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I am on my way to Europe.
I am looking at living in Italy.
I was just wondering were the No#1 destination would be recommended for me to go bass myself & join a Awesome cycling club??
If you have been there & done it or know of somebody, please let us know.
benny the wheel
Friends of mine, when questioned on the best town in Italy to visit, said Pitigliano.
For cycling culture I'd possibly suggest Rimini or Lucca. Another friend has good cycling friends in Perugia.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
I would choose a location in northern Italy near the Dolomites - Lombardia perhaps, or Trentino. This where most of the famed mountain stages are.
You may not be aware that Italy has chains of hotels that cater for cycles. Here's an example, and there a plenty others to be found with Google. Worth a look.
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I agree re northern Italy, assuming you like mountains. Verona and Lago di Garda, Bolzano, Feltre, Bassano del Grappa, Lecco just to name a few.
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SE of Genoa. Very nice countryside for cycling.There is also a roman road which hugs the med coast. A bit busy with traffic but by no means flat and some great scenery. Also goes through some of the med italian wealth enclaves - some of which are worth a visit in themselves for a spot of people watching... I can't remember what its called. 'Via something'?
I enjoyed Verona - especially to the north. Some decent hills as well. Garda was a good base.Haven't been cycling to the south so can't comment much on that.
I'm biased but I'd even go further east if you're up that way i.e. Friuli (where my dad's side of the family is from) at least for a visit.
It's a lot quieter, albeit a bit out of the way, but offers climbs shuch as Nassfeldpass, Monte Croce and the dreaded Zoncolan. Take a compact crank and the biggest cassette you can fit though!
This guy gives a good write up http://dolomiti-friulane.blogspot.com.a ... dpass.html
LOADS of mountan bkie trails there too
Around Abruzzo (Pescara) is pretty good for riding as well. There are a couple of hills (Majella - Giro 09 - being a very nasty one) and there are all the roads along the coast to keep you entertained. It is less popular than Tuscany but still very nice.
+1 for the area around Lucca especially the river valley that runs up to Bagra (absolutely beautiful).
You could also look up the various Fondo's that are run throughout Italy and plan your trip around them. Here http://www.lecomaridellamdd.it/calendariogf/ is the link.
just prior to my 2 week riding tour following Tour de France this year, I spent a month based near my parents hometown on the Altopiano di Asiago. Riding almost every day, I had the time of my life. This area, about 100k north east of Venice is cycling heaven. There are hundreds of climbs and/or trails just out the front door. This area or any area in northern Italy for that matter is absolute magic. The majority of Italian bike manufacturers are based here and there is basically no road rage displayed towards cyclists, unlike here in Oz. Having crossed off Alpe D'huez, Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux and D'Aubisque from my bucket list, Ive now added the Zoncolan, Mortirolo and the Stelvio etc etc all in northern Italy.
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