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8 Reasons to Book a Cycling Holiday in Italy

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When you think of Italy, you think of a place that is rich in culture, delicious food and romance. It is a beautiful country that has so many different places to visit and things to see and do that it’s hard to decide which should be your Italian destination of choice.

So why limit it to just one? Book a cycling tour!

Cycling is a great way to explore all the beauty Italy has to offer while staying fit at the same time. Let us convince you why you should book a cycling tour in Italy with Hooked on Cycling & Walking – trust us when we say it will be the adventure of a lifetime.

Why to Take a Tour of Italy Cycling

Explore the Scenery

Italy is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, boasting mountains, ocean and countryside, with beautiful and historical architecture intertwined within these natural phenomena.

Whether you wish to explore famous landmarks such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or treat yourself to a little tipple at one of Italy’s many magical vineyards, at Hooked on Cycling & Walking we have many packages available in numerous destinations, letting you tailor your tour to the places you most wish to see.

Our personal recommendations include our Bolzano to Venice tour for those experienced cyclists who wish to explore the mountains before being greeted with the stunning waters of the Venice canals. As for those who prefer a more leisurely ride in the countryside, our South Tuscany tour is ideal for admiring the picturesque green hills and olive groves the landscape has to offer.

Bond with Family and Friends

Touring Italy by bike is a great way to bond with your fellow holiday goers. There’s nothing better than sharing memorable experiences with your loved ones, remembering these special times for years to come.

Offering more than your typical holiday, cycling is a great way to spend time together, allowing you to see or do the things on everyone’s wish list. This is a great way to get everyone involved in new experiences that they otherwise wouldn’t have done if you each did your own thing. Feeling a sense of companionship can really boost morale, making every day enjoyable.

You may even make cycle tours a tradition in your family or friends group – after you’ve done it once, you’ll be bound to want to do it again!

Great Value

Hooked on Cycling & Walking offers a number of cycling tours in Italy, all priced at great value for the inclusions that each package contains.

When booking one of our packages, we will organise all of the important information you will need on your trip for you, such as detailed route instructions (including maps, access to an app and GPS files) and accommodation along your journey. This takes the stress of planning the administrative parts of your holiday away from you, leaving you free to plan and enjoy the rest of your trip however you wish.

If you were to plan a trip covering multiple destinations in Italy, you would have to find and pay for accommodation at each destination, plan routes that take you everywhere you wish to visit and arrange and cover the cost of transport for these, pay for all your food and potentially pay extra costs when travelling, depending on how much luggage you have – not to mention lugging this around with you everywhere.

The costs of all these things quickly and easily add up to a figure you will not be wishing to spend. This is why people tend to stay within one area when on holiday, that and for the convenience.

Booking a cycling tour omits all these costs and inconveniences, with your accommodation, breakfast and luggage transfers all being arranged for you and included in the price. As for travel, well, you’ll be cycling along a pre-planned route – that’s saving you an arm and a leg in travel costs!

Health Benefits

It’s common knowledge that cycling has a number of health benefits. Not only is it a great aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping and your muscles working, but being active – especially out in the fresh air – is also beneficial to your mental health, helping to ease stress levels while boosting your mood thanks to the endorphins released during physical activity.

Even 15 minutes of gentle exercise is healthy for you and your body, so you don’t have to be a keen cyclist to reap the benefits cycling has to offer. No matter how fast or slow you cycle, it will still be supporting your overall health.

This is also a great way for families to exercise together, keeping your children active (which is key for the healthy development of their bones and muscles) and setting a good example to them by participating also.

If exercise isn’t something you particularly enjoy, being in such a wondrous location with breathtaking views will make you forget that you’re exercising in the first place! With our self-guided tours, you’re also able to take things at your own pace, so there is no pressure to over-exert yourself. Not to mention, you’ll have an excuse to enjoy all the delicious Italian cuisine without feeling guilty!

Expert Knowledge

With first-hand experience since 1997, the whole team at Hooked on Cycling & Walking has a passion for the outdoors, utilising this passion and experience to build the best cycling tour packages at great value, ensuring that you get the most out of your holiday.

Extensive research and planning goes into the creation of our cycling routes, with your safety being one of our highest considerations. This is why we score a difficulty level for each of our routes, wanting to be as transparent as possible in what our tours will entail, so you can make an informed decision before making your booking, rather than feeling out of your depth when it’s too late.

If you choose to participate in one of our guided tours, then you will also benefit from the expert knowledge of your guide, who can inform you about the local area and history as you progress through the tour.

History & Culture

Considered to be the birthplace of Western civilisation, Italy is bursting with history and culture. From opera to Baroque, Pompeii to Venice, there is a piece of Italy for everyone to learn about and enjoy.

If you’re looking to admire renaissance art and architecture, we recommend our cycling tours in Tuscany; it’s capital, Florence, is home to Michelangelo’s famous ‘David’ statue, as well as some of Boticelli’s most notable artworks, including ‘The Birth of Venus’ – located at the Uffizi Gallery.

For those who wish to take a step back in time, why not try our Lake Garda cycling tour? Home to some wonderful historical sites, such as the archeological site of Grotte di Catullo, which hosts an ancient Roman villa, or the Rocca Scaligera, one of Italy’s finest preserved castles, Lake Garda is a must for families – there are also nearby theme parks and botanical gardens that everyone can enjoy.

All Abilities Welcome

You don’t have to be an avid cyclist to enjoy one of our cycling tours – Hooked on Cycling & Walking caters to people of all ages and abilities. Some of our tours are catered to families with children, where the routes are purposefully planned to only feature small inclines on cycle paths and minor roads., while others have been specifically curated for experienced road or sporting cyclists.

For those who don’t feel confident or are experienced in cycling long distances, we are able to provide both hybrid and e-bikes. Furthermore, our self-guided tours allow you to cycle at your own pace, allowing everyone to enjoy our cycle routes, whatever their ability, with no pressure.

Environmentally Friendly

Cycling is a much more environmentally friendly way to travel and explore an array of locations on your holiday compared to more traditional methods that people tend to use. By choosing to cycle instead of using trains, trams, buses and cars/taxis, you will be reducing your carbon footprint immensely.

Even opting to hire one of our hybrid or e-bikes allows for an easy form of travel that does not release harmful emissions to the atmosphere. Hooked on Cycling & Walking allows you to travel consciously.

Cycling Tours in Italy

If Italy is on your travel list, Hooked on Cycling & Walking has a number of cycling tours in Italy that let you explore this magnificent country to its fullest. Whether travelling alone, with friends or with family, we have a package for you. As well as Italy, we have a number of other desirable destinations.

Is cycling not for you? Not to worry – we offer walking tours, too!

Make the most of your next holiday with Hooked on Cycling & Walking, contact us today to enquire about our tours and booking process.

About the author

I have worked for Hooked on Cycling & Walking since 2007 and love to travel and explore. I like to get outdoors and take my two young boys with me and hiking/cycling is enjoyed by all of us.

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