planning your next cycling holiday in Italy this article will help you choose the best time of year and the destination that best suits your needs.

Take a look at our suggestions, for a cycling holiday that’s fun-packed, but above all, free from any unpleasant surprises.

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The Lake District

Italy Bike Hotel destinations: Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda

The image of calm and harmony, the Italian lakes have always held a particular charm for cyclists from all over the world – but not only. To avoid the tourist masses, we recommend steering clear of the height of summer, so you don’t come across too much traffic on the roads. Furthermore, in spring and early autumn you can count on pleasant temperatures and sunny days, ideal for cycling and discovering the territory in the best way possible.

Best time to go: April-May-June-September-October

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Cycling on the coast

Italy Bike Hotel destinations: Tuscany, Liguria & Finale, Adriatic Riviera, Apulia, Elba Island, Abruzzo, Veneto

The seaside doesn’t just mean kilometres of beaches and days spent sunbathing. In fact, you just need a bicycle to enjoy a unique experience and have a holiday that’s different from the norm.  For the most intrepid we recommend Liguria, Puglia and the island of Elba where, as well as in warmer months, cycling is great even in early February or early November. On the other hand, Tuscany, Veneto, Abruzzo and the Adriatic Riviera should be favoured later in the season, from March to May and September to November. Obviously, in the summer, between rides, you can enjoy a well-earned rest on the beach.

Best time to go: February-March-April-May-September-October-November

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The Alps and Apennines

Italy Bike Hotel destinations: Livigno, Bormio & Stelvio, Dolomites, Rome & the Apennines

If you think cycling rhymes with off-roading and demanding climbs, we recommend a cycling holiday in the Italian Alps or Apennines. Livigno, Bormio and the Dolomites are some of destinations in the north, but the Roman Apennines also offers numerous possibilities to have fun on a mountain bike, surrounded by enchanting nature or even tackling some of the famous Giro d’Italia climbs. This is where we recommend you spend a cycling summer holiday, so you can enjoy cool and sunny days, away from the heat on the coasts.

Best time to go: June-July-August-early September

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The Italian hills

Italy Bike Hotel destinations: Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for organising a holiday to discover the Italian hills, by bicycle obviously. Some of the regions we recommend include Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany. Image pleasant temperatures, roads with little traffic and enchanting villages, as well as the numerous food and wine specialities that each Italian regions jealously guards in its inland area. The best choice for combining sport and the joy of eating well.

Best time to go: April-May-June-September-October

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