Cycling tourism is becoming increasingly popular in Italy. Biking around the peninsula is an exhilarating experience and, considering the variety of routes, more accessible than you think. There are slopes suitable for families, beginners and, of course, more experienced riders.
Many of our farmhouses offer the possibility to rent bikes and are located near cycle paths and nature trails perfect for exploring on two wheels.
So which are the best cycling routes for families in Italy? These are the ones we think shouldn't be missed!
1. Garda by Bike
In 2018 opened the Garda by Bike trail, which has been nicknamed the Queen of cycling paths and rated the most spectacular in Europe. At the moment, it has a length of 1,980 meters and extends from Limone sul Garda to Riva del Garda in the province of Brescia.
In the future, Garda by Bike will be a 140-kilometer bike path and will pass through all three regions bordering Lake Garda: Lombardy, Trentino and Veneto. Along the route you can admire the lake and, in some places, even hop off to put your tired feet in the water.
In the meantime, enjoy the section open to the public which is surely long enough to delight (and tire out) the kids!
2. Bicycle path from Venice to Mantua
The bike path connecting Venice to Mantua is suitable for all ages. From the Venice Lagoon you can easily reach the Po and Mincio as the route is primarily flat.
Where to start? From Lido di Venezia bike to the town of Chioggia. Stop for a few moments at the fish market, then continue towards the Po Delta (keep your eyes open for the flamingos!) until you reach Adria.
At a leisurely pace you can complete the route in about five days. Don’t forget to book one of our agritourisms at each stop so you can rest and refuel with a hearty meal of authentic Venetian food.
3. From Bolzano to Verona
This is another simple and suitable path for the whole family. The bike path connects Bolzano to Verona, following the less trafficked roads along the Adige and rewarding riders with panoramic views of vineyards and mountains in the background.
Along this route you will pass the city of Trento and the town of Rovereto. Verona will be your last stop: riding over the Ponte di Caselvecchio you will enter the city where you can finally admire the majestic Arena.
Travel time? About two to three days. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a well-deserved meal of local food and wine at one of our farmhouse restaurants around Verona.
4. From San Candido to Lienz, Austria
If you’re looking for a bike path far from the chaos of the city, you’ll find it here in South Tyrol on the border with Austria.
The route from San Candido to Lienz is 44 kilometers long with ascents up to 500 meters. You'll ride through spectacular mountainous landscapes with huts, meadows and larch forests. Those who prefer a one-way ride can stop at the railway and return by train.
The travel time is between four and six hours. At the end of the day, enjoy a restful break at a typical South Tyrolean farmhouse.
5. The Flower Cycle Trail
Going southwards to Liguria we find the Cycle of Flowers, a bike path that connects Genoa to Ventimiglia. The section between Ospedaletti and San Lorenzo al Mare is part of a decommissioned railway. The rest of the route will take you through small villages along the coast, including Sanremo and Arma di Taggia.
During summer stop at one of the many beaches along the route for a refreshing swim!