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Lake Iseo is an excellent starting point for a travel to go discovering the Prealps and valleys of Bergamo by bicycle.
From Riva di Solto, on the Bergamo shore of the lake, you travel for about 190 km a cycle path, mixed secondary roads with low-traffic and old communication channels, natural balconies on deep, enchanting gorges. The length of the journey requires at least two days, if you want to fully enjoy what surrounds you, I suggest that you give three full days to this itinerary in the valleys of Bergamo. 
The railway of the Dolomites, later become cycle path of the Dolomites, was opened in 1921 to connect Calalzo di Cadore, Dobbiaco and Cortina d'Ampezzo. With the passing years and the development of motorization and technologies it was gradually abandoned. 
It had its time of glory during the year 1956 on occasion of the Cortina Winter Olympics, but then its decline was inevitable especially when, in 1960, there was a serious accident in which two persons died. 65 kilometers long, the railway was dismantled in 1964. Today, as mentioned before, the railway has become the cycle path of the Dolomites and connects Calalzo di Cadore in the Veneto region to Dobbiaco in the Alto Adige region.
Deciding what to see in Abruzzo during a travel by bicycle is not that easy: the variety of landscapes, the natural reserves, the small town too often underestimated, the secondary roads and the fairy-tale fortresses make this Italian region simply amazing (and absolutely one of my favorite!). A few months ago we had the opportunity to go through Abruzzo by bicycle during our Transitalia and we were astonished of how come little know are some beauties of our peninsula...
We’re in Umbria where you can’t see the sea but where hills, protected areas, beautiful villages perched on promontories... surely don’t lack! It is the year 1926 and it’s an autumn full of news for this area in central Italy: the Spoleto – Norcia railway line, with narrow-gauge and electric traction, is ready to start its short story in the overview of the Italian railways now almost forgotten!
The route of the Valsugana Cycle Path stretches for about 80 km between the Trentino and Veneto region; from Pergine Valsugana, a few bike rides from Lake Caldonazzo, you get to Bassano del Grappa, in the province of Vicenza, after covering all the valley. This cycle path stretches almost entirely in the plains and right for this reason is a cycle-tourism route also suitable for families with children, in addition the Valsugana valley is entirely crossed by the railway line and regional trains can be a comfy alternative to cycling in case of tiredness or to go back to the starting point.
Lake Iseo, also known as Sebino, is one of the Lombardy basins. Divided between the province of Bergamo and that of Brescia, it is still unknown to mass tourism and this is also the reason why is excellently appropriate for practicing cycle-tourism. The tour of Lake Iseo can start by any villages on its banks, but for convenience we will start it from Riva di Solto, on the Bergamo bank, where you can park your car and enjoy an ice-cream on your way back to celebrate the venture.
The tour of Lake Iseo runs through the whole circumnavigation of the Lombardy lake in 66 km of cycle paths and mixed secondary roads that during sunny weekends and high tourist season can be averagely busy.
The choice of bike for exploring the surrounding areas of Venice gives us the opportunity to really get to know its magic, its unique landscapes and the Venetian hospitality, offering a very wide range of itineraries, tours and accommodation. Here is what we believe is one of the most striking.
I had never done a bicycle trip before this one, but I have always been fascinated by those brave bikers I occasionally meet on the road, with their huge bags on both sides of the bicycle, their worn clothes and a little flag indicating their native country. For me they are the most significant image of freedom. I have always admired and respected them. So I had a dream in mind for many years, a solo bicycle tour. The itinerary choice has not been difficult: the classical Way of st. James by bicycle was everything I was looking for, and even more.
We decide to travel to Slovenia during a long holiday week end. Slovenia is a young state next to Italy and it surprised me by its vitality, but also for its ability to progress while keeping intact its own assets, cultural and natural. The visit began at Postojna Caves, magnificent natural works of art throughout the subsoil of the area, made up of thousands of stalactites and stalagmites that emerge from the rock; we then proceed directly to the quiet capital Ljubljana, and finally, turning to North West, we are back in Italy pausing for a night in the Triglav National Park, on the shores of Lake Bled.
At last we leave! After several days of organization and meetings to choose destination, route and stages of our journey to the tour Year 2005, we get on the camper that will take us first to Copenhagen and then to Amsterdam, to spend the last day of the past year and the first of the tour one. We are six and, since in this period it appears that the Italians have all decided to spend the holidays renting a motorhome, we have to arrange with a 5 +1 (five persons plus one, usually a child). As the saying goes, "The good weather you can see from morning...", and in fact: the morning of December 27 we reach the car parking, jump on the campervan and turn it on to heat it while we complete all burocratic formality (and you know, in Italy there are not few). The problem is that the rear heater does not work properly because the mask that protects the pilot flame comes off lighting the flame off with each breath. The owner fixs the problem and everything seems okay. We lost an hour of time but at least our "home" on four wheels should keep us warm in polar climate of northern Europe.
The Parenzana rail was an old narrow gauge railway that connected the city of Trieste to Buje and Poreč, Parenzo in Italian (whence the name Parenzana!). Built by the Austrian-Hungarians in 1902, it was the longest narrow gauge railway on the 760 mm. Ruins of the railway are still visible today and one of the most interesting tourist activity in the area is walking through the track (entirely or partially) by bike!
My first solitary cycling journey could not be made except by a special occasion and it was my graduation. The program was, to say the least, approximate since on a Friday afternoon I made to think about the journey (to be achieved in one week, not to far from home, cheap and in a country where the temperature was acceptable in February) and on Sunday I started. Initially the idea was to ride along a stretch of the Danube cycling path: close to "mine" Trentino but certainly far from "hot" I was looking for... discarded! Another idea: Camargue and the south coast of France to Barcelona (where I went to visit an aunt): too far... is not feasible! That's why i choosed to ride Corsica by bicycle.
The memories, like photographs, are a bit faded by the time, so I apologize if the description of the raid is not very detailed. What remained in my mind disinclined archiving (the memory has already begun to betray me even though I am still very young ... and considering this i'm a bit worried!) Is certainly the variety of the Tuscan landscape, as well as excellent food eaten in the farm where we were guests. The trip, this time carried out together with friends Alexander and Nicholas, started from the capital region: Florence. After a brief visit to the beautiful city of art, we started from Piazzale Michelangelo to Umbria. After tapping countries of Bibbiena, Monterchi, Anghiari, Gubbio, climbed Mount Pratomagno and visited the shrine of Chiusi della Verna, we reached our destination: Assisi.
Everything has started from my brother's proposal. At the beginning of the week he tells me that Thursday he would leave to France to attend the cycling race La Marmotte, the most prestigious amateur biicycle race on transalpine soil, which involves mythical climbing as Croix de Fer (Glandon), Telegraphe, Galibier and the final Alp d'Huez. He asks me if I want to escort him and, after a short indecision, I accept. 
We leave Thursday afternoon, destination Les 2 Alps: me, my brother, his girlfriend and another couple of friends who will participate (without victory ambitions) to the race in the Alps. 
At the end, result of these three splendid days dedicated to cycling: beautiful sunny days, a thrilling ride on bicycle along Tour de France's roads and, as cherry on the cake, my brother's victory: he managed to beat Dutchman, Bert Dekker, after a hearthbreaking duel I've followed from the first to the last mile with the car.

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