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Aquileia to Grado Bike Tour, Udine Province

AQUILIEA TO GRADO BIKE TOUR | UDINE PROVINCE

Bike tour Friuli Venezia Italy, Aquileia

If you are visiting the city of Aquileia there is a recommended bike route that will take you from the old Roma settlement south to the shores of the Adriatic, and into Grado.  In the 500-700 hundreds Aquileia was one of the principle Roman towns in northern Italy, with the invasions of Attila and other tribes many of the people fled to form Venice and Grado.  The lands you will ride through are now "reclaimed" lands, but at one time there were only swamps.  Grado was a principle trading town along side Venice in the early 900s, but Venice later took control of the city.

This was a nice ride on flat terrain.  Just the right length not to get to bored due to being too flat. There were some very interesting birds along the way as well as a nice head wind, keep in mind the off shore and on shore winds from the sea.  If you are traveling by train you can go to the city of Cervignano dei Friuli and then ride south to Aqueilea.  This will add 25 km one way to your ride.

Length of Ride 25 km
Checkpoints Aquileia - Church of S. Marco - Tiel Belevedere bridge - Grado - Boscat - Monastery of Aquileia
Type of Route Secondary roads with a few stretches of gravel
Difficulty Easy route for all levels
Best time to Ride April through October
Web site information

Aquileia Tourist Office

Grado Tourist Office

Bike tour Friuli Venezia Italy, Aquileia to Grado

Map taken from Italian Touring Club

Bike Parks in Italy

BIKE PARKS IN ITALY

Bike Parks in Italy

Guide to the Bike Parks of Italy.  There are several great riding options throughout the country and more parks and designated riding areas are opening.  Some areas listed are seasonal so be sure to check their web site and connact to be sure they are still open. 

VENETO REGION BIKE PARKS

Bike Park Valleverde: Vicenza Province
Busatte Parco Avventure: Verona Province
 
TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE REGION BIKE PARKS
 
Fassa Bike: Trento Province

Garda On Bike: Trento Province
Merano Freeride: Bolzano Province
Paganella Bike Park: Trento Province

FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA REGION BIKE PARKS

Bike Arena Ravascletto Zoncolan: Udine Province

EMILIA ROMAGNA REGION BIKE PARKS

Cimone Bike Park: Modena Province
Prato Spilla Bike: Parma Province

LOMBARDY REGION BIKE PARKS

DARKGLOW Bikepark: Bisuschio (VA)
Bike Park Pezzeda:Collio Val Trompia (BS)
Mottolino Bike Park: Livigno (SO)
Madebike: Madesimo (SO)
Gravità 0: Piani Di Bobbio - Valsassina (LC)
Pian delleBetulle:Margno (LC)

LIGURIA REGION BIKE PARKS

Finale Ligure Bike Park: Finale Ligure (SV)

PIEMONT REGION BIKE PARK

Bardonecchia Bike Park: Bardonecchia (TO)
Prali Bike Park: Prali (TO)
Caldirola: Fabbrica Curone (AL)
Prato Nevoso Bikeland: Frabosa Sottana (CN)
Ready to Ride: Vigna - Valle Pesio (CN)
Cesana-San Sicario: Cesana Torinese (TO)
Sauze Freeride: Salice d'Ulzio (TO)
Sestriere: Sestriere (TO)
Freebosaride: Frabosa Soprana (CN)

VAL D'AOSTA REGION BIKE PARKS

Bike Park del Cervino: Breuil-Cervinia (AO)
La Thuile: La Thuile (AO)
Mountain Bike Planet: Pila (AO)

TUSCANY REGION BIKE PARKS

Tarta Shuttle Service:

THE MARCHES REGION BIKE PARKS

S. Lorenzo di Treia

LAZIA REGION BIKE PATHS

Bike Park ODS: Rieti Province
La Faggeta Bike Park: Viterbo Province
Livata BIke Resort: Roma Province
Heels Valley Bike Park: Frosinone Province

UMBRIA REGION BIKE PARKS

Parco Batteria: Terni Province

SARDINIA REGION BIKE PARKS

Domusnovas Bike Park: Cagliari Province

Bike Tour Passo Brocon in the Italian Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO BROCON | DOLOMITES

Passo Brocon Dolomites

PassoBrocon is located in the Trento Province and links Valsugana with Fiera di Primero.  The road passes over the Lagorai mountain group.  This is a nice remote route to ride, and there are some stunning views.

Passo Brocon, Dolomites Map

There are two routes up to Passo Brocon, the road coming from Val Sugana and from Imer.

Passo Brocon Riding the Climb from Grigno

  • Length: 18.5 km
  • Average grade: 5.4%

From Imer

  • Length: 26.7 km
  • Average grade: 4.7%

Bike Tour Passo di Gavia in the Italian Alps

BIKE TOURING PASSO GAVIA | ALPS

passo gavia

The Passo di Gavia (Gavia Pass) is one of the highest and one of the most beautiful passes of the Alps and sits at an elevation of 2.621m above the sea level.  Passo Gavia is located in the Lombardy region and divides the Sondrio Province to the north with the  Brescia Province, to the south.

The road over the pass (SS 300) connects Bormio to the northwest with Ponte di Legno to the south. At the top of the Gavia Pass you find "Lago Bianco", surrounded by the mountain "Corno dei Tre Signori", 3359 m.  Also there is the beautiful "Lago Nero" on 2386 m,  situated just underneath the pass on the south side. The Gavia Pass is opened from June to September. 

Riding from the northern side just before the top of Passo Gavia you will cross a bridge over the "Rezzalasco", then you arrive at the alpine rifugio "Berni" at 2545 m, here there is a war memorial for the First World War.

The Gavia Pass is often on the route of the Giro d'Italia road bicycle race and is sometimes designated the Cima Coppi, the highest point of the race. On 5 June 1988, the race passed over the Gavia in a snowstorm, making for an epic stage won by Erik Breukink. American Andrew Hampsten, the second place finisher, became the overall race leader and went on to win the Giro.

Bike Tour Passo di Gavia From Ponte di Legno:

  • Length: 17.3 km
  • Average grade: 7.9%
  • Difficulty: 172.49

Bike Tour Passo di Gavia From Bormio

  • Length: 25.6 km
  • Average grade: 5.5%
  • Difficulty: 140.81

Bike Tour Passo Duran | Italian Dolomite

BIKE TOURING PASSO DURAN | ITALIAN DOLOMITES

Bike Tour Passo Duran

Passo Duran passes through southern cliffs of the Civetta Mountain group and is located in the Belluno province of the Veneto region. The Duran Pass is a classic part of the Dolomite loop rides or it is a very good over and back ride from Agordo.  If you are planning a ride in the Dolomites the best ride up to Passo Duran is from Agordo and descenting to Dont.

 Passo Duran Dolomites Map

The best way to ride Passo Duran is to base yourself in Agordo, Arabba, Cortina, or Belluno and make a loop ride.  A great day of riding if you are unsupported is to ride over and back from Agordo. 

There are two roads to bike to reach the passo Duran

Bike Tour Passo Duran from Agordo Bike Tour

  • Belluno Province
  • Length: 12.5 km
  • Average grade: 7.9%
  • Difficulty: 128.88

Bike Tour Passo Duran from Dont

  • Belluno Province
  • Length:  8.16 km
  • Average grade: 7.9%
  • Difficulty:  102.14

Bike Tour Passo Duran Descent to Dont

Bike Tour Passo Falzarego in the Italian Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO FALZAREGO | DOLOMITES

Bike Tour Italy, Passo Falzarego Dolomite's

Passo di Falzarego, 2.105 m above the sea level, is a high mountain pass in the Belluno Province, Veneto Region. It mainly connects Andráz and Cortina d'Ampezzo. Site of WWI battles and flanked by the Tofane Mountain group. The Pass is a classic if you are making the loop ride over Passo Giau from Alleghe or Cortina d'Ampezzo.   There are two sides to ride, but I recommend the descent from Passo Falzarego to Capria, this is one of the best downhills rides in the Dolomites.

