Italy’s best gravel bike routes

Italy's best
Gravel Routes

Riding the White Roads

Our selection of the best gravel bike routes in Italy

by Robert Thorpe & 3T Bikes

Coming from a mother who took to the trails on a drop handlebar bike in the 1950s, I should have known that one day, the world would catch up! Italy is also a place close to my heart; after all, my wife believes that she’s Italian, from a century’s old triste that took place with a Roman soldier and her Yorkshire ancestors! Yes, I know. We might all be just a little Italian – how cool is that. Anyway, to important things, and gravel biking.

Strade Bianche, whilst not the oldest bike race in the world, is already a classic. It’s already one of the most exciting bike races in the world, and has been instrumental in leading drop handlebar riders onto the white roads and gravel trails all over the world. And yet, Italy is and will remain the heartland of gravel cycling; this sport , still in its infancy, and which everyone seems to be excited about. Talking with Carlo and the team at 3T Bikes in Italy recently, their passion was as evident as the brands innovation and excellence, in creating the world’s best gravel bikes. It seemed sensible then, as we left Euro Bike 2024, to develop a project alongside 3t Bikes, to bring that Italian excellence and passion to gravel bike riders all around the world.

Over the next few months, we’ll be bringing you a selection of the very best gravel bike routes in Italy. Rides across the rolling Tuscan hills, passing vineyards; gravel bike routes that take in Umbria and the historical places such as Assisi, Arezzo and Siena. Gravel bike adventures to take on the Lakes and Mountains, the Dolomites and to sweep you though the majestic Italian meadows and mountains. Yes, we want to bring you the very best gravel bike routes in Italy – with the best gravel bikes, from 3T!

History, culture & adventure

As we develop our selection of Italy’s best gravel rides, we’ll be focusing in specific areas of this amazing country. In the north of Italy for example, there’s the historic ‘Via degli Dei’ road, that connects Bologna and Florence through the Apennines, and which has been used since Etruscan times. This epic adventure is mostly unpaved – gravel – and starts in the heart of Bologna, climbing steeply to the sanctuary of San Luca, before heading out into the Italian hills. It’s a multi-day gravel biking adventure in Italy, of some 130 km that needs to be taken at a sedate pace; allowing you to take in breath taking Italy.


All passionate cyclists, on road or gravel bike, know about the  l’Eroica. The  route of l’Eroica is some 209 km, between the Terre di Siena, through the Chianti, the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia. The Tuscan landscapes are a fabled land for the white roads, with the perfect tracks for touring – and we’ll be bringing them to you. It’s a route of some 3/4/5 days, depending on your pace, and how you want to explore. Thankfully, with fixed and permanent signage will keep you on track, as you ride the white roads of Tuscany that are renowned across the cycling and gravel biking world.

A continuing work of excellence – with 3T Bikes

We’re really excited about this new partnership with 3T Bikes from Italy; and we’re super pleased to be able to bring you the very best gravel biking routes in Italy; helping you to plan your own 2-wheeld gravel bike adventure under the Italian sun. Wherever you’re heading in Italy with your gravel bike, as we develop this new section, we’ll be sure to have a great selection of gravel routes for you to ride, along with maps and GPX files to keep you on track.

3T Bikes are an eclectic group of artisans, renowned across the world since 1961 for the innovation and excellence in bicycle design. This small company prides itself on the quality and performance of its products – especially its varied selection of the world’s best gravel bikes. It makes perfect sense then, to partner with them to bring you the world’s best and Italy’s best gravel bike routes; enabling you to join the adventure revolution – on the famed white gravel  roads of Italy, riding a 3T Exploro into the Tuscan sunset!

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