Cycling tourism is becoming increasingly popular in Italy. Cycling around the peninsula is a wonderful experience and, considering the variety of routes, not as difficult as you think. There are slopes suitable for families, beginners and, of course, those who are already experienced. In many farmhouses there is also the possibility of renting bikes.
These facilities are often located near cycle paths and nature trails that can be covered on two wheels.
But what are the best cycling routes for families in Italy? These are the ones we think shouldn't be missed!
1. Garda by bike
The novelty for 2018 is the Garda by bike trail, which has already been nicknamed the queen of cycle paths, the most spectacular in Europe. At the moment it has a length of 1.980 meters and extends from Limone sul Garda and Riva del Garda in the province of Brescia.
In some time, Garda by bike will be a 140 km long bike path, and will run through the three regions that border Lake Garda: Lombardy, Trentino and Veneto. Along this bike path you can admire the lake and in some places even touch its waters.
In the meantime, why not start with the short stretch open to the public?
2. Bicycle path from Venice to Mantua
The track that connects Venice to Mantua is suitable for everyone. From the Venice Lagoon you can reach the Po and Mincio without any particular differences in height.
How to reach it? From Lido di Venezia you can reach the town of Chioggia. Stop for a few moments at the fish market, then continue towards the Po Delta with its flamingos, and finally reach Adria.
Time required to complete the route calmly? 5 days. And if your legs give way at the end of the day, relax in a splendid farmhouse in Veneto.
3. From Bolzano to Verona
This is another simple and suitable path for the whole family. The bike path connects Bolzano to Verona, follows the low traffic roads along the Adige and allows tourists to admire vineyards and embankments, with the mountains in the background.
With this route you will cross the cities of Trento and the town of Rovereto. Verona will be your last stop: walking along the Ponte di Caselvecchio, you will enter the city and you will finally be able to admire the majestic Arena.
Travel time? 2/3 days. If you want some advice, once you arrive in Verona stop at one of our restaurants in Verona and let yourself be overwhelmed by the local wine and food experience #veryagriturismo.
4. From San Candido to Lienz, across the border
If you are looking for a bike path far from the chaos of the city, you will find it right here, in South Tyrol, on the border with Austria.
The route from San Candido to Lienz is 44 km long, with a negative difference in height of 500 metres. You'll walk through mountainous landscapes, with huts, meadows and larch forests, past a railway, which will allow you to stop when you want and go back by train.
The travel time is between 4 and 6 hours. At the end of the day you can stop at a typical South Tyrolean farm.
5. The Flower Cycle Trail
Going south, but just a little, precisely in Liguria, we find the Cycle of Flowers.
The bike path connects Genoa to Ventimigliaì. The section between Ospedaletti and San Lorenzo al Mare is connected by a decommissioned railway. The rest of the route will take you along the small villages of Liguria, including Sanremo and Arma di Taggia.
During the summer do not miss the opportunity to stop at one of the many beaches that you will encounter!