A tour of the most beautiful cycle paths in Italy and Europe

Nell’ultimo anno in Italia si è registrato un vero e proprio “boom” per quanto riguarda gli spostamenti in bici, l’incremento delle piste ciclabili e in generale dell’attenzione verso la mobilità sostenibile.Dopo un accurata ricerca, abbiamo riscontrato che a maggio, secondo l’analisi di Eco Counter, si è registrato un incremento dell’uso della bicicletta del 39,81% rispetto al all’anno precedente. Nei mesi di settembre e ottobre si è arrivati addirittura al 73% e sono state inoltre acquistate il 60% di bici in più.

Interesting are the statements of the European Cyclists Federation (Ecf), which states that after the lock-down, more than 2,300 km of new stretches have been announced in Europe, of which 1,000 have already been realised, with investments amounting to 1 billion Euros.

If we look at Italy in more detail, we find that 193 km of pop-up cycle paths have been created in Italy, with Milan leading the way and the city of Genoa in second place.

Arezzo has increased its cycle routes by 3.5 km and limited the transit of cars in the city centre, Bari has created the 'light cycle path' for small city trips, while Bologna Cagliari and Florence have greatly expanded existing routes. Of the 150 km announced in the Extraordinary Plan, Rome has so far realised just over 15 km.

In Italia esistono dunque 2.341 km già esistenti distribuiti in 22 città italiane. Per Legambiente bisognerà raddoppiare i chilometri ciclabili entro il 2025, inserendo questo tipo di interventi all’interno del Recovery Plan.

If you are curious and would like to discover the map of sustainable mobility in Italy, you can search the cycle routes site to see all existing routes by choosing between regions, a province and even your municipality.

We at Donno Bikes would like to suggest a few in the meantime.

The Ciclovia Adriatica for example will be a huge cycle path that will literally cross the country from north to south. In fact, it will be possible to start from Trieste all the way to Santa Maria di Leuca with the Adriatic Sea as a fixed backdrop.

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As you travel along it, you will discover the enchanting and relaxing places along the eastern coast of the peninsula with the sea, nature and the beautiful Apulian countryside at your side.

In Liguria, we recommend the route considered the most beautiful in Italy. It starts in Levanto and goes as far as Framura. The scenery along the way is that of the Ligurian Sea and in two hours you can visit ancient roads and tunnels typical of this region.

Located between Mantua and Peschiera del Garda, we find the Ciclovia del Mincio, this cycle path is accessible to the whole family, you will be able to enjoy beautiful bicycle rides in total safety.

Between Spoleto and Norcia, we discover a very special and evocative cycle path. In ancient times, this track was nothing more than a simple railway line that ceased to exist only fifty years ago.

Travelling along these roads it will be possible to enjoy the green landscape of Umbria to the full, passing through ancient villages, hills and roads that are unique and enchanting.

Finally, we would like to pay tribute to the cycle path that runs from the Navigli in Milan to Lecco. It is a route that will immerse you totally in nature.

You will drive about 80 kilometres from the chaotic Milan through unspoilt nature. The Adda Park will be your backdrop, until you reach Lecco, where you can admire the breathtaking panorama of Lake Como.

Berlin - Copenhagen cycle path

Dando uno sguardo più ampio alla situazione europea, ci imbattiamo nella rete ciclabile europea Euro Velo, un progetto del ECF (European Cyclists’ Federation) che intende sviluppare una rete di 15 itinerari ciclabili attraverso tutto il continente europeo.

In detail The project envisages more than 70000 km of cycle network of which more than 40000 km already exist. We are talking about a section that saw the light of day at the end of the 1990s, but it was not until 2007 that the first funding became available, which allowed the project to actually start.

Osservando lo scenario europeo ci siamo resi conto che stilare una classifica delle ciclabili più belle d’Europa non è affatto semplice. Ci sono itinerari più molto diversi tra loro sia per caratteristiche che per paesaggio e ambientazione. Noi vogliamo descrivervene alcune tra le più belle, ovviamente sviluppate in un’ottica sostenibile con al loro interno servizi per cicloturisti che andrebbero potenziati anche negli itinerari ciclabili europei fuori classifica.

L’itinerario ciclabile più percorso d’Europa è senza dubbio quello che si sviluppa lungo il corso del fiume Danubio. Un tratto che si estende per circa 2860 km e che taglia il vecchio continente da ovest ad est terminando il suo viaggio a Costanza, nel Mar Nero.

In France, on the other hand, there is a cycle route that runs along the course of the river, we are talking about the Loire cycle route, known as the Loire à vélo, due to the presence of numerous castles. It offers the possibility of visiting important and culturally interesting towns.

Berlin - Copenhagen cycle path

Bellissimo anche il percorso ciclabile Berlino – Copenaghen che collega la capitale tedesca a quella danese. Fortemente suggestivo godersi una passeggiata tra i paesaggi caratteristici del Mare del Nord.

Infine troviamo uno dei classici itinerari ciclabili europei: l’Avenue Verte, che connette la capitale francese con quella del Regno Unito. La tratta si sviluppa maggiormente in Francia tra maestosi castelli e villaggi storici. La parte inglese ci permette invece dei percorrere zona appartenenti al National Cycle Route.

It is exciting for us to note that over the years the number of cycle tourists, but also of cycle routes, in our old continent has grown exponentially.

A change that owes much to the bike-friendly influences of the central and northern European states, which already have thousands of kilometres of cycle paths and equipped cycle lanes, a truly important example of eco-sustainability.

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