Jumping on a bike offers an in-depth way for travellers to discover their chosen holiday destination from a new perspective, be it an annual favourite or somewhere new… and is there anywhere as beautiful as Italy to hit the road?
Tuscany: Lucca & Chianti
Although one of the most popular areas in Italy, Tuscany offers plenty of cobbled streets and tucked away vineyards to explore slowly on a bike. During a Tuscany twin-centre holiday, travellers can stay and hire bikes in Lucca, which is mostly pedestrianised. The best view of this pretty medieval town is seen cycling around the top of its walls. Next head out to the Chianti countryside to the more remote Castel Monastero, near Siena, which offers guided cycling tours taking in the nearby towns and villages of the Chianti region.
Emilia-Romagna is one of the best places for cycling in Italy, and the Adriatic Riviera is the ideal gateway. It’s a beautiful and reasonably flat region, making it good for cyclists of different abilities, and there’s a lovely mix of countryside and coastal roads to choose from. Stay in the bike-friendly resort of Rimini at the Hotel Cristallo, which offers free bike hire, and cycle the seafront and ancient sites including the 1st-century Tiberius Bridge and the Arch of August, dating back to around 27 BC.
Italian Lakes & Dolomites: Lake Garda & Merano
The Italian Lakes offer some of the most stunning scenery in the country and Lake Garda offers something for everyone including many flat cycle trails around the lake. Malcesine is one of its most beautiful towns and travellers can stay at the Hotel Maximilian, which offers free bike hire to explore the ancient harbour and atmospheric cobbles streets. Next head into the imposing backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains stay in Merano and explore its medieval centre rich with history, and the surrounding mountains’ cycle paths.
Liguria: Santa Margherita
The Italian Riviera is one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in Italy, and Santa Margherita is the perfect base for reaching Genoa, Portofino and the Cinque Terre. The four star Best Western Hotel Regina Elena is ideally located with its own private beach and rooftop pool. The hotel also offers bike hire and cycling day tours to the exclusive resort of Portofino and its surrounding areas.
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