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Cycling Italy

What to expect when cycling Italy?

Italy cycling holidays allow you to explore the stunning countryside and world-famous culture easily by bike. It’s no surprise that Italy has produced some of the world’s greatest artworks and a host of respected artists, the country is truly inspiring. From ancient Roman ruins and diverse landscapes to delicious cuisine and passionate locals, every aspect of a cycling holiday in Italy is enchanting.

The highlight for many is the food and wine. Local dishes vary throughout the country; the cuisine is heartier in the north and more Mediterranean along the Amalfi coast. When cycling Italy visit the wineries of Chianti in Tuscany. Foodies should head to Emilia Romagna to learn how Parmesan cheese is made in Parma and balsamic vinegar in Modena.

Cycle through vineyards and olive groves, delve into the Renaissance art scene in Veneto and take in the spectacular countryside. Our e-bikes are a great way to get around the hilltop towns in Tuscany and Umbria, as well as enabling you to travel further without getting too tired.

We have a range of guided and self guided cycling holidays in Italy. Call our experts today to find out more about our cycling tours in Italy.

What's included?

  • Delicious restaurant meals each night
  • Bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Unrivalled on the ground assistance
  • Luggage carried between your hotels
  • Fully serviced bikes, option to e-bike
  • ABTA & ATOL protected
  • Guided and self guided options available
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Rolling hills stretch as far as the eye can see in Tuscany, crowned with hilltop villages. In between cycles, play the connoisseur at a Prosecco or wine tasting, admire the towering peaks of the Dolomites or taste the regions finest delicacies on a Softies cycling holiday.

Cycling Italy

Take in the postcard-perfect views of vine-covered valleys, hilltop villages, cypress-lined Roman roads and the shores of Lake Garda's emerald waters on a cycling holiday in Italy. Have a break when you reach historical sights, scenic viewpoints and wineries, olive oil farms or local delicacy tastings.

 

We have e-bikes for those that would rather conserve their energy for exploring churches, monasteries and sweet villages. Electric bikes offer battery-powered assistance to help you up inclines or allow you to travel further distances.

 

Read out more about our Italian cycle routes here

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Italian cuisine and wine

Our favourite aspect of Italian cuisine is cucina di nonna – the tried and tested recipes passed down through generations of Italians. A common misconception is that Italian cuisine revolves around pizza and pasta when it is centred around meat, fish and vegetables.

 

After exploring the area by bike, start your meal with a small plate of pasta. Then try the fresh seasonal ingredients of vegetables, seafood, meat and grains with a generous douse of olive oil. The full-bodied Chianti red wine is a perfect accompaniment to any dish.

When to visit

Our Italy cycling tours run between April and October, which tend to be the drier and warmer months. We can tailor your trip so you aren’t cycling during the heat of the day and still see the sights.

Historical sights

Dating back to the 6th and 7th century, the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii at the foot of Mount Vesuvius are an absolute must-see in Campania as you cycle along the Amalfi Coast. Once the capital of the Western Roman Empire, Ravenna is home to Dante’s tomb, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and the UNESCO-listed mosaics of San Vitale.

 

In Venice, admire the city’s Gothic architecture from a gondola as you weave along the city’s canals. Delve into the Renaissance masterpieces in Florence’s Uffizi, the incredibly lavish Pitti Palace and the 360-degree view from the bell tower of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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Our insider tips

  • Taste dry, medium-bodied Chianti wines at local wineries while you learn about the grape harvest and wine production.

 

  • Cycle around the stunning lakes of northern Italy – Lake Trasimo and Lake Garda are our favourites – then park your bicycle up for a picnic on the shore.

 

  • Learn to make home-made pasta in Umbria with Gianna, who is an expert in old fashioned Italian home cooking.

Featured Cycling Tours

  • Cycling Holidays in Italy

    Classic | South Tyrol, Lake Garda and Verona | Self Guided

    This incredibly scenic tour is one of great contrasts: dramatic mountain terrain and the shimmering flat waters of Lake Garda. You'll discover old-world villages in the...

    • Magnificent lakes of the South Tyrol
    • Historical towns

    Offer available

    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,295pp
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    Duration
    7 Nights
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    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Cycling Holidays in Italy

    Classic | Valleys of the Dolomites | Self Guided

    An incredibly scenic tour through the dramatic mountain landscapes in the South Tyrolean Alps, this tour helps you to get a feel for rural Italian life. You can either stick to...

    • Italian mountains
    • Italian wine

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    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,145pp
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    Duration
    7 Nights
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    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Cycling Holidays in Sardinia

    E-Bike | Sardinia's Northern Secrets | Self Guided

    A self-guided e-bike tour along the Costa Smeralda in Northern Sardinia. Dramatic coastlines, quiet coves, secret beaches, vibrant culture and abundant fresh seafood await.

    • Riding through the Valle della Luna
    • Remote, secluded beaches
    • Fascinating historic sites, stretching back to the Nuralgic period
    • Excellent local food and wine

    Offer available

    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,645pp
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    Duration
    7 Nights
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    March, April, May, June, September, October, November
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  • E-Bike | Highlights of Puglia | Self Guided

    Explore the heel of Italy's boot and one of it's best-kept secrets, taking in our top picks in the region aboard a top of the range electric bike.

