Italy is blessed with an abundance of beautiful landscapes that provide the perfect setting for a cycling holiday. Combine this with the warm Mediterranean climate and it’s easy to see why cycling holidays in Italy continue to grow in popularity.
Depending on your fitness level and which regions you want to see, you may choose a cycling holiday that is based around one resort or hotel or you may decide to go for a full touring holiday that finishes many miles from where you started. Some of the most popular routes include:
Pisa to Florence
This route is based in Tuscany and incorporates many of the tourist highlights of this picturesque region. It takes around 6 nights to complete this trip. After setting out from the historically rich city of Pisa, most cyclists go through the small town of Lucca. There are beautiful churches and a wonderfully preserved city wall to admire here before moving on to the town of Vinci, the birthplace of the famous artist Leonardo.
Cycling from Lucca to Vinci you pass through the Fucecchio wetlands, where you have the opportunity to observe several different bird species in their natural habitat. The final leg of the tour brings you into the city of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Lying in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is an increasingly popular option for biking enthusiasts in Italy. Its long history and intoxicating mix of cultures have left an indelible mix on the island and make it a fantastic destination for a cycling holiday. In 7 nights you can easily take in all of the main attractions in Sicily.
East Sicily has been beautifully molded by flowing streams from the impressive Monte Lauro. The deep canyons in the landscape that gravitate towards the sea offer passing cyclists a bird’s eye view of the breathtaking beauty that nature can create. The baroque style cities that were built in the area following a terrible earthquake in 1693 are another big attraction to cycling holidays in this region.
Coast to Coast
This is a challenging cycle where you will have to navigate Italy’s central mountains. However the spectacular sights along the way make it more than worth the effort.
Typically beginning in Marche on the east coast of Italy, this tour will take you through the fabulous regions of Umbria and Tuscany and on to the west coast. Prepare to be mesmerised by the green plains, forests and meadows in Umbria and the quaint hamlets and hill towns in Tuscany. The majority of cyclists will be able to complete this trip in 10 nights.
Costs and Holiday Packages
You may be surprised to learn that cycling holidays in Italy are very affordable. The biggest expense is flights and you can use a flight comparison website like Momondo for finding a great deal here. If you’re looking for a holiday package check out Inn Travel, Cycling Safaris and Exodus, who all offer superb cycling holidays packages in Italy.
Holiday packages are fantastic if you’re new to cycling holidays and will organise everything for you including flights, accommodation, trails and food. Some holiday packages include a guide who will lead you on your cycling holiday, so be sure to look out for this if you feel you would prefer it.
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