The bicycle is the vehicle that I love to cross a region, to get to know the people who live there and see them live their daily routine
Francesco Paliferi - Founder
The bicycle is my favourite vehicle to cross a region! You get to know the locals and their daily routine! You enjoy the flavours and the food that give an identity to that land and you truly travel on a human scale, without having to hastily arrive at the end of the day; sometimes losing yourself among beautiful country lanes and maybe ending up at the home of a local family, who just decides to share their stories with you, is truly an emotion that one cannot experience if traveling in another way...
But let’s start from the beginning! My name is Francesco Paliferi and I am Italian and therefore, needless to say, but I have some Cycling DNA in my blood; as my grandfather used to tell me about the champions of the past and how he used to love their simplicity and beauty, from an early age I began to love this sport ! It all started with short bike rides around my family’s summer house during the holidays, and as with the passing of the years, the rides became longer and more beautiful, growing my passion and start with my cycling trips.
Italy, France, Spain and Greece have opened the horizon to my eyes and my mind; I love to travel in small towns, away from the touristic routes, in search of the real and simple life of these places! I taste their local products , I stop to rest in small cafes, where you always find someone to have a laugh or a chat; only through good and simple things in life you can start to really discover the world around you and yourself!
These amazing experiences have brought me to travel even more and got me to start my career in the tourism industry. And with time I realised that there isn’t a better way to travel than cycling, that it should become by only way of travelling and that it would have been so much more interesting and full feeling for every single traveler I have cared for so far, to show them the beauty of these places from a different perspective! Cycling! Thus the idea of Alter Roads Cycling & Leisure was born, a project that I love and that I really believe in because it has given me the opportunity to combine what I love with what I do, cycle and guide. As a founder and guide, I get to share the beauty of these places, the regions, the countries and by bicycle, to visit villages hidden from the mass of tourists and corners of countrysides where people are still in contact with the nature and produce excellent quality products! Altogether, you can create perfect authentic moments and give the right meaning to your journey!
Alter Roads is now my life, my passion, what I love the most!
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