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Cycle route from Amsterdam to Rome

Description of the cycle guide and cycle route from Amsterdam to Rome
The cycle route to Rome was originally created in 1991 and has been gradually improved since then. It is a delightful traverse through Europe where virtually every day you pass through yet another type of landscape. It follows slowly rising river valleys where possible, allowing you to cycle through the mountains without having to actually go over them. There are alternative sections for those who like the challenge of steep climbs.

Nowadays a large part of the route is over separate cycle paths and much of it is signposted in each of the regions. The passing of time has confirmed that the route taken is ideal and furthermore, the Swiss cycling network and the European ’Eurovelo’ route have in the meantime both selected the same sections.

Although Rome is the final destination, you can think of the journey itself as a series of destinations. In the Alsace, Switzerland and specifically Italy you will come across places that really make the journey worthwhile. In northern Italy the route goes along the banks of Lago Como and towns such as Mantova. In Tuscany the route takes you to Florence, but also via towns such as San Gimignano, Siena, Chiusi and Orvieto. In the third part of the guide you will find a network of cycle routes through Tuscany and Umbria that allows you to plan your own round trips so that you can visit places like Lucca, Pisa, Volterra, Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto. The latest 2016 edition includes part of the Via Francigena, which is the ancient pilgrim route to Rome.

The route from Maastricht/Aachen to Rome is 1920 kilometres long. The main route to Rome is fully described for cycling in either direction.

The first part between Amsterdam and Maastricht is described in the guide book Part 0: The roads to the South. There is an English PDF available.


Cycle route in three separate parts
The whole cycle route consists of three separate parts, each of which can be ordered separately. A description for each part is given on this website together with an overview and any additions that have arisen in the meantime:

Part 1: Maastricht - Basel
Part 2: Basel - Florence
Part 3: Florence - Rome


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