To arrive to the summit, starting from Cortina, the Passo Falzarego ascent is 16.4 km long. Over this distance, you climb 913 meters. The average percentage is thus 5.6 %. And starting from Caprile, the Passo Falzarego ascent is 20.46 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1119 meters. The average percentage is thus 5.5 %.


Passo Falzarego Dolomites, Map

 

Bike Tour Passo di Falzarego From Cortina:

  • Belluno Province
  • Length: 16.4 km
  • Average grade: 5.6%
  • Diffiuclty: 100.79

Bike Tour Passo di Falzarego from Caprile

  • Belluno Province
  • Length:  20.46
  • Average grade: 5.5%
  • Difficulty: 11.83

Bike Tour Passo Gardena in the Italian Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO GARDENA | DOLOMITES

Bike Tour Passo Gardena, Italian Dolomites

Passo Gardena is located in the Sella group of the Dolomite's and is one of the 4 Passes riding in the Marathon di Dolomiti each year and one of the most recommended rides to do for its beauty.  You normally would not want to ascend or descent from the St. Christina area due to the traffic.  That road is the tour bus road to bring everyone up to see the Dolomiti. 

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There are three roads to ride to Passo Gardena

From Chiusa:Try to time yourself to be riding during low traffic. 

  • Length: 37.6 km
  • Average grade: 4.3%
  • Difficulty: 134.52

From Ponte Gardena

  • Length: 31.9 km
  • Average grade: 5.2%
  • Difficulty: 149.66

From Corvara

  • Length: 9.6 km
  • Average grade: 6.2%
  • Difficulty: 82.98

Bike Tour Passo Lavasè in the Italian Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO LAVASE | DOLOMITES

Passo Lavase Bike Italy

Passo Lavasè is located in the Latemar group of the Dolomiti and along the Trento Province and Bolzano Province boarder.  A great ride that very few individuals actually come over to ride. 

Passo Lavase Dolomites, Map

There are two roads to ride to Passo Lavasè

From Ponte Nova

  • Length: 12..2 km
  • Average grade: 7.7%
  • Difficulty: 122.89

From Cavalese

  • Length: 10.7 km
  • Average grade: 7.5%
  • Difficulty: 108.29

The road Tesero links in to the Cavalese ascent just after the turn off to Pampeago ski resort and a finish point in the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

Bike Tour Passo S. Pellegrino in the Italian Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO SAN PELLEGRINO | DOLOMITES

Passo S. Pellegrino Bike

Ride that connects the Fassa Valley of Trentino with the valley Agordina in the Veneto and has the Marmolada mountains on the north and the Pala di S. Martino to the south.

Passo San Pellegrino Dolomites, Map

The two primary routes from Moena and Falcade are both great rides up to the Passo Pellegrino. Coming from Falcade is the more challenging ride with ramps up to 15% and there is a tunnel you should ride around, using a service road. The route coming up from Moena is not as stiff of a ride but there tends to be traffic on the weekends.

Bike Tour Italy's Passo San Pellegrino: Riding the Climb from Cencenighe

From Falcade:

  • Length: 9.01 km
  • Average grade: 8.6%
  • Difficulty: 119.76

From Moena:

  • Length: 11.41 km
  • Average grade: 6.8%
  • Difficulty: 100.83

Bike Tour Passo Valles in the Italian Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO VALLES | DOLOMITES

Passo Valles Bike Tour

Passo Valles links Passo San Pellegrino with Passo Rolle or the descent down to Predazzo.

Passo Valles Dolomites, Map

 

The actual difficulty of this ride depends on your departure point and distance to travel during the day.

From Paneveggio

  • Length: 6 km
  • Average grade: 8.2%
  • Diffculty: 89.63

From Falcade Alto

  • Length: 7.3 Km
  • Average grade: 8.7%
  • Difficulty: 108.18
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Bike Tour the Italian Dolomites and Passo Stelvio

BIKE TOURING THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES AND STELVIO PASS

Photo of Passo Stelvio in the Italian Alps

Bike Tour Italy's Dolomitesisone of cycling most spectacular adventures.  During this Bike Tour I take you on a route that lets you challenge yourself on the TOP Climbs in Italian Cycling History riding in the Dolomites and Italian Alps.  Each day's route plan is organized to be enjoyable rides though one of the World's UNESCO Monuments, with plenty of options to ride extra miles.

Italy's Dolomites Mountains offers some of the best mountain roads in Europe to bike tour on. The Dolomites are well developed, and the region is famous for it’s valleys and towns that come alive with après-ski fever each winter and hikers in the summer.  Offering great rides for all level of cyclist the Dolomites should be a must ride on all bike riders bucket list.  You can go for time or just relaxing rides for stunning views, either way we have a developed program that allows you to explore the area safely.

During the Italian Dolomites and Passo Stelvio Bike Tour week, we ride through the heart of the Dolomite's exploring many of the best know mountain passes that have been used for great races, for years. In addition, we ride 2 of the classic passes of the Alps, Passo Stelvio and Passo Gavia. During the week we enjoy great climbs, good food and wine, and fun company during a week of climbing while exploring the National Monument of the World.

For more information and detailed route information Contact Us.

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Italian Dolomites and Passo Stelvio Bike Tour DETAILS
 
Length 8 days 7 nights (7 riding days)
Mileage base routes are 40 - 60  km, Average Elevation Gain per day 1200 meter, Average % Grade -7%

Single supplement
Meals: All breakfasts, 3 dinners
Start - Venice Marco Polo Airport

Finish -Milano Airport

This trip can be organized as a private trip or a Self Guided Tour.  Contact me to schedule a trip date.

BIKE TOUR ITALY - THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES AND ALPS AT A GLANCE

  • Saturday - Pick Up at Venice Airport and move to Agordo at the base of the Dolomites
  • Sunday - Passo Duran- Passo Stalunza - to Selva di Cadore (68 km, 2000 meters)
  • Monday -Passo Giau - Passo Falzarego - Covara (52 km, 1900 meters)
  • Tuesday - 4 Passes of the Sella Mountain Group -Covara (50 km, 1904 meters)
  • Wednesday - Passo Gardena - Passo Sella - Passo Costalunga (72 km, 2100 meters)
  • Thursday - Passo Stelvio - Bormio (48 km, 2100 meters)
  • Friday - Passo Gavia - (Optional Passo Mortirolo) - Bormio (74 km, 2100 meters)
  • Saturday - Arriverdici ( Transfer to Milano Train Station)

Each ride can be lengthened, or shorten based on rider preference.  All routes are on secondary roads.

Bike Tour Trieste and the Friuli Venezia Region of Italy

BIKE TOURING TRIESTE AND THE FRIULI VENEZIA REGION

Photo of Bike Touring Friuli Venezia Region of Italy

The Friuli Venezia and Trieste Bike Tour is in one of the least known areas of Italy, that has a rare cultural mix of western and eastern European. The bike rides are varied, major of the routes are flat easy rides, two days of rolling hills, and the Queen stage of the tour is one of Italy's hardest climb Monte Zoncolan.  Our adventure will pass through wine areas, historical cities, and remote areas that seem to have been lost in time.  A great biking trip for all levels, (note there is an alternate climb if you do not wish ride the Monte Zoncolan). Once a part of the Venetian Republic the Friuli Venezia region sits on the cross roads between western and eastern Europe.  The land area has been occupied by Romans, Longbards, Venetians, Austria-Hungary, and Slovaks.

