Wow – in a weeks time I´ll be sitting in a small B&B in Kiefersfelden next to the Austrian border…
This year I´m going to explore a new country by bike – Italy. I´ve been there several times -as a child in Lido di Jesolo, with my first car in Toscany around Florence, with friends to the Lago di Garda – but never by bicycle…
As I´ve started my planings around November I´ve been always thinking I could take the alps via Fern- and Reschenpass as there are two shuttle options for cyclists.
But – there are also some hills to climb – and this is not the best option with a recumbent and a trailer having around 35 kg…
So some days ago I´ve decided with the help of a good friend to make a complete new plan and booked new B&Bs or youth hostels along the new track – crossing the alps via Brennero.
Rolling down to Bolzano I´m going to use the Etschtal cycle path – wich is also the Via Claudia Augusta – to Trento.
Here I will climb (or use the train) to the Lago di Caldonazzo and find my way down to Mestre along the beautiful cycle path Valsungana. So I´d like to visit Venice.
Now back westwards Í´d like to see Verona where I haven´t been for a long time.
After having visited Ferrara this first Part will end in Bologne.
I can´t believe it – in only 3 weeks time I´m going to leave my hometown heading towards Rome.
This time I´m going to start my trip right at my home cycling along the wellknown Chiemsee and fall asleep in Bad Tölz and Füssen..
Here – where the famous castle Neuschwanstein is located – I´m going to take my first bikeshuttle over the Fernpass and the Reschenpass. Using the old roman “street” called Via Claugia Augusta the city of Meran will be passed and I´ll use the Etschtal cyclepath wich is also very famous.
The Lago di Garda will be missed as I´m going to use the “pista ciclabile” above the valley of that lake.
Visiting Verona I will have a nice roll-down to Bologna having a closer look to that marvellous city. Here I´ll take the last shuttle – this time the train – to Florence.
I´d like to spend 2 nights or so here as there are already gone more than 10 years after my last visit – and this town is a highlight for sure!
Leaving the ancient town westwards along the river Arno I´d like to visit Vinci, Lucca and Pisa.
Now I´ve reached to west coast of Italy and this will be more relaxing as there are many options to lay down in my hammock enjoying the sunset.
Finally I will visit Piombino, Orbetello and the hot springs of Saturnia. The Lago di Bolsena will be the last option to have a bath enjoying a campingsite as I´m know heading towards
Rome. Here I´ve booked already 2 nights and after exploring the first time this outstanding city I´m going to take the nighttrain back to Germany.
Looking forward to this great journey – if you got any ideas what to visit – just let me know!