Hiking and biking in Italy: an interactive map of favorite routes

Although Italy is more famous for its scenery, art, architecture, and food, it’s a fantastic place for hiking and biking. I pulled together a few of my favorite routes in an interactive map. Some were chosen from my days working as a guide hiking and biking in Italy while some are client favorites – routes…

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Cycling, Hiking & Walking | 5 Comments

Cycling and Shopping near Novi Ligure, Piedmont

I'm excited that my guest post about a Golden Day near Novi Ligure, Piedmont is up on Susan Van Allen's Golden Days in Italy blog today! This area is quite dear to my heart as one of my closest friends in the world is from Novi. The post features a cycling museum and then a wine…

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Cycling, Turin | 2 Comments

Biking on Lucca’s walls

Biking on Lucca’s walls

  For anyone who loves being on a bike, or wants to see the city from a different perspective, or just wants to break up the museums-churches-walking routine, I definitely recommend adding this short and easy bike ride to your Lucca visit. And, you can say you’ve been cycling in Tuscany without having had to sweat…

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Cycling, Tuscany | 9 Comments

A fantastic easy bike ride near Venice

  I’d love to hop on a bike, circle St. Mark’s Square, ride over the Rialto Bridge past the markets, cycle through the city’s narrow calle and bump down its many short staircases. But if you’ve been to Venice, you already know that unless you’re getting a ride from Mary Poppins or E.T., the center…

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Cycling, Venice & the Veneto | 14 Comments

Where to run, bike, or roller blade in Milan

Business travelers ask me all the time where they can run in Milan. I’m not a runner (though I wish I were – it’s so convenient for travel!) but I do pack my roller blades in my suitcase sometimes.  For short distances, the Parco Sempione (marked on the map below) in Milan’s historic center is probably…

Posted by on Jan 11, 2010 in Cycling, Hiking & Walking, Milan | One Comment

Cycling in Tuscany

When I worked guiding cycling tours in Italy, the first question I got in the mornings over breakfast was Where are the hills on today’s route? People had booked their trips having understood the level of difficulty of the trip, but they wanted to know specifically about that day’s hills so that they could pace…

Posted by on Nov 20, 2009 in Cycling, Tuscany | No Comments

Biking in the Dolomites: An Easy, Scenic Ride from Italy to Austria

Biking in the Dolomites: An Easy, Scenic Ride from Italy to Austria

You’d never guess from looking at the photo below that any biking path in the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy could be easy. But the paved cycling route from San Candido, in the Sud Tyrol region of Italy, to Lienz, Austria, is 42km / 26mi of gentle downhill. It’s ideal for kids, rollerbladers, or anyone who…

Posted by on Aug 14, 2009 in Cycling, Dolomites | 6 Comments