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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. On our cycling trips in Italy, you can 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.

Read more about our Italian cycle routes here

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 & self guided tours 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 our cycling holidays 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.

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Italian Food and Wine

You will enjoy delicious food and wine on our cycling trips in Italy. Our favourite aspect of Italian cuisine is cucina di nonna – the tried and tested recipes passed down through generations of Italians. 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.

Self Guided or Guided

Self guided cycling tours in Italy are perfect for that extra flexibility, allowing you to explore this beautiful country to your heart's desire. Being in control of your navigation means you can choose to stay longer in your favourite town. Guided cycling tours in Italy offer you the chance to sit back and relax as our expert local guides show you our favourite spots. There's so much to see, but rest assured that you'll be taken to the best hidden gems of Italy.

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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.

Cycling Weekends in Italy

With gorgeous countryside, ancient cities, and arguably the best food in Europe, cycling weekends in Italy are always an exciting adventure. Travel to the gorgeous and lush Umbria on the Umbrian Experience short break where this 'green heart of Italy' will enchant you. Or perhaps you're tempted by the delicious Emilia Romagna on our A Taste Of Italy tour, visiting cities like Bologna and Parma. 

Read more about our cycling weekends in Italy here

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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
    From
    £1,295pp
    Ease
    Duration
    7 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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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
    From
    £1,145pp
    Ease
    Duration
    7 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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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
    From
    £1,645pp
    Ease
    Duration
    7 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, September, October, November
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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  • Cycling Holidays in Puglia

    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.
    From
    £1,535pp
    Ease
    Duration
    7 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, September, October
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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  • Cycling Holidays in Puglia

    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
    From
    £1,495pp
    Ease
    Duration
    7 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, September, October
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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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
    From
    £2,895
    Ease
    Duration
    7 Nights
    Available
    May, September
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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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
    From
    £1,465pp
    Ease
    Duration
    7 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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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
    From
    £1,060pp
    Ease
    Duration
    7 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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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
    From
    £1,025pp
    Ease
    Duration
    4 or 7 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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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
    From
    £1,535pp
    Ease
    Duration
    8 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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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
    From
    £1,115pp
    Ease
    Duration
    6 Nights
    Available
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
    Travel
    Flights and transfers available
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FAQS about our Italy Cycling Holidays

There are great easy cycling holidays in Italy to enjoy. There’s brilliant gentle terrain in Lake Garda, Umbria, Puglia, Sardinia, Campagnia & Amalfi, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Veneto and South Tyrol. Each has low traffic and dedicated cycle paths which will make your cycling holiday a breeze. 

Our cycling tours in Italy run from April through to October. This is to guarantee the best weather conditions along the cycle routes. In addition, the local landmarks, restaurants and hotels will be open during this time. 

Our expert team will make your cycling holiday in Italy as smooth as possible from start to finish. When you book a flight-inclusive package we will provide you with all the latest travel information you need. We are also ABTA & ATOL bonded so you can book with confidence.

Across all our cycling destinations in Italy we have picked the best hotels for you to stay in. Expect excellent service, top-class facilities and delicious food. A great way to relax after cycling during the day on your Italian cycling holiday. 

From Our Blog

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  • Cycling Through Italy

    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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  • Our Favourite Cycling Weekends in Italy

    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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  • Pedal Through History in France & Italy

    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.

    Read more

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