We inflate the tires and we are ready to enjoy freedom: in the Bel Paese, there are many cycle paths waiting for us Whether it’s a ride of a few hours, a half-day trip or an entire cycling holiday, it is always worth getting in the saddle to feel the wind in your hair and admire at a slow pace new places.

Following on our bike paths that wind through idyllic landscapes and medieval villages means discovering Italy from a new perspective, but also improving our mood and doing good for the environment and the economy.

From North to South, here are the 10 most beautiful cycle paths in Italy, which one will you choose?

On the Ligurian seafront

Levanto Framura, one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Italy

The first choice among the most beautiful cycle paths in Italy (but ours is not a ranking!) is the path that connects Levanto to Framura. In two hours we walk through ancient tunnels and roads that overlook the sea. The itinerary becomes even more suggestive when the wind blows from south-west: the waves rise and attract many surfers and the sound of the sea accompanies us.

When railways become cycle paths

Spoleto Norcia cycle path

The beautiful Spoleto and the ancient city of Norcia were connected by a railway line, abandoned in 1968. Today the old railway has become a cycle path that allows you to immerse yourself in the green of Umbria, among hills, incredible villages, engineering works and landscapes of undeniable beauty.

The cycle path of Mincio river

The cycle path of Mincio river, Italy
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The cycle path that connects Mantua and Peschiera del Garda is suitable for the whole family. Together we can immerse ourselves in Po valley, following the waters of Mincio river, discovering the local fauna and unexpected glimpses of wild nature. The route starts from Mantua station, runs along its lakes and arrives on Lake Garda in Peschiera. You can’t miss the colorful and suggestive Borghetto.

Crossing the lands of Chianti

Eroica cycle paths

Eroica is a beautiful event where you ride only with vintage bikes. It takes place in many locations in the world, including the white roads of Tuscany. The race path has become permanent and is accessible to everyone at any time of the year. The itinerary winds through the heart of the Tuscan territory through the lands of Chianti and Brunello wines, the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia.

From the north to the south of the country

Adriatic cycle route
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The Adriatic cycle route starts from Trieste and arrives in Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost point of Apulia, crossing 7 Italian regions. The main character of the route is the Adriatic Sea, which acts as a guide for all 1300 kilometers. A journey to discover the east coast of the country, between city landscapes and natural panoramas, the scent of olive trees and the sound of the waves.

In Adamello Brenta Natural Park

Val Rendena cycle path
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In Trentino there are plenty of cycle paths. Among these, the one of the Val Rendena certainly stands out, blending harmoniously into the alpine scenery of the Adamello Brenta Park. It is a path of about 25 kilometers that extends largely on the banks of Sarca river, presenting more or less difficult stretches.

Cycle paths through the history of South Italy

Castel Monte
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There is a path that connects Campania to Apulia: it is the Bourbon cycle path. It is a 334 km coast to coast journey that starts from Naples and arrives in Bari, passing through Basilicata. Not all the itinerary is on cycle paths, but it is worth tackling it. We can discover villages rich in history, breathtaking landscapes and incredible historical monuments such as Castel del Monte.

From Milan’s Navigli to Lecco

From Milan to Lecco by bike
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Perfect for those who live in the city and need to unplug, but also for those who visit the metropolis and want to spend a day in nature. This 75-kilometer cycle path starts from the city canals and goes into the heart of Adda Park. It offers to us wonderful views of the river and deep gorges. The arrival point is the romantic Lecco, which overlooks the tip of Lake Como. We recommend the use of mountain-bikes.

Cycle paths that look over the mountains

Lake Resia

The Val Venosta cycle path is one of the most beautiful cycle paths in South Tyrol. It traces the ancient commercial road Via Claudia Augusta, starting from Merano and arriving in Resia after 83 kilometers. Orchards, churches, castles and the surreal bell tower that emerges solitary from Lake Resia are what most characterize the track.

From the Po to the sea

Destra Po cycle path
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Our travel companion is the longest river in the country, the destination that call us is the sea. The Destra Po cycle path is 125 kilometers long, but it is flat and therefore suitable for everyone. The itinerary begins in the charming village of Stellata and arrives in Gorino Ferrarese, passing through scenic and sunny river landscapes.