Bike Touring Italy Route Reviews

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Bike tour Italy, bike paths in Italy

There are several bike paths and routes that are being developed throughout Italy.  The paths are being built to support both bike tourist and local commuters.  Though the effort is to be applauded, many of the paths are being built by city planners not cyclists and not travel planners. 

There are three types of 'Bike Paths' you will find throughout Italy:

Bike Route: There has been recognized bike routes throughout Italy for years; some are part of the Eurovelo system others routes that have been part of Gran Fondo's and local rides.  Many of these routes can be found online.  There is an effort to sign-post many of these routes.  The bike route is generally on secondary roads, and you ride with the traffic.  

Bike Paths (Pista ciciabile): This is the most subjective designation. There are some bike paths that are isolated from traffic and take you from one city to another along a protected path, Trento is the best region for these paths.  While other pista cicabile are a mix of isolated paths, secondary roads and city streets. 

Commuter Paths: These are paths the local communities have sponsored, and they are generally great paths for local school kids and workers to move between home and work.  Many of these paths were built along side narrow roads that have increased traffic over the years.  These paths are suited for city bikes but very dangerous for a cyclist.

Italiaoutdoors Travel Guide to Italy

ITALIAOUTDOORS BIKE ROUTES AND PATHS REVIEW

As I ride routes that are on my tours and those I plan for travels I do a review of what you can expect.  Also I continue to review new routes I explore.  If you decide to ride any of these routes and need planning assistance, touring support, route notes and gps files contact us.

BIKE TOURING THE BIKE PATHS AND ROUTES IN THE VENETO REGION

BIKE TOURING THE BIKE PATHS AND ROUTES IN THE TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE REGION

BIKE TOUR ITALY'S CLASSIC BIKE CLIMBS

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Bike touring Italy's classic bike climbs in the Alps

SUGGESTED ONE WEEK BIKE TOURS

Graun im Vinschgau | Trentino Alto Adige Region

GRAUN IM VINSCHGAU | TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE

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Graun im Vinschgau, Bolzano Province, in theTrentino Alto Adige Region, located northwest of Bolzano, on the border with Austria and Switzerland.Graun im Vinschgau borders the following municipalities: Mals, Kaunertal (Austria), Nauders (Austria),Pfunds (Austria), Sölden (Austria), Ramosch (Switzerland), Sent (Switzerland), and Tschlin (Switzerland). The village borders Lake Reschen, deepened and extended when the valley was dammed in order to produce hydro-electricity. The original town can no longer be visited, having been abandoned by the time of the dam's completion in July 1950. Graun was rebuilt on the new shores. The ancient half-submerged bell-tower has become a landmark, and is the centrepiece of the commune's coat of arms.

History of the township

In 15 BC the Celtic people then living in the upper Venosta (Vinschgau) valley found themselves incorporated into the Roman Empire following the construction of a commercial and military route crossing the Alps via what is now known as the Reschen Pass, the route then being called the " Via Claudia Augusta". The transalpine route retained its importance through the medieval period,  renamed as the "Upper Way" ("Oberer Weg"/"Via Superiore") or the "Swabia Road" ("Schwabenweg"/"Via di Svevia"). After 450 a wave of Christian missionaries arrived from Chur. By the time of the Black death (1348), from which most of the population of the time died, most of the Vinschgau Valley, including Graun, had been settled by German speakers. The exception being the side valley of Müstair, where the Romansh language survives to this day. German has remained the majority language in Graun since and as of 2011 German was the first language for more than 97% of its population.

Lasa (Laas) | Trentino Alto Adige Region

LARA | TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE

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Lara or Laas, Bolzano Province, in the region of Trentino Alto Adige in northern Italy, located about 40 km west of the city of Bolzano.  The township sits in the Venosta (Vinschgau) Valley were there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy year round.

Laas is known for the pure white marble quarried in the mountains south of the village which has been used in buildings world-wide, including the Victoria Memorial, London. Laas stands on one of the largest conical rock slides in the Alps, known as Gadriamure, which emerges from the narrow valley above the village of Allitz. This fan shaped field may have been created by the collapse of a mountain above the present Gadriatal. The fan of rock blocks the main valley Vinschgau and displaces the River Etsch to it's southern edge, The river has cut out a groge and revealed buried logs 7300 years old the valley now supports irrigated fruit orchards.

A great way to explore the valley is on the VENOSTA BIKE PATH

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