This culture mix with the dynamic landscape has made the Friuli Venezia one of the last "unexplored Italian" regions left.  Join me on a great bike ride some of Europe's great climbs and discover the hidden treasures and varied foods and wines of the region.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAIL ROUTE INFORMATION CONTACT US

FRIULI VENEZIA AND TRIESTE BIKE TOUR DETAILS


Quick Glance of the Day by Day Itinerary

  • Saturday - Pick Up at Marco Polo Airport or Mestre Train Station
  • Sunday - Caorle - Aquileia - Palmovia
  • Monday - Palmovia - Miramare - Trieste
  • Tuesday - Trieste - Slovenia - Gorzia
  • Wednesday - Gorzia - Udine - Tolmezzo
  • Thursday -Tolmezzo Monte Zoncolan Loop
  • Friday - Tolmezzo to Portaguraro
  • Saturday - Goodbye - Transfer to Airport

BIKE TOUR ITALY - TRIESTE AND FRIULI VENEZIA REGION

DAY 1 - SATURDAY On all our trips we like to set the tone of relaxation and fun.  Therefore on the first day of the tour - we pick you up that the Airport (or designated Train Station if you are flying into Venice's Marco Polo).  Transfer to 1st night hotel, set bikes, give over of week and program schedule.  There is a short check out ride if there is time and enjoy some local foods and wine.

DAY 2 - SUNDAY - Today we are riding along the coast line of the Adriatic to Palmovia, a unique fortress city. After breakfast we gather our bikes and make a short ride to the city of Grado and then onto Aquelia (old Roma city that was sacked by Attila the Hun, whose invasion helped create the city of Venice). From Aquelia it is on to Palmovia and after our ride and cleaning up we have a tour of the city, sample some local food and wine, and then enjoy a dinner out at a local trattoria. Milage Day 2 - 35 miles.

DAY 3 - MONDAY - Departing the fortress of Palmovia we head toward the coast line and through the old battle lines of WW1, Montefalcone and Redipugia are options to visit along the way, and a must stop over is Miramare (once the seaside retreat of the Austrian-Hungarian rulers).  Or destination is Trieste, once the main sea port for Central Europe, coffee captial of Italy, and once home to James Joyce the famous English Author.  Overnight in Trieste, explore the city and small cafe shops during the late afternoon. Mileage Day 3 - 42 miles

DAY 4 - TUESDAY - Leaving Trieste we ride up unto the hills behind the city to reach the Carso, barren limestones hills that once created a natural barrier between Italy and Slovenia.  If you do not want to start the day with a climb you can ride up to on the old tramway. Once over the Carso we reach the city of Gorizia, unique cross roads city on the Italian border, to reach the city, we will first ride through the wine hills of the Colli. Overnight in Gorzia   Milage Day 4 - 35 miles

DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY - From Grozia we ride the foothills of the Julian Alps working our way through small villages and wine zones.  Our first destination of the day is thecaptial of the Friuli Venezia Region, Udine, and then to the small town Tolmezzo, that sets at the gateway, into the Alps.  Overnight in Tolmezzo. Dinner at our Hotel.  Milage Day 5 - 43 miles

DAY 6 - THURSDAY - A great challenge awaits us on our ride today, riding a northern loop ride will take us by Monte Zoncolan, in the hardest climbs in Italy. Monte Zoncolan is a climb many cyclist dream of being able to do, anyone not wanting to attempt the ride there is an alternate route. Overnight in Tolmezzo. Mileage Day 6 - 48 miles

DAY 7 - FRIDAY - Leaving behind the mountains we are back on the flats, riding south to Palmovia.  We ride through the medieval town of Spilimbergo. Following the Taligmento river we cut across the plains to reach Portogruaro, one an old port city on the Adriatic Sea.  At Portogruaro we lodge for our last night and enjoy an end of trip dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Portogruaro Mileage Day 7 - 35 miles

DAY 8 - SATURDAY -Arriverdici! After our morning meal we transfer you to Venice Marco Polo Airport, or Mestre Train station so you can continue your adventures in Italy.

Bike Tour Venice and the Veneto Region of Italy

BIKE TOURING VENICE AND OLD VENEZIAN REPUBLIC | ITALY

Photo of Venice Italy

A sophisticated region located in northeastern Italy, flanked by the shores of the Adriatic sea and the foothills of the Italian Dolomites, the Veneto is a remarkable reflection of Italy: full of Renaissance art, fine food and style.  Our biking is through flat farmlands, by stately 16th and 17th century villas, and along canals reminiscent of the Veneto's most famous town, Venice.  By day we follow gentle routes and by night we savor the 'dolce vita' of classic Venetian cuisine and opulent villa hotels.

We begin our adventure along the Brenta River with a tour of the Villa Stra, a national monument.  Next, we bike country side surrounding Venice passing many of the villas of the 16 and 17 centuries.  Then it is on to Castelfranco, a 12th century walled city with an excellent vibe, along the way we have a chance to explore Treviso.  Next it is on to Asolo,  considered by many to be the quintessential Italian town. It is a tiny hamlet with an abundance of quaint, winding streets and a graceful piazza overlooking the valley.  Then following Asolo, we head into the foothills and vineyards of at the foot of Monte Grappa, to taste some of the sparkling wine which has made this area so famous, to reach Bassano del Grappa. That evening we enjoy a walking tour of this old Roman cross roads town, and site of the final battles of WW1, we visit the Gappa distillers just before dinner.  From Bassano del Grappa we head to the Palladio city of Vicenza, along the way visiting the walled city of Marostica.  We stay in this city of Neo Classic architecture for two nights.  Our second day of riding is along the base of the Berici Hills exploring hidden villages and history.  Our last day takes us from Vicenza over to Verona, the city of the Roman Arena, Romeo and Juliett, and Austrian Fortifications, along the way we also stop in the walled city of Soave.

other than the bike

Biking works up our appetites for some wonderful Northern Italian meals. The noble region of the Veneto is home to risotto and polenta as well as homemade pasta spiced with radicchio, rucola and endive.  Seafood lovers will rejoice in the freshly caught frutti di mare prepared in the Venetian tradition. There is an incredible variety of foods and wines to enjoy along this tour and the  pace is set so that you have ample time to explore.

Some OF VENICE AND THE VENETO Tour Highlights
  • Palladio's architectural masterpieces at villa Malcontenta,Villa Emo, The Rotonda, and more.
  • The heart of the bicycle industry: Campogolo, Pinerello, Sidi, San Marco, Wilder Trestina, and more.
  • Pass through the area Ernest Hemingway served as an ambulance driver during WW1 and based his novel 'Farewell to Arms'.
  • Biking through the Prosecco vineyards
  • Grappa and Wine Tasting
  • The Roma Arena in Verona

This is a great week if you enjoy exploring and learning the history and culture as much as you enjoy the bicycle.  If you have someone not that interested in the bike riding tagging along this is a perfect tour option. You can ride as many miles you want and if someone wants a more relaxing day they can do so without interrupting the flow of the day, nor feel left out. There are plenty of additional activities to enjoy when you are off the bike; wine tasting, sight seeing, cooking classes, or just some shopping in the center.

BIKE TOURING ITALY - VENICE AND THE OLD VENEZIAN REPUBLIC

This trip can be organised as a private group Guided or a Self Guided Tour. Best time of year to ride is April through October. Contact me to schedule a trip date. 

QUICK GLANCE - DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:

  • Saturday - Meet at Marco Polo Airport and Transfer to Hotel for trip review introduction.
  • Sunday:Brenta Canal and Villas of the Republic
  • Monday: Mira - Treviso - Castelfranco Veneto
  • Tuesday: Castelfranco Veneto - Asolo - Bassano del Grappa
  • Wednesday: Bassano Del Grappa - Marostica - Vicenza 
  • Thursday: Vicenza - Berici Hills - Vicenza
  • Friday: Vicenza - Soave - Verona
  • Saturday: Arrivederci

Each ride can be lengthened, based on rider preference.  All routes are on secondary roads.

