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Seven great reasons to walk or cycle in Italy

9 Apr , 2013  

Italy is a fabulously diverse country offering magnificent mountains, wonderful coastlines, rolling countryside, history, culture, cuisine and wines. What more could you want from a walking or cycling holiday? Here we bring you seven top reasons for booking a walk or cycle trip to Italy this summer.

Walking holidays: Hike between picturesque villages on Tuscan Hills or high above the sea on the Amalfi Coast, perhaps explore the Cinque Terre on foot or walk amid the stunning peaks of the Dolomites.

Cycling holidays: On two wheels you can cover many miles and visit a host of delightful places. Our tours take you off the beaten track and also stop at some of the top Italian tourist destinations so you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. Check out Cycling in the Heart of Umbria and Tuscany: Pisa to Florence.

To drink fine red wines: Enjoy a cycling tour that takes in the delights of the Chianti region and some of the delicious red wine, too. You’ll also discover historic sites, boutique vineyards, olive oil producers and cypress-lined roads, all set amid beautiful Tuscan countryside. See San Gimignano & Chianti Cycling Holiday

For delicious sparkling wines: Ok, so there’s a bit of a wine theme going on in this top tips blog but when in Italy…How do you fancy cycling through the vineyards of the Veneto region, sampling Prosecco and fiery Grappa as you travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Venice? Oh yes please! See Prosecco Route to Venice

Walk on the slopes of a volcano: Sicily’s most prominent landmark, Mount Etna is a breath-taking destination and a wonderful place for walking. You might like to experience the constantly changing colours of Sicily in a week of self-guided walking in the Aeolian Islands and on the slopes of Mount Etna. See Sicily: Etna and the Aeolian Islands

For beautiful cites: Venice and Florence are cited as two of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Why not cycle between the two on an exciting and scenic seven-night holiday. See Venice to Florence cycling holiday

To taste the famous white truffles of Alba: Well, actually, these white truffles might be a little out of your price range – the trifola di Alba can cost up to £64,000 per kilo – but you can still enjoy a truly magical gourmet holiday pedalling through Piedmont, the cradle of the slow food movement, where you can taste the local hazelnut chocolates, spicy salamis called Bagna Cauda, locally made Ferrero Rocher and, perhaps, the white truffle of Alba. The fine wines of Gavi, Barolo and Barbaresco round off your gourmet experience.

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A journalist, web copywriter blogger and social media chatterbox, Fiona combines her love of the outdoors – especially Scotland – with a diverse freelance work life. If she's not at her desk writing about the outdoors, she'll be outside cycling, running, kayaking, snowboarding and walking Munros. She shares her outdoors passion with partner, the G-Force. Sometimes her teenage daughter Little Miss Outdoors tags along, too.