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Italy (local)

This page lists all reports that for Italy only that do not involve other countries.
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All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Trails

Viaggio assistito nelle Foreste Casentinesi. Maggio 2008
by Marcello Stampacchia, tour started May 2008, submitted 15 December 2008
Europe: Italy
language: it

Viaggio in stile islandese?

Perché la nostra esperienza dei viaggi in Islanda ci ha fatto inventare un nuovo modo di viaggiare in MTB: il viaggio assistito. Tu viaggi leggero con il GPS e noi ti portiamo i bagagli, i viveri e l'occorrente per il viaggio. Con questo spirito abbiamo progettato uno splendido giro di 2 giorni.

In sintesi il viaggio proposto:
partenza dalla nostra sede di Brisighella il venerdì sera, sosta per la cena e la notte a Casa di Ponte nel comune di Tredozio; via per i boschi del fantastico parco delle Foreste Casentinesi; sosta con cena e pernottamento a Fiumicello nel comune di Premilcuore; secondo giorno in quota per toccare il monte Falco e il Falterona, famoso per dare vita all'Arno, e discesa adrenalinica fino alla valle del Sieve per prendere il treno e fare ritorno a Brisighella.

Tutti i particolari li trovate sul sito: www.ibasprengisandur.it

See all 3 reports by Marcello Stampacchia

Due giorni nel Parco delle Foreste Casentinesi
Mountainbiking around Siena
by Nicola Semboloni, tour started July 2007, submitted 31 July 2007
Europe: Italy
language: it, en

An insider look at one of Italy's most beautiful areas from a backroad cycling point of view. Do the names Montalcino, Chianti, Pienza, Montepulciano ring any bells with you?

Casaltina, Valdorcia, Italy
Mountain biking in Northern Italy (Lake Maggiore area)
by Anna, tour started 2006, submitted 26 April 2007
Europe: Italy
language: en, de

Cycling in Northern Italy? Visit this new website offering both accommodation in, and information about, the stunning region hosting the 2008 Road Cycling World Championships. Resources include detailed itineraries for spectacularly scenic mountainbike routes, photos, links to local weather forecasts, train timetables and much, much more.

Sardinienstreifzug mit dem Mountainbike
by Florian Michahelles, tour started March 2004
Europe: Italy
language: de

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Mountain Biking around Lake Como
by Ambro69, tour started April 1999
Europe: Italy
language: it
Altopiano di Asiago
by A. M. G. Deganutti, tour started 1998
Europe: Italy

I live in the middle of the largest flat area of Italy [...] every time I want to do a nice ride I have to go by car at least as far as the nearest Prealps mountains. So, having planned a mountain bike trip for a Sunday of late autumn, I left from my flat city that day, even if the weather was not so good. [...] I arrived at my planned bike starting point (Rotzo village, on Altopiano di Asiago, Veneto region) while the sky was releasing a nice amount of rain. [...] I took a downhill road, the speed increased along with the humidity of my clothes; soon my hands (protected by not so good cycling winter gloves) became colder and colder and so my feet. [...] The downhill road is very long and I went down fast enough to lose the sensitiveness of my hands and feet. Even my limbs, after a while, became hard to move! [In the end] my fleece sweater was quite wet and so my polypropylene jersey but my body was still warm! Of course it took a bit of time to recover the complete functionality of my legs and arms, hands and feet but I was helped by a good fireplace and a big hot wine glass!

La Römerweg (Via Romana) in Gsiesertal (Val Casies / Gsies)
by Pierluigi Reschiglian, tour started August 1997
Europe: Italy
language: it

La Val Casies una stupenda valle laterale dell'Alta Pusteria, lontana dal turismo di massa anche nei periodi di punta [...] agli amanti della bicicletta, ed in particolare della MTB, [...] offre opportunità veramente uniche di stupendi itinerari tra il verde delle malghe ed il silenzio dei boschi. Tra questi itinerari abbiamo scelto un classico, la ``Via Romana'', che si presta, per le due varianti che descriveremo in seguito, sia a biker mediamente allenati, che ad esperti amanti del single-track tra radici di abete ``spaccapolsi''.

The Santa Colomba Trail
by Andreas Caranti, tour started April 1997
Europe: Italy

I'm pretty sure that no matter where you live, there is one trail among your home ones that is generally considered as the trail, a classic of the genre.

For Trento, the place where I live, the choice of most local bikers would fall on the Santa Colomba trail. Easily doable starting from the town, not really difficult but with some challenging sections, it offers a small selection of the standard ingredients of an off-road ride. Mind you, it is not a spectacular trail, such as the ones you can find higher up in the Dolomites. But it's an excellent choice for a half-day ride, which means that on Sunday afternoons you have to line up to ride it!

