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route planning for southern italy

I'm planning a trip next summer, from northern england to sicily. I've got the route sorted as far as rome (it's mostly places i've been before). but from there on i'd appreciate advice on where to see; is the coast very touristy and overdeveloped? are the mountains very mountainous (i'm kinda lazy about hills)? any other advice?
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Get the Touring Club Italiano road maps. It'll show you which roads are bike friendly and all. Just make sure you get the most recent updated maps, that's all.

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Get the Touring Club Italiano road maps. It'll show you which roads are bike friendly and all. Just make sure you get the most recent updated maps, that's all.

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Where can you get a copy of their map?

Amazon seems to have the book but not the map.

I purchased the Lonely Planet Cycling Guide to Italy should I have bought the Touring Club Italiano guide?
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Originally Posted by nirakaro
I'm planning a trip next summer, from northern england to sicily. I've got the route sorted as far as rome (it's mostly places i've been before). but from there on i'd appreciate advice on where to see; is the coast very touristy and overdeveloped? are the mountains very mountainous (i'm kinda lazy about hills)? any other advice?
When are you going? A friend and I will be there in September but will most likely be doing the North, headed South down the West coast.
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You can get the touring club maps online from the Corner Globe Bookstore in Boston. They are definitely the way to go. I have the TCI book and it's largely a collection of routes for day rides. It has great photos and was good to get me thinking about riding in italy, but not very useful for actually planning a long route. Check my friend's web site out - https://wuplet.com/italy2005/ - to see where we rode in So. Italy.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Where can you get a copy of their map?

Amazon seems to have the book but not the map.

I purchased the Lonely Planet Cycling Guide to Italy should I have bought the Touring Club Italiano guide?
www.trektools.com has a wide selection of TCI maps and other maps of Italy that look excellent. I just ordered the Tuscany map for my trip this May.

Touring Club Italiano sells all their maps and other stuff off their website, www.touringclub.it. You can also buy a membership off their website, you get a discount on purchases and on admission to various museums and other stuff when you get to Italy. I bought the membership and ordered a few maps, it'll be interesting to see how much I save by buying the membership.

I bought the Lonely Planet Guide and the TCI cycling guide, neither one impresses me all that much. I think I'm going to use regular tour guides (LP, Rough Guide) and maps and work out my own route. I might check the cycling guides for ideas, but I won't follow the routes in the guides exactly.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Where can you get a copy of their map?

Amazon seems to have the book but not the map.

I purchased the Lonely Planet Cycling Guide to Italy should I have bought the Touring Club Italiano guide?
I go to the Savvy Traveller: https://www.thesavvytraveller.com/

It has every map for Touring Club... every map. They also have a lot of really cool travelling stuff- things you can compress, stuff you can get that you can't find from other places, etc.

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