I'm planning a bike tour of Italy in September and sure would appreciate any advice, links, resources etc. Planning on a 3 week trip, to include Tuscanny, maybe Umbria & Abruzzo (I'll also be visiting Potenza, in the south, only because my grandfather was born there, probably need to put my bike on a train to fit it in). I'm a pretty fit biker who can work up to 80 - 100 miles/ day but prefer shorter days, will be bringing my own bike & gear, and plan on camping and going cheap. A few specific questions I have are:
- Where can I get good cycling maps? Ideally one that shows grades and prevailing winds(and/ or a good guide book)
- Should I fly into Rome, or is it not very bike friendly? Any other suggestions?
- If I do fly into Rome, any suggestions for a good, cheap place to stay? And should I just get a train out of there when I'm ready to leave?
- Is it easy to find camping? Average price I should expect to pay?
How much ground is it reasonable to expect to cover in 3 weeks?
Any and all ideas welcome. Thanks!!