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Cycling Holidays in Italy

Posted on December 4, 2013 by

We just love the cycling holidays in Italy – it is one of our favourite places to go!

Spaghetti - Italy

Italian staples

Italy is diverse country with many different regions and dialects. While each has its own unique personality and flavour there are some national traits that are constants no matter where you go. To start with the food will always be superb, prepared with pride and skill using fresh ingredients. Whether it’s a simple bowl of fresh pasta in a charming Trattoria, the signature dish in a top class restaurant or a humble gelato from one of the ubiquitous ice cream parlours, you can be assured that it will always be absolutely delicious. The national sense of style is another omnipresent trait and all Italians, regardless of their age, sex or profession, have an innate ability to look effortlessly trendy at all times. Even the police uniform looks like it was designed in a fashion house! This heightened sense of style can also be seen in the architecture of the country’s towns and villages where ambiance ranks at least as highly as functionality. And finally, passionate conversation is another nationwide characteristic that remains constant no matter where you are in the country. Sit down at any street cafe, bar or restaurant and you are bound to be surrounded by people talking animatedly and supplementing their words with hand gestures. These conversations are most probably about quite mundane things such as the weather but to the foreign observer they can look like heated debates about far weightier matters.

Tuscan landscape - Tuscany - Italy

Tuscan landscape

You can probably tell that I’m quite a fan of Italia and I firmly believe that cycling holidays in Italy are the best way to get under the skin of this fascinating and beautiful country. Planes trains and automobiles, though efficient for A to B travel, place a barrier between you and the environment, whereas on a bicycle you immerse yourself completely in the surroundings, absorbing not just the sights but the accompanying sounds and aromas too. Quiet back roads and cycle paths will always trump the autostrada when it comes to enjoyment and Flexitreks has a huge programme of cycling holidays in Italy to choose from.

Venice

Venice

In the north of the country the majestic Dolomites provide a stunning backdrop to a range of cycle holidays starting from Bolzano, high in the Brenner Pass. From here you descend via a fertile valley to gorgeous Lake Garda before cycling on to Verona or even Venice.

Our Mantua-Venice Cycle Cruises are a great way to see Lombardy and Veneto. Live aboard a comfortable river cruiser, enjoying daily cycle rides in the beautiful countryside as you make your way between these two great cities.

Piedmont, in western Italy is renowned for its fabulous cuisine – quite a feat in a food-oriented country – and attracts cyclists who like to pepper their rides with gastronomic experiences. A little way south, our cycle tour along the coast of Liguria will appeal to the growing number of cyclists who love to cycle along stunning coastlines, stopping regularly for a refreshing dip in the sea.

Spello - Umbria - Italy

Spello – Umbria – Italy

Tuscany’s beauty is well known and our Tuscany and Chianti cycle tour shows you the highlights, including the wonderful city of Florence. Umbria, further south, will certainly give Tuscany a run for its money and delight you with its picturesque hillside towns, vineyards and fields of sunflowers.

The Amalfi coast has to be one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Europe and a cycle cruise along its length, including stops on the Island of Capri, Sorrento and Naples should be on every cyclist’s bucket list. Apulia- the heel of Italy, provides marvellous countryside for cycling between the Adriatic and Ionian seas while our cycle cruise of the Aeolian Islands off the north coast of Sicily has many highlights including a visit to the rim of an active volcano.

So, with such a choice you are going to be spoilt wherever you go on your cycling holidays in Italy. The decision you have to make is where that will be!

 

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Easy:
Our easy cycling holidays offer short daily rides on mostly level terrain. A typical day’s ride will take 2 – 3 hours at a leisurely pace and the remainder of the day will be free for you to explore further or simply relax. These rides are particularly recommended for newcomers to cycling holidays and for families.

Leisurely:
Our leisurely cycle holidays will suit those who are reasonably fit through regular exercise of one kind or another – not necessarily cycling. On the whole, the terrain will be level but there may also be a few small hills to contend with along the way too. Daily rides will typically take around 3 – 4 hours to complete.

Moderate:
Our moderate cycle holidays are for regular cyclists, who are used to longer rides with regular climbs. A good level of fitness is needed and you can expect to be in the saddle for between 4 and 5 hours each day.

Challenging:
These holidays are for seasoned cyclists who cycle long distances regularly and who enjoy the thrill of long days in the saddle. There will undoubtedly be some challenging climbs along the way and you can expect to cover between 55 and 75 miles each day.

Simple
Simple 2 star hotels, pensions inns and B&Bs. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Comfort
Typically a mix of good quality 2 & 3 star hotels and in some cases all 3 star hotels. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Superior
A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels & or in some cases excellent 3 star hotels.

Deluxe
High standard properties offering well-appointed guest rooms and good facilities. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Basic: Cabins with bunk beds and shared facilities.

Simple: Cabins with bunk beds and en-suite facilities

Comfort: Twin bedded cabins and en-suite facilities.

Superior: Well appointed en-suite, twin cabins.

Deluxe: Very high levels of comfort & service. All cabins are en-suite.

theme-icon-familyFamily: Cycling holidays that are suitable for families.

theme-icon-riversRivers & Lakes: Cycling holidays alongside rivers and/or lakes.

theme-icon-coastalCoastal: Cycling holidays that follow a coastline.

theme-icon-wineWine Lovers: Cycling holidays through well known wine regions.

theme-icon-gastroGastronomic: Cycling holidays through regions renowned for their cuisine.

theme-icon-ebikeE-bikes: Cycling holidays where e-bikes are available as well as regular bikes.