Top ten cycling routes in Italy

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Lake Barrea (Lago di Barrea) is a reservoir in Abruzzo, created in the 1950s, inside a national park and overlooked by three villages. Shutterstock
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As the world's top cyclists arrive for the Giro d'Italia 2014, The Local brings you the definitive list of Italy's best cycling routes across the country.

One of the world's greatest cycling events kicked off on Friday, with riders donning their lycra for the start of the Giro d'Italia 2014.

While the race oddly started in Ireland this year, the lycra brigade descended on Italy on Tuesday to start the fourth stage. By the time they finish on June 1st, the professionals would have cycled 3,449.9km at an average of per stage.

Here at The Local we recognize that not all of our readers are up to such feats of endurance, but may nevertheless like to see bella italia from a saddle.

With the help of the Italian Touring Club, we've put together the top ten cycling routes which take in the country's most breathtaking scenery.

From the Swiss border to the rugged south, our list takes in islands, lakes, mountains and a pilgrimage site to boot. With no time to waste, check out our top ten and get "on yer bike"!

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The Local's top ten were chosen from the Italian Touring Club's Parchi in bicicletta, an Italian-language guide book.

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