South of the Po River lies the rolling hills and red roofs of central Italy. Home to the ‘birthplace of the renaissance’ in Florence and the cultural and history capital of Rome; the central region of Italy is one of the most popular destinations for cyclists. With its fairytale charm, medieval lore, and superb vistas it’s easy to see why cyclists flock to the region. Central Italy is where you binge on music, culture, history, food, and of course, wine. So make sure to take your time when in Tuscany, you don’t want to miss a thing.

Divided by the Central Apennine Mountains, the landscape of Central Italy is a mixture of fertile fields, river valleys, mountain peaks, and magnificent coastlines that are the perfect balance for every type of cyclist. Not as serious as the Alps and Dolomites to the north, the Apennine mountains still offer all the suffering climbs, and rewarding views anyone could ask for. Made up of only 4 sub-regions: Tuscany and Lazio on the western Tyrrhenian Sea and Umbria and Marche on the eastern Adriatic, one could spend a lifetime seeing the sights of Central Italy Alone.

Take a renaissance tour of Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, then ride down to Pisa and explore the city's cultural sites beyond the leaning tower. Stop often for food and wine, you are in Tuscany after all. When in Rome, you will learn quickly that your bike is easily the best way to see the city. From the Colosseum, to the Forum, and Palatine Hill to the Vatican, Rome could be explored for months without scratching the surface. Take a trip to the Adriatic by traversing the Apennine Mountains, but make sure you stop in Assisi first to retrace the steps of St. Francis. Meander through rolling hills and rural farmlands on your way to Ancona on the Adriatic.

Best Seasons:May - Oct
Popular Locations:Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Pisa, Apennine mountains, Ancona