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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740593154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740593151
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 11.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AndyM on 15 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
I don't usually review books but the previous reviews of this book are so unfair that I want to redress the balance.

This book is one of only two in English, which is a shame because Italy is such a great country for cycling holidays.

It presents a selection of routes in different parts of the country. If I have a criticism of the book it's that it southern and central Italy is not very well covered - there's no route in the Abruzzo for example even though it has three of Italy's national parks. But that said, no single book could cover the whole of a country. So the book should be treated as a selection of highlights.

The routes included in the book are well-chosen with different levels of difficulty. Choose any of the routes in the book and you will have a rewarding and enjoyable ride, on quiet roads. If you fancy touring in Italy but you don't know where to start this would be a great book to buy.

The routes in the book would I reckon take between three and five days - so if you are planning a longer tour you will need to do some additional research/planning of your own but the routes in this book provide an excellent basis to build on.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JulesH on 28 Sept. 2010
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Just cycled from UK through France and Switzerland to Italy (Sept 2010). 1000 miles.
This book fails to highlight how unsuitable Italy is for relaxed cycling on Tarmac.
The book helped us find the quiet canal path into The centre of Milan, but when we tried the routes in Tuscany we were shocked at how busy the routes were and how incredibly close vehicles pass you. So much so that after trying different locations over the course of a week we decided to leave Italy.

To be fair to the Author she has tried to make the best of a poor situation... Because many of the little roads you find in UK and France are just dirt tracks (unsuited to road bikes) in Italy this means you end up having to use roads that are busy.

My advice is think hard before buying this book and travelling to Italy to do road riding unless you are well accustomed to traffic coming stunningly close to you as you ride along, or unless you are part of a group that can bunch up peloton style and get some safely that way.

We were riding in late September, so outside of peak season.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WimRo on 6 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
The guide is showing some of the popular rides across italy, you can find these everywhere on the internet.
It lacks to describe longer rides (1 week +), that are interesting for many of the buyers who want to have A to b ride descriptions these days. The reader still needs to make the plan by puzzling all small rides together. This book is not made for the real trekking biker, but more for the so called 'I take my bike with me on holiday' - biker. The maps are not very detailed, the descriptions not extensive. It lacks to describe bike roads across the Appenijnen mountains, the most spread out mountain range across Italy. Disappointing book.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Our Italian Bike Touring "Bible" 18 Oct. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is SUCH a great book! My wife and I have used it for two bike trips in Italy and it has been our on-road guide all the way. We have found it to be, above all, accurate and reliable, but the author has also created great routes (we've done 5) that have led us to memorable, even epic (yes, the "e" word!), rides and vacations. All I've discovered using this book -- I'm 45 and have taken many amazing trips in the world -- is that cycling in Italy has become my FAVORITE thing to do!

A little background: my wife and I have done a lot of riding (we met on a 7-day, 910 km. trip around New England). I'd say we qualify in the "above average" quantity, but we had never done anything major self-supported with panniers.

In 2009 we got a call from a friend inviting us to a wedding in Northern Italy and when I called an Italian friend to ask him about where it was he said, "You'll be very close to Barolo. You must-a bike-a Barolo." We got on Amazon and bought this book and figured we'd bring our bikes and do one of the author's rides, a 3-day, 200 km. tour of the Langhe and Roero. (We added a fourth day, a 40 km. tour around Alba including lunch in Barolo.) IT WAS EPIC!!!!! We found exactly what the author described in terms of road cues, distances, and elevation profiles, and her recommendations for eating and lodging were spot on. Our daily itinerary over 4 days: get up, breakfast, bike a couple of hours in fantastic scenery, have an awesome lunch with lots of wine, bike a couple of more hours through more picturesque settings, hotel, shower, surprise: we're hungry again!, awesome dinner with lots of wine, bed. Repeat. (Boring, isn't it?!)

We had such a memorable trip we decided to go back in 2010 but this time ride through Tuscany.