For detailed Route book and information contact us via email.

Bike Touring Anello del Grappa (Ride Around Monte Grappa) | Veneto

BIKE TOURING THE GRAPPA RING (ANELLO DEL GRAPPA) | TREVISO

The Anello del Grappa bike route is a great sign posted route that takes you around the base of the Monte Grappa using secondary roads, bike paths, and some sections of main roads.  The route is a great one day ride of 135 km and you should have a good base of miles in the legs prior to attempting.  Even though, there are no large climbs the route does have a few short ramps and moves in and out of the lower valley's.  For those less fit this makes a great 2 day route by starting either in Bassano del Grappa and riding to Feltre and returning to Bassano del Grappa.  Weather you ride clock wise, or counter clock wise you will have about the same difficulty level. I find that the clock wise route is the most scenic and enjoyable. 

Bike Touring The Anello del Grapp

BIKE TOURNING THE ANNELLO DEL GRAPPA ROUTE NOTES:

  • LENGTH: 135 km
  • START POINT: Bassano del Grappa Train Station
  • DIFFICULTY: Challenging
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 300 meters
  • AVERAGE % GRADE: 2 %
  • MAX GRADE: 7%

Bike Touring the Anello del Grappa

Checkpoints -  Bassano del Grappa, Pove del Grappa, Valstagna, Cismon del Grappa, Arsie, Fonzaso,  Feltre, Quero, Fener, Pederobba, Possagno, Crespano del Grappa

Time to ride:  The route generally takes about 6 hours to ride, there are several worthwhile stops along the way. 

Season - The best time to ride is from April to October, but you can ride during winter months but the valley and north side of the mountain, can be quite cold.

Map - Veneto 1:200,000 road map. Touring Club Italy map is the better choice.

Bike Touring Croce d'Aune | Dolomites

BIKE TOURING CROCE D'AUNE | DOLOMITES

Passo Croce d'Aune Dolomites

The Croce d’Aune is a mountain pass, at an elevation of 1.015m above the sea level, located in the Feltre Mountain Group of the Dolomites, in the province of Belluno (Italy).

Passo Croce d'Aune is a small pass just north of Feltre, located in Belluno Province, Veneto Region. This mountain pass was once the main route of communication between Feltre and the Cismon Valley. Now a tunnel and road has been constructed, resulting in this special spot being forgotten. There are lots of hiking paths starting from the passo Croce d'Aune, and this happens to be the start point of the Belluno Dolomiti National Park.



Passo Croce d'Aune is the site, where Tullio Campagnolo (from Vicenza) had the inspiration to develop the skewer (quick release) for the bike wheel. He was racing across the pass in the 1920's and due to bad weather and cold Campagnolo had trouble taking off this back wheel to change a flat. On November 11th, 1927, with snow covering the roads of the Croce D'Aune Campagnolo needed to remove his rear wheel to change gears. Because the large wingnuts that held his wheel on had frozen, and his hands were too cold to budge them, he was unable to remove his wheel to change gears, and lost his chance at victory that day.



As he struggled to free his wheel, he muttered five words to himself that changed the history of cycling: 
"Bisogno cambiá qualcossa de drio!"  ("Something must change in the rear!") and that simple event -- a wheel that couldn't be removed -- started Campagnolo thinking. He went back to his workshop, and emerged with the invention of the quick-release lever (in 1930) and, soon after, an early bicycle derailleur (1933).

Passo Croce d'Aune Dolomites

Bike Tour Passo Croce D'Aune from Ponte d'Oltra

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Bike Tour Passo Croce d'Aune from Feltre

 

Bike Touring From Asolo to Castelfranco | Treviso

BIKE TOURING FROM ASOLO TO CASTELFRANCO VENETO | TREVISO

asolo villa contarini

Asolo to Castelfranco Veneto Route Map

Enjoy some of the treasures of the Marca Trevigiana ( Treviso Province), smaller towns, but full of charm. We will ride through walled cities, see masterpieces of and Palladio's famous villas, enjoy great wine and food, and relax in the square one of Italy's quaintest hill towns Asolo. We work our way across the flat plain to the gentle landscape of the hills north of Treviso.

HIGHLIGHTS

ROUTE PROFILE AND DETAILS

Asolo to Castelfranco Veneto Route Profile

  • Length - 19 miles Difficulty Level All levels
  • Start point -Asolo town center
  • Start Elevation - 685 feet
  • Max Elevation -685 feet
  • Elevation Gain - 215 feet

Beyond the Bike

  • Villa's
  • Processo Wine
  • Medieval history and walled cities

Bike Touring From Cortina to Cadore Path | Belluno Province

BIKE TOURING FROM CORTINA TO CADORE PATH | BELLUNO PROVINCE

bike touring cortina to cadore

This is one of the most rewarding bike trails in the Alps region.  It will bring you through landscapes recognized as UNESCO World heritage sites. Along the way, you'll go through picturesque historical towns and the splendid valley of Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Distance: 50 km
Route: bike path with sections of dirt road
Start: Passo Cimabanche, Cortina
Finish: Calalzo di Cadore
Dolomitibus offers bus + bike service for this route

Bike Touring from Lake Garda to Verona | Verona

BIKE TOURING LAKE GARDA TO VERONA | VENETO REGION

Sign posted bike route that is the first leg of the Veneto Regions bike touring itinearies. The route takes you from Italy's largest lake, through the wine areas, and over to the city of Verona.  If you plan your vacation well you could catch an Opera at the Arena during the summer months.  This is a great ride with some small hills but there is multipule things to do and see.

BIKE TOURING LAKE GARDA TO VERONA ROUTE NOTES

  • DISTANCE: 53 km long route
  • START POINT: Pescheria del Garda
  • ENDING POINT: Verona
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 90 meters
  • AVERAGE % GRADE: 3%

Starting in the old city of Pescheria del Garda take the main road north through Lazia, Bardolino and then Garda, the town that gives the lake its name.  From Garda make you way to the Camaldolese Hermitage, it is still run by a small community of Benedictine Monks.  You are still riding through the Bardolino wine-yards and olive groves, hidden in the fields is the Church fo San Severo.  To get to the Adige Bike Path from here you can either ride past the Riviera degli Olivi or go down towards Pastrengo, passing through the village of Calmasino.  The first option you find Rivoli Veronese, an urban area on the southern slopes of Monte Baldo known as the 'morainic amphitheatre'.  The area was the part of the battle ground during Italy's 'First War of Independence' and still hosts forts built by the Austrians, to defend the Adige valley. 

From Rivoli you head in the direction of Verona enjoying a nice bike path and a view of the Valpolicella wine region.  Valpolicella is well known for its Amarone and Recioto wines.  Along its route you will pass the towns of Pescantina and Bussolengo, which were once important river ports.  Verona can be accessed over the dam in Chievo, at the end of the bike path, you will come to a path running along the dam and from here you can start your ride around the city.  Verona combines a millennium of history with contemporary art. (Overnight Verona)

Lake Garda to Verona Bike Route

SECTION 1 GARDA TO RIVOLI VERONESE

Lake Garda to Verona Route Map

SECTION 2 RIVOLI VERONESE TO BUSSOLENGO

Lake Garda to Verona Bike Route

SECTION 3 BUSSOLENGO TO VERONA

Lake Grada to Verona Bike Route

Bike Touring from Verona to Vicenza | Verona

BIKE TOURING FROM VERONA TO VICENZA | VENETO REGION

This signposted Regional Bike Route, that starts in Verona and takes you to Vicenza, is getting more riders each year.  There are still program bookets you can pick up at the tourism office.  The route is fairly flat with a climb up into the Berici Hills before you decend down into Vicenza.  There is a flatter route you can ride but there is more traffic and not as scenic.

