Italy cycling travel guide

ITALY CYCLING HOLIDAY TRAVEL GUIDE


2 MINUTE SUMMARY

Cycling and Italy are intrinsically linked with a flash of green, white and red adorning apparel the world over to signify the eternal bond between chic style and two wheels. There’s just something about feeling the road, every lump and bump, of watching vineyards roll by, without windows, that allows you to understand what makes Italians tick. You just don’t get that in a car, or on two legs; it’s that added freedom that sets cyclists apart from the pack. Cycling as part of a small group lets you appreciate the social side of Italy, both on and off the saddle. Tailor made tours offer the freedom to explore under your own steam to create unique experiences, ones that you’ll never want to forget. From Venice and Turin to Puglia and Amalfi, via Tuscany and Umbria, no matter where you are, the wine and the pasta always tastes better in Italy, and we think you’ll find the cycling does too.

Find out more in our Italy cycling holiday travel guide.
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WHAT DOES A CYCLING HOLIDAY IN ITALY ENTAIL?

If you enjoy the social side of cycling, being able to switch off slightly thanks to the reassurance of cycling with a leader who knows the language, the points of interest and the best places to eat, then small group cycling in Italy may well be your thing. On the other hand, if you prefer to cycle at your own pace, enjoy reading route notes and following a map, but also quite like the thought of your luggage ready and waiting for you at the next hand-picked, small hotel, then, you’ve guessed it, tailor made cycling tours in Italy are probably going to put the most air in your tyres.

David Sear and Andrew Ross, experts from one of our leading European cycling holiday suppliers, Exodus, share their advice on tailor made and small group cycling holidays in Italy:
Andrew Ross: “I love the atmosphere and camaraderie of a cycling group, but every once in a while you cannot beat heading off on your own and losing yourself in the experience of riding in a foreign land. After years of exploring on two wheels it is very apparent that there are always many different ways of getting from A to B and the actual planning of a daily route is also something that I find very rewarding. For these reasons I do love the self guided concept.”
David Sear: “Group cycling holidays allow you to travel solo and meet likeminded people who all enjoy cycling and have a sense of adventure. I think it really adds to the experience when you share the trip with other people; on our challenging trips the physical effort really brings the group together, whereas on our leisurely trips the group provides a great atmosphere, conversation and fun. You are guaranteed to make friends on a group tour and having a local guide to give you all the information means you don’t miss a thing.”
Andrew Ross: “The great thing about a guided ride is that the tour leader will share their knowledge and passion for what is likely to be their home region. Not only will you learn a huge amount about the history and culture, but you’ll also get a genuine insight into life here. Whether you’re in a group or on a self guided trip, Italy is the perfect destination as cycling is ingrained within the culture.”

BEST TIME TO GO ON AN ITALY CYCLING HOLIDAY


TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL

The best time to go on a cycling holiday in Italy is either side of the hotter months of Jun-Aug as more popular areas aren’t too crowded and the weather is warm without the risk of sudden storms. Cycling in May gives you a chance to catch a stage of the Giro d'Italia so factor this in if you’re a fan of following the pink jersey. Further south, in Amalfi, Puglia or Sicily, for example, the longer the cycling season extends with Oct offering an abundance of colour as well as comfortable temps before the rain kicks in during Nov. Read more on the best time to visit Italy.
Photo credits: [Topbox: Winniepix] [Solo cycling: tjabeljan] [Group cycling: Winniepix] [food and cycling: Marco Verch] [TempChart: Michael R. P. Ragazzon] [Helpdesk: Xavi]

Written by: Chris Owen
Pisa to Florence cycling holiday, Italy

Pisa to Florence cycling holiday, Italy

The highlights of beautiful Tuscany by bike

From £760 8 Days ex flights
Cilento and Amalfi Coast cycling holiday, Italy

Cilento and Amalfi Coast cycling holiday, Italy

Rocky ridges set between small picturesque inlets

From £1349 8 Days inc UK flights
Matera to Lecce cycling holiday in Italy

Matera to Lecce cycling holiday in Italy

Discover the jewels of Southern Italy from Matera to Lecce

From €740 8 Days ex flights
Emilia Romagna cycling holiday in Italy

Emilia Romagna cycling holiday in Italy

Pancake-flat country lanes of vineyards and orchards

From £1619 9 Days inc UK flights
Italy cycling holiday in Puglia, with e bike

Italy cycling holiday in Puglia, with e bike

Discover myth, magic & traditions in the land of the Trulli

From €1500 7 Days ex flights
San Remo to Nice cycle ride in France

San Remo to Nice cycle ride in France

A fascinating journey through truly memorable landscapes

From £1149 8 Days inc UK flights
Italy short break, Turin by bike

Italy short break, Turin by bike

Pedal through the regal history and majestic sites of Turin

From €180 3 Days per accommodation
Cycling tours in Italy, Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice

Cycling tours in Italy, Dolomites, Lake Garda & Venice

One of Europe's unique mountain landscapes

From £1349 8 Days inc UK flights
Umbria self guided cycling holiday in Italy

Umbria self guided cycling holiday in Italy

Journey into a world of sun-drenched landscapes

From £1329 9 Days inc UK flights
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