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Skedaddle Twaddle about our Italian holidays

Our travel expert puts a new spin on Sardinia

New travel consultant and self-proclaimed ‘proper leisure cyclist’, Ruth Long, already has a Skedaddle holiday under her wheels! Having joined us for cycling fun Sardiniawe wanted to get her top travel advice for exploring this Italian island on two wheels:

1. Learn some basic Italian; the Italians love it when people make the effort to speak their language, and they especially appreciate it in Sardinia. You’ll stay in some super rustic villages, so greeting the locals with a Buongiorno or Buonasera is an absolute must and often rewarded with free coffees or glasses of prosecco…

2. Cycling in Sardinia can be undulating, but your climbs will always be rewarded with the most amazing views of crystal clear waters. It’s worth keeping that in mind when you’re pedallin’ up that hill!

3. Be sure to take your swimming costume and a mini quick-dry sports towel on your day’s cycling; you’ll cycle past so many hidden bays whose beaches are empty; not stopping for a swim seems criminal!

4. Make sure you explore the local areas! It’s tempting to stay in your hotels as they’re so fantastic, but there are lots of coastal wonders worth getting out to see and local flavours to taste.

5. Stay hydrated! One of my favourite things about Italy, and Sardinia is no exception, is that every village, no matter how tiny, will have somewhere you can get a great coffee, and fill up your water. During our ride we were never short on refreshments; just look for the main square (la piazza) or ask for il bar!

One more thought…
A Skedaddle cycling holiday in Sardinia allows you to see so much more than your average holiday would: you’ll stay in rustic Italian villages, you’ll taste delicious, authentic food, cooked and served the Italian way, and you’ll cycle through places that you’d typically never see. Traveling by bike is the best way to see how the locals live!

Feeling inspired? Ruth cycled our Island Flavours holiday in Sardinia.

Customer Story: La Via Claudia in motion

Our La Via Claudia cycling holiday in Northern Italy is a great opportunity to explore beautiful cycle paths, accompanied by stunning views of the Alps – a trip that really immerses you in breath taking natural beauty. For your chance to see what all the fuss is about, take a peek at this great video from our latest competition winnersJoanna and her family, and prepare for immediate wanderlust…

Feeling inspired? Our La Via Claudia route is one of our most popular leisure cycling trips in Europe, and is ideal for those wishing to experience the beauty of the Alps on two wheels! In 2018 we are intruducing a self-guided option of this well-loved holiday, so you can now enjoy stunning views completely at your own pace.

North VS South: Your guide to Italian cycling

Inspiring Italy is a place that boasts many cultural treasures known ther world over, but we’d like to put a new spin on this world-famous destination! Take a closer look at what the country has to offer those keen to take to two wheels in 2018…

The North
Best for: Soaking up classic Italian culture
Trips: Venetian Waterways & A Taste of Tuscany

We say: Italy’s iconic Medieval and Renaissance architecture is most apparent in the North, an area packed full of UNESCO gems. Whether gliding past cypress tree-lined horizons or gazing in awe at romantic cities from the saddle…our holidays here help to immerse you in some of the country’s most recognisable sights.

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The South
Best for: Lesser-visited regions and sublime coastine
Trip: Puglia
We say: The South may have less glitz and glamour but what it lacks in renowned treasures, it more than makes up for in stunning vistas over azure sparkling seas. Aside from plenty of post-ride swimming opportunities, the area is also home to some historical gems too, including the fascinating town of Alberobello and the Baroque city of Lecce, otherwise known as the ‘Florence of the South’.