BIKE TOURING VERONA TO VICENZA ROUTE NOTES

  • DISTANCE: 63 km
  • START POINT: Verona Train Station
  • ENDING POINT: Vicenza Train Station
  • Elevation Gain: 230 meters
  • Average % Grade: 2%
  • Maximun % Grade: 7%
  • Special Notes: This route follows the main train line.

The ride takes you through the countryside cultivated, with fruit orchids and vegetables.  You will pass through the towns of Zevio and Belfiore along this route and after about 30 kms you arrive to the walled city of Soave.  Soave has it origins in during the Longboard invasions and its medieval characteristics are still seen in many of its present structures. 

After enjoying one of the many Soave wines and lunch you ride to Monteforte d'Alponse at the foot of the Lessina Mountains.  As you ride you will pass through Gambrella and Montebello wine zones before crossing into the Vicenza province.  Once you arrive to Brendolo you have a short climb to make to reach the upper part of the Berici Hills.  From here forward you are in the land defined by Andrea Palladio's buildings and elegant villas.  This road leads you into the 'City of Palladio' Vicenza. (Overnight Vicenza)

Bike Touring Route Verona to Vicenza

SECTION 1 VERONA TO CALDIERO

Bike Touring Route Verona to Vicenza

SECTON 2 CALDIERO TO MONTEFORTE D'ALPONTE

Bike Touring Route Verona to Vicenza

SECTION 3 MONTEBELLO VICENTINO TO PERAROLO

Bike Touring Route Verona to Vicenza

SECTION 4 PERAROLO TO VICENZA

Bike Touring Route Verona to Vicenza

Bike Touring From Vicenza to Cittadella | Veneto

 BIKE TOURING FROM VICENZA TO CITTADELLA | VICENZA PROVINCE

Bike Tour Vicenza, Postumia Road

There were many Roman settlements in the Veneto Region, and there are still signs of the old roads, even if the environment has been altered, parts of the old road foundations can still be found. The Postumia can be traced from Vicenza to the northwest and followed to Cittadella, Castelfrano Veneto and then south toNoale. Since the road sits·north of the mainautostrada "A-4", and the train line along the route is a secondary line there are not a lot of people travel this street during their vacation. This is a great off the beaten path trek to take as part of a day loop or as your transfer from the Vicenza province over into the Treviso province. Driving along the state road will not leave you impressed, the best way to discover this area is by bicycle or use the train to get to various walking points.

Bike Tour Italy, Vicenza to Cittadella

The area you will pass through is well known for its textile, gold, and tile producers, for a cyclist and those enjoying the outdoors there are also multipule bike factories and·mountain equipment manufactures.

THIS IS A GREAT BIKE AND TRAIN ROUTE

Bike Tour Vicenza Italy

Bike from Vicenza to Cittadella is only 22 km along the main road, however if you work your way to Cittadella by bicycle you can make a 30 to 40 route quite easily. The main Vicenza provincial towns along the main road are Monticello Conte Otto, Quinto Vicentino, and Bolzano Vicentino; once you are in the Padova province there are the towns of San Pietro di Giu, Gazzo, Grantorto, and after crossing the Brenta River you have Fontaniva, and Cittadella.

ROUTE NOTES:

Bike Tour Italy, Vicenza

REGION Veneto Region of Italy
PROVINCE Vicenza Province
START POINT VicenzaTrain Station
FINISH POINT Castelfranco Veneto Train Station
LENGTH 43 km
ELEVATION AT START 32 meters a.s.l.
MAXIMUM ELEVATION 41 meters a.s.l.
ELEVATION GAIN 83 meters
AVERAGE GRADE 1%
MAXIMUM GRADE 3%
SPECIAL NOTES Great Train and bike route.

NOTE TO MISS

VICENZA- The north eastern of the Vicenza city limits has many hidden monuments and historical villas. The township of Bertesina, has the villa Marcello, a Palladio masterpiece. In the township of Anconetta is the villa Lampertico.

MONTICELLOCONTE OTTO - The town crest shows a castle on the hill that is said to have belonged to Otto Bonamici, who controlled the area in the 13th century. The actual castle no longer remains but it is also believed that the villa Valmarana Bressan was built on the ruins, the villa was one of Palladio's earlier works.

BOLZANOVICENTINO - The area has been a crossroads along the travel routes between Lisiera (a nearby township where, today the Pastunia road and  the railway intersect with the main road to theValdastico valley. Within the township is the Pallido villa Valmarana Zen, one of the main works in the Palladio's "Four Books of Architecture".

QUINTOVICENTINO - The name comes from the Latin Quinto, which means fifth, and is a reference to the towns position from Vicenza, measured in Roman miles along the old via Postumia. The townships main buildings, villa Thiene is now the town hall and holds a collection that shows the legacy of the Vicentine family that once owned the area.

The ancient Via Postumia

The Via Postumia is an ancient Roman road constructed in 148 BC by the consul Spurius Postumius Albinus Magnus. The road was built for military purposes, it joint the Latin colonies of the Cisalpina area (Piacenza, Mantova, Creomona) to Aquileia and eastern territories. The Via Postumia was a defense line that crossed the Veneto, a region rich in culture whose history has been influenced by the numerous peoples that settled in its territories over the centuries. Veneto peoples were called Paleo Veneti: they were simple and friendly people, most of them practiced subsistence farming. After Romans’ invasion, they built many infrastructures such as the Via Postumia. A peculiarity of this geographical area is the underground springs. Rivers deposited strata of differentially permeable soils that formed several underground springs. This property of the soil influenced the construction and the course of the road. Despite the economic boom experienced by the Veneto region after WWII, which drastically changed the territories crossed by the Via Postumia, the production of traditional products such as wine did not halt and still today the region is well known for its fine wines. The ancient Roman road crossed the very same hilly region where today DOC wines are produced. Driving eastwards along the Via Postumia, explorers arrive in Valeggio sul Mincio, at the doors of Veneto region, and they can enjoy the mills, the traditional houses, the ancient and mysterious Visconteo Bridge over the Mincio river and the view of the Scaligero Castle. Also, the city of Verona, well known for its cultural heritage and for hosting two Shakespearean plays has developed along the Via Postumia. Past Verona the traces of the ancient Roman road get lost while beyond national borders its course is still well defined. In Slovenia the Via Postumia ends in the thousand-year-old city of Postumia, today widely known for its spa and caves.

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

Bike Touring Italy's Classic Climbs

BIKE TOURING ITALY'S CLASSIC CLIMBS

Passo Stelvio, Classic Bike Climb in Italy

Bike Riding and Touring in Italy means climbing, most bike riders; as you start to understand how to use the bike gears and your fitness level increases will migrate toward the mountains and want to challenge their skills on some of the Classic Bike Climbs in Europe.  In Italy, there is no shortage of passes and mountain roads throughout the country, however, it is in theDolomite's that most cyclist come to ride.  The Dolomite's, the Prealps, and the Alps all have a special appeal and unique setting of their own. this is a guide to help you to plan your next adventure in the mountains and find a few great routes off the main tourist route, get out where the locals ride.

I started making a log the bike routes I had climbed a few years ago and after riding many of the that well known and have some English information about them,  I started discovering more challenging routes, that have special importance to the Italian cycling community, but never climbed by visiting riders.  I will continue to add to the list and as I re-ride and develop a trip sheet for each route.

BIKE TOURING GUIDE TO THE MOUNTIAN ROADS OF ITALY

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BIKE TOURING CLASSIC CLIMBS IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES- Some of the best rides in Europe on spectular roads with exceptional scenary. 

