Embrace the mountain air of the Alps on this incredible cycling trip
Northern Italy is the most developed region of the country with Turin, Milan, and Genoa often being referred to as the ‘Industrial Triangle’ of Italy. The north was the first region in Italy to industrialize in the 19th century giving it one of the highest GDP’s in all of Europe. The northern region is framed by the Alps and Dolomite mountains to the north along the borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, and the south along the Po River. Coveting some of Italy's most treasured cities and natural sites, this small corner of Europe holds: Lake Como, Lake Garda, The Dolomites and Alps mountain ranges, Milan, Venice, Turin, Verona, and just across the border in France - Europe's tallest peak Mont Blanc, and Switzerland's Matterhorn. All of which are connected by some of the best cycling routes in the world.
The natural amenities found in Northern Italy are rivaled nowhere else on the planet. Tour operators are available in all cities to take you on trips to explore the emerald green lakes of the Lombardy province where the sunny shores of Lake Como are surrounded by snow capped mountain peaks. Lake Como, Lake Garda, and Lake Maggiore all offer scenic road tours where you find yourself high above the lakes below retracing the steps of the Giro d’Italia. The Alps the Aosta Valley is of particular interest with its 360 degree mountain views and challenging road climbs. In the Dolomites you'll find the glamorous resort town of Cortina d'Ampezzo - your best jump off point for your epic Dolomite adventures.
When your legs are tired from all the massive climbing in the mountains, take a break and enjoy the cultural cities found in the flat plains to the south. The sophisticated and historically significant cities of Venice, Verona, Bologna, and Milan offer all the cultural sites one could ask for. These cities also make great starting points for your mountain adventures as most tour operators will begin their tours in one of these storied cities. Find some good wine and take time to enjoy low food here in Northern Italy. Ride through the streets of Verona looking for Romeo and Juliet before heading to Lake Como, or take a canal tour in Venice before setting off to the Dolomites, consider fashion week in Milan after a week riding in the Alps. It’s all possible in Northern Italy.