[ blog » 2021 » 07_Tour_Italy ]Epilogue ( by Philipp Gesang, location: Munich, believe it or not)

The Route

Complete map of the Italy route from GPS data.

Map courtesy of UMAP. Kudos to OSMAnd for not dying on me like my Garmin Edge 810 did near Palinuro.

Political Geography

Regions and countries visited on the bike include: Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata, Campania, Puglia, Molise (can confirm, it does exist!), Abruzzo, Lazio and the Vatican, Toscana, Umbria, Marche and San Marino, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Trentino – Alto Adige, Lombardia (the short bit on the saddle of the Stelvio, but it still counts!), Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria.

That is 15 of 20 Italian regions visited, not bad a result from a completist POV.


The route was layed out to incorporate three major climbs: Mt. Etna, Cima Blockhaus, and the Stelvio pass. Those were the main “anchors” around which the remainder of the route was designed, with places of cultural significance: Segesta, Pompeii, Rome, Ravenna etc. determining the details.

Some selected climbs:

And some of the POIs visited:

… and many, many more. The density of historically or culturally significant places is mindboggling in Italy.


The data confirm that on the road Italy is as mountainous as it appears on the maps:

All in all a well spent four weeks, and still much more places to see the next time around.


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4