Riding Your Bike In Italy
BIKE TOURING IN ITALY | CYCLE ITALY
There are many great options for a Bike Tour in Italy throughout the country for all level of riders. Each of Italy's 20 regions has it's own unique history and culture. This Bike Touring Italy Guide will give you some good planning information that will help you organize your next Italy Bike Tour.
For strong cyclist there are good road bike routes in almost every region of Italy. In some areas you can establish yourself in a central base and do spoke rides for two or three days. Or, in other regions the best way to explore is by doing daily stages, where you will move your base each day but you can explore so much more. Also throughout Italy will find classic bike climbs, designated bike paths and routes, and Gran Fondo events to add variety to your cycle touring options. Each tour option should be selected based on your base mileage limits per day on the terrian you plan to ride. Examples: while riding in the Dolomites you cannot just decide to ride 3 or 4 passes per day, even though the distances might not be great, the effort level needed for the grades can over-tax many riders.
TOP PLACES TO BIKE TOUR IN ITALY
Throughout Italy there are several sign posted bike routes and bike paths. More are being built each season, however this is not a Nation wide coordinated effort, many communities are building their own paths. This is a guide to the paths I have ridden.
GUIDED AND PRIVATE BIKE TOURS in ITALY
Bicycle touring in Italy is very popular, and for a good reason, it is the best way to discover the history and culture; plus the people, and the countryside are both welcoming. Many travel companies offer guided tours (in English) and self-guided tours in Italy.
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Guided bike tours are events scheduled and whomever signs up participates. Skill and fitness level can vary which can impact the flow of the tour. Also, these are scripted programs with little flexibility, there are guides on the tour to assist you throughout the day. Skill levels of each companies guides vary, and many are summer hires.
Self Guided Tours give you a bit more flexibility but your on your own each day. But you need to know the basic bike mechanic repairs and you will need to decide weather to get your luggage transferred or carry everything with you.
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TOP MOUNTAIN BIKE DESTINATIONS IN ITALY
- VENETO REGION
- ITALIAN DOLOMITES
- ABRUZZO REGION
- EMILIA ROMAGNA REGION
- AOSTA REGION
- SARDINIA REGION
Local Rules of the Road
Cyclists in Italy are legal vehicles on the road. Those who are riding touring bicycles, must have at least two independently operating brakes, a bell, a red tail light, headlight, yellow reflectors on the pedals. Road bikes and mountain bikes do not have to be fitted with these safety items. However, you must have a front and rear lights at nightfall on all types of bikes. There is no helmet law for cyclists, but highly recommended.
When is the best time for bicycle touring in Italy?
The months of April to October are the best times. You need to follow the migration of local riders and sporting events to better understand where the riding is best. You will want to find where attractions are not as busy, the temperatures not too hot or cold and accommodations easy to find. Read, when to travel in Italy for more suggestions
Where do I stay along the way?
Most hotels in Italy along the major bike routes can provide an area to lock your bicycle overnight, and many are very used to and welcome cyclists.
Should I rent or bring my own bike?
Renting a bike in Italy can be an adventure and quality levels vary greatly. Many hotels will list that they offer bikes, but these are usually city bikes or cheap hybrid bikes, that are not always well maintained. Many bike shops may have an extra bike or two lying around you can rent, but they are generally limited in size and quality, and they tend to be old bikes traded in by customers. If you are doing a cycle vacation in Itlay I suggest you bring your own bike. But if you wish to rent in Italy email us and we will send you a listing of shops and local renters near your location: Bike Rental Information
How can I transport my bike while in Italy?
Travel by Train in Italy; Italian Trains do carry bicycles. I have found that the trains can be very busy on weekends on some routes so book in advance. You do need to purchase a ticket for your bicycle and load it on the train yourself. There are also many bike shuttle services in popular riding areas.