Amazing Cycling Holidays of Italy's Coast and Islands

Cycling past cosy beaches on the Lungomare Europa cycleway on the Ligurian coast | Andrew Bain
Cycling past cosy beaches on the Lungomare Europa cycleway on the Ligurian coast | Andrew Bain

Amazing Cycling Holidays of Italy's Coast and Islands

There are more UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy than in any other country in the world, but we're more than happy to simply spend our vacation exploring the exquisite beaches, coastline and islands of Italy. Like most travellers, we're extremely fond of the islands of Sicily, Venice and Sardinia, as well as the glorious coastline of the Italian Riviera.
If exploring Italy's coast and islands on foot is more your thing, check out our article of top Italian walking tours.

Take a look at these self-guided and guided cycling tours of Italy's coast and islands. The hardest part is to decide which bike trip to do!



Cycle Sicily 

Cycling the backroads in Sicily
A stunning cycle that concentrates on southeast Sicily. Starting at the hilltop town of Caltagirone, where you can climb its celebrated 142-step decorated ceramic staircase, over a week you will immerse in Sicily’s history, culture and unspoilt coastline, before the trip concludes in Syracuse, the birthplace of Archimedes. Previously under Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Swabian, Angevin and Spanish rule, the city is now home to a fascinating mix of people and outstanding monuments, some of which remain still in use, such as the Greek Theatre.

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Cycling in Sardinia

Cycling along the quiet roads of Sardinia
A relaxed trip that follows Sardinia’s southern coastline by bike, with a range of cycle options for kids and adults such as trailers and electric bikes. Even children under 2 can join thanks to baby seats on their parents’ bicycles! Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean so, even in the winter, there is plenty to see and do: pedal through small fishing villages, past lagoons packed with pink flamingos and ruins dating back to the Phoenician and Roman civilisations; explore the Genoese island of San Pietro; wander through Mediterranean vineyards and centuries-old olive groves; and take in the spectacular views of dramatic cliffs and white sandy beaches!

Italian Riviera

Cycle Nice to Genoa

Cycle along the coastline from Nice in France to Genoa in Italy
Follow coastal cycling paths along the Mediterranean, smell the sea air and experience a quieter side of the bustling Riviera. Starting in Nice, the capital of Côte d’Azur, you will explore the iconic Monte Carlo before crossing the border for a swim at the cove of Spiaggetta dei Balzi Rossi and a visit at the ceramics and porcelain hub of Albisola. The trip finishes at the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and one of Italy’s most understated cities: Genoa.


Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike 

Venice and the iconic gondoloas
Explore three countries in one week on a cycling journey that offers the perfect combination of historic towns and seaside landscapes. From the canal city of Venice, pass peaceful fishing villages and grand palaces on your way to the little-visited plain of Friuli in northeastern Italy. With two border crossings to cycle through (Slovenia and Croatia), the journey ends in the Adriatic town of Porec, known for its Euphrasian Basilica, one of Europe’s finest intact examples of Byzantine art.
Have you decided which cycling tour you'd like to go on? Let us know in the comment section below. Don't forget to share this article with your cycling partner too!

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