Bicycle Tourism in Italy

Bicycle Tourism in Italy
Cycling history and opportunities run deep in Italy. Home to a grand tour, the Giro D'Italia, Milan-San Remo and other prestigious cycling races, Italy is a dream destination for bicyclists.

Tuscany

A region known for art, nature and culture, Tuscany is a cyclist's dream come true. Hills abound for cyclists wanting a good workout. Roll from pastoral countryside to the Tyrrhenian coast. Summers are very hot, but late summer and early autumn give a respite from the heat.

Piedmont

Barolo, Barbaresca and Asti are just some of the towns and villages to cycle through in the Piedmont region of northeast Italy. A region as rich in wine as it is cycling, the Piedmont should not be missed. Roman aquaducts and ruins can be seen in Asti and Alba, and wineries around Asti let the tired cyclist sample the sparkling wine the town is known for.

Bicycle Laws

Regardless of the region you tour through in Italy, there are cycling rules and laws that must be obeyed. Introduced in 1992, Italy has new bicycle laws, some of which include ticketable offenses for cycling with an umbrella or overtaking senior citizens while cycling (see Resource 2).

Guided or Self-Guided

When bicycle touring Italy, you can opt for a guided or self-guided trip. Many outfitters offer week or longer fully supported bicycle tours. Using a guide can allow a rider the option of support wagons and inside information on local wineries. Going self-guided allows more flexibility and impromptu changes in routes.

Respect for Bicycles

When touring Italy by bicycle, many Americans are pleasantly surprised when cars literally come to a halt to allow cyclists the right of way or safe passage. Much different than North America, bicycles are viewed with respect and reverence in Italy.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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