From the mouth-watering cuisine to the friendly culture, Italy has long been one of most attractive destinations in Europe for a summer getaway – but what about venturing there for a cycling holiday?
Italy’s glorious rural scenery varies from dramatic coastlines to gentle rolling hills that are easy to navigate by bike. With so many idyllic towns and villages to stop off in, you’ll never be too far away from a refreshing drink or bowl of tasty pasta, either.
The best places for cycling holidays in Italy
Can’t decide which wonderful region of Italy to explore by bike? Why not consider a:
Cycling holiday in Tuscany
In addition to its cities that are full of wonderful architecture and iconic artwork, Tuscany is also one of the prettiest places in Italy. A big wine growing region, it’s dotted with lush vineyards as well as being home to green rolling hills dotted with towns serving up authentic rustic cuisine.
You’ll also find several cycle-friendly campsites in Tuscany, including Camping Valle Gaia in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
Cycling holiday in Sicily
Serene Sicily, Italy’s biggest island, is an ideal spot for a slower paced cycling holiday. The island’s Sustainable Interregional Bike Tourism (SIBIT) project means there’s loads of great signposted cycling routes to explore, whether you fancy going coast to coast from Trapani to Syracuse or visiting the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
Cycling holiday in the Italian Lakes
From the majestic peaks of the Alps to the serene shores of Como and Garda, you can’t beat a vacation in the Italian Lakes. The region’s jaw-dropping scenery is just begging to be explored on a cycling holiday, whether you’re travelling as a couple or with the kids.
Families will find plenty of gentle cycling routes around Lake Garda that pass through charming towns where you can explore castles and take a refreshing swim. If you’re after more of a challenge, tackle the Wall of Sormano near Lake Como that has a 25% gradient in certain places.
Cycling holiday in Sardinia
Italy’s second largest island is another good option for an Italian cycling adventure. It can be quite hilly in places, although less experienced riders can make the most of its charms, too, by sticking to the south coast.
Hop (or pedal) from beach to beach, travelling along quiet roads and past historic ruins that make the ideal pitstops. You’ll find a handful of campsites in Sardinia, too, including Camping 4 Mori Family Village not far from Cagliari.
Cycling holiday in Puglia
The southern region of Puglia is perhaps one of the best regions for a beginner’s cycling holiday in Italy. Its low-lying hills and rural roads can be explored at a leisurely pace, plus you’ll find plenty of idyllic white-washed villages along the coast.
Puglia is also a wonderful destination for foodies as you’ll spot many local tavernas cooking up regional delicacies, including fresh seafood dishes. Ideal fuel for cycling!
Check out our other amazing cycling holiday options, from exploring France’s Loire Valley to pedalling alongside Holland’s picturesque canals.