    • Visit 3 UNESCO heritage sites: Matera, Alberobello and Lecce.
    • Stay in a traditional Trullo, an iconic cone-roofed building.
    • Enjoy the deep red wines of the Salento region - or the crisp whites of Locorotondo.

    Offer available

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    £1,535pp
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    7 Nights
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    March, April, May, June, September, October
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  • Classic | Pedal Through Puglia | Self Guided

    Self guided cycling through the heel of Italy, visiting iconic towns, rich in history and a beautiful coastline of coves and crystal waters.

    • Cycling through lush landscapes of ancient olive groves and vineyards
    • Exploring the gorgeous towns of Matera and Alberobello
    • Enjoying a glass or two of the famous local Primitivo wine

    Offer available

    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,495pp
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    Duration
    7 Nights
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    March, April, May, June, September, October
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  • Cycling Holidays in Tuscany

    E-Bike | The Tuscan Experience | Guided Group

    This guided group e-bike tour takes you deep into the most enticing Chianti wine territory - your guide will reveal the region's secrets and recommend the very best local...

    • Expert local leader
    • Tasting Chianti wines
    • Abbey of Sant'antimo
    • Stunning Lake Trasimeno
    • Wine tasting sessions
    • The regions secrets

    Offer available

    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £2,895
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    Duration
    7 Nights
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    May, September
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  • Cycling Holidays in Veneto and Tuscany

    Classic | Italy's Art Cities | Self Guided

    From the canals of Venice, the bridges of Comacchio and the early Christian mosaics of Ravenna to the Renaissance architecture of Florence, this self guided cycling tour...

    • 3-star and 4-star hotels
    • Fantastic vineyards
    • Gourmet meals
    • Rennaisance architecture
    • Canals of Venice
    • Romance and art

    Offer available

    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,465pp
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    Duration
    7 Nights
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    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Bike & Boat Holiday in Veneto

    Bike & Boat | Venice & Mantua

    A one week Bike and Boat holiday to explore the bustling streets and magical waterways of Venice, and meander across the Po delta through idyllic fishing villages, all the way...

    • Strolling through the backstreets of Venice
    • Island hopping from Lido di Venezia to Pellestrina
    • Magnificent scenery of Delta del Po

    Offer available

    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,060pp
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    7 Nights
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    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Cycling Holidays in Tuscany

    E-Bike | The Umbrian Experience | Guided Group

    Get off the beaten track and up close to Italy's local history and habitat on this food focused, fully guided, E-bike Safari through the wide open valleys of rural Umbria.

    • Guided Group tour
    • Helmets provided
    • Dramatic scenery
    • Historic towns
    • Suitable for vegetarians
    • Vineyards and wine tours

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    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,995pp
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    Duration
    5 or 7 Nights
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    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Cycling Holidays in Emilia Romagna

    Classic | A Taste of Italy | Self Guided

    A self guided cycling tour from Bologna to Parma through a stunning region of Italy where history, art, culture combine with fantastic food - to provide an unforgettable Taste...

    • Bologna & Parma
    • Cooking demonstration
    • Gelato tasting & museum
    • Historic Modena
    • Parma ham & Parmesan cheese

    Offer available

    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,025pp
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    Duration
    4 or 6 Nights
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    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Cycling holidays in Campania

    Classic | Cilento & the Amalfi Coast | Self Guided

    Cycling along the beautiful Campania coastline and into the heartland of the Cilento National Park. Finish your holiday off with a few days on the iconic Amalfi Coast.

    • 3-star and 4-star hotels
    • Great Italian cuisine
    • Cilento National Park
    • Fishing villages
    • Quiet remote beaches
    • Footpath of the Gods

    Offer available

    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,535pp
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    Duration
    8 Nights
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    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Cycling Holidays in Emilia Romagna

    Classic | Riding Real Romagna | Self Guided

    Start in Ravenna - once the capital of the Western Roman Empire - and cycle through the Romagna region all the way to Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy. Easy, flat rides...

    • 3-star and 4-star hotels
    • Heartland of homemade pasta
    • Gourmet meals
    • Rennaisance architecture
    • Sangiovese red wine
    • Byzantine mosaics

    Offer available

    Book any tour before 30th November 2021 and receive a bottle of champagne on us.

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    £1,115pp
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    7 Nights
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    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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    Posted: 16/09/20

    Are you looking for the best places to cycle in Italy? 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.

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    Posted: 05/11/21

    As a holiday destination, Italy is famed for its stunning countryside, delicious cuisine, and passionate locals. The diverse landscape of verdant hills, dotted with picturesque wineries and historic castles, make a cycling weekend in Italy a must for your bucket list.

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    Posted: 22/08/19

    Delve into French & Italian history on a Softies holiday, from the beaches of Normandy and the lavender fields of Provence to the ancient Roman Via Flaminia highway in Tuscany.

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