Italy: Cycling Activity Holiday
Way more than just good spaghetti bolognese.
Italy is truly a paradise for cycling. Cycling in this beautiful country is a near national sport where many locals cycle for pleasure and leisure as well as exercise. The terrain and scenery here are simply unmatched: from flats to rolling hills to steep climbs, Italy has it all. With courteous drivers and plenty of choice for all terrain levels of cycling expertise, a cycling holiday in Italy is an excellent choice. We also recommend cycling holiday’s in Sardinia.
When to go?
Cycling routes in Italy can be cycled all year round, but the ideal seasons to try are spring and autumn. Try and avoid the central summer period, when the weather is generally quite hot, and the winter, which can be relatively wet and cold. In terms of standard time zones, Italy is one hour ahead of UK and the Summer time in Italy comes into effect each year from the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October.
A couple of starting points…
Land of tourism and legends, sport activities and history. Variety of landscapes, flora and fauna, architectures and cultural traditions. The Piedmont is an ideal destination for a bicycle tour, combining gastronomy and famous wines with scenic bicycling through rolling hills dotted with vineyards, castles, and Roman ruins. Barolo, Barbaresco, and Asti are not just the names of great wines: they are real towns that we will explore.
The Riviera dei Fiori can offer many qualified solutions for open air and sport tourism. In particular, trekking and mountain bike lovers are increasingly attracted by the quiet itineraries and the breathtaking views of Imperia's hinterland, rich in natural and historical-cultural sites. The main protagonists are the Ligurian Alps with their precious botanical endemism and a rich fauna, distinguished by foxes, wild boars, er,nines, chamois, alpine hares, marmots and golden eagle. Discover this territory which is indeed comparable to more famous mountains areas: through the ancient tracks of transhumance, ex military roads, panoramic and adventurous.
Lombardy is one of the largest regions in Italy, rich in works of art, and the beauties of nature. The region can boast charming hilly areas, large lakes in the foothills of the Alps and a great variety of mountain scenery. The plain also presents natural habitats of considerable interest, the Valle del Ticino Park being ideal for pleasant walks or cycling excursions in the woods alongside the river. In such a limited space it is impossible to list all the monuments, churches and abbeys, the castles, palaces and villas in the cities of Lombardy and scattered all over the region.
The Veneto is a land of generations-old cycling heritage and traditions. Soft green hills, dreamy lagoons, sleepy villages and pulsating cities and of course the splendid villas of the famous architect Palladio will accompany you in your discovery of the region around Venice. Furthermore, there is a vast network of cycle tracks that offer routes for all riding levels as well as ideal options for those looking to mountain bike. The hilly areas, where you can enjoy the pleasure of being in close contact with nature, also offer the possibility of long bike rides.