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BIKE TOURING CLASSIC CLIMBS IN THE ITALIAN ALPS - Long climbs to the top of Europe, not alot of passes but plenty of mountain top finishes on quite roads.

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BIKE TOURING CLASSIC CLIMBS IN THE PREALPS OF ITALY -

BIKE TOURING THE CLASSIC CLIMBS IN THE APENNINE MOUNTAINS

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Bike Touring Lake Garda to Mantua Path | Verona

BIKE TOURING LAKE GARDA TO MANTUA | VERONA

Peschiera del Garda to Mantua is one of the most popular bike trails in Northern Italy.  A busy route that is visited each year by local and traveling cyclist, the route is well marked and on level ground.  The route takes you along the parts of the Mincio River passing from the Verona province into the province of Mantua.

Distance: 44 km
Route: Paved bike paths
Start: Peschiera del Garda
Finish: Mantua
There is a public bus+bike service for this route.

Bike Touring Lake Garda to Venice | Veneto

BIKE TOURING LAKE GRADA TO VENICE | VENETO REGION

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Quick Overview

  • SUGGESTED LENGTH - 4 Days
  • DISTANCE - 185 km
  • DIFFICULTY LEVEL - Easy to medium

In the Veneto Region, the numerous bicycle paths allow cyclists to be in contact with art, culture, gastronomy and natural wonders travelling almost exclusively by bike.

The itinerary, which extends fromLake Garda to Venice, offers a panoramic view of the rich history and tradition of the provinces of Verona,Vicenza, Padua and Venice. Departing from Pescheria di Garda, a historical town on the lake, in the province of Verona, the path connects different bike courses along the natural paths of the Adige and Brenta rivers leading to the Venetian mainland.

The bike path of the Adige River, which ends in Verona, is rich in examples of the Veronese Romanesque art, and crosses through the areas where the fine wines Bardolino and Valpolicella are produced. On the stretch that connects to Vicenza, the splendid Palladian villas narrate the stories of ancient nobility. From here the bicycle path along the Berica Riveria leads to Padua, home of the innovative artists Giotto and Mantegna, and then re-departs towards Venice, retracing along the ancient Burchiello road. It finally arrives in Mestre (Venice), where cyclists can replace bikes with public transportation and reach Venice.

Where You Are Riding:

Enjoy riding along bike paths and secondary roads, the terrain is rolling hills in the first 2 days, with one 4.5 km climb, in the Berici hills.  The remaining route is flat all the way to Venice. 

Planning Your Bike Tour

This can be done as Self-Guided or Guided cost depends on time of travel and hotel selection

When: The best time to ride this route is April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. 

Maps: The Italian Touring Club map Veneto Region has all the roads you would travel.  Stopping at Tourist office you will find various local information.  This route is signposted as a regional route from Garda to Venice.

Getting To/From Ride

Pescheria del Garda (start) - Located just west of Verona Pescheria del Garda can be reached easily by train from Venice, Milano, and Roma.  Or select to fly into Verona airport.

Venice (finish) - From Venice you can depart easily.

BICYCLING FROM LAKE GARDA TO VENICE ROUTE NOTES

Day 1 Lake Grada to Verona - 53 km

The first day of riding is a wonderful route along the eastern shores of Lake Garda and then over to the city of Verona. 

Day 2 Verona to Vicenza - 63 kms

The second part of the bike tour starts from Juliet's house and heads south to connect with the Adige river. 

Day 3 Vicenza to Padova 45 km

After a visit of Vicenza your path today takes you along the Riveria Berica bike path then onto secondary roads over to Padova. 

Day 4 Padua to Venice 40 km

After your visit of Padua, the 'City of the Saint', it is time to finish the journey to Venice.

This program can be extended by staying an extra night in any of the cities and riding a loop route. Recommended is an extra night in Vicenza and riding north to Marostica or riding the Riveria Brenta Bike Path south to Novento Vicentino.

Bike Touring Monte Grappa

BIKE TOURING MONTE GRAPPA | PREALPS

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Monte Grappa is located in the Veneto region of Italy and offers some of Europe's hardest bike climbs. For many Italian cyclist Monte Grappa is considered, one of the most beautiful and challenging climbs in Italy, its length and percentage of grade on the old military roads, make it a challenging climb from any side you tackle. Many people train all year just to bike one of the varied routes to reach the summit, without putting a foot down.

The "classic" route is the "road Cadorna", built during WWI and named after the commanding General, to bring supplies and troops to the summit of the massif. The road starts in the center of the town of Ezzelino Romano and runs for 27 km to reach the top. The hardest parts are the initial (8 km) and the final, while the intermediate section also has 3 km of false flats.

Ascents are also possible from various sides of the Mt. Grappa, from all three provinces Vicenza, Belluno, and Treviso, that share the massif. From the Belluno Province you can go from Caupo or the Valley of Seren. Moving towards the eastern side of the mountain meet the ascent of Semonzo and a series of roads that lead into "malga roads" of Grappa, a very scenic road: you can go from San Liberal (Watchtower-Archeson), from Possagno (viadegli Alpini extremely hard), or by Monte Tomba,·Cavaso coming from the tomb, from Pederobba (Monfenera) or Alano di Piave. There are also numerous opportunities for off road mountain biking with routes of varying difficulty, height and length of military roads, now forest and trails.

The Monte Grappa climbwas used in the Giro d'Itala several times in the seventies and eighties with two mountain top finishes. In 2010, the Giro returned to Monte Grappa during the 14th stage from Ferrara to Asolo, the gruppetto did not reach the summit but classic route up fromSemonza.  Every year in July takes place the classic race for amateurs Bassano/Monte Grappa. Among the historical list of winners you will find, Gino Bartali (1934), Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego.

Each year a non-profit group offers bicycle rides a chance to earn a medallion for riding various numbers of the slopes throughout the year.  The idea is for you register and then you have your climbing sheet stamped at designated locations you can earn your prize.· The only draw back for non locals is that the prizes are awarded at the end of year.

The 10 recognized Road Bike Routes up Monte Grappa: some of the hardest bicycle climbs in Italy

1 - Bike Monte GrappaFrom Romano d'Ezzelino (VI)- Stamp is at Osteria PEDROCCHI - the "Cadorna" road - Km 27 - Slope med. 6% - 10% max
The Cadorna Road was built during World War 1 (1916), later after the war, it was made a national symbol of Italy.

2 - Bike Monte Grappa From Semonzo of Borso del Grappa (TV)- Stamp at Locanda TILLY's -Called the 'Giardino Road' (strada Giardino) - 20 km - Slope med. 8% - max 14%
Built in 1918 for General Giardino, Commander of the Grappa Army Group and was originally 5.50 meters wide and was used as an alternative to move troops and supplies quickly to the front. The strada Giardino was built because the Cadorna road was exposed to enemy fire at some points.

3 - Bike Monte Grappa From Fietta in Paderno del Grappa (TV)- Stamp at Osteria HOCH HOLLE - Path of the "Watchtower" (Vedetta) - Km 22 - Slope med. 10% - 18% max
Old path, converted into a road during the Great War, it is now totally paved.

4 - Bike Monte Grappa From POSSAGNO (TV)- Stamp at Osteria FROM ICO - Road "of the Italian Mountain Troops" (strada degli Alpini) - Km 22 - Slope med. 10% - max. 18%
Strategic military road, was named in memory of the troop that built it through hard work and sweat.

5 - Bike Monte Grappa From CAVASO del TOMBA (TV)- Stamp at the Bar Pizzeria Tennis BASSO - Road "Tomb of the Mount" (strada del Monte Tomba) - Km 23 - Slope med. 10% - 14% max
A classic way to climb from the plains over Mount Tomba to reach the top of Monte Grappa.

