Southern Italy

Published on:  | Last updated: 10 March 2017

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Coast road between Amalfi and Salerno

Cycling the Southern Tyrrhenian coast

This tour takes in some of the most glorious stretches of Italy's coast: starting with the Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast) and then the Costiera Cilentana part of the Cilento national park. It finishes with a short, but spectacular, section along the coast of Basilicata and into Calabria. In between it takes in the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Paestum —one of Italy's top classical sights.

295 kilometres. Moderately challenging.

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Agrigento - the fall of Icarus and Tempio di Concordia

Cycling the southern Sicilian coast

This tour takes you from Trapani on the western coast of Sicilia to Siracusa on the eastern shore. It mainly follows the well-signposted SIBIT Trapani-Siracusa route.

The route takes in some of the highlights of the Sicilia coast, and some of Sicilia's best beaches. It also takes in some of the most important arche­olo­gical sites including the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, the temples of Selinunte, and the Greek theatre at Siracusa. It detours inland to take in the beautiful baroque cities of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Scicli.

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Cyclists in the Gran Sasso national park (Abruzzo) - Campo Imperatore

National parks of the Apennines

A 770-kilometre route along Italy's Great Divide riding through the chain of national parks along the Apennines of central Italy. It starts in Abruzzo and ends in Toscana taking in Umbria and Le Marche.

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Puglia Gargano peninsula

Puglia Grand Tour

Italy is often either very hilly or very flat. Puglia is one of the excep­tions. It's flat enough to make it accessible to everyone, but not so flat that it gets too dull. With it's distinctive heritage, including the iconic trulli (stone-built houses) and some of Italy's most attractive towns and coastline, it's a great cycling destin­ation. Grand Tour of Puglia, takes you through the best of what the region has to offer from its coast to the hills, not forgetting the Gargano peninsula, which is a pretty hilly but very beautiful. Oh and there's a detour to Matera, possibly Italy's most unusual city.

Read more: Puglia Grand Tour overview.

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