Why would any cyclist not want to take a tour of Italy? With a range of picturesque routes from magnificent mountainsides to the crystal-clear coastline, there is something to suit everyone. Not only will you get a glimpse of the stunning scenery, but you can also enjoy fantastic food and drink which will be well-deserved after a full day of cycling.
Here, we explore our favourite cycling routes in Italy according to their difficulty. So, no matter whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you can get on your bike and explore.
#1 Easiest: Venetian Countryside
This is the easiest route we explore here but rewarding none the less! Explore pretty villages, ancient architecture, and beautiful countryside on a ride around Veneto. There is so much to see in the region. We recommend taking a trip to Este to see the medieval castle dating back to the 14th Century and ride on through vineyards to Valsanzibio. Whilst you’re in the region, make time for some essential wine tasting. The abundance of vines creates some of the most delicious wine in the whole of Italy. The terrain is fairly flat, so if you want a relaxing trip or are a beginner, this one’s for you.
When cycling around the Veneto area, if you are after somewhere different and unique to stay then the Nordisk Village near Venice is a bike lovers haven. With long stretches of beach to relax on, a few days here to recuperate before jumping back in the saddle is well worth considering.
#2 Moderate: Cilento & the Amalfi Coast
Explore quaint fishing villages, stunning coastline, and ancient temples on a bike ride through southern Italy. Start your trip in the picturesque village of Palinuro, cycling along the beautiful southern coast with breath-taking views of the Gulf of Policastro. Go inland to experience Mt Blugheria and the Mingardo canyon in Cilento National park. There are a few climbs here, with an approximate ascent of 1100m, which is why we rate this cycle as ‘moderate’ intensity. But you will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views at the top. Carry on your ride over the next few days up the coast towards Naples, experiencing Greek ruins in Paestum, and a colour burst in the town of Positano.
#3 Hardest: Coast to Coast
One of the most popular but most challenging is the cycle from Amalfi to Puglia. The great thing about this trip is that you get to experience the full breadth of the country. Start in a beautiful coastal town in the East before heading inland through ancient olive groves and rolling fields. We recommend taking a rest stop in one of the unspoiled villages on route with a traditional Italian coffee and a bite to eat. Make sure you cycle along the ancient Roman road, the Appia Antica – a beautiful stretch steeped in Italian history. There are some challenging rides along the route towards the west coast, with steep climbs and long rides between villages. But certainly worth it to see the stunning sights across the country. A holiday to Italy is sure to tempt any cyclist. Whether you are a beginner, cycling with the family, or are a seasoned rider, there is a route to suit you.
For those looking to embark on a cycling trip for the first time, I would like to give you two pieces of valuable advice. Make sure that you know the route and how much stamina is required to complete it, but also that you have the best touring bicycle both for yourself and the terrain. I recommend looking at Globo Surf who has researched the best touring bikes for under $1000 (https://www.globosurfer.com/best-touring-bikes-under-1000/).
Have you cycled around Italy? Do you have any routes that you would suggest to others? We would love to hear your suggestions.
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