6 - Bike Monte Grappa From PEDEROBBA (TV)- Stamp at the Bar KIKKO - Road "Monfenera" - Km 25 - Slope med. 7% - 15% max
Almost constantly immersed in the green woods of beech or pine, is a classic ascent of Grappa.

7 - Bike Monte Grappa From Alano di Piave (TV)- Stamp at·Caffè SPERANZA (Coffee of HOPE) - Street "del Grappa" - Km 22 - Slope med. 10% - 12% max
A nice variation to climb the Monte Grappa Top tomb, crossing the previous four routes

8 - Bike Monte Grappa From Seren del Grappa (BL)- Stamp at the Bar VITOCCO - Road "New Church" (strada Chiesa Nuova) - Km 23 - Slope med. 7% - 20% max
After the first ramp, a short break as you pass· the village of New Church, then it is tough climb all the way to the top.

9 - Bike Monte Grappa FromCaupo of Seren del Grappa (BL) - Stamp all'Hostaria AL MENTA - Road "Cadorna" - Km 28 - Slope med. 6% - 12% max
Northern section of the classic road the crosses Monte Grappa, the Feltre to Bassano del Grappa link and vice versa.

10 - Bike Monte Grappa From Cismon del Grappa (VI)- Stamping to the National Bar - Road "Col dei Prai" - Km 26 - Slope med. 8% - 20% max
This route is two old forest and pastoral roads, that is closed to motorized transit, departing from St. Laurent Street just north of downtown Cismon del Grappa that was paved for the first time this year (2011). They are linked by two sections - one 200 and one of 600 meters - of dirt road between 12th and 14th km. This route links up with the Cadorna road from Seren del Grappa as it passes through Forcelletto.

ARRIVAL (all climbs) and finish stamp for all routes are Cima Grappa - Bassano Refuge
Via Madonna del Covolo, 161 - Crespano del Grappa (TV). Note that some routes finish point is at the intersection with the main route up so you may have 3-4 km of extra biking to do to reach the summit.

Bike Touring on the Roads of the Italian Alps

BIKE TOURING THE ITALIAN ALPS

Bike Tour Stelvio, Italian Alps

Bike Touring in the Italian Alps offers some ofEuropes mostspectualr rides.  Classic bike climbs that all cyclist strive to ride at sometime.  A great adventure vacation can be enjoyed riding just on the Italian side of the Alps or using the Passes to move from one country to the next. 

Map of the Italian Alps

WHEN TO BIKE TOUR THE ITALIAN ALPS

The best time to ride the Alps is during the months of July and August, you can also ride in late May, June, September, and sometimes early November depending on snow fall.  Most smaller roads are not always kept open during the winter months, example being Passo Stelvio.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR A BIKE TRIP IN THE ITALIAN ALPS

When you are planning your bike tour to the Italian Alps remember that weather can always change and should have multi layered kit. The best way to tour the Alps is to have a support vehicle so you can dress up and down as needed.  There are also fewer water sources along the rodes so two bottles on the bike is a must and look for places fill up when you finish one bottle. 

You should ride your own bike for the best comfort.  Most cyclist will be most comfortable riding a compac with 12-29 on the rear cog, but a triple with a 28 on the back can be nice.  Most of the climbs are around 20 km or more, the grade is not as steep as riding in the Italian Dolomites.  Riders is not the best shape should consider Mountain Bike gearing there are some many great climbs to enjoy and you do not have to pound every day out.

WHERE TO BASE YOURSELF TO BIKE TOUR THE ALPS

The Alps of Italy are located in the Piedmont Region, Lombardy Region, Trentino Alto Adige Region, and the Veneto Region.  Small portions of the Liguria Region and Fruili Venezia Region also touch the Alps. 

Many bike tour operates combine rides in the Dolomites and Passo Stelvio, but this one touches a few of the great rides.  Staying in Bolzano lets you ride 5 to 6 great passes.  Bormio is a great place to base yourself for 4 to 5 days of great rides.

CYCLE ROUTES IN THE ITALIAN ALPS

Bike Touring Palladio's Landscapes E7 Route | Vicenza

BIKE TOURING  PALLADIO'S LANDSCAPES (E-7) BIKE ROUTE | VICENZA PROVINCE

Bike Touring Vicenza's E7 Bike route

Vicenza is the land of Palladio: it is here where Andrea Palladio lived and left behind the majority of his masterpieces. This is why UNESCO has awarded the historical city of Vicenza and the Palladian villas throughout the province with the honorable title of World Heritage Site.  on this trip you will be able to pass through Vicenza's provincial countryside until you reach Lago di Fimon laying at the foot of the Berici Hills.

Bike Tour Italy's Vicenza E7 bike route

Distance: 30 km
Route: Paved bike paths and secondary roads paved in most sections.  One uphill section that can be detoured by taking the alternate roue on level ground.
Start/Finish: Vicenza

 

Bike Touring Passo Campolongo | Italian Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO CAMPOLONGO | DOLOMITES

Bike Tour Italy, Passo Campolongo Dolomites


Passo Campolongo is one of the  4 passes of the Sella Mountain Group in the Italian Dolomites, this pass is crossed each year by bike riders and skiers in the winter.  Passo Campolongo is one of the climbs included the Dolomiti Maratone each year, and the route on every cyclist bucket list for riding in the Dolomite's.

There are two roads leading up to Passo Campolongo, one from Corvara and the other from Arabba.  There is always a debate on weather the clockwise or counter clockwise route, for the 4 passes, is hardest.  I have enjoyed riding the route both directions and feel the clock wise route is a more exciting and visual route, and the counter clockwise route is the harder ride. 

passo-campolungo-map

 

From Arabba:

  • Belluno Province
  • Length: 4 km
  • Average grade: 7.4%
  • Difficulty: 64.1

 

From Corvara in Badia

  • Alto-Adige Province
  • Length:  9.46 km
  • Average grade: 3.5%
  • Difficulty: 48.52

Bike Touring Passo Fedaia | Italian Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO FEDAIA | DOLOMITES

Photo of Marmolada Mountains in the Dolomites of Italy

Passo Fedaia is one of the highest paved passes you can ride in the Dolomites and a great climb and challenge. The ride takes you over the Marmolada Mountain Group of the Italian Dolomites (Monte Marmolada is the tallest of the Dolomite's) and past Lago di Fedaia, formed by one of the tallest dams in Italy, this is the site of the opening scene, of the movie "The Italian Job". The best side to ride is from Caprile, the road is quite and well paved.  The Canazei side tends to have more day traffic of tourists coming up to see the Dam and Lake, there are also a few tunnels to ride through. This is a great loop ride if you are staying in Arabba, Canazei, or Alleghe making your day a nice 50 mile day of riding.  Otherwiseit canberode as part of a transition day to move to another part of the Dolomites.

Passo Fedaia Dolomites Map

There are two routes up to Passo Fedàia.

Bike Touring Passo Fedaia From Caprile (the most challenging route)

  • Length: 14.1 km
  • Average %: 7.5%
  • Difficulty: 133.02

From Canazei

  • Length: 14 km
  • Average grade: 4.4%
  • Difficulty: 70.52

Bike Touring Passo Giau | Dolomite's

BIKE TOURING PASSO GIAU | Italian DOLOMITES

Passo Giau Italian Dolomites

Passo Giau is located in the Belluno Province, of Veneto Region.Passo Giau separates the peaks of the Croda da Lago and Averau mountains, which are part of the Pelmo Dolomite Group.  The pass sits above the Cortina to the north and the Agordo valley to the south west.

