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The best cycling routes for families in Italy

From north to south, a slew of the best cycling routes for families chosen by our staff!

  • From Garda to Liguria
  • From Liguria to Sicily
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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

Trentino Alto Adige in bici

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!

6. The "Maremonti" cycle path

Remaining in Liguria, we recommend the "Maremonti" cycle path, which connects Levanto to Framura. We are in the province of La Spezia and this bike path will take you on a wonderful route, passing through the restored and illuminated galleries.

Here you will find openings and balconies where you can stop for a photo and admire the landscape. As in the case of the "Ciclovia dei Fiori", the track we proposed earlier, you can stop on the beach and take a dip in some coves not easily accessible, so it brings much attention. The route is suitable for everyone.

7. Val di Merse cycle path

The Val di Merse cycle path starts at Montagnola Senese and reaches the Elsa and Cecina valleys, as far as Maremma Grosseto. It is a breathtaking Tuscan road that you can cycle along through hills and lowlands.

The Val di Merse is a network of cycle routes that develop on roads with little traffic and in the countryside. Starting from the village of Orgia, you can start exploring a really nice slice of the Val di Merse. We reach San Rocco a Pilli and continue on to San Bartolomeo, Barontoli, Poggio Salvi, Cerreto Selva. Here you will notice a different color, alive and authentic of the hills of Siena.

8. Assisi-Spoleto-Norcia

Umbria in bici

The Spoleto-Assisi Cycleway connects the two Umbrian cities along 52 km of cycle path. This is a flat itinerary, except for the short stretch that takes you to Assisi, where you follow roads with low/very low traffic intensity.

From Spoleto, starting from the old railway, the route winds up to the city of Norcia in a total length of 103 km. The itinerary is completely flat and runs along the Umbrian valley, offering very beautiful landscapes on villages such as Montefalco, Trevi, Pissignano, Campello sul Clitunno, some of which are easily reached with short detours of a few kilometers.

Between Spoleto and Norcia, along the railway decommissioned in 1968, you will have some difficulties if you are not trained. For this reason, we recommend that you make this section on a sturdy bike. The route, which measures about 50 km, is characterized by narrow gorges, high mountain landscapes with gentle slopes, until you reach the maximum altitude at the point where the tunnel of Caprareccia is located.

From Spoleto, city of the Festival of the Two Worlds, you enter the Valnerina, crossing enchanting villages such as Sant'Anatolia di Narco, Borgo Cerreto and Serravalle, until you reach Norcia.

Ready to try and stop in one of our farmhouses in Umbria to rest?

9. Apulian Aqueduct cycle path

We move south, and we propose a 500 km long route, which connects the city of Caposele in the province of Avellino, to Santa Maria di Leuca, in the province of Lecce.

The Aqueduct Pugliese cycle path is a narrative itinerary with imposing hydraulic works, celebrated by the great monumental waterfall built in 1939; it travels through unknown places in southern Italy, through examples of industrial archaeology.

If you cycle across the plain, this bike tour can last between seven and nine days.

10. The Cycle Trail of the Sun

We go even further south and arrive in Sicily, in what is considered the Brenner of the South.

The cycleway of the Sun is 3000 km long and was built by FIAB (Italian Federation of Friends of Bicycles) and is an integral part of EuroVelo 7 that connects the Valla dell'Isarco along the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, Florence, Rome, Naples and then Sicily.

This bike path is suitable for people who are very experienced and trained to ride on bikes not only on slopes, but also not properly bike paths.

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