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Marco's EuroVelo Insider Tip: history at its best on EuroVelo 5 in Italy

The section of EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena from Milan to Rome is like cycling through the Italian history. Along this route you can discover medieval towns, great wines and the Eternal City!

This section of the EuroVelo 5 route starts in Milan where you will introduced to the magificance of the Renaissance in all its forms, including art, science and architecture.  The city was also one of the most important during the process of Italian unification in the 19th century. From Milan it is a relatively short journey to Florence, the capital of Tuscany, where you can not only experience the heritage of the Medici rule, but also enjoy the city's position as a fashion mecca.  After leaving Florence, pass through the heart of Siena before turning your wheels towards the South.  On the way to Rome you will also take in the medieval atmosphere in Viterbo, where  Popes were throned between 1254 and 1261. And finally you will enter the Eternal City of Rome, the last stage of your trip, where you will deservedly feel a gladiator amid the Roman ruins.

 

Cycling in Italy, especially on this section, can be a great adventure! The route invariably takes you up and down hills but you will be rewarded with beautiful landscapes that will take your mind off the inclines. Furthermore, the Italian section of EuroVelo 5 is not only about history and culture: Tuscany is famous for its fine wines and Latium for its delicious traditional food, so you will be rewarded for your efforts.

 

Insider tips

- Visit the village of San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers
- Taste a glass of the finest red wines in Montalcino
- Leave plenty of time to enjoy the endless list of things to do and see in Rome
- Have a traditional Risotto alla Milanese in Milan under the shade of the Duomo