Italian bikescapes: visual chronicles of lonely bikes throughout Italy

(updated April 17, June 2 and June 18, 2014)

We have a weak spot for lonely bikes. Bicycles that act as the main characters in beautiful settings throughout the scenic towns and villages of Italy. Urban, practical or whimsical bicycles, decorated with flowers, standing guard in front of monuments, visiting markets, or just resting, waiting for future adventures

Bicycles that seem to tell a story of their own, as they take in the history that surrounds them. They took someone on a journey and were then left behind, almost forgotten…until the next trip. And what better way to discover the country than by bike, exploring Italy’s charming little villages and hidden treasures, while soaking in the beautiful scenery and history.

Patio in Rome.



 

Alberobello, Puglia.

 

Puglia

 

Sutri, Lazio.

 

Monterosso, Cinque Terre. Photo © Slow Italy

Monterosso, Cinque Terre. Photo © Slow Italy

 

Locorotondo, Puglia.

 

Tropea, Calabria

Tropea, Calabria

 

Florence. Photo ©  Joaquin Escardo.

Florence. Photo © Joaquin Escardo.

 

Campo de' Fiori, Rome.

 

Anzio, Lazio. Photo © Slow Italy

 

Trastevere, Rome.

 

Via del Governo Vecchio, Rome. Photo © Slow Italy.

Via del Governo Vecchio, Rome. Photo © Slow Italy.

 
Flower bike in Rome. Photo by Audet Natalie.

 

Lucca

 

Rome. Photo by Laura Di Pasquale.

Rome. Photo by Laura Di Pasquale.

 

Cortona, Tuscany.

 

Monterosso al mare, Cinque Terre.

 

Burano, Venice

 

Burano, Venice

 

Chiesa Santa Barbara dei Librai, Rome.

 

Florence

 

Lucca. Photo © Graeme Lee Pollard.

Lucca. Photo © Graeme Lee Pollard.

 

Pienza. Photo by Ronald Venezie.

Pienza. Photo by Ronald Venezie.

 

Florence. Photo by Lori Harris.

Florence. Photo by Lori Harris.

 

Volterra. Photo by Patricia Michelle Shoffner.

Volterra. Photo by Patricia Michelle Shoffner.

 

Tricycle in Lucca

 

Bibbona, Tuscany.

 

Mantova.

 

Floral bike, right near the Palazzo vecchio, Florence. Photo by Dianne Fournier-Bostic.

 

Lucca. Photo by Tim Arai.

Lucca. Photo by Tim Arai.

 

 

Lavander bike, Florence.

 

Bassano del Grappa. Photo by Steve Wright.

Bassano del Grappa. Photo by Steve Wright.


 

Florence. Photo by Maria Giovanna Angherà-Muñoz.

Florence. Photo by Maria Giovanna Angherà-Muñoz.

 

Modena.

Modena. Photo by Maria Giovanna Angherà-Muñoz.

 

Pienza. Photo by Marta Smith Higgs.

Pienza. Photo by Marta Smith Higgs.

 

Bologna.

 

Lonely bike in Rome. Photo by Agnieszka Żelwetro.

Lonely bike in Rome. Photo by Agnieszka Żelwetro.

 

Bamboo bike, Siena.

 

Zebra bike, Florence.

 

Pigneto, Rome.

 

Vigevano, Lombardy

 

Old Genova.

 

Piazza della Signoria, Florence. Photo by Giuseppe Moscato. www.giuseppemoscato.com

 

Florence. Photo by LJ Photo.

 

Florence. Photo by Amy Uy (Miley Moomoo).

Florence. Photo by Amy Uy (Miley Moomoo).

 

Lucignano d'Asso. Photo by Pat Urban.

Lucignano d’Asso. Photo by Pat Urban.

 

San Gimignano. Photo by Linda Panozzo.

San Gimignano. Photo by Linda Panozzo.

 

Across the Burian Bar, Florence. Photo by Sean Ragusa.

Across the Burian Bar, Florence. Photo by Sean Ragusa.


 

Lucca. Photo © Graeme Lee Pollard.

Palermo. Photo © Graeme Lee Pollard.




 

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Photo credits (top to bottom):  Patio in Rome by Perrimoon; Alberobello by ricmartinez; Puglia by Simone Zucchelli; Sutri by Y♥YNTL; Locorotondo by routard05; Tropea by mrholle; Watermelon bike © Joaquin Escardo; Campo de’ Fiori by Andrea S; Anzio  © Slow Italy; Trastevere by Reina Cañi; Lucca by p medved; Cortona by gre.ceres; Monterosso al Mare by Pablo Pecora; Burano (pink) by yahti.com; Burano (yellow) by PAVDW; Chiesa Santa Barbara by eltercero; Florence by bubbo.etsy.com; Florence by Lori Harris; Lucca by Perrimoon; Bibbona by Nichelino; Mantova by Ostrosky photos; Floral bike by Dianne Fournier-Bostic; Flower bike by Darion Brickell; Lavander bike by R Alescio; Bologna by Bart Bernardez; Bamboo bike by DarkB4Dawn; Zebra bike by Perrimoon; Pigneto Rome by Agostino Zamboni; Vigevano by bibendum84; Old Genova by Artur Staszewski; Piazza della Signoria by Giuseppe Moscato; Florence by LJ Photo; Florence bike by Sean Ragusa; Lucca by Graeme Lee Pollard.

9 thoughts on “Italian bikescapes: visual chronicles of lonely bikes throughout Italy

  1. My trip to Italy was the trip of a lifetime! I had high expectations but the were surpassed by a mile! I hope to go again one of these days….

  2. I took a similiar picture of the same shop in Cortona, but mine shows the bike more clearly. Love the bike photos. We are just returning from a three week stint in Italy. When we get settled back in at home, I will put together the photo collection of doors I took while there. I thave a thing for doors.

  3. I have found myself doing this also. I am not sure why. Maybe because they are utilitarian objects that are no longer being utilized, and therefore appear lonely, much like old people sitting on park benches, of which I also take pictures.

    • I have the same feeling…not knowing exactly why I feel attracted or touched, but these lonely bikes touch our souls…

  4. I have a picture of a lonely bike that I took in Rome in March 2013. It is my favorite from that trip.

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