I write this having just returned from the airport and having completed 4 of the author's rides in Tuscany ("Chianti Classic," "Siena Explorer," "Road Less Taken," and "Seascapes and Cliff Villages") in 12 days (660 km.), that has now gone down in our books as ANOTHER sweet bike trip to Italy and cemented bike touring in Italy as my favorite thing to do. I haven't even started dealing with our pictures yet as I wanted to write this review: we are SO happy to have had this book -- we feel indebted to the author and Lonely Planet -- to help us plan and guide us on the roads, from one historic town, through agelessly scenic countryside (or cityscape, for that matter), to the next, eating and drinking wine all the way.

If you can deal with bringing your own bikes and following the author's good recommendations as regards planning, what to bring, self-repair (also good sections in the book), you will have a marvelous time. For added convenience, I recommend copying and enlarging the author's cue sheets and keeping them handy while on the road. A GPS is also super handy as the 2009 edition of the book has GPS coordinates throughout. Lastly, this wasn't our only guide book -- we also used Tuscany-specific ones by Lonely Planet and Rick Steves -- but it is our only cycling guide book, and a good Michelin map and this book is all we needed.

We're already using it to plan our next trip!

PS - we found Italian drivers to be SUPER courteous to cyclists and safe. While the shoulders are typically non-existent, all you have to do for reassurance is look at the little old lady on the road in front of you on her cruiser bike with the groceries in her basket wearing a skirt and dress shoes -- and no helmet -- showing no fear. The drivers yield to you in rotaries (and we've gone through some busy rotaries!) and are respectful and patient. It's safer there than in the U.S., by far.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great for any Gringo 5 Dec. 2005
By Midwest Chicky - Published on Amazon.com
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My decidedly American husband was able feed his bicycle addition into the Alps of Italy with this book. He bonded with the local bicylists, didn't wreck and managed to find his way back to the appartementi by dark. This book has the basic phrases and a maps that will allow you to enjoy a little adventure off the beaten track. You might even ride with a fleet of people that share a love of life, filled with riding into the anoxic elevations and descending with gusto to a glass of wine. He saw a magical bit of Italy that most tourists never see.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
An Italian Cyclist Opinion. 24 Mar. 2006
By Pallottini Mariano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lonely Planet - Cycling Italy by Ethan Gelber it is a very useful guide even for an italian like me. The guide it is also a good introduction to the general world of "cycle touring".

The limit is, for a long distance rider as me, the guide does not suggests a complete uninterrupted tour of italy. This guide in Amazon costs less than in the italian book market(importation tax included). Bye.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Offers top rides for all ability levels and a range of traveler interests 20 Jan. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
CYCLING ITALY is a take-along tote for any planning a visit to Italy and who wants to see the Italian countryside via bicycle. From bike maintenance tips and listings for sleeping, eating and facilities to travel tips on resort towns, historical villages, and more, this offers top rides for all ability levels and a range of traveler interests.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable, but has a few limitations 21 Oct. 2014
By Corinne Mckay - Published on Amazon.com
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Writing a good cycling guidebook is *really* hard, and Ellee Thalheimer (I now kind of feel like we're friends even though we've never met!) really hit this one out of the park. We've done two trips (Lake Geneva to Salzburg in 2012, Milan-Dolomites-Lake Garda in 2014) with this book and it has really never steered us wrong, which is a nearly impossible achievement for a guidebook that covers an entire country. Ellee's assessments of the various trips are very detailed and accurate, and her hotel recommendations were fabulous. Even if there are only two or three options listed in a particular city, they are great options and led us to some of our favorite hotels. My only negatives are: a) as other reviewers have commented, if you want to tour for weeks or months rather than a few days, it can be hard to tell how to string the rides together without taking the train or a car; b) oddly, some of the rides (at least in our edition) are lacking cue sheets, which is a pain and c) every once in a while, there's a recommended stage that seems out of place. For example the recommendation to cycle from Cortina over Passo Giau and then Passo Fedaia in the same day isn't just "very strenuous," it's something you'd see on the Giro d'Italia (Don't do it! Just ride over Giau and stay in Caprile, then ride to Canazei over Fedaia the next day). But all in all, this is by far the best book we've found for cycling in Italy.
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