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Just to warn you, cycling in Italy is so utterly incredible that you’re liable to extend your trip indefinitely. Whether you’re lucky enough to live here or if you’re planning a week-long adventure, the scale of Italy’s cycling is so massive that you’ll never want to stop. 

Cycle routes in Italy will take you through undulating, breathtaking Tuscany. For many, this region is utterly perfect for bike rides with its ancient villages, hazy hills and exquisite views. Up in the North, ride around the world-famous Italian Lakes complete with their mountainous backdrop. Or head south, exploring the phenomenal sites of Calabria and its neighbouring island, Sicily. 

Riding in this wonderful country is blissfully easy. Water fountains are common and you’ll find local cafes wherever and whenever you fancy a rest. Day routes and multi-day trails are everywhere, making it all too tempting to keep going forever. 

Intermediate
03:14
34.5 mi
Difficult
05:55
59.3 mi
Intermediate
02:54
31.8 mi
Intermediate
03:20
34.1 mi
Intermediate
03:12
32.7 mi
Intermediate
02:43
27.4 mi
Difficult
03:45
25.2 mi
Difficult
05:56
61.8 mi
Difficult
03:12
23.0 mi
Difficult
04:10
30.3 mi
Difficult
05:06
49.0 mi
Difficult
05:32
53.9 mi
Difficult
05:05
50.1 mi
Difficult
04:46
48.3 mi
Intermediate
03:36
24.6 mi
Intermediate
03:43
40.5 mi
Intermediate
02:53
29.5 mi
Intermediate
02:31
24.8 mi
Difficult
05:52
43.8 mi
Easy
01:56
19.5 mi

Top 20 cycling routes in Italy

    1
    Intermediate
    03:14
    34.5 mi
    10.7 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    2
    Difficult
    05:55
    59.3 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  • 3
    Intermediate
    02:54
    31.8 mi
    11.0 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    4
    Intermediate
    03:20
    34.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Intermediate
    03:12
    32.7 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    6
    Intermediate
    02:43
    27.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    7
    Difficult
    03:45
    25.2 mi
    6.7 mph
    4,550 ft
    4,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    8
    Difficult
    05:56
    61.8 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Difficult
    03:12
    23.0 mi
    7.2 mph
    3,175 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    10
    Difficult
    04:10
    30.3 mi
    7.3 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Difficult
    05:06
    49.0 mi
    9.6 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Difficult
    05:32
    53.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
    13
    Difficult
    05:05
    50.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    14
    Difficult
    04:46
    48.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    15
    Intermediate
    03:36
    24.6 mi
    6.9 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    16
    Intermediate
    03:43
    40.5 mi
    10.9 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    17
    Intermediate
    02:53
    29.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    18
    Intermediate
    02:31
    24.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    19
    Difficult
    05:52
    43.8 mi
    7.5 mph
    7,250 ft
    7,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    20
    Easy
    01:56
    19.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Italy’s fantastic regions

Cycling in Italy never fails to impress thanks to the country’s extraordinary beauty throughout. The only downside to adventuring here on two wheels is that you might not know where to begin. 

If it’s jaw-dropping mountains you’re after, where you can climb to great heights and speed down exhilarating descents, the Italian Alps are paradise. With vast lakes, iconic cliff faces and verdant meadows, bike rides in Italy’s northern mountains are always spectacular. 

Perhaps it’s Tuscany that you dream of cycling through. If you’re not familiar with this utterly fantastic region, you’re in for a treat. Tuscany is home to rolling hills, jagged mountains and a seductive coastline. Rides here offer astounding views, historic villages and olive groves that unroll into the distance. 

For flatter cycle routes in Italy, head to Puglia on the Adriatic Sea. Pedal from seafood restaurant to seafood restaurant along the coastline and stop at Ostuni, a mesmerising city with an exquisite old town of whitewashed buildings and Mediterranean charm. 

La dolce vita on two wheels

Wherever the trails take you, you’ll never be far from all the tiny luxuries of being in Italy. Public drinking fountains are common throughout the country, making it easy to fill up on hot days. Each village and town will have bakeries and local cafes too, where you can get a panino and an espresso or, let’s face it, gelato. 

Italy has a lengthy history of cycling, in part thanks to the Giro d’Italia, a race past its hundredth year. You’ll see cyclists sporting every colour of jersey and find many long-distance cycle paths and local trails, many of which are traffic-free. 

Accommodation is available everywhere and there’s a vast range, from cheap hostels and campsites to luxurious hotels. Plenty of options to rest your feet and your wheels. 

Choosing a time of year

You can go on cycling adventures in Italy at any time of year but the true golden months are April to October. During this season, you’ll see the best of the country’s sunshine, fantastic flora and, in summer, enjoy warm seas at the end of a sweaty ride. 

For cooler bike rides during July and August, the northern mountains enjoy refreshing temperatures with glorious sunshine.

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