There are so many reasons why Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet (To be more precise, it is the fifth most visited country in the world – an incredible achievement!).
But for all the glorious landscapes, stunning classical cities and delectable food, Italy is also a haven for cycling enthusiasts!
Why? Because no matter where you are in the country or whatever city you find yourself near, there will always be a beautiful, tranquil cycling trail nearby ready to be explored and enjoyed!
At Freewheel Holidays our Florence to Rome cycling holiday is the perfect getaway for those wanting to experience the very best scenery Italy has to offer.
So here are just a few of our particular favourite highlights from this tour, in the order you’ll likely see them. This is why we absolutely love Italy!...
One of the most iconic cities in all of Italy, Florence is widely regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance period and actually stood as the capital of the Kingdom of Italy for a period of time in the eighteen hundreds.
Of all the amazing pieces of architecture in Florence, none is more famous than the Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as ‘The Duomo’ thanks to the dome-shaped spire that sits atop the cathedral. But the entire city and its surroundings are all a marvel to behold.
In terms of cuisine, one Florentine dish to look out for is the Bistecca alla fiorentina or “Florentine Beefsteak.”
A heavy, thick-cut T-Bone, the steak stands out from other similar cuts of beef thanks to its unique preparation and use of herbs and spices.
One of the largest and most beautiful lakes in the country, Lake Trasimeno is a regular stop for those wanting to capture some awe-inspiring views. A wide angle lens is definitely recommended!
It sits not far from the city of Perugia – an essential stop for those interested in the military history of Italy, the entire city is surrounded by a defensive wall designed to prevent invaders from entering. A true marvel of medieval architecture.
Passignano sul Trasimeno, a small commune located on the banks of the lake, is the ideal stop off point to take some much needed photos of the stunning body of water. And be sure not to miss the view from Rocca di Passignano – a museum on the waterfront set in the remnants of a medieval castle.
Chances are you’ve heard of our next location already. Not because you’ve already been, but because of the famous saint who shares it’s name.
Of course, the town of Assisi is the home of St Francis of Assisi who tried to model his life after Jesus Christ. In his death he was made a saint by the Pope and eventually his name became linked to wildlife and the environment, leading to him becoming known as the patron saint of animals and ecology.
Thousands of religious pilgrims make their way to the town every year to pay their respects to Francis, who is buried in the town. That’s why it makes so much sense the town is home to some of the most impressive churches and cathedrals in all of Italy, including of course the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi where the saint was born and died.
Along with a visit to the Vatican, the beautiful white chapel and gardens are one of the most important pilgrimages a Christian can make. Plus, its elevated position offers great views of the surrounding town, fields and sunset.
How could we not mention Rome on this list?
The capital of Italy is also arguably the birthplace of western civilization as we know it, thanks to our good friends in the Roman Empire, whose influence can never be underestimated.
With so much to see and do there’s no wonder Rome is one of the most visited cities on Earth.
The Colosseum and Sistine Chapel always prove to be popular locations to visit thanks to their historical significance.
But for those looking for religious significance, much like our last entry, you’d kick yourself if you missed the chance to visit Vatican City.
The center of the Catholic Church, Vatican City may fall within Rome’s city limits, but is in fact classed as its own country!
Here you’ll find countless examples of fine art, design and architecture spanning the entire history of the church. And a photo in the iconic St Peter’s Square is an absolute must!
I these sensational locations sound like your kind of getaway, especially if you’re considering a cycling holiday in Italy, then you really can’t afford to miss our Florence to Rome tour.
Want to see the best of Italy on two wheels? This is your best bet!
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