As you pedal close to picture-perfect coasts, climb to reach ancient stone villages and work up an appetite for figs, olives and grapes, the glitz of Europe's Rivieras take on a new, simpler beauty.
Fresh local seafood and herbs are essentials, and then there are the views.
It has stunning resorts, mountain villages and delightful piazzas but is also famous for something much darker.
Villa Massari could be the most atmospheric cycling pit stop ever.
Northern Italy, some say, is the country's most beautiful but it also feels quite Germanic and was the site of one of the most inhospitable battlegrounds of World War I.
Airbnb is looking for candidates to undertake a new project in the sultry south of Italy.
Ahead of us, the summit of Monte Rosa rises above cloud, with a large glacier scraping down its slopes and into the valley three vertical kilometres below.
The views are of the sort that make you take out your eyeballs, tap them on the nearest hard surface and ask yourself 'are these working properly?'
On every person's bucket list, Italy is a star-studded destination. From the Dolomites in the north, to its volcano dominated south, historic Rome in the centre, the coastal splendour of the Cinque Terra or Tuscany's arts capital of Florence - it could take a lot of time to tick all the sights off in one trip, especially since eating could take a large chunk of time out of your visit.