Our beautiful country offers attractions for every taste. Italy has 58 sites included in the long list of World Heritage Sites. Among these 5 are natural. That is, they include the Aeolian Islands, Monte San Giorgio, the Dolomites , Mount Etna and the ancient beech forests. 8 are made up of landscapes such as the Amalfi Coast, Portovenere, the Cinque Terre and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto .
Included in this list we also find the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano , with the archaeological sites of Paestum, Velia and the Certosa di Padula, the Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy, the Val d’Orcia, the Villas and gardens Medici in Tuscany. Not to forget the wine-growing landscapes of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene .
And we can continue with the works of art present throughout the boot. Reaching the cities to admire the history of our country is simple. Cars , trains and planes take us wherever we want. But, if we prefer to enjoy nature more, then it is possible to choose the bicycle. A slow and tiring way of travelling, but also sustainable and healthy.
Today it is possible to travel the length and breadth of Italy, thanks to the 18 thousand kilometers of cycle paths that connect enchanting places . Some of these are real cycle routes suitable for those who are more experienced, but there are some that are shorter , simpler and can be covered even in a single weekend and are also suitable for beginners.
The longest cycle path in Italy is that of the Sun. It crosses the entire country, from North to South for a length of 3,000 kilometres . It starts from Brenner until arriving in Palermo . In reality it is part of a much longer route, the EuroVelo7 , which connects the North Cape to Malta passing through us . It is a very varied route in which 4% is a cycle path, 26% is mixed, i.e. cycle path and road , but away from traffic and the remaining 70% runs on traditional roads.
Some of the most evocative cycle paths in our beautiful country
If we like the landscape that the lake offers us, there is a spectacular track on Garda . The peculiarity is not its 140 kilometers above the water, but that part that clings to the vertical walls overlooking the lake. A spectacular route suitable for anyone, but especially for those who do not suffer from vertigo.
Going down to the province of Salerno, we can follow a cycle path that starts from the sea and returns to the sea . There are 600 kilometers of asphalt track along low-traffic roads . It is an ideal route for everyone and can be crossed with any type of bicycle. Here we will get lost among the beauties of Cilento on a track with a mysterious name: the Via Silente .
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To cross the peninsula in its width , we must take the Bourbon cycle route . It is a route recommended for experts . In fact, only 1% is on cycle paths. 25 % of the remaining 334 kilometers cross long-distance roads . We start from Naples to get to Bari. There are short stretches that can be covered away from very busy roads .
Returning to the North , we can follow a 250 kilometer track that runs along the longest river in Italy: the Po . In this case it is better to equip yourself with a mountain bike, because part of the route is on a dirt road and other sections are closed to traffic. In this area rich in history and nature, it is also possible to cross two regions.
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The itinerary starts from Peschiera del Garda until arriving in Mantua , the beautiful city rich in culture, and then takes the Po cycle path and arrives at the Adriatic Sea passing through Ferrara. A 70 kilometer route that crosses nature and art to discover ancient communication routes. These are just some of the cycle paths that our country offers us, all we have to do is start cycling to discover more.