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Lonely Planet Cycling Italy Paperback – July, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Cycling
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2nd edition (July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741796148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741796148
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2010
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.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Chicky on December 4, 2005
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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.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Pallottini Mariano on March 24, 2006
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 19, 2010
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derdington on January 8, 2014
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I liked this book and I used it on my bike tour of Italy in the summer of 2013. We started in Milan then rode to Parma, Florence, Sienna, Montalcino, Orbetello, Rome, Naples, The Amalfi Coast, Sardina, Cinque Terre and back to Milan. The maps were good and the routes were fairly accurate and they contained tips a little off the beaten path. I like the routes for getting in and out of urban areas.

The only gripe is I wish there had been an all encompassing route that linked the rides together and had tips about getting from region to region without taking trains or buses.

All in all, this book will show you some great parts of Italy as well as some history and cultural tips.

Highly reccomended.
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