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Bikes & riding in Italy: a photo gallery

For more info on cycling in Italy, go to: Guidebooks | Literature: what to read | Packing your bike | Your Body: getting ready for the trip | Life in Italy | Bike Friendly Hotels

If you have spent any time at all on our site you know we are crazy about bikes and Italy. So obviously, there can be nothing better than riding in Italy.

Our friend Larry at CycleItalia cycling tours, who has contributed so much to this site, has been kind enough to send me a stack of photos of the best way I know how to spend time. Hard to beat a good ride in the beautiful Italian countryside then sitting down to a plate of steaming pasta.

And if you want to see Italy on a bike guided by people who know bikes and Italy and very importantly, love what they do, check out CycleItalia's web site.

Riders climbing in Italian city

The L'Eroica bike ride, where the old gravel roads (white roads) of the Chianti region are ridden on by riders on vintage bikes. Here's a photo of riders climbing through a Tuscan town in the 2011 edition

white road

And here is a sample of Tuscany's white roads.

Purple Bike

We're in Monferrato, in Piedmont (between Turin and Pavia). Here's a fun piece of cycling art.


Heading for lunch in Monferrato.


Lunch is up there?


Larry with a friend from Vittoria tires at the 2011 Gran Piemonte (a semi-classic bicycle race run in the Apennines since 1906).

Gran Piemonte arrival

Finish line of the 2011 Gran Piemonte

Coppi & Girardengo busts

Outside the Museum of Champions in Novi Ligure


Cadel Evans at the Madonna del Ghisallo shrine in 2011. The shrine to the patroness of cyclists overlooks Lake Como.


The evergreen Gianni Motta at the Ghisallo shrine. Signor Motta won the 1966 Giro d'Italia.

peloton climbing

The 2011 Giro di Lombardia climbs the Ghisallo.

Favolaro workshop

In the Favaloro frame workshop. Favaloros are imported by our friends at Albabici.

Tomassini factory

Stopped by the Tommasini shop in 2013. Turns out they don't give out free samples.


Italian Champion Franco Pellizotti at the 2013 Giro d'Italia

2013 Giro d'Italia

A snowy finale at the 2013 Giro


Larry with Alberto Masi at the famous shop under the Vigorelli Velodrome

Masi shop

Pictures posted in the Masi shop.

Fauto Coppi

One of Fausto Coppi's bikes in the Masi shop.

Milani jig

A visit to Milani cycles


Celeste Milani

Larry Theobald

A pilgrimage to Castellana and a visit with Egidio Coppi (with cycling cap), cousin of the great Fausto Coppi.

CycleItalia bikes

A trio of CycleItalia rental bikes waiting to hit the road: "Premium" (full-carbon), "Standard" (aluminum/carbon) and "Classic" (all steel)

More travel chapters:

Guidebooks | Literature: what to read | Packing your bike | Your Body: getting ready for the trip | Life in Italy | Bike Friendly Hotels