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.
The Adige Valley cycle path, 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.
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The Destra Po cycleway, 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 cycle route.
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Sentiero della Bonifica, 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 tranquillity, 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.
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Cylcovia Adriatica, Puglia
When cycling on our Highlights of Puglia tour, you’ll get the chance to experience some of the best cycling in Italy along the Adriatic coast. When cycling out of Ostuni on this route, you’ll see the city’s whitewashed old town shining like a pearl on the hillside. Cycling through Italy along the coast of ‘the boot’, pass by groves of gnarled and ancient olive trees along the peaceful breeze-kissed lanes. The Cyclovia Adriatica is one of Italy’s longest cycling routes, and your journey on it finishes at the historical trading city of Brindisi. The gateway of trade for Greece and the Middle East for a thousand years, there’s plenty of sights to see in one of the largest jewels of Puglia’s crown.
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Via Francigena, Tuscany and Umbria
Cycling through Italy would not be complete without travelling along the Via Francigena. An ancient pilgrimage highway, Christians would travel from the cathedral city of Cantebury, England, through France and Switzerland, all the way to Rome and then on to the holy lands. On The Umbrian Experience tour, we’ll travel along this beautiful route between Gubbio and Assisi. Some of the best cycling in Italy, you’ll have the chance to soak in the history and Appenine atmosphere of the Italian heartlands. On the way you’ll stop off at charming Italian cafes for some of the most delicious coffee and traditional Umbrian dishes before arriving in Assisi.
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To find out more about our Italian cycle routes and our Softies Italy cycling holidays, get in touch with our team today by giving us a call or enquiring online.
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