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Touring in Italy- advice please!!

Old 01-11-12, 10:44 AM
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Touring in Italy- advice please!!

Hi all, I'm trying to organise a cycling trip in Italy for myself and a few friends from Ireland. We were hoping to fly into Rome and cycle for approx 14 days, finishing in rome again. We have no definitive route as yet. We are hoping to camp along the way. I have previously cycled the Euro-a-velo route along the Loire in France and found that it was incredible. Great surface and lovely off road cycling which is important when you have a lot of weight on your bike & want to enjoy the scenery!

I was wondering if anyone has cycled around Italy and can recommend routes or tell me what to expect? Are there any good maps available that detail bike routes and/or campsites? Can anyone recommend a good bike hire firm?

Not all members are seasoned cyclists so I hope it wont be too much for them. Just wondering if anyone could give me info.

Thanks a mill.
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This page has 28 links to information about bike touring in Italy.

Not all of them will be of interest to you, but there are links to routes and camping sites throughout Italy, among others.
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Why Rome? A smaller city like Florence or Bologna would be an easier place to start a tour. Pisa apparently has a lot of cheap flights, too. Fly into one of those cities, cycle around Tuscany for two weeks and fly home would make an excellent tour, although the more scenic parts of Tuscany are extremely hilly (as are all the scenic parts of Italy).

How many people in your group? What time of year are you considering? Camping, hostels or hotels?

Italy doesn't have too many cycle paths like the Loire Valley does, but if you know where to look there are lots of quiet roads.
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NEVER NEVER NEVER drink tap water in italy.
get bottled or take a water filter.
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Why Rome? A smaller city like Florence or Bologna would be an easier place to start a tour. Pisa apparently has a lot of cheap flights, too. Fly into one of those cities, cycle around Tuscany for two weeks and fly home would make an excellent tour, although the more scenic parts of Tuscany are extremely hilly (as are all the scenic parts of Italy).
+ 1 - I was also wondering about the logic of starting your trip in Rome. I would rather fly into Florence or Pisa and start from there. I toured in Tuscany two and a half years ago and it was fantastic. We started in Lucca (very close to Pisa.) A shop called ChronÚ had the best touring bikes we could get our hands on. The owner, Paladino, was really nice and knowledgeable with reasonable rental rates. The bikes came equipped with a rear rack. It's very mountainous (gorgeous though!) north of Lucca as you head into Bagni di Lucca, but less so going south into Volterra. We encountered many cyclists north of Lucca and also in the Chianti region. You can easily spend two weeks riding through Tuscany and enjoy every minute of it.
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NEVER NEVER NEVER drink tap water in italy.
get bottled or take a water filter.
What???? Maybe a regional issue but certainly is not country wide. The tap water in northern Italy is some of the best there is.
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I like the Milan airport. Very easy to get in and out. The lake region is very beautiful. Plus you have the Madonna del Ghisallo. The Inns / Adige bicycle path in north east Italy / southern Austria is very nice. Don't miss the ride of the Brenner.
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