Cycling in Italy: bicycle routes, itineraries and tips
Before this ride on the hills from Casale Monferrato and Millesimo, I didn't have a clear vision on the borders of this region. Piedmont, ok… and then? In almost a week of cycling, I got more focus. Riding this Piedmont bike tour through Langhe, Roero and Monferrato by bike we got plenty of steep ascents, glasses of wine and amazing sights so famous all over the world.
This article contains the itinerary and some info about bikepacking L'Eroica. Our guys Mattia Munegato and Marco Benetti cycled this route from 15th to 17th August 2020. You can find more info about this itinerary on the official website of L'Eroica.
Picking Italy's 14 best cycling roads among the variety of itineraries of this magic country has been my hardest job ever. Each region, with its features, biodiversity, architectural and natural wonders, is crossed by hundreds of trails and itineraries up on the hills, mountains to then get back to the sea, tumultuous rivers, or quiet lakes... Italy by bicycle offers so many possibilities for a visit... to simplify things and inspire you, we decided to list here Italy's 14 best cycling roads you need to ride.
Prosecco bicycle tour: hills covered in vineyards, glasses and sparkling wine... Cycling in Valdobbiadene is a pleasant up and downhill passing by many wine producers where you cannot say no to a good glass of wine. The Piave river, not far, tells many sad stories when hate didn't spare anyone, even the green island known as the Island of the Deads. A mill, a castle high above, a villa and a long textile tradition: this is not only a cycling itinerary but a real bicycle tour into the living heart of Valdobbiadene and its surroundings.
Cinque Terre bike tour is an unforgettable experience. Small villages on top of the hills on the cliff above the sea, it might seem impossible to be able to cycle through Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Rio Maggiore. It's actually possible, and it's amazing!
At the foot of the Pale Mountains of Trentino there are many Dolomites cycling routes to discover. Under Dolomites of Brenta you find for example a 25 km itinerary allows visiting small villages, lakes, natural and cultural areas by bicycle: it's the Val Rendena Cycle Path, from the artificial lake of Ponte Pià up to Carisolo, in the heart of the valley.
From this basin, the itinerary reaches Tione following the river Sarca to then turn towards North, towards Madonna di Campiglio.
This itinerary, the northern section of the Sentiero Valtellina, starts in Tirano and continues to one of the most well-known resorts in Valtellina.
At the end of the day, we discovered a part of Valtellina not only geographically but also historically. For those less trained or those who really can’t stand hills, the underpass out of the train station leads directly to the bus station to take a bus till Bormio and travel the route in reverse. The difference in altitude will almost only be negative.
The Majella National Park by bicycle can be crossed from different paths. The one we're going to talk about goes north to south starting from a district of Abbateggio, just a few kilometers from San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore (province of Pescara) to end in the well known Pescocostanzo (province of L'Aquila), not far from Molise. Visiting the Majella National Park by bicycle is a marking experience, for the variety of panoramas you meet and for Nature apparently impenetrable which wraps the entire cycling itinerary and bringing bicycle travelers into a surreal sort of world...
The Camonica Valley cycleway starts at Ponte di Legno but in this article we will speak about the lower part that connects Capo di Ponte to Pisogne following the valley floor with the exception of a couple of possible detours. Recently the local administrations finished the missing section of the path to link the upper part of Camonica Valley to the lower until Lake Iseo and now we’ll be able to travel by bike the distance between the Tonale Pass (and even before the Sole Valley in Trentino) and the river Po, till the Adriatic Sea... in complete safety!
Crossing Sardinia by bicycle means traveling through time and in the heart of a hospitable community, in a territory that hosts you like you were at home, in the heart of a beautiful land enclosed between sea, sky and the peaks of the Gennargentu Mountain, dry during summer and snowy during winter. In this winter bicycle adventure, riding in unknown gravel roads, old railways, and old Nuraghe, we cycled more than 1200 km in Sardinia, from the northernmost part to the heart of the truest Barbagia, in short-medium length legs, due to the short wintery days. For personal reasons, we have been forced to stop our Sardinian adventure in Orgosolo, but in order to complete it, we suggest adding the two or three legs that we should have cycled to reach Olbia.
Liguria is a land enclosed among the mountains and the sea where pristine places are often just around the corner. Thanks to the restoration of the old railway tack in a quite touristy area in the region, the Framura – Levanto cycle path has been set up that can be easily traveled also by families with children or people who don’t love that much climbing. This path for pedestrians and bikes is undoubtedly a very interesting itinerary to discover a glimpse of Liguria in an alternative way!
Lombardy is a region rich in valleys, peaks and large lakes where many outdoor activities and sports are played. Between its two lakes, one of which is shared with Switzerland, you can pedal along the old railway dismissed for years now. The itinerary of the Menaggio - Porlezza old railway connects the lakes of Como and Lugano, crossing many villages and one natural reserve...