Piedmont is set in the Alpine foothills with a backdrop of high mountains where you can ride between picturesque towns and sample the local truffles, chocolate and classic wines such as Barolo or Barbaresco.
A classic cycling favourite is Tuscany where the rolling landscape is punctuated by cypress trees and medieval hilltop towns - perhaps among the most photographed scenes in Italy. Northern Tuscany is home to the Renaissance gem of Florence, the ancient towers of San Gimignano and the vineyards of the Chianti Classico.
In the deep south you can discover a less visited part of Italy in Apulia, or Puglia as the locals call it. Visitor numbers to the â€˜heelâ€™ of Italy are still relatively low but people are catching on fast to its allure. The rolling lowlands receive little rainfall and therefore lend themselves nicely to cycle tours. The area has long been dedicated to producing vast quantities of wine and olive oil and fresh fish is plentiful. Bathed in sunshine you can cycle past crusader castles, superb beaches and between charming towns and villages that have been influenced by Pugliaâ€™s strategic location on a cultural crossroads influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Albanians as well as the Ottoman and Spanish empires.