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Biking your way through Italy-a rough guide

August 25, 2011

Biking in Italy 

Biking your way through Italy has become a very popular method of traveling through this country. Nowadays, it seems you can see tourists on their bikes everywhere you look-on the streets in the biggest cities, in the country, even on the trains! I can understand why, of course, it is cheaper and it gives you the opportunity to see everything, on your own terms and in your own time. It gives you the chance to experience the countryside as well as the cities. It’s easy to get around, and you still have the speed that you lack on foot. And if you’re athletic, and are watching your figure-what better way to spend a summer than pedaling those pasta calories away?

If you plan to use trains in order to cover longer parts of your trip, here is some useful info: in addition to your train ticket, you will need to purchase a ticket for the bike. They cost 3.50 euro on regional trains. The price goes up for the few long distance trains that accept bikes. The ticket is in two parts; one you attach to the handlebars of your bike using the adhesive strip and the other you keep with your train ticket. Both parts, as well as your train ticket, will need to be stamped. The ticket is good for 24 hours so you can use it on the way back as well.

There are a lot of great bike routes you can take, most of them, as I have found out are of Tuscany. It is no surprise, when you know that this region is by far the most popular among the tourists. Visit this page for 2 great biking tours in southern Tuscany.

useful links:

I BIKE TUSCANY!is a Florence-based company specializing in one day private or semi-private, fully guided bike rides for small groups around Florence, Siena, the Chianti and beyond.

Italy Bike Tours.net–click here if you need expert advice and info on the best biking routes on Italy

Click here for Umbria bike tour, Tuscany tour, Puglia tour and Piemonte tours from Bike tours Italy!

Cycle Italia blogwith travel tips, journals and news from Cycle Italia.

And for a special, guided, bike tour of Milan and it’s sights, check out this previous post!

Hope this was helpful, and if anyone has some experience to share, please do-feedback is always welcome.

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