Cycling holidays in Italy: 5 of the best cycle paths

Are you looking for suggestions for the most fascinating cycling routes in Italy? A holiday on your bike is ideal for discovering the beauties of the Bel Paese up close! Pedal through the imposing mountains of South Tyrol, explore the area around Lake Garda, discover picturesque towns and landscapes, admire the vineyards of Veneto, and then cycle further south along the Adige River to Venice.

Prefer the sea? Then plan a bike holiday along the Adriatic coast on the Alpe-Adria cycle path.

If you want to explore the villages of Tuscany, follow a food and wine itinerary in Emilia-Romagna, or take a family-friendly ride around Lake Varese, start getting ready! In Italy, there are almost 800 different bike tours to choose from: in this article, we highlight 5 of the best bike paths in the north of the country to try at least once.

From Bolzano via Riva on Lake Garda, Verona, Vicenza, and Padua to Venice | South Tyrol, Trentino, Veneto | 350 km

From Bolzano, the bike tour passes through the wonderful vineyards of South Tyrol along the Isarco and Adige rivers to Trento. From there, it continues through the municipality of Rovereto to Riva, on the northern shore of Lake Garda. From Desenzano, on the southern shore of the lake, the path leads first to Verona, then to the Berici Hills near San Bonifacio and to the city of Vicenza. From there, continue to Venice via Abano Terme and Padua.

Cycling in Veneto: From Venice along the Adriatic, passing through Jesolo and Caorle to Aquileia and Trieste | Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia | 220 km

From Venice, the cycle path leads to Jesolo, a well-known tourist city, and then to Caorle. This picturesque town overlooking the Adriatic Sea, where the Pra’ delle Torri Holiday Centre is located, definitely deserves a stop: its historic centre has several points of interest, and its fine sandy beach is perfect for some well-deserved relaxation.

Continuing, you will pass through the municipalities of Concordia Sagittaria, Portogruaro, and Lignano in nearby Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Here the path says goodbye to the sea, while the Julian Alps slowly appear on the horizon. From Marano Lagunare, continue by boat to Aquileia. From here, the route crosses the Trieste hinterland to the Gulf of the city of the same name.

If you are interested in cycling routes in Veneto, you are in the right place: thanks to the great variety of itineraries, this region is a true paradise for cyclists of all levels and ages. Read our dedicated suggestions for cycling in Veneto and discover the best bike paths in Caorle and its surroundings!

From Pisa through the Tuscan hinterland to the Cinque Terre | Tuscany, Liguria | 220 km

Starting from Pisa on your bike, let yourself be guided by the wonderful cycle paths and pedal along the sandy beach in the seaside resort of Viareggio, then on to the city of Lucca. The route continues through olive groves and vineyards in the gentle Tuscan hinterland with its small medieval villages, through Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Forte dei Marmi, and Massa to the Ligurian city of La Spezia and the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Parma to Busseto along the Food Valley Bike | Emilia-Romagna | 80 km

Dreaming of a bike holiday that combines culture, nature, and food and wine? Here is the Food Valley Bike for you! This cycle path starts from Parma and arrives in Busseto, passing through small villages, charming landscapes, cultural destinations, and culinary excellences of Emilia-Romagna. A bike path that will immerse you in the local atmosphere and allow you to organise a comprehensive experience, where sport is combined with the taste of tradition.

Cycle Path around Lake Varese | Lombardy | 28 km

This loop route allows you to admire the beauty of Lake Varese from different perspectives. The simplicity of the itinerary and its short length make it perfect even for children. You can start from the lakeside resort of your choice and cycle along the entire cycle path amidst the greenery of nature and the blue of the water.

Have you chosen your itinerary? Ready, set, pedal!

As you may have understood, getting to know the different realities of our country on two wheels is a truly unforgettable experience, for both adults and children. To best organise your cycling holiday, find the route that suits you best based on your interests and level of training. And if you start from the Pra’ delle Torri Holiday Centre, remember to try our bike rental service for excursions in the surroundings! per le escursioni nei dintorni!