Italy’s most northerly region, South Tyrol, boasts 300 days of sunshine a year and an incredible fusion of Mediterranean and Alpine cultures. Add to this the awe-inspiring jagged peaks of the Dolomites and winding mountain passes and you get one of the world’s best cycling destinations
South Tyrol is a giant playground for cyclists. Home to the Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stunning range of soaring peaks and deep valleys makes for a truly unique cycling destination. Its varied landscape gives rise to some of the most beautiful scenery in Italy and, with Italian and Alpine cultures colliding in an incredible cultural melting pot, it is one of the most eclectic destinations for your next cycling adventure.
South Tyrol is criss-crossed with a fantastic network of around 4,600km of cycle trails, with easy routes that wind through flat orchards, to more challenging ones that tackle mountain and pass roads. The region caters for a wide range of riding — from mountain biking, to family trails and themed tours. However, when it comes to road cycling South Tyrol really stands out — whether you’re a competitive racing cyclist or a budding amateur, a tour of the Dolomites will become an unforgettable experience.
But it is not all hard work. South Tyrol is also the undiscovered gourmet capital of Italy, with its restaurants having earned an impressive 20 Michelin stars and with delicious local wines and incredible local produce. Nothing beats a day of cycling through mountain passes, with time for leisurely lunches and dinners in local towns, and mountain refuges serving everything from rustic Alpine fare to sophisticated Mediterranean dishes.
The region is also famed for its unique spa culture, with a range of treatments perfect for soothing tired muscles after a day spent in the mountains. With its incredible landscape and climate, great cuisine and, of course, beautiful and challenging cycling routes, it’s easy to see why South Tyrol
is a paradise for cyclists.
HOW TO GET THERE
Getting to South Tyrol couldn’t be easier — just catch a flight to one of the nearby airports in northern Italy. To find out more, visit suedtirol.info/summer.