CYCLE TOURS IN ITALY
Italy is one of the most bike friendly countries in the world, it should be since half the Bike Industry is located in the country. The USA has baseball, football, and basketball while Italy has soccer, cycling, and motor sports (and a mixture of other outdoor recreation activities). Any given day thoughout Italy there are cycling events, individuals out training, or just using the bicycle as a primary means of transportation. Combine this passion for the bicycle with the diverse historical and cultural diversity, of the Italian Regions, you have a perfect destination for your active vacation.
WHEN TO BIKE TOUR ITALY
The bike touring season in Italy can start as early as April and finishes in late October. When planning your bike tour, you need to understand the climate of the region you wish to visit and the tourist flow. Examples are: riding the Italian Dolomites, you can ride as early as May but you could still find snow in the passes or be snowed on and there are fewer hotels open since this is the off season. However, if you are an avid rider you will find many of the classic climbs traffic free and save on hotel costs. Where as the Sicily Region it is best to ride during April and May, or in the fall late September and early November, outside these times you have the heat and beach tourism to deal with. Any earlier or later you have rain storms and rough seas to contend with, and the road structure is not the best for riding.
Chech out each region guide to find the best time to ride.
WHERE TO BIKE TOUR ITALY
Everyone has their favorite destination for bike tours in Italy, but sometimes marketing has created a misperceived preconception of where the perfect location for bike touring is based on your fitness level and interest. Probaly the first region in Italy to bike tour that comes to mind is the Tuscany Region, this true for the well trained cyclist, but for casual riders it is not always the best destination. There is a lot of climbing involved when you are bike tour the Tuscany Region, and many of the older roads that once made the region a major destination 10 years ago are now more congested with traffic. The Veneto Region has the best all around riding options from flat routes, hilly routes, and classic climbs giving you the option to cater you tour to multiple fitness levels.
Each region has great riding just do your research before picking your location.