Riding singletrack at high speed overlooking the sea, tackling epic climbs that have made history in the world of cycling and exploring an entire region soaked in history and culture on your bike. When it comes to cycling adventures, it is no doubt that Italy is able to please all two-wheeled enthusiasts. Whether it is racing bikes, MTBs or touring bikes, Italy is full of cycle paths that run from north to south, surrounded by natural beauty and wonderful picturesque villages, the perfect ingredients for an exciting holiday. In this section we have come up with some cycle routes to discover the exciting new destinations of Italy Bike Hotels around the lakes and seas of Italy.
Island of Elba
Rated among the best European destinations for enduro and freeride, the island of Elba is a paradise with exciting singletrack. Thanks to the mild climate all year round, you can fuel your passion for mountain biking without any limits, and enjoy hundreds of kilometres of off-road trails that cut through the wilderness of the island. Whichever itinerary you choose, you will have to face some technical difficulties, but you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Mediterranean scrub and the deep blue sea. Not bad for a new daily routine, is it? The best routes to take note of are Capoliveri, Porto Azzurro and the Miniera del Ginevro.
If a holiday for you is all about cycling, then pack your luggage and bike and set off to explore Puglia. The region is entirely crossed by the Adriatic cycle route, which cuts through the peninsula from Trieste to Santa Maria di Leuca. The Apulian section of this route is all done along the coast: here you will have the opportunity to stop in different towns. Gems such as Vieste and Peschici in the Gargano or Peschici, known as the “white city”. Due to its geographical position, it boasts a mild climate all year round, but if you decide to take on the Apulian summer, remember to always bring plenty of water with you!
Lake Maggiore is one of the most incredible bodies of water in Italy, a territory rich in history and natural beauty that extends between Lombardy, Piedmont and Switzerland. The winter months are mild and the summers are cool, making it ideal for cyclists. Those who love racing bikes will be at home in the hills of the surrounding valleys. A classic route is the one that starts from Stresa and winds through the area between Lake Maggiore, Mottarone and Lake Orta. If you prefer dust and mud, we recommend the off-road route (also suitable for E-MTBs) that leads you to the hermitage of Santa Caterina, perched above the lake.
Giro d’Italia climbs, MTB trails and traditional food and wine. If this is your idea of a new bike adventure, Lake Iseo is the perfect destination. Located between the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia, this area is ideal for cycling and enjoying excellent local food and wine. Colle Gallo is a must for racing bike enthusiasts: the 8 km climb with an average gradient of 5.5% is an opportunity to challenge yourself on the roads tackled by the Giro d’Italia pros – and whet your appetite for an excellent dinner based on lake fish and the wines of Franciacorta. The surrounding hills offer different off-road routes for MTB enthusiasts such as the Conca della Presolana.
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