Cycling Italy – 38 Great Rides Through The Best Of Italy (A Lonely Planet Guidebook)

Lonely Planet makes some of the best guidebooks in the world… and their cycling guides are no exception.

Recently, I was sent the Lonely Planet’s Cycling Italy guidebook and asked to share my thoughts on the book with you.

I’m happy to report, Cycling Italy lives up to its expectations. The book is jam-packed with just about everything you need to conduct an incredible cycling trip in Italy. Watch the video above to see exactly what I have to say about this incredible cycling resource and see some inside shots of the book.

What makes Cycling Italy so great is not only the fact that there are 38 awesome Italian bike rides in the book, or that the text covers more than 6,000 miles worth of rides, but the fact that the book also gives you a brief introduction to bicycle touring, provides you with turn-by-turn directions (via tiny cue-sheets that you can photocopy and carry with you as you ride), gives you detailed elevation charts, and even provides you with the GPS coordinates needed to complete your trip by bike.

My Rating: 10 out of 10

To learn more about the Lonely Planet’s guide to Cycling Italy, watch the video above or click here to read more about the book on

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6 thoughts on “Cycling Italy – 38 Great Rides Through The Best Of Italy (A Lonely Planet Guidebook)

  1. Andy says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I cycled from Geneva to Rome fitting in routes recommended in the book. Routes, detail, background advice and info all top notch. Really accessible. I can’t imagine anyone not benefiting from this book.

    In fact I bought it with the LP Italy guide but it was so good I rarely used the main guide, and when friends have gone to Italy I’ve lent them the cycling guide to inspire them. Now if only they did one for Norway……

  2. Damiano says:

    Hey man, I’ve just discovered your website, great! Thanks a lot for your video. It seems to be a very good guide. Since I’m living in Italy I’m gonna buy it and go for a ride.
    If you need help on your way fell free to contact me! I’m on warmshowers too.
    Good luck,

  3. Christina Guzman says:

    My husband and I want to take our 22 yr old granddaughter to Italy and would like to do some easy to moderate biking around the Tuscany region. We don’t have much time so we want to incorporate it with train rides. We want to spend a couple of days in Florence. Then spend 3 days around Pisa and Lucca biking. Does anyone know what train to take from Florence that would take us to Pisa where we can bike around the area–not sure if you can also make it to Siena in the 3 days. We would need to rent the bikes –and not sure if they have bikes that we can rent in one place and drop-off at another place. Any recommendations?
    Any information would be greatly appreciated!

  4. Mike Bacigalupo says:

    Planning on biking from the west french border to the tip to Calabria next march and april any guidance maps or book I would be interested in buying


  5. Kris says:

    Hey Guys,

    This book is insanely expensive ($140) and the new edition is pretty hard to find (in Canada), are there any other recommendations for a guide that comes close?

  6. David says:

    I just did eurovelo 6 from st nazare to Basal and rode from Milan to venice via the lakes route, then went from venice to florence via the po delta, then went from florence to Perugia using that lonely planet. Was going to go on to rome via assisi but ran out of time.
    I found the material and advice re: routes and accomodation from the tourist offices to be far superior to anything the Lonely Planet has to offer. It is only useful to give you a general idea of where to go.

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