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Fast facts

Language: Italian
Currency: Euro
Population: 61,016,804
Size: 116,348 square miles (301,340 square kilometers) - slightly larger than Arizona
Border countries: Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland
National tourist office: www.italia.it

At a glance

Of all European countries, none draws visitors over and over again like Italy. A peninsula extending into the Mediterranean Sea, Italy consists of 21 diverse regions of rolling hills, vineyards, mountains, lakes, cliffs and islands. Each region has its unique charm, but all share the ‘Italian’ view that life should be taken at a slow pace with time to enjoy conversation, food and drink. Together, Italy’s regions boast the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi and Pisa are a few of the country's renowned cities along with Italy’s 95,000 monumental churches, 40,000 forts and castles and 5,600 museums and archaeological sites. Whether you ride a gondola through Venice’s Grand Canal, stroll along Lake Como or visit the Coliseum in Rome, the opportunities are endless when visiting Italy.

Why cyclists love it

The mild climate, beautiful terrain and the warm welcome of locals are only a few of the reasons why cyclists love Italy. Cycling in Tuscany along secondary roads and farm paths is great for cyclists of all fitness levels with plains, rolling hills and mountains. Cycling in the southern Apulia region provides great views along the coast, while cycling in the Dolomites offer steep mountain terrain.
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Top regions

Tuscany

The mild climate, lush vineyards, and welcoming warmth of the Tuscan people are just a few reasons cyclists love to take bike tours in Tuscany. Gourmet cuisine and superb local wines are also a draw to the region. 
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Apulia

Apulia forms the heel of Italy’s boot, bordered by the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Tall cliffs plunge into the blue ocean, and sandy beaches offer great swimming stops. The landscape is unspoiled by development and there are great beaches, castles, and vineyards to visit along your cycle tour.
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Dolomites/Italian Alps

Home to some of the most grand cycling in Italy, the Dolomites are one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world. The Dolomite region is home to a mix of cultures and languages, including Italian and German, which can be seen in the buildings and the cuisine. Medieval towns, historic castles, and churches dot the mountainsides.
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Top tours

Apulia and Basilicata: Castles and Wine Tour

Leaving from the Alta Murgia plateau, this tour visits the cities of Trani, Venosa and Melfi, passing through vineyards and golden hills.
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Bolzano - Verona - Venice Bicycle Tour

A seven-day leisure tour, cyclists visit the mountains of Bolzano, Lake Garda and such cities as Verona, Padova and Venice. Florence to Rome Link During the 180 miles (290 km) between Florence and Rome, cyclists travel through the beautiful Umbria region visiting the cities of Assisi, Perugia, and Spoleto.
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Tuscany Bike Tour

Biking through the hilly Tuscan landscape is a great way to experience the breathtaking landscape, culture and cuisine the region offers. This tour also visits the larger cities of Pisa and Florence.
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Tuscany's Crown Jewels Cycle Tour

These guided or self-guided tours include stops in Florence, Chianti and Siena. While this tour is moderate, it can be customized for either beginners or advanced riders.
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Umbria's Green Valleys Bike Tour

The quiet country roads of Umbria are perfect for cycling. Starting and ending in Assisi, this tour winds through the famous springs of Campello sul Clitunno and olive groves of Spoleto.
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Venice to Mantua by Bike and Boat

This tour allows cyclists to enjoy the countryside by bike while staying each night on a boat. Beginning in Venice, the tour travels on cycle paths and small roads along canals and rivers, ending in Mantua.
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