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Bike-Friendly Hostels in Italy

Stay In A Bike Friendly Hostel On Your Bike Trip In Italy

A city break in Italy is all very well, but rural retreats on the outskirts offer peace and quiet, stunning vistas of natural beauty and for those with itchy feet, activity! Hostels all over Italy are now offering various facilities for cycle enthusiasts; from secure bike storage, free rental and cycle tours. You can still make day trips into the city centers but nothing beats waking up to the Italian Lakes, the Venetian lagoon or the rolling vineyards Tuscan hills. Get ready for a spot of cheap freewheeling at five of the best cycle-friendly hostels in Italy…


The islands are a wonderful compromise for spending summer in Venice. You get the best of both worlds; a waterfront location with green landscapes and swimming opportunities as well as all the cultural delights of one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Holiday Center Lato Azzurro (Via Forti 13, San Erasmo) is situated on the Island of Sant’Erasmo, a 30-minute vaporetti ride from Venice. The beautiful house has a lovely terrace – ideal for drinks at sunset – and there are plenty of activities for guests including kayak and bike hire. They offer a free breakfast, traditional home-cooked dinners using vegetables from the garden and fair trade produce. They provide private en suite rooms and dorms. From €28 per person, per night.

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The Lakes

Flat circuits around the Italian Lakes, or more challenging and mountainous climbs above them, cyclists can enjoy spectacular vistas across one of Italy’s most picturesque areas. At La Primula Menaggio Youth Hostel Lake Como (Via IV Novembre 106, Menaggio), you can rent bikes and set off on your own, or join one of the hostels organized mountain bike tours. The hostel setting overlooks Lake Como with waterside dining at their restaurant, kayak rental, rock climbing and Italian cooking classes also available. Their 6-bed dorms are single sex and they also offer a 4-bed family en suite room. Breakfast is included and the area is within easy reach of airports and train stations in Milan. From €17pppn.

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With easy day trips to Florence at hand, you can spend the rest of the time at Leonardo’s Land Hostel (Via Vecchia Maremanna 3, San Baronto) exploring gorgeous Tuscany by bike. Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards bike hire is available for just €8 per day. You can freewheel your way around the countryside, with local trips to the hometown of Leonardo da Vinci and the Vinci Museum. They offer a free shuttle service to the train station so you are within easy reach of Florence and the pretty towns of Lucca, San Gimignano and Siena. Start the day with a free breakfast, cool off in the swimming pool and enjoy a drink from the bar and a meal in the restaurant at sunset. Heaven! From €29pppn.

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Once you have explored the exciting Siracuse archaeological park, there are some flat stretches of coastline to the south of the city which are ideal for day trips to the beach. For more challenging routes, track down an abandoned old railway line which originally connected Ragusa and Siracusa is a fantastic mountain bike route in the Hyblaean area. LoLhostel Siracusa (Via Francesco Crispi, 92/96) has all the mod cons and is a design-lovers gem. Aside from the bikes available to rent, they have a gorgeous guest kitchen and lounge area and the terrace is THE spot for an aperitivo. They have both private and shared rooms sleeping between 2 and 10 people. From €18pppn.

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A great place to meet other travelers, Perugia Farmhouse Backpacker Hostel (Strada Torre Poggio, 3-3) is located a few miles from the city centre. There is a very sociable atmosphere with dinners in the evening, guests lounging about the pool and making excursions in the countryside on the one of the free bikes available. The 200-year-old farmhouse has 360° views of the surrounding countryside and hosts BBQs, pizza parties and trips to wineries. Pedal in to the centre of Perugia for a night on the town with popular bars and clubs, or hop on the local bus. From €18pppn. 

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Madeleine Wilson is a travel writer for HostelBookers, the budget accommodation specialist. She lives in London and is mad about cycling.

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