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Old 02-07-12, 06:14 PM   #1
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Italy Trip Questions

In October I am going to be taking my bike over to Italy and Cycling from Genoa to the Amalfi Coast. This is my tentative route:

http://g.co/maps/a2tpt

Does anyone have any recommendations on places to stop or cities to visit?

Also, one of my big hangups is that I will be flying into one city and out of another. How do you all recommend transporting my bike? Being that I cannot take my travel case with me on the ride.

Any tips or any information would be very helpful. Thanks!!

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Hi,

I think you have picked the right time of year. The weather should be mild and the number of vacationing tourist should be low.

Visiting the Cinque Terre should be a highpoint. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinque_Terre

I would consider taking a passenger ferry and return to you starting point. It's an easy and economical way to return to Genoa.

I'm also concerned that cycling the Amalfi coast might be hazardous. It's a beautiful area but the road between Sorrento and Amalfi is death-defying in a car and a bigger concern on a bike.
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I think I will be taking a day trip from Naples down to that area and will not be biking. I have heard that from multiple people.
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I would take a side trip to Lucca. It is a very nice town. A walled city. There is a bike path on top of the wall.

Be warned that there is a tunnel or two between Genoa and La Spezia that prohibits bicycles. Though I have heard people have gone through them.

Getting out of Genoa might be difficult. It is not exactly a bike friendly city. You might consider taking a train to the next town.

I recommend the Hotel Bellvue in Genoa. It is across from the train station and up on the hillside. I would avoid hostels in the really big cities.

Don't miss Porto Fino.

There is a hostel somewhere north of Viareggio. Sorry I can't remember where.

Watch S1 between Viareggio and Pisa. It is very busy. Check your map, there is a back farm road that I saw but was unsure of how far it went so I stayed on S1.
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My bike has S&S couplers and I put it in a hard-sided case that is like a big suitcase. When I fly into one city and out of another, I ship my case via either UPS or FedEx after assembling my bike to my destination. I either use a hotel where I've booked a night at the end of the trip or I find someone on couchsurfing.org or warmshowers.org who will take delivery of it and hold it until I get there.

Also, there was some damage to the Cinque Terre area in October due to heavy storms. Just so you know.

You might find this previous discussion of biking in the Cinque Terre of interest.

Have a great time.
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