10 abandoned railways to be cycled
The evolution in transportation, the revolution of the tire and the consequent abandon of the railways, during the years, has brought to a transformation: some abandoned railways have been requalified, becoming a cycle and walking paths. In Italy too this small change has brought to a form of development in bicycle touring: when there is a safe path people come and visit, tourism develops and grows...
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Spoleto - Norcia (Italy)
- the city of the Spoleto Festival (of the Two Worlds), with its Rocca Albornoziana, the historical center and the Cathedral of 1067.
- National Park of Sibillini Mountains:
- with the Castelluccio plain extending over Norcia and its valley.
- All the small villages:
- in the valley, you won't decide which is better, on their mountain over the river.
Dobbiaco - Calalzo di Cadore (Italy)
- Val Pusteria:
- one of the most beautiful valleys in the Dolomites.
- Cortina d'Ampezzo:
- it's not the most beautiful city in the Alps, but the scenery surrounding it is breathtaking.
- The Cadore Valley:
- amazing with its tunnel on the abandoned railway and the small villages.
Roger Lapébie (France)
- in the UNESCO World Heritage List, it's one of the most beautiful cities in France with its elegant doors, churches and the lights of Place de la Bourse.
- The Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure:
- founded in 1079, this Benedictine building in Romanesque style is a real pearl.
- 1800 inhabitants and a beautiful historic center. From here you can pedal along the Garonne river.
- it boasts a very eye-catching gothic cathedral, a fish market in one of the oldest houses of the place and some ruins of the old walls.
- city in the northern Rhineland at the border with Belgium, it is dominated by the castle of XIII century of the Duchies of Jülich.
- The lakes of Weiswampach:
- a wonderful area of Luxembourg to camp in and enjoy the Nature.
- the rests of a castle of old times, a mysterious and suggestive place.
- a beautiful Roman city where you can visit the old amphitheater, the cathedral, the Nigra door, and many other historic buildings.
- The witch's cross:
- this cross, 400 years old, attests the period of the witch hunting and burning of the area.
Great Western Greenway (Ireland)
- Clew Bay:
- this particular bay extends for 25 km and counts numerous islands (people say 117). The most panoramic point on the bay is Croagh Patrick, the sacred mountain of Irish.
- 242 inhabitants, it's the access to the island of Achill, the biggest of Ireland.
- it's characterized by an old bridge made of bricks, the old St. Patrick's church and the Rockfleet Castle.
Otago Central Rail Trail (New Zealand)
- Tunnels, viaducts, landscapes:
- along the Otago Central Rail Trail you will find many evocative views with old railway tunnels and a very adventurous road.
- tiny little village between Alexandra and Ranfurly where someone found gold.
- Strath Taieri:
- the big glacial valley where you will find the city of Middlemarch.
Amy Gillett Bikeway (Australia)
- in Adelaide's hills, it's famous for the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival.
- Melba's chocolate industry:
- it's a place where to get lost in sweets from Adelaide's hills.
- Vineyards and wine:
- the hills in Adelaide are well known for wine production.
Little Miami Scenic Trail (U.S.A.)
- Fort Ancient:
- you can breathe the culture and the traditions of the native villages.
- Little Miami Railroad:
- the rests of the old railway, all to be cycled.
- John Bryan State Park:
- rich in paths to walk on or ride through on a mountain bike: nature, falls and tranquillity.
Ferrocarríl de Cuernavaca (Mexico)
- Mexico City:
- the capital of Mexico and one of its most beautiful cities. The calle in the city center talk about Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo but also the photographer Tina Modotti.
- Parque Nacional Cumbres del Ajusco:
- near the capital city, its heights reach 3900m. It boasts a very variegated flora and fauna.
- Lomas and Coyoacán:
- in this area of Mexico you will find the first bike stations built in an urban context dedicated to eco-tourism.
ITA - Ho 31 anni e sono piemontese, anche se da qualche anno vivo e lavoro in Lombardia. Dopo un inizio da totale inesperto in questo campo, mi sono avvicinato al mondo dei cicloviaggi e della bicicletta sempre più. Oggi posso definirmi "cicloviaggiatore", e assieme all'altra mia passione - il videomaking - non mi fermerei mai! Cyclo ergo sum, pedalo quindi sono, per cercare di capire perché andare in bici sia così bello, terapeutico, ricco... E ogni volta che provo a capirlo, non ce la faccio, e sono costretto a ripartire sui pedali!