One of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world, the Dolomites are made up of 2,700 square miles of rocky crags in northeastern Italy. The region is home to a mix of cultures and languages (including Italian and German) which can be seen in the architecture and the local cuisine. The German and Italian influence combine to make some of the best pasta and pastries in Europe.
Medieval towns, historic castles, and churches dot the mountainsides, and the region is considered home to some of the grandest cycling in all of Italy, full of many dedicated, well-marked bicycle routes. While these mountains may bring to mind steep climbs and rigorous cycling, there are tours for everyone from newbies to advanced cyclists. The best months for biking are June and September, but cyclists will also enjoy the summer months on the quieter routes.