Puglia (Apulia), you may have heard of it, but where is it? This region of Italy is found in the ‘boot heel’ area of Italy and on this tour we more or less follow the coast from the inland town of Conversano and go to Otranto. [/one_third] [one_third]
Spend 8 great days of riding in Sardinia, Italy, between mountain springs, deep woods, scenic rock formations and the thrilling evidences of Prehistoric settlements, like the ancient city of Cornus.[/one_third] [one_third_last]
Cycle through olive groves, quiet medieval towns, and vineyards of Sagrantino grapes on the Umbria Bike Tour. Watch master craftsmen at work on the potter’s wheel as they create the world-famous Deruta ceramics. [/one_third_last]
Popular Bike Tour Destinations In Italy
Rome is Italy’s capital, and home to a great many historical landmarks dating all the way back to the day’s of one of the world’s most powerful empires – the Roman Empire. From the Roman Coliseum, and many Roman Baths that can be found in the Italian capital, it also boasts fine-dining, and some of the world’s most sought-after tourist attractions. Definitely one place to stop and stay awhile on your bike tour through Italy.
Sardinia lies West of Italy’s mainland, it is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean, with over 1,000 miles of coastline. Sardinia is home to a variety of cultures, with Sardinia’s indigenous inhabitants preserving it’s language, folklore, and ethnicity. Bicycle touring in Sardinia will leave you awestruck, as you cycle along cliff-top roads, and limestone mountains, tasting the diverse culture, and staying in charming seaside hotels.
Piedmont is Italy’s second-largest region, of twenty, and offers some of the top cycling roads in Europe. It also boasts some of Italy’s best wines and Italian cuisine. Piedmont’s capital, is Turin – home to the highly successful Italian soccer team, Juventus. It’s also home to the Gran Paradiso National Park, which itself offers terrific cycling trails.
Dolomites is at the heart of the Italian Alps. You can experience both high-altitude mountain-trail cycling, and then swoop down into pristine Italian valleys and fairytale towns. Climbing your way up enormous mountain passes, then coast as you whip downhill among some of Italy’s routes, made famous by some of the world’s most famous cyclists.
Tuscany is unlike any other Italian region. The landscape that you are privy to is truly marvellous, the region inspired many Renaissance artists, there are also historic castles to enjoy as you meander through olive groves and distant hill towns. The area offers an incredible blend of natural wonderment, from dreary, nature-filled country roads to lofty mountain passes and pastoral meadows.
Cycle through vineyards, cherry orchards and fields of lavender on our Provence Bike Tour. Climb winding roads to farmers markets in medieval villages. Stroll through charming rural towns. Explore ancient abbeys and taste the world’s best olive oils.
Tuscany is an iconic name, symbolizing the good life – a vacation to enjoy all that is good: food, sun, lifestyle, wine, amusement, and relaxation. The culture of the region adds charm, and you can indulge yourself in this opulent way because you will cycle the famous undulating countryside.
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Facts About Italy
Italy is the world’s fifth-most visited country, bringing in some 46 million visitors each year.
Italy was the cradle of the Etruscan and Roman civilisations, and was the central hub of the first and largest empire in Europe and North Africa.
The oldest European university in continuous operation is the University of Bologna, founded in 1088. Thirteen other Italian universities are over 500 years old.
Europe’s first modern banks appeared in Genoa in the 12th century. The world’s first public bond (1150) and the earliest known foreign exchange contract (1156) are both from Genoa. The world’s oldest bank still in business, is the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, operating since 1492.
There is evidence that some sort of pasta or pizza were already eaten in Ancient Rome. The world’s first true pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, opened in Naples in 1830.
Italians have won more Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film than any other country (13 so far, as of 2013).
The Italians invented the viol, violin, cello, and piano, and were the greatest representatives of Baroque music.
Each Italian consumes, on average, twenty five kilograms of pasta each year. However, pasta consumption is considerably higher in the centre and south of the country than in the north, where risotto and polenta are more common.