Active Travel: Biking for Pasta


If your idea of a vacation is conquering the nest mountain, Backroads is for you. This luxury company arranges biking, hiking and multi-sport vacations around the world, for families and adults. We spent six days cycling through Italy, gorging on pasta, wine and desserts, and didn’t gain an ounce. Plus we explored small towns, vineyards and farms in Umbria and Tuscany, for a unique perspective on the foodie culture.

On a bicycle trip, the views are more rewarding when you’ve pedaled to the top of a Tuscan hill. Credit: Judy Antell / Vegetarian TravelingMom

Some people dream of spending their vacation in a lounge chair, sleeping late and reading books. This is not us. My family likes to ski, bike, hike and explore, and we have taken three cycling trips with Backroads, a company which defines luxury adventure travel.

Our most recent bike trip was an adults

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