CYCLING IN ITALY

Italia! Pizza! Pasta! The Giro! Italy is a classic cycling destination with iconic climbs in the north, luxurious lakes & a history steeped in cycling culture.

The climbs of Northern Italy are closely linked to the Giro D’Italia. The Italian Alps in the west are crowned by the Passo Stelvio, The Passo Mortirolo and the Passo Gavia. The Dolomites in the east offer the Passo Giau, the Passo Valparola & the beautiful Sella Rondas.

The Italian Lakes are perfect for more relaxed cycling, think sun-kissed mornings exploring by bike, long lazy Italian lunches and evenings spent watching sunsets over Lake Como & Lake Garda.

Cycling bliss!

Italy's Cycling Highlights

Passo dello Stelvio

Passo Stelvio from Prato

The Stelvio needs little introduction. At an elevation of 2,757 m the Stelvio is the second highest pass in the Alps and links Bormio in the south to Prato & Switzerland. A regular feature of the Giro D’Italia, the Stelvio is notorious for its 48 hairpins.

top 2,757 m

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24.3 km

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1,808 m elevation gain

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7.4 % average gradient

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14 % max gradient

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Passo dello Mortirolo

Passo Mortirolo from Valtellina

The Mortirolo is synonymous with the great Marco Pantani, who rode himself to fame on the brutal climb in the 1994 Giro.

top 1,541 m

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12.1 km

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1,301 m elevation gain

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10.8 % average gradient

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18 % max gradient

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Passo Gavia

Passo Gavia from Ponte Legano

The Passo Gavia has it all: stunning scenery, narrow tarmac, a pitch black tunnel and an illustrious cycling history. In 1988 Andy Hampsten battled apolcalyptic conditions crossing the snowy pass to take the Giro lead and cement the Gavia’s place in cycling legend.

top 2,621 m

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17.3 km

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1,363 m elevation gain

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7.9 % average gradient

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16 % max gradient

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Blogs from Italy

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June 21, 2018

The Charms and Challenges of Northern Italy

It may have been a few weeks since the mountain passes of Northern Italy brought drama to the Giro d’Italia but the impact of the iconic climbs remains just as…
Dolomites Cycling Gavia DolomitesESC ExploreLifestyle
September 24, 2017

Positivity, negativity and the big bad (or good) wolves

We’d a rough day today in the Dolomites; single digits and rain…all day long. It’s hard to get going on a day like that, not when Accuweather tells you there’s…
DolomitesESC ExploreLifestyle
September 21, 2017

Today, I felt like Sam Bennett in a messy, 444-kilometre bunch sprint

I imagine this is what Sam Bennett feels like when he goes to ‘work’, especially in Italy. Today I felt like a lot of things as I drove the 900…
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