Best Cycle Routes in Europe
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The best cycling in Italy can be found in our experts’ selection of scenic Italian cycle routes. Expect dramatic coastlines, tranquil riverside paths and, of course, welcome plates of fresh tagliatelle around each and every corner, accompanied by an aperol spritz or glass of local red. If, for you, a week’s cycling in Italy is more about the indulgence and less about the pedalling, then make sure you try one of our Softie-approved Italian cycle routes, encompassing the very best that Italy has on offer. Here's our pick of the best places to cycle in Italy.
Italy Cycle Routes
The Adige Valley cycle path through South Tyrol
300km in total length and spanning all the way from Reschen am Reschensee to Verona, the Adige Valley path is one of Italy’s finest leisurely cycle routes. Enjoy gentle riverside pedalling along the Adige, taking in blissful Alpine landscapes that are well away from the traffic. With the terrain being predominantly downhill, Softies can enjoy freewheeling their way from one medieval village to the next sprawling field of vines, and on into enchanting cities such as Bolzano. And of course, the vistas of South Tyrol are defined by the jagged peaks of the Dolomites, which line the skies as far as the eye can see and make for the perfect photo opportunity.
View our South Tyrol cycling holidays here.
The Destra Po cycleway, passing through Emilia-Romagna
The Destra Po cycle route is the perfect way to explore the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, spanning 120km along the bank of the river Po, and along into Gorino in the west. This cycle route is perfect for anyone who would like to explore Italy on predominantly flat terrain, passing through gastronomic towns such as Bondeno, and rural landscapes as you go. Expect glorious sunshine all the way, on blissfully easy terrain that occupies a secluded position well away from the traffic, with cars prohibited from accessing much of the route.
View our Emilia-Romagna cycling holidays here.
Sentiero della Bonifica, on the border between Tuscany and Umbria
One of the best places to cycle in Italy, this 62km, traffic-free cycle route in Italy lies on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. This Italian cycle route offers the ideal opportunity to pedal in completely tranquility, well away from the traffic and crowds. Almost entirely flat, cyclists can enjoy wonderfully gentle cycling across a myriad of waterways, and local sites of agriculture that produce cheeses, wines, oils and fruits. Travel slowly, stopping often to sample delicacies and meet the friendly locals who can share their knowledge on the area’s rich and fertile soils. This scenic cycle route is a great option for families who would like to explore one of the most peaceful and magically scenic areas of Italy.
View our Tuscany and Umbria cycling holidays here.
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