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One of the less well-known Italian regions also by Italians is without a doubt Molise. Enclosed among the Apennines, the Matese Mountains and the sea is usually skimmed when travelling along the motorway, but by bike everything changes. Discovering slowly what to see in Molise, cycling from one hill to another, flanking mountains and climbing their arduous slopes, is an experience we recommend to everyone. After cycling in Molise during our Transitalia, our adventure through the Apennine by bike, we want to suggest you a few places absolutely not to be missed...
We had the occasion of traveling many kilometers along the Alpe Adria Radweg cycleway during our trip by bike among Trentino, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia and in more recent days, but the few tourist attractions we visited made us really want to find out more. The Alpe Adria radweg is a cycling-tourist route connecting Salzburg, in Austria, to Grado on the Adriatic Sea, and is perfect for those wanting to get to know these territories, from art cities to the medieval villages, from the mountains to the sea, in a slow way, with no stress.  Cycling itinerary of the Alpe Adria Radweg
Living in Trento and having a racing bike, it happened to me many times, especially at the beginning of the season, to train along the Adige cycle path which runs along the bottom of the valley and often, in summer, it happened to me to meet many cycling tourists, first of all German: the route is indeed ideal for those wanting to skip the traffic and is well linked to other routes that combined can make a trip by bike rather varied and interesting.
The Adige cycle path is the longest cycle path in the whole province and continues in the nearby provinces of Verona and Bolzano, being a perfect route for those who love the tranquility of pedaling with no effort and with good cultural-touristic alternatives along the way.
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.
Every time we plan a bicycle tour, before packing the bike and fill the bags there is a time frame in which we think of everything that we must do before leaving. The steps seem to be too many and sometimes we believe of being overwhelmed. But after all the only thing that goes really made it a great breath with which to relax and concentrate on what is really needed. Ok, you made your breath? Perfect! we can now go and think about what you will actually do for starting serene and enjoy the ride! Yes, I know, I started writing diecendo that we will then leave, but we assume that you are about to do so.
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.
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