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

The back side of Castello del Buonconsiglio
Monte Bondone
by Renato Grazzi, tour started September 1996
Europe: Italy
language: it

The ``mountain of Trento'' offers some challenging trails for local bikers. Have a look at what's in store.

Das Gute liegt so nah: MTB-Tour von Mittenwald nach Bozen
by Florian Michahelles, tour started 1996
Europe: Italy
language: de

A mountain bike ride from Mittenwald to Bolzano/Bozen in five days.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Monte Conero in the Marche
by Gerald G. Fuller, tour started September 1995
Europe: Italy

Monte Conero is an impressive mountain with an elevation of 572 meters jutting into the Adriatic Sea just south of the port of Ancona. [...] [It] is a fovorite spot for local mountain bikers and can be explored by numerous trails.

L'entroterra veronese del Lago di Garda
by Andrea Benoni, tour started September 1995
Europe: Italy
language: it

[...] ho cercato di mettere insieme alcune delle mie esperienze per preparare un percorso che permetta di vedere quelli che sono a mio modo di vedere alcuni dei posti piu belli della costa veronese del lago di Garda

Two Eurobikers on the Carso
by Riccardo Iancer and Andreas Caranti, tour started September 1995
Europe: Italy
Val Casies / Gsies / Gsiesertal
by Andreas Caranti, tour started August 1995
Europe: Italy

A nice little valley in Südtirol.

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

Renon/Ritten, a magnificent plateau in Südtirol
by Andreas Caranti, tour started July 1995
Europe: Italy

I stop to open a gate, a recurring event here, and start the final climb to the top. Some short walls, with rather uneven road-bed, force me to dab now and then, but soon I'm on top, at about 2200m, after a 1000m gain. The view of the Dolomites, unimpeded in all directions, is really magnificent. I skip the pleasure of Südtiroler cuisine at the hut, and begin the descent. It will be a 2000m drop from here to Bolzano/Bozen.

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

Giravila
by Vittorio Pasteris, tour started May 1995
Europe: Italy
language: it

Il percorso ``Giravila'' si snoda attorno al piccolo centro abitato [di Villareggia] ed alle sue frazioni e case sparse, attraversando anche parte del territorio della vicina Moncrivello. Chi lo affrontera potra rilevarne il cospicuo interesse paesaggistico-naturalistico e storico-locale.

Cycling around Trieste
by Riccardo Iancer, tour started December 1994
Europe: Italy
Monte Terminillo (Latium)
by Lucio Cadeddu, tour started December 1994
Europe: Italy

See all 5 reports by Lucio Cadeddu

Marzola, favourite training ground for Trentonian mountain bikers
by Andreas Caranti, tour started 1995
Europe: Italy

What do you do if you have just two or three hours free for a ride? Well, if you live in Trento, your favourite choice is probably the small range of Marzola, which reaches 1738m (5702ft).

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

A simple tour around Trento
by Andreas Caranti, tour started November 1994
Europe: Italy

One of my favourite training rides. A fast downhill section becomes steeper and trickier when I meet deep, stone-ridden sand. It's worthwhile to slow down, or stop altogether, to take a look at the simple but really nice landscape around here, that will be missed at speed. Vineyards with the colors of autumn, little streams, small valleys that let you feel you are away from the world. And the town is just over there, behind a rocky hill.

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

Corno Bianco
by Andreas Caranti, tour started October 1994
Europe: Italy

At 1872m I find ice on the road, no problem though in negotiating it. I then get to the alpine pass Passo degli Oclini/Jochgrimm, at 1989m. It's full of hikers up here, and with good reason. The view on the twin peaks of Corno Bianco [White Horn] and Corno Nero/Schwarzhorn (Black Horn) is great, and looking to the South you think you could touch Latemar and Catinaccio[/Rosengarten].

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

Mountain Biking in Trentino-Südtirol/Alto Adige
by Andreas Caranti, tour started October 1994
Europe: Italy

A general introduction to this prime area for mountain biking. (This was the first report ever to be posted on the Trento Bike Pages.)

