Italy’s most beautiful landscapes from the saddle of your bicycle

Planning a cycling holiday is soothing to the soul, especially in difficult times like the one we are living in. The bicycle is an important symbol of freedom, it represents movement, a beginning, it is an opportunity to explore new horizons. When you are riding a bike, you can see the world differently, observe things at their own pace and enjoy the experience away from everyday problems. This way, even ordinary things appear different: everything looks new and more beautiful.

Even though there are still restrictions on travel at the moment, you can always dream about your next cycling holiday. Departing after all this time will feel incredible, almost like when we were kids, when we had our first ride and felt for the first time that great sense of freedom. Whether you want to experience the thrill of an exciting single track trail in Finale Ligure, challenge yourself on the climbs of inland Romagna on a racing bike or discover the charm of the dirt tracks of Tuscany, we are going to give you some tips to help you plan your next cycling adventure in Italy!

 


Trentino and the Dolomites

Natural wonders, excellent cuisine and modern infrastructure make the Dolomites the perfect destination for bicycle enthusiasts. The beauty of these mountains is known to all (and it is no surprise that they are  UNESCO’s World Heritage site) and everyone should really see them at least once in their lifetime – on their bike of course. The Sellaronda is a “classic” route suitable for all levels of training, a loop trail which allows you to ride in the company of the majestic beauty of the Sella massif. Careful: only tackle the trail counter-clockwise if you are well trained as it can be very challenging – even if you were to use a pedal-assisted electric bike.

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Bormio and Livigno

Would you like to challenge yourself in one of Europe’s most famous bike parks? Jot down Mottolino and Carosello in your travel notebook! You will find 14 trails and modern ski lifts in the Mottolino bike park and flow trails at 3000 metres of altitude in the Carosello for thrilling MTB downhill and enduro rides, all while surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the Alpine mountains. And if you want to explore the nature of the splendid Stelvio Nature Park, we suggest the route which goes from Bormio to the Towers of Fraele: a place which every mountain-biking enthusiast should visit!

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Lake Garda

Renowned for its rolling green hills, Lake Garda is the ideal destination for road bike lovers. It is well known among roadies all around the world for its mild climate, the many picturesque lakeside villages and some extreme climbs which every year are chosen by professional cyclists for their training. If you want to challenge yourself and admire breathtaking views at the same time, we recommend the climb to the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona on the slopes of Mount Baldo. Its gradient makes it really strenuous, especially if you tackle it in the direction of the east coast, but once you are at the top, the spectacular view will be worth every drop of sweat.

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Liguria

Why choose between the sea and the mountains when you can have both? If you love mountain biking, no other place can be as thrilling as Liguria. Whether you love free riding, enduro or cross-country, this land squeezed between the blue coast and the Maritime Alps is a real paradise for off-road cycling enthusiasts. Finale Ligure is without any doubt the destination to choose if you are looking for enduro and free-riding trails. Via del Sale, instead, is the perfect route for mountain bikers as you will be among enchanting nature on mule tracks and ancient dirt roads which were once a trade route between Liguria and Piedmont, and which still connect Sanremo to Limone.

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Prosecco and Veneto

Cycling and eating well (and drinking) is the perfect combination, especially in Italy. If, besides enchanting landscapes, you want to discover some of the most renowned Italian food and wine producers, you should really think about a cycling holiday in the Prosecco hills. Just imagine going for a bike ride, perhaps with your e-bike, on country roads winding through the lush vineyards of one of the most famous wine production areas in the world and then stopping in a winery for a tasting session. How does that sound? And for a cultural trip, we recommend visiting Asolo, a village at the foot of the Belluno Prealps and ranked among Italy’s most beautiful old villages.

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The Adriatic Riviera

The Adriatic Riviera is a land with a long cycling tradition and great Italian hospitality which offers everything racing bike enthusiasts can dream of. Here, you can spend your days leisurely relaxing on the beach or going on a bike ride on one of the many enchanting inland roads among green hills and picturesque medieval villages. There is no lack of climbs either: it is here that some of the most famous Gran Fondo races in Europe take place, in particular, the “9 Colli”. Your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views and excellent good food. Just visit some of the many beautiful places such as the village of Bertinoro, known as “The balcony of Romagna”.

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Tuscany

When talking about dirt roads, enchanting hills and old villages, the first region which comes to mind is Tuscany. Renowned all over the world for its dirt tracks (also thanks to the famous Strade Bianche World Tour), Tuscany is simply the perfect destination for gravel biking in Italy. Only a few places in Italy can offer easily accessible dirt roads, picture postcard landscapes and cities of art. Among the most beautiful areas, we recommend Val d’Orcia with its elegant country estates and the ancient medieval villages, in particular Pienza, San Quirico d’Orcia and Montalcino. It goes without saying that you cannot visit Tuscany without trying at least one restaurant.

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Apulia

Beautiful sea, picturesque villages and excellent cuisine: a cycling holiday is the opportunity to have a great experience and enjoy all that Apulia can offer. Here, for example, you can ride along part of the Adriatic Cycle Route, the route which connects Trieste and Santa Maria di Leuca. It goes along the Adriatic coast (including Gargano) on secondary roads with little traffic and passes through some of the most picturesque Apulian villages, including Vieste, Polignano a Mare and Torre Canne. And if you reach the village of Santa Maria di Leuca in the southernmost tip of the Boot, you will be able to admire the spectacular views of the place where the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea meet.

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