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Wife friendly route/area in Italy.

Old 03-31-09, 09:05 PM
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Wife friendly route/area in Italy.

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We are going to be taking a holiday to italy and I would like to at least get in a few days of touring on the bike. I would like to get my wife out riding with me so I need to select an area that is nice and flat, away from traffic with plenty of good food and wine along the way.

I want to make this as easy as possible for her to try to get her hooked , but seeing as she is about 5'5 and 50kg there is not a lot of muscle to push the pedals all day long.

So, my thoughts are a 2 or 3 day credit card tour along a dedicated style bicycle path/route. Does anyone have any recommendations for such an area/route in Italy?

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Flat and Italy is pretty much an oxymoron . If you fly into Malpensa, there is a very nice bike path all the way to Pavia. Very pretty. About 60 miles. You could then get a train to LaSpezia with maybe a stop at Genoa and or Cinque Terre and then back on the bikes and go down the coast to Viareggio. There is a bike path a good bit of the way. The traffic to get to the path is not all that bad.

Let me know if you need details.

There is also a bike path that is very flat along the Po River but I have not been there. It goes a fairly good distance, if I recall. The Po valley is probably the most flat area of Italy.
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Oh when if you go from Malpensa to Pavia, you can stop midway at Vigevano. You would need to leave the bike path to get there. The road can be fairly busy but not too bad and worth the hassle. Vigevano is supposed to have one of the prettiest piazzas in all of Italy.
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I agree with spinnaker about the Po river valley being about the only flat area to ride in Italy. You could also try cycling along the Adriatic coast but you would most likely find it too busy.
Check out https://www.bikely.com/ for some routes, or plan your own, it also has elevation profiles (in the link Show) so you will know what to expect
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Originally Posted by RayB
So, my thoughts are a 2 or 3 day credit card tour along a dedicated style bicycle path/route.
As dbikingman said about the tour my wife and I just did (her first one), set her up for success!
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Great, thanks guys. That path to Pavia sounds ideal and found it on Bikely. Should be pretty straight forward and I will try to design it into our holiday. I am in the market for a folder for here in Japan so may pick up an airnimal during that trip and we can rent a bike for her local. Should be ideal.

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