Liguria by bike: nature, sea and tradition

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Would you like to take a trip to Liguria by bike? Are you curious to discover Liguria's breathtaking landscapes and culinary specialities?


If you are looking for a new biking experience in Liguria, then you are in the right place.

Liguria is a travel destination located along the picturesque north-western coast of Italy.

This region is a true paradise for two-wheelers, offering a perfect mix of unspoilt nature, crystal-clear sea and thousand-year-old traditions. If you are a keen cyclist or simply wish to explore the region in an eco-friendly way, Liguria is the ideal place for you.

In this article, we explore some of the wonders this land has to offer and give you some ideas for an unforgettable bike trip.

Why choose to take a trip to Liguria by bike

Choosing to take a cycling trip to Liguria will give you the opportunity to experience an active adventure, explore the region’s hidden places and enjoy the timeless beauty of this part of Italy.

We recommend a cycling holiday in Liguria for several reasons:

1. Breathtaking landscapes

Crossing Liguria by bike is an unforgettable adventure for nature lovers. The region offers a unique combination of coastline, hills, mountains and picturesque villages that will make your cycling trip an unforgettable experience.

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2. Culture and History

Liguria is rich in history and culture. Historically, Liguria played an important role in antiquity as a land of trade and colonisation. Its coastal location favoured trade with other Mediterranean cultures, such as the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. The city of Genoa, in particular, was one of the main commercial and maritime ports during the medieval and Renaissance periods.

The architecture of Liguria reflects its maritime history and culture. Coastal towns, such as Genoa, Portofino, Camogli and Cinque Terre, are characterised by narrow alleys, colourful houses facing the sea, and ancient palaces.

During your cycling trip, you can visit ancient castles, churches, museums and medieval villages and have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

3. Ligurian cuisine

Ligurian cuisine is renowned for its simplicity, authenticity and use of fresh, high-quality ingredients. Based on the rural and maritime culinary tradition, Ligurian cuisine offers a variety of delicious and unique dishes. Some of Liguria’s most famous culinary specialities are pesto alla genovese, focaccia, farinata, panissa and pansoti.

ligurian focaccia

4. Mild climate

Liguria’s mild climate, characterised by moderate temperatures, low rainfall and varied landscapes, makes the region an ideal place for a cycling trip. You can enjoy pleasant and scenic rides along the coast, through hills and medieval villages, without being overly influenced by the weather.

5. Bicycle paths

Liguria offers an extensive network of cycle paths that will allow you to explore the region safely and enjoyably.

One of the best known is the one that connects the villages of the Cinque Terre because the route winds through hilly landscapes and terraces, offering breathtaking views of the cliffs and the sea.

The best routes in Liguria by bike

Liguria is famous for its coastline, known as the Ligurian Riviera, which stretches some 300 kilometres and offers a number of scenic cycling routes:

Pisa, Lucca and Cinque Terre

One of the most popular routes to do in Liguria by bike is the one proposed by Bikeit, i.e. an itinerary connecting Pisa, Lucca and Cinque Terre.

During this journey of around 260 km in 8 days and 7 nights, you will leave from Pisa and head towards Monterosso, passing through Lucca, Viareggio and La Spezia.

On the first day you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Pisa, get lost in its narrow streets and squares, and don’t forget to say hello to the famous tower. From here, you will head towards Lucca, where you can admire the ancient medieval walls and explore the beautiful villas of Lucca, in a ring-shaped route that will take you back to the city.

The journey will continue along the Serchio river cycle path, which will take you all the way to the coast, through pine forests and wild beaches until you reach Viareggio. From here, you can continue along the Versilia coastal cycle path to Marina di Carrara, and then head towards the cliffs of Lerici to reach the next stop, La Spezia.

From La Spezia the most demanding stage of the journey begins, in the direction of the Cinque Terre, but the beauty of the landscape will repay the effort of the journey to Monterosso.

The last day will be dedicated to an exciting trekking along the suggestive Cinque Terre Park trail in this magical and renowned place. But it is not only the sporting activities that make the tour special: during the trip, you cannot miss the delicious culinary breaks. Savour the famous cecina of Pisa, typical Tuscan dishes, and don’t forget to enjoy a piece of Ligurian focaccia with a view of Vernazza, an experience not to be missed.

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Weekend cycling on the Ligurian Riviera

Along the beautiful Ligurian Riviera, Bikeit also offers two complete cycling holiday packages for a weekend near Imperia.

The trails you can select will give you the opportunity to ride and savour the cultural and culinary components, the real stars of your adventure.

You will have the opportunity to explore some of Liguria’s fascinating villages, such as Porto Maurizio and Cervo Ligure, the ancient ghost town of Bussana Vecchia, the picturesque paper balloon village, and the charming medieval village of Taggia.

Of course, even during this cycling trip, you cannot fail to taste the local specialities, such as the varied Ligurian focaccia, pesto, Sardenaira and the delicious pumpkin pie.

Explore Liguria by bike with Bikeit

Exploring Liguria by bike allows you to fully savour the beautiful natural surroundings, breathtaking views and picturesque villages along the coast. You can stop whenever you like to enjoy a break on the beach, sample the delicious local cuisine or visit the charming medieval villages dotting the area.

If you want to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Liguria and discover the region on two wheels, Bikeit is the perfect choice for you. With Bikeit, you can book a complete cycling holiday package quickly and easily, without having to worry about anything.

The booking process is child’s play: simply log on to the Bikeit website and browse through the many options available for cycling routes in Italy, Europe and overseas. Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a beginner, Bikeit offers a wide range of routes suitable for all skill levels.

Once you have chosen your preferred route, you can customise the holiday package according to your needs, such as whether or not to rent a bike.

Bikeit provides you with all the necessary information on the stages you will cover, the points of interest along the way and will secure your place in the accommodation available along the way.

The best thing about BikeIt is that everything is organised for you. You won’t have to worry about planning the route, looking for accommodation or booking transport for the bike transfer. Bikeit will take care of everything, ensuring a relaxing and stress-free holiday.

So, if you are looking for a unique experience in Liguria, book your cycling holiday package with Bikeit and get ready to discover the beauty of this region.

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