Passo Giau is one of the best bike rides in the Italian Dolomites.  The route is challenging so you need good legs or great gearing, with some sections reaching 15% it is considered one of 'THE' rides to do within cycling.  The pass is included in the 2012 Giro d'Italia and a must do ride, plus the views at the top are not to be missed.The best places to base yourself is either Cortina or Alleghe.  I like Alleghe since it gives you more flexibility to more rides during your stay.  Cortina is good for riding Tre Cime di Laverado and the classic Passo Giau loop but then you would need to re-ride the same routes to get to other classic climbs.  Alleghe on the other hand is in the perfect position to ride the Giau, Duran Staulanza, 4 passes Padoi, Sella, Gardena, and Campolungo, plus Passo Fadia, and S. Pelligrino. 

For me the best route to ride the pass is from the southwest side that starts at Colle Lucia or Selva di Christina.  This route is the same utilized in the Giro d'Italia and considered the harder and classic way.  Coming from Pocòl on the Cortina side is a nice ride but you do not have the same openness and dynamic scenery to enjoy.

Passo Giau Map

BIKE TOURING ROUTES TO REACH PASSO GIAU:

Bike Touring Passo Gaiu Riding the Climbing Pocol (and Cortina):

  • Belluno Province
  • Length: 8.6 km
  • Average grade: 8.3%
  • Difficulty: 113.77

Bike Tour Passo Giau Riding the Climb from Caprile

  • Belluno Province
  • Length: 10.12 km
  • Average grade: 9.1%
  • Difficulty: 142.8

Bike Touring Passo Pordoi | Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO PORDOI | DOLOMITES

Photo of Passo Pordoi in the Italian Dolomites

Passo Pordoi is and has often been part of several important bike races, like the Giro d’Italia.  At the pass there is the Fausto Coppi monument, showing the importance of the area to Italian Cycling. In the summer Passo Pordoi is a starting point for high-level walks, via ferrate, and easy excursions for the whole family, such as the "Viel dal Pan", an ancient path that was used by merchants to reach Veneto or Trentino.

To get the summit, starting from Canazei, the Passo Pordoi ascent is 13 km long. Over this distance, you climb 786 meters. The average percentage is thus 6 %. And starting from Arabba, the Passo Pordoi ascent is 9.4 km long. Over this distance, you climb 637 meters.

The other passes in the area that Passo Pordoi can be linked to for a great ride are Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Passo Campolongo, Passo Valparola, Passo Fedaia.

BIKE TOURING ROUTES UP TO PASSO PORDOI

 

Bike Touring Passo Sella | Dolomites

BIKE TOURING PASSO SELLA | DOLOMITES

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Passo Sella is part of the famous 4 passes rides or Sellarounda Bike Tour, and should be on a cyclist must do list when considering a tour of Italy.  Located in the Italian Dolomites the pass sits along the main Dolomite road.  You have two routes to ride up to the pass from the northern valley of the Gardena or south from Val del Femme.  I find the ride up from the southern slopes to be one of the sections for stunning views. 

Map of the Sella Mountains

BIKE TOURING ROUTES UP TO THE SELLA PASS OF THE DOLOMITES

Bike Tour Passo Sella Riding the Climb from Passo Pordoi Intersection

Bike Touring Passo Stelvio in the Alps of Italy

BIKE TOURING PASSO STELVIO | ITALIAN ALPS

Photo of route leading up to Passo Stelvio in the Alps of Italy

Passo Stelvio is one of the highest paved mountain roads in Italy and has been part of bicycle history since the Giro d'Italia passed over it for the first time in the 1950's. Passo Stelvio is located in the Adamello mountain group and marks the regional boundary between Trentino Alto Adige Region and Lombardy Region.

There are two sides to ride when Bike Touring the Passo Stelvio. 

Bike Touring Passo Stelvio Riding the Climb from Prato dello Stelvio

Bike Tour Passo Stelvio Riding the Climb from Bormio

 

Bike Touring Route Padova to Venice | Bike Touring the Veneto Region

PADova TO VENICE BIKE TOUR | VENETO REGION

Regional bike route from the city of Padova along the Brenta Canal and on to Mestre.  There is no bike path at the moment across the bridge to Venice but they are currently building one.  The route takes you through several interesting places with plenty of places to stop and visit. 

BIKE TOURING PADOVA TO VENICE ROUTE NOTES

  • DISTANCE: 40 km
  • START POINT: Padova Train Station
  • END POINT: Mestre Train Station
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 0 meters
  • AVERAGE % GRADE: 0

Today the route follows the waterways out of the city to reach the town of Stra and the Riveria del Benta.  The Brenta Canal was the primary trade route out of the Venice Republic.  Later as trade flow reduced many of the aristocratic families built lavish homes along the waterway.  The villa Pisani in Stra is the starting point and as you ride through Dolo, Mira and finally to Malcontenta there is a rich culture of architecture.  This section of the adventure ends in the last mainland city prior to reaching Venice, Mestre.  At Mestre enjoy the old square and then either take the train into Venice or ride across to 'Liberty Bridge'. (Overnight Venice)

Bike Route Padova to Venice

SECTION 1 PADOVA TO STRA

Bike Route Padova to Venice

SECTION 2 STRA TO ORIAGO

Bike Route Padova to Venice

SECTION 3 ORIAGO TO VENICE

Bike Route Padova to Venice

Bike Touring Route Vicenza to Bassano del Grappa | Bike Touring the Veneto Region

VICENZA TO BASSANO DEL GRAPPA BIKE TOUR | VENETO REGION

Excellent signposted route that takes you from Vicenza to the walled city of Marostica and onto Bassano del Grappa.  The route is on secondary roads and well marked with directional signs. 

BIKE TOURING VICENZA TO BASSANO DEL GRAPPA ROUTE NOTES

  • DISTANCE: 45 km
  • START POINT: Vicenza Train Station
  • END POINT: Bassano del Grappa Train Station
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 30 meters
  • AVERAGE % GRADE: 1%

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SECTION 1 VICENZA TO SANDRIGO

Bike Route Vicenza to Bassano

SECTION 2 SANDRIGO TO MAROSTICA

bike route Vicenza to Bassano

SECTION 3 MAROSTICA TO BASSANO DEL GRAPPA

Bike Route Vicenza to Bassano

Bike Touring Route Vicenza to Padova | Bike Touring the Veneto Region

VICENZA TO PADOVA BIKE TOUR | VENETO REGION

Nice easy ride along a path path and small roads that will lead you by Villas, small communities, over to Padova, the city of Saint's

BIKE TOURING VICENZA TO PADOVA ROUTE NOTES

  • DISTANCE: 45 km
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • START POINT: Vicenza Train Station
  • ENDING POINT: Padova Train Station

After a visit of Vicenza your path today takes you along the Riveria Berica bike path, after only a few kilometers you will pass the Villa Capra Valmarana, also know as 'La Rotonda', one of Andrea Palladio's masterpieces.  The main guide on this route is the Bacchiglion River, a waterway that was once the principal transport line between Vicenza and Padua.  During the Middle Ages, this area was the site of many disputes between the two populations, and there are still military towers and structures thoughout the region. 

Turning off the bike path you will start to follow secondary roads over to Padua, all the way passing through Montegalda, with its hilltop castle.  As you enter the province of Padua there are three rural villages that you will encounter.  The first is Santa Maria di Veggiano and has a number of noteworthy rustic structures set in a poet agrarian landscape; next is Cervarese Santa Croce, where there is an old mill and nearby footbridge allowing you to cross the rider and head toward the Castle of San Martino della Vanezza.  The Castel now houses the Bacchiglione River Museum.  After the castle yo will pass through Creola, another village with surprising historical monuments such as the Arch of Sansovino, Barchessa Pisani, and Church of Santa Maria del armine.  The route continues along the river until reaching the gates of Padua.  Acces to the city is first provided by following the