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Cycling routes are an excellent option for those who want to move sustainably and reduce the environmental impact of their travels. Of course, it also has amazing physical and emotional benefits.
In honor of Bike Day, we invite you to get on your bike and discover Italy in an environmentally-friendly and fun way. We are certain that the bike routes in this article will offer a unique and unforgettable experience!
Ciclabile delle Dolomiti (Dolomites Cycling Route)
This cycle path extends for 48 km through the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The four sections are Dobbiaco-Cimabanche; Cimabanche-Cortina; Cortina-Borca; Borca-Calalzo. The cycle path is integrated with a convenient and functional bus-bike and train-bike system.
The route traverses some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world with spectacular views of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Val di Fassa and Val di Sole, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and Lake Dobbiaco. The track is suitable for all levels of experience and offers priceless vistas of the surrounding mountains.
Find out more on the official website!
Ciclovia dei Parchi (Cycle Route in the Parks)
The Calabria Parks Cycle Path is characterized by 12 legs that traverse four provinces and four national and regional parks for a total of 545 km. In reality, it isn’t new, but it was recently enhanced with the European project POR Calabria.
A truly unique route with unspoiled landscapes through the Pollino National Park, the Sila National Park, the Serre Regional Natural Park and the Aspromonte National Park. You’ll be in awe of the mountain villages seemingly suspended in both space and time, the agricultural traditions, and a unique cuisine both surprising and fascinating.
Find out more on the official website.
Ciclovia del Sole (Cycle Route of the Sun)
This cycle path extends for 7,400 km from the North Cape to Malta and the Italian section includes four regions from Verona to Florence. The route traverses the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park, among beech and chestnut woods, meadows and pastures, ancient villages and cities of art.
It begins in Verona in the Veneto region, passing through Mantua in Lombardy, Modena and Bologna in Emilia-Romagna, and the last leg in Tuscany, passing through Pistoia, Prato, and Florence.
The track is suitable for all levels of experience and offers a glimpse into the nature and culture of the Apennines. Along the way, you can visit ancient medieval villages, castles and there are numerous opportunities for hiking.
Visit the official website for more details and maps.
Ciclovia del Po (Po River Cycling Route)
This cycle path follows the course of the river Po, crossing the cities of Turin, Piacenza and Ferrara. The route extends for over 600 km and offers views of the countryside, river landscapes and art cities of northern Italy. The track is suitable for all levels of experience and also offers the opportunity to stop along the way to taste the local cuisine.
Along the way you can visit some art cities such as Turin, with its magnificent architectural and artistic heritage; Piacenza, with its Romanesque cathedral and Palazzo Farnese; and Ferrara, with its beautiful medieval old town.
More details on the official website.
Ciclovia Adriatica (Adriatic Cycle Route)
This cycle path follows the Adriatic coast, from Trieste to Puglia, crossing 7 regions. The route extends for about 1,300 km and offers panoramic views of the sea, beaches, art cities, and the hills of central and southern Italy. The track is suitable for all levels of experience and also offers the opportunity to stop along the way to taste the local cuisine and take a dip in the sea.
Along the way you can visit some coastal cities such as Rimini, with its beaches and its historical and artistic heritage; Ancona, with its port and Romanesque cathedral; and Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost point of the Italian peninsula.
More info on bikeitalia
So all that remains is to choose which of these fantastic cycle path proposals is right for you. We are sure that they will all offer an unforgettable cycling experience, as you discover the natural, cultural and historical beauty of Italy in a sustainable and enjoyable way. Each route has its own peculiar characteristics, but all of them offer breathtaking views, the possibility of visiting art cities and ancient villages, and the possibility of tasting the typical cuisine along the way. Get pedaling!
*the images in the article do not necessarily reflect the exact cycling route mentioned in the text.