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Cycling in Italy

Cycling in an open air museum


Cycling in Italy is like cycling in an open air museum. What a fantastic country is Italy! Of course Umbria and Toscana are popular favorites for many cyclist and other travelers.

Florence Italy
Cycling in Italy leads you one way or another to Florence

This is partly because it is not too difficult and there's so much to see in these two provinces. Another reason is that the whole year the climate is moderate so you can travel in the center and south of Italy without a problem the whole year through.

There area many great places for cycling in Italy, it's hard to choose what to do and what to skip. I have done only a little bit in the 5 weeks or so that I was cycling. So here is what I can tell you about cycling in Italy.

Cycling in Italy, from north to south

Let's start with what route I did cycle, I came in from France at Col Larche, then cycled to Cuneo and south to the Italian Riviera.

I followed the coast line a while before visiting Florence, continued to Rome and Naples and went along the coast south to Calabria.

There I crossed to the east coast and had a ferry to Corfu in Greece. I missed plenty of great attractions as Milan, Venice and almost everything on the Italian east coast, Sardinia, Sicily and much more.

So my "cycling in Italy" pages will focus on what I cycled myself.

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Nice camping spot in north Italy

Cycling in Italy

Cycling in Italy is very popular. It seems everybody is cycling in Italy, from young kids to old people. Especially in the north, Genoa on the way to Florence, Pisa, Luca, Rome, it seems everywhere I saw big groups of Italians cycling. Sometimes it was irritating because some of those groups were so big and took a lot of the available road surface.

Here is the rough road I did after crossing into Italy from France through the Alps at Col Larche:

Cuneo - Genoa - Florence - Rome - Naples - Calabria - Catanzaro Lido - Crotone - Lecce and Brindisi

Accommodation

Italy is certainly not cheap. If you want to do the country on a shoestring you have no choice than to camp and cook yourself.

St. Peter in Rome

But don't let it set you back from exploring the local cuisine. The most famous dishes in Italy are of course the wine, pizzas, spaghettis, olives, bread and cheese. 

If you are able to attain a local lunch you would be amazed. The Italians know how to enjoy their lunch.

Hotels, B&B's and hostels are not cheap either but even campings can be quite expensive. The camping at the beach in Genoa cost me 30 euros! And all I got was a small place to pitch my tent and a toilet/shower facility. Check Tripadvisor or Agoda.com

The south is considered to be cheaper but it's not much cheaper. In Lecce I stayed in a youth hostel which was still 25 euros a night.

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