Do you need to unwind and get your fill of fresh air? Nature, sports and wellbeing: a summer holiday in the mountains is exactly what you need to get away from the daily routine and enjoy a rejuvenating experience—always on your mountain bike, of course. From the Alps to the Apennines, you can experience endless adventures by mountain bike in the Italian mountains and forget about the hustle and bustle of the cities. Discover the best paths and single-track trails in Italy and enjoy the long days and the warm summer climate. For this guide, we have selected some destinations suitable for your next MTB holiday in Italy – of course you can also use your e-MTB!
The ski resorts of the Dolomites have been the most popular destination among bikers from all over Europe in the last years. The Dolomiti Paganella Bike resort is the place to go for great fun on your bike: 80 km of trails in three areas (Andalo, Molveno and Fai) divided by type (downhill, enduro, cross-country) and level of difficulty (expert, intermediate, family). Suitable for all levels, the Sellaronda is a “classic” ride in the Dolomites, a trail which can be tackled both clockwise and counter-clockwise (the latter is recommended for experts) and allows you to ride with a constant view of the spectacular Sella massif.
Instead, Alta Badia is ideal for those who travel with the whole family, including children. The trails in the Movimënt area are suitable for all levels and the resort is also equipped with a playground for children and picnic areas.
Livigno features the Mottolino and the Carosello, two of the most famous bike parks chosen every year by freeriders from all over Europe. At the Mottolino resort, you will find as many as 14 trails with different levels of difficulty, modern ski lifts and breathtaking views. If you want to experience the thrill of cycling at an altitude of 3000 metres, choose the Carosello bike park with many trails winding through spectacular Alpine picture-postcard landscapes. From Livigno, you can also reach the Engadin, a valley in the Swiss Alps which offers more than 400 km of well-marked trails.
BORMIO & STELVIO
Featuring numerous trails and unspoilt nature, Stelvio National Park is a real paradise for mountain-bike enthusiasts. We especially suggest the loop route which from Bormio goes to the Fraele towers. Very demanding but not impossible, this route goes along some trails which date back to World War I. The route in Val Zebrù is instead suitable for cyclists of all levels and offers the opportunity to explore Stelvio National Park by MTB and admire the local fauna and flora in complete safety. We recommend stopping at the Baita del Pastore at over 2000 metres of altitude for a nice lunch break.
Located in the heart of Central Italy, Umbria is a region renowned for its numerous spiritual places. Saint Francis is the most important figure in the history of this beautiful region and his legacy is still visible in some of the most iconic towns, in particular Assisi, Norcia and Todi. But Umbria is also unspoilt nature, ancient history and art: here you will have the opportunity to admire green valleys, remains of the Etruscan, Roman and Byzantine civilisations and works of painters such as Giotto, Perugino and Cimabue. And of course, delicious culinary traditions. Is that enough to convince you?
THE APPENNINES – ABRUZZO
A hospitable region with unspoilt nature, Abruzzo is a destination which will not disappoint even the most experienced bikers. If you are looking for uncontaminated nature, placid villages off the beaten track and breathtaking views, you have chosen the right place. If you have well-trained legs and lungs, we suggest the route which starts from the sea in Giulianova and reaches Tortoreto. You will have to cope with a cumulative elevation gain of 650m in just 28km, but the spectacular scenery will be worth every drop of sweat. Or choose an e-MTB for a much more enjoyable ride. Cross-country enthusiasts will have the opportunity to test their skills on an exciting route near Giulianova, a loop track which winds through beautiful dirt roads and cart tracks.
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