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

Serot-Cinquevalli
by Andreas Caranti, tour started September 1994
Europe: Italy

One of my favourite trails, with a great singletrack section. The single track is really beautiful. It goes through a very varied terrain, slightly desolate at the start, then surrounded by sparse trees. A particularly nice spot occurs when crossing a creek near to a ``malga'', a wooden Alpine hut. At a couple of rough spots I prefer to walk for a few meters, so I have a chance for looking at the scenery. On such technical tracks I should really remember to stop every now and then anyway, to avoid the risk of looking only at the trail in front of me in search of the best path, and missing the scenery entirely.

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

Dolomiten: Cortina d'Ampezzo und Arabba
by Udo Landgraf, tour started June 1994
Europe: Italy
language: de

Five tour descriptions: Monte Piana, Fanes, Drei Zinnen, Cinque Torri, Col di Lana.

See all 2 reports by Udo Landgraf

The Stelvio Pass - Facts and Photos
by Otto Axel
Europe: Italy

This is one of the mythical Alpine passes, made famous by great Giro perfomances by Fausto Coppi and others.

See all 2 reports by Otto Axel

Lake Garda: Europe's best Mountain Biking?
by Kevin Hodgson
Europe: Italy

Here's a simple question for you. Where is the best mountain biking in Europe? Well, 'best' depends on what floats your boat; sun, singletrack, downhills with chair lifts? However, when I lived in Germany, I posed this question to several biker friends, and always received the same answer - ``Lake Garda''. I searched through magazines for the answer and it was once again ``Lake Garda''. I was starting to see a pattern emerging. Well, my mate Dickie was on a student exchange to Trento, which is close to Lake Garda, in northern Italy. Therefore, I decided to take a few days off work and head on over the Brenner to see what all the fuss was about. The visit also coincided with ``BIKE fest'' a weekend festival where thousands of German mountain bikers get drunk in a field beside the Lake, then try to ride 80 miles the next day.

The next day's ride was decided to be a 'biggy'. I had the 'Moser' guide book of Garda, which is in German only, and provides route cards, guaranteeing that you will not need a map. I always find guide book routes too easy, so I selected a 'very hard' grade: Monte Casale. Big mistake. We set off with just the route cards, into a nondescript Italian forest, with no idea where we were headed, except that it was 'very hard'. The forest tracks climbed incessantly, until we branched off onto some pleasant singletrack. Suddenly as Dickie rode through the forest ahead of me, he unexpected threw his bike to the ground and let out an uncontrollable string of expletives! I rushed up to him, wondering if he'd been bitten by a snake. The trees fell away in a 1000m pure vertical plunge to the valley far below, we were at the edge of the cliff we had seen yesterday, and Dickie had almost ridden over it! The singletrack then proceeded to wind its way precariously along the edge for a couple of kilometres, before climbing up to the summit of Monte Casale at 1632m.

In summary, I have no doubt that this area offers the best trails in Europe. Unfortunately none of the routes are way marked, and no English language guide exists for the area, meaning that you must rely on good map reading as a means to explore the area. See you there!

© 2003 Kevin Hodgson @ Offroad Adventures
Progetto Annibale - Traversata delle Alpi in MTB
Europe: Italy
language: it

Hannibal (not the one played by Anthony Hopkins) Project - MTB Alpine crossing.

Grenzüberschreitungen
by Florian Michahelles
Europe: Italy
language: de

Auf dem Ligurischen Grenzkamm durch die Seealpen von Ventimiglia nach Cuneo. From the MTB page of Florian Michahelles. Includes Praktische Tips und genaue Daten zur Tour.

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Mountain Bike Italian Links
by Massimo Peverada
Europe: Italy
language: it

Has links to lots of mountain bike itineraries all over Italy, and over 60 such (and counting) in or near Piemonte (Piedmont): detailed descriptions (in Italian) and maps - very nice job!

Mountain Biking in Sardinia
by Lucio Cadeddu
Europe: Italy

See all 5 reports by Lucio Cadeddu

Dolomites -Francis & Sheila' Virtual Alps
by Francis & Sheila
Europe: Italy

A great photo archive. Each page includes no more than 3 photos, on average, 25,000 bytes [...] We hope you enjoy them. There is a help page if you are having difficulty viewing the images. The photos are not of printable quality - if you wish to use any of these pictures in a hardcopy publication, please contact us and we will supply a high-resolution file.

See all 2 reports by Francis & Sheila

Sardinia by Bike
by Lucio Cadeddu
Europe: Italy
language: it, en

Has a section for Off Road Tours.

See all 5 reports by Lucio Cadeddu

Sites

Bicycle Rides in Italy
by Gerald Soto,
Europe: Italy

Four rides in Toscana (May 1999):

  • San Gimignano-Volterra (May 7),
  • Chianti (May 8),
  • Pisa-Lucca (May 9),
  • Monteriggioni-Siena (May 10)

Four Rides in Dolomiti/SudTiröl (June 1999):

  • Bolzano to Marmolada (June 20),
  • Bolzano to Passo Mendola (June 21),
  • Tre Cime/Gruppo di Sella (June 23),
  • Passo Pennes (June 25)

See all 4 reports by Gerald Soto

Cicloweb.it: utilità ciclistica e turismo montano
Europe: Italy
language: it

La bici è un modo per scoprire le meraviglie naturali che arricchiscono le Alpi e l' Appennino, ed è sembrato giusto presentare una finestra abbastanza ampia (in collaborazione con Apt, Pro Loco e Privati) sulle varie località trattate. La parte di utilità ciclistica raccoglie ciò che interessa ad un appassionato: recensioni sulle riviste e sui nuovi prodotti delle aziende che collaboreranno con noi, mercato dell'usato, opinioni, link per i siti delle gare ed altro ancora [...].

[P]roponiamo itinerari per conoscere e visitare i colli ed i monti del Nord Italia. La descrizione degli itinerari trascende le tecnicità dei cicloamatori professionali proprio perché vuole rivolgersi a tutti, come una guida turistica. Ma ovviamente con le note della descrizione e con l'ausilio delle mappe, disponibili ormai per metà degli itinerari proposti, anche i più ``preparati'' possono affrontare l'itinerario con tutte le notizie necessarie.

BiciVeneto
by April Pedersen Santinon
Europe: Italy

This site offers a wealth of information about cycling in Veneto.

BiciVeneto is a homage to my two greatest passions: bici *(bikes, short for biciclette), and the Veneto region of Italy, my adopted home. It's an apt combination, because contrary to the common perception, all of Italy is not cycling crazy, and there are, in fact, regions where you will not encounter many cyclists at all. The Veneto, on the other hand, is a land of generations-old cycling heritage and traditions, and bicycling in all forms is a way of life. If you ask the Veneti why this is so, they will answer that cycling is a tough sport which demands hard work, stubbornness, and sacrifice, qualities which are an integral part of their character. The Veneto is arguably the most ``cyclistic'' of Italy's 20 regions: There are an estimated 25,000 licensed riders, belonging to several federations (in a population of 4.4 million).

Dream House, © 2001 April Pedersen Santinon
Vagabondo - the independent traveller's site
Europe: Italy
language: it

Questo sito si rivolge a chi ama organizzare i suoi viaggi per conto proprio, fuori dalle rotte del turismo di massa, senza acquistare ``pacchetti preconfezionati'' da tour operator od agenzie di viaggio.

This site is for those persons who like to plan their travels by themselves, out of the road of mass tourism, not inclined to buy something ready made from big tour operators.

Cycling info pages

Welcome to the Snow bord Tour at Corvara (Sella Ronda)
by Iris Mueck, , submitted 12 August 2010
Europe: Italy

Corvara, has been the starting point of several 'Maratona dles Dolomites', I have been participating. We said: we do the Sella Ronda in winter. On Snow board. The tour takes just 4 hours (if you are lucky on queues before the lifts...).

Worth to see the little city of Arabba, just before the Porte Vescovo. We made a side trip to the Marmolada (there are two ways of correct spelling: Marmolada and Marmolata - one is in local language 'ladinisch'). Enjoy the pictures! Good luck to all the followers!

See all 110 reports by Iris Mueck

what a scenic view !
Bicycle touring in Tuscany
by David Cleveland, submitted 28 December 2005
Europe: Italy

David has written a book on bicycle touring in Tuscany. The site offers many useful links for Italy in general, Tuscany, Umbria, Marches, and Lazio, and miscellaneous travel sites; as well as a picture gallery.

Biking in Abruzzo
by Angelo Bandini,
Europe: Italy

Situated almost in the center of the Italian peninsula only one hour away from Rome, Abruzzo it's one of Italy best kept secrets. Most of its economic life takes place on the coast facing the Adriatic Sea but its very heart lies among the many mountains ranges that run along its territory. Here you can find the highest peaks in the Apennines. Coast and mountains are fastened together by a green belt of gentle hills lined with olive trees and vineyards. Thanks to a foreseeing policy of land preservation now thirty percent of its territory is protected as National Park (4 right now) or wildlife reservation.

See all 2 reports by Angelo Bandini

Transporting bikes on trains
by Andreas Caranti,
Europe: Italy

A practical guide (not terribly up-to-date, though).

See all 10 reports by Andreas Caranti

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