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Old 07-10-10, 05:44 PM
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Italian cycling suggestions welcome

Hi, we are considering cycling next May in Italy and would like suggestions on a base area/village to consider for a hub. Any suggestions. We just came back from a 6 day Tuscany trip and want to do it again but for a much longer time period. Thanks
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Depends on what you are looking for. For mountains you might try Bolzano it is in the Dolomites.

For lakes maybe Beliggio (you can do the Madonna di Ghiasallo from here)/ Beliggio is beautiful.

Lucca is another fantastic town. Not too far from Pisa and also the coast and Cinque Terre.
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we did a week in Umbria, much like cycling in Tuscany but less crowded. Great Etruscan villages and scenery. pretty hilly though
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Cosenza, not quite on the Mediterranean coast in Calabria, is a great base for coasting up and down the ankle of Italy and striking inland to the Parco Nazionale di Calabria and other wilder and less touristic spots. I toured around there in 1992 and adored it: It's beautiful landscape with very little traffic or hype. The weather will still be sane in May (later might be too hot for comfort, especially if you're doing any camping). You'll meet Italians (99%) and Germans (1%) and that's about it. There are no glossy bike maps to buy from a website -- you just pick through the countryside as you see fit.
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This page has 23 links to information about bike touring in Italy. Not all of them will be of interest to you but some will be.

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Lake Como is a delicious destination for biking. I went around the lake, with a ferry boat ride to Bellagio, where I stayed a night. There are road signs that warn against cycling, but I did not experience the traffic as dangerous. Maybe traffic is worse on weekends.
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