Italy

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

  • Milld climate
  • Beautiful terrain
  • Home of famous Tuscany cycling region
  • Apula region with its beautiful coastal vistas
  • Dolomites and its scenic and steep mountain terrain
  • Charming culture
  • Tasty cuisine with optional cooking classes

Popular 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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Tour spotlight

Cycling and Cooking in Tuscany
Enjoy fantastic bike routes with cooking lessons in Italy's famous Tuscany region. Explore the area, passing Pienza, Montalcino, and San Quirico, just to name a few.
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Bolzano - Verona - Venice 
Visit the mountains of Bolzano, Lake Garda and cities including Verona, Padova and Venice on this 7-day leisure tour.
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Florence to Rome: Calm, Mystical and Unexplored Countryside
In the 180 miles (290 km) between Florence and Rome, you'll pedal through the beautiful Umbria region visiting the cities of Assisi, Perugia, and Spoleto.
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Umbria's Green Valleys From the Pilgrimage Town of Assisi
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 (and reverse)
This tour lets you enjoy the countryside by bike while staying each night on a boat. Beginning in Venice, travel on cycle paths and small roads along canals and rivers, ending in Mantua.
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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: AustriaFrance, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland 
National tourist office: www.italia.it

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