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2010 – North Italy
Lago di Garda – Venedig – Pisa – Cinque Terra – And Milano

If Ireland was cool and rainy, Italy was the opposite. I started my bike trip from Innsbruck and through the Brenner Pass down to Italy’s largest lake Lago di Garda.

Then I continue to Verona on my way to Venice

Verona is perhaps most famous for being the scene of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Julia, but the city is also famous for the beautiful and well preserved Roman Amphitheater Arena of Verona.

Verona lies on a bend of the Adige River. About 15 km from Venedig I found a nice and cheep hotel o I decided to stay here couple of days and then take the tram into Venice

Venice is an beautiful and magificent town with water everywhere, channels and bridges but also thousands of tourists – Venice can get very crowded

After two days walkabout among canals and bridges, I turned my gaze against Ferrara and Modena

From Modena started my the toughest part of the Italian trip, over Apennines to Pisa.

Lots of climbing but also incredible views and the weather was good. FFrom Modena to the top of the Apennines, Abetone, a stretch of 84 km I climbed more than 1350 m

Abetone is an winter resort and also very poular by mountainbikers/downhiller.

Downwards to Lucca around 35 km and now my disc brakes had to show what they are made of. Speeds over 60 km was was not uncommon

If you are in Pisa you must of course visit the Leaning Tower, but beware of all tourist, They are everywhere together with all souvenir salesman.

I becomd stressed so my visit in Pisa just stayed for nights only.

From Pisa to La Specia the ride was quite easy, mostly after the Ligurian sea and no headwinds. Then the next climb started with the bike, up towards Cinqoe Terra.

Though it was tough, it was worth it. – Cinque Terra is somthing extra.

The villages lies between the sea and slopes of Apennines, all houses is painted in colorful colors and no house is the other alike

The road standard is very good but lots of ascents and descents.

In Siestre Levante I saw a signboard with the text Camping, so I stoped and turned in to the right.

The campsite was on a slope so it was divided into different levels and they gave me a place in the middle.

From the camp I had about 70 km to Genoa after very good, slopy but very beautiful road.

In Genoa I got sick, some stomach problem and nausea. I Stayed in Genoa three nights before my last part of this Italien journey to Milano.

From Milano I took a flight home

 

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Now starts my Italy journey. 

I started from Innsbruck and this was my hotel

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From Innsbruck to Brenner it was lots of climbing and steep ascents

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Top of Brenner pass and from her a nice ride down to Vipiteno in Italy

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Vipiteno or Sterzing was a nice place to take a break after climbing over Brenenrpass

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Bolzano a big town and it is located on the Isarcos river. From here to Trento a completely wonderful bike path without cars, and flat

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The grapes was not ripen, just sour.

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I entered Riva del Garda, Northernmost city of Lago di Garda late afternoon and the weather was lukewarm and nice

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The castle in Malcesine lies on the east side of Lago Di Garda and about 20 km from Riva Di Garda

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Torri del Benaco marina

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Albisano pointing view over Lago di Garda and Torri del Banaco. Now my climbing is over for today

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I stayed two nights In Pescantina at this B&B with scenery of old fashion style furnitures. The B&B lay in one prosperous area

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Joseph a doctor who also stayed at same B&B gave me lift to Verona

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Adige river floats through Verona

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Ponte Scaligero is an fortified bridge in Verona. Build for more then 650 years ago and it still lasts.

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Ponte Scaligero walkway over Adige river

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Arena di Verona is an amphitheatre built in the first century. It is still in use and is internationally famous for the large scale opera performances

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Romeo and Julia show, Juliets House at Via Cappello, 23

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My very first canal in Venedig

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Rialto bridge is one of the oldest bridges in Venedig

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This shop had the specialty of selling masks and they had lots of them. They hung everywhere, even in the ceiling

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Canals and Gondolo boats was a common element 

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Piazza San Marco often known as St Mark’s Square

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Panorama view over Grand Canal

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Sitting down with my own thoughts about Venice or just some thoughts about my Italy bike trip

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When In get to Ferrara I left the the PO plain and I will soon going over the Appenines, but first a city tour and some food.

Ferrara is known as the city of bicycles, due to bicycle usage by city residents being considered amongst the highest in Europe.

At every city boundary you’ll find the sign “Ferrara city of bicycles”  Ferrara city is also being a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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Lamborghini P147 Gandini. Outside Modena in Santa Agata Bolognese  lies Lamborghinis factory and showroom

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Modena it´s also known for the operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti was born here 1935 on the outskirts of Modena.

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Modena and Maranello it is known for its automotive industry since the factories of the famous Italian sports car makers Ferrari, De Tomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati are, or were, located here.

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Now starts my Appennines climbing

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Nice roads but long and steep ascents

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Evning at Montagnana

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Abetone is an Winter resort at 1400 asl. From Modena it´s about 1350 m climbing

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From Abetone it was mostly downwards, 38 km!! down to Bagni di Lucca and I promise my bike´s hydraulic brakes had to show what they were going for

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Down on flat ground again and Ponte della Maddalena bride close to Borgo a Mozzano

Follow Serchio river all the way to Lucca

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Down on flat ground again and Ponte della Maddalena bridge close to Borgo a Mozzano

I follow Serchio river all the way to Lucca

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Close to PISA I did halt and admiring the beautiful valley below me

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The tower best known for its unintended tilt. The approximately hight is 55 m ( 56,67 meter on the high side and 55,86 meter on the low side)
It started to build in 1173 and was completed in 1372 and to the top you had to take 296 or 294 steps 

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View over PISA from the top of the tower

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PISA and Arno river by night

After  a whole day walk about  in the Tower area I was hungry so I decided to eat something at the restaurant down by the Arno river

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After two days in PISA it was time to go north to Las Specia and Cinque Terra 

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In Torrie del Lago Puccino lies the luxury boats close

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La Specia is located between the Ligurian sea which is a part the Mediterranean sea and Appennines hillsides

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View down to La Specia from the surrounding mountains

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Now I will also cycle a Giro d’Italia stage!!

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 – CINQUE TERRA – 

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Café Il Borgo di Campi
Can you imagine a more beautiful view while drinking coffee – Peerlessly 

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Riomaggiore is the first of the Cinque Terre villages you meet when travelling north from La Spezia.

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Downtown Riomaggiore

Small alleys, colourful houses and a spectacular environment to walk around in

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Manarola is the second village in Cinque Terre and built on a cliff about 70 meters above the Ligurian Sea. Perhaps the most charming and romantic of the five villages.

The village consists of cozy alleys and typical medieval houses in colorful Ligurian colors.

You can swim from the rocks in the small picturesque harbor

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Vernazza is the fourth town heading north. Best of all no car traffic, and remains one of the truest ”fishing villages” on the Italian Riviera.

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Ligurien sea and Cinque Terra must be one of the most beautiful coastlines ever

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The road was good and steep – but it was worth every meter ascent

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The campsite was on the slope down towards Sestri Levante and I was assigned a tent site on the middle section

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Lunchstop in Rapallo

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Fountain at Piazza Ferrari in Genova

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In Genoa there are lots of narrow alleys

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Genoa view from old prison roof

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It is the largest church in Italy and the third largest in the world.

Build between 1386 and 1800, but The cathedral seems to never be finished! Construction continues throughout the time

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most beautiful galleries I’ve seen

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Ceiling cupola in Gallerian 

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Teatro alla Scala or just La Scala, is a world-famous opera house in. Every opera star of rank has performed here

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Milan and Zlatan´s dressing room at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, or San Siro

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Naviglio Grande 50 km long.
Floats without hesitation through Milanos most picturesque areas. Several times per day you can buy a ticket for a boat trip on the canal 

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After three weeks on a bicycle iun north Italy  I´m now on my way back home

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See Yeah in 2011 – Scotland

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