Cycle routes

Published on:  | Last updated: 6 January 2020

Cycling Riviera cycleway (Liguria)

Cycling Riviera cycleway (Liguria)

National and international routes

Alta Valle Camonica cycleway

Alta Valle Camonica cycleway near Temù

Cycleway near Cimolais, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

Cycleway near Cimolais, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

Region guides

Overviews of cycleways and cycle routes in the following regions

North-East Italy

Northern and northwestern Italy

Central Italy

Overview map

Technical problems

The map that should be here doesn’t work anymore. I’m working to replace it, so normal service should resume soon.

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Zoom in and click on the route you are inter­ested in, then click the link to go to the article or to the region guide. Some sections of cycleway may form part of more than one route. Note: this map only shows routes described in articles on this site: there are lots more cycleways and cycle routes in Italy.

About the routes on this site

The routes on this site come out of four summers of riding in Italy (about 18 months on the road); plus loads and loads of research and checking. I have ridden almost all of these routes. There are a few excep­tions where I have provided inform­ation about official routes like the eurovelo routes, where I haven’t ridden the whole way (or at least not yet). 

Are these routes ‘the best’? I do know that I spend a lot of time carefully researching and preparing before I set out, but that doesn’t mean that there might not be better alternatives. 

I have tried to use traffic-free cycleways wherever possible. That’s partly because that’s my preference, but also because most roads are on most maps while inform­ation cycleways can often be difficult to find.

I’ve also tried to use quiet roads wherever possible, but not at any price. If I need to brave a busier road to get to somewhere beautiful or inter­esting, then that’s what I’ll do. I’ve tried to be sure to indicate where the roads may be busier, but bear in mind that my assessment is always going to be a little bit subjective and the levels of traffic can vary depending on the time of year or even the time of day.

The guides here are aimed at people who are looking to put together a cycle tour moving from place to place. Inevitably that means my perspective is going to be different from that of someone who can put their bike on their car and drive for half an hour to find a somewhere to ride. 

The routes on this site are not split into daily sections, because cyclists differ so much in terms of fitness, how many hours they like to spend in the saddle and also whether (like me) they tend to make frequent stops for coffees or to take pictures etc etc. Also someone travelling lightly loaded from hotel to hotel is going to move at a different pace than someone travelling from campsite to campsite with camping gear.

If you are an exper­i­enced touring cyclist then you’ll probably know what distance you’re comfortable doing in a day. If you aren’t (or if you’re new to Italy) then here are a couple of tips:

  • look at the altitude profiles. In many parts of Italy the amount of climbing can be as important as the on-the-road distance;
  • allow for the heat. In mid-August temper­atures in some parts of Italy can go well into the 30s in the after­noons: that will affect how long you can cycle for;
  • plan to be flexible. Give yourself some leeway; you probably have enough deadlines to meet at work without having to rush to keep to a schedule while you’re on holiday.

And last of all if you enjoy riding these routes, or if you meet a problem, please do drop me a line to let me know. Your feedback always helps to improve the site. 

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Please get in touch if you find any errors in the information, or if there’s anything, good or bad, that you’d want other cyclists to know.

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