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Where To Go For A Cycling Tour In Italy

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Just imagine, it’s a perfect afternoon, the sun is high in the sky and the warm Italian air is rushing through your hair as you cycle along a smooth street. Sure, this might sound a little like a scene straight out of an Elena Ferrante novel but, with a little planning, it could be a reality.

Italy is a country renowned for its rich heritage, jaw-dropping natural landscapes and mouth-watering food. For those looking to explore Europe, there’s no denying that cities such as Rome, Venice and Florence are bucket list destinations, but there is so much more to see! Why settle for a generic city break or coastal retreat when you can experience the great variety that Italy has on offer?

Cycling tours present a truly unique opportunity to explore Italy in all its glory. From ancient Roman architecture to Sicilian coastlines, there’s something for everyone, but it can be tricky to decide where to go. If you’re weighing up your options or searching for a little inspiration, we’ve got you covered.

Read on to discover our guide to cycling tours in Italy!

Why Choose Italy?

Before we jump into the specifics, such as routes and packages, let’s take a moment to appreciate all that Italy has to offer. Whether you’re an avid cyclist, culinary enthusiast or just love being outdoors, you’re sure to find a piece of your heart in this beautiful country.

Below, we’ve outlined a handful of Italy’s attractions.

Natural Beauty

Of course, top of the list has to be the sheer beauty of the place. Whether you’re gliding through the countryside or gazing out at the Adriatic Sea, there are few areas of Italy that lack charm; you don’t have to go far to be surrounded by luscious grass, rolling hills or coastal panoramas. What’s more, it is the country’s rich variety that makes it so special. Italy boasts beaches, mountains, lakes, valleys, thermal baths and hot springs! What’s not to love?

Rich History

In addition to the abundance of natural beauty, Italy is a country steeped in rich history; you don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate it either. From its beginnings as the heart of the western world and Imperial Rome to its contemporary reputation as a capital of arts, fashion and culture, Italian history is rich and varied. Did you know that Italy is home to more than 50% of the world’s art treasures?

This culturally vibrant country has something for everyone. Whether you’re hoping to wander the streets, peer up at Roman Basilicas, or spend an afternoon in museums and galleries, there is no shortage of historical attractions.

Impeccable Cuisine

No discussion of Italian culture would be complete without mentioning their food and drink. Italy has quite the reputation when it comes to culinary delights, and not without reason. From fresh pasta and pizza to ice cream and wine, there’s no denying that Italians are masters of taste. Not only have they invented many of the world’s favourite dishes, but they have also maintained their reputation for excellence, with 385 Michelin-star restaurants across the country.

Cycling Tours: An Experience Like No Other

Here at Hooked on Cycling & Walking, we truly believe that one of the greatest ways to experience a country is by bike. There are a multitude of benefits to a cycling holiday and a wide range of tours and routes to choose from.

Italy is renowned as one of the world’s best cycling destinations and, with so much to offer, it’s no surprise that avid cyclists return year after year. But, don’t be fooled, individuals of all abilities can take part in a self-guided cycling holiday. Whether you’re looking to explore a specific area or want to book a full moving tour, there’s something for everyone here at Hooked on Cycling & Walking.

Below are just a handful of our unbeatable Italian cycling tours.

Venice To Florence

Duration: 7 Nights

Tour Type: Self-guided

Location: Venice

Difficulty Level: 2

This cycling tour takes participants through two of Italy’s best-known cities, travelling through vast natural landscapes and across the Italian countryside between Venice and Florence. With your feet on the pedals and your head in the clouds, you’ll gaze out at orchards, stilt houses and glistening waterways, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Fancy a break? Treat yourself to an authentically delicious pizza or coffee in a local cafe. Don’t worry though, a bed and breakfast is included in the price of your stay!

Unknown Umbria

Duration: 7 Nights

Tour Type: Self-guided

Location: Sansepolcro

Difficulty Level: 3

For those on the hunt for a cycling holiday that offers an action-packed escape to the Italian countryside, our Unknown Umbria package is ideal. This tour takes cyclists through the timeless surroundings of Umbria, with crisp mountain air, vast landscapes and food to die for.

As the region features a number of inclines and hills, this package is perfect for those with a reasonable level of fitness. Of course, all your hard work will pay off as you gaze out at breathtaking scenes.

Tuscany Chianti

Duration: 7 Nights

Tour Type: Self-guided

Location: Montecatini Terme

Difficulty Level: 2/3

Our Tuscany Chianti self-guided cycle tour is a perfect choice for lovers of historical architecture and expansive natural landscapes. Cyclists will find themselves cruising through the dreamlike Tuscan countryside, with olive groves, lilies and castles transporting your mind to a forgotten time.

In addition to the gorgeous countryside, participants will get the chance to explore Siena, Florence and Pisa, sampling their delicacies, indulging in culture and marvelling at their beauty.

South West Coast Of Sardinia

Duration: 7 Nights

Tour Type: Self-guided

Location: Near Oristano

Difficulty Level: 2

This biking vacation follows the fantastic coast of Sardinia which is the least populated on the island. It forms a rugged wedge of land that’s just south of the main body of the island into the Mediterranean, its craggy coastline offers everything from beaches to forests. Starting in the Sinis peninsula, a luscious area of lagoons and abundant birdlife, you will travel southwest, reaching some of the coast’s finest beaches; Mari Emri and Is Aruta.

For those seeking a holiday away from the energy of a city, this is a perfect choice. Long days in the saddle and cool evenings relaxing on the coast are sure to help you clear your mind, relax and feel closer to nature.

Piemonte Fixed Location

Duration: 6 Nights

Tour Type: Self-guided

Location: Romano Canavese

Difficulty Level: 2

Last but not least, for those looking to get the most from a single location, one of our fixed stay tours is a sure choice. Staying in a gorgeous hotel, complete with a swimming pool and food, participants will have the chance to cycle as and when they please, exploring a new area of the Canavese region each day.

Following local routes, you’ll pass natural lakes, historic castles and fruitful vineyards. Why not hop off and relax for a glass of well-deserved local wine mid-afternoon?

Cycling Holidays In Italy With Hooked On Cycling & Walking

No matter your destination, Hooked On Cycling & Walking are here to ensure that your time in Italy is one to remember. From rich Venetian history to the breathtaking beauty of the Sardinian coast, there are endless adventures to be had. We’re proud to offer cycling experiences across Italy, spanning Apulia, Chianti, Dolomites,  Lombardy, Marche, Piemonte, Romagna, Sardinia, Sicily, Umbria and Venice. No matter your taste, you’re sure to find the package for you.

Still struggling to make up your mind? No problem! Feel free to get in touch with a member of our team to discuss your requirements and we’ll do all we can to point you in the right direction.

Call us today on +44 1506 635 399 or send an email to info@hookedoncycling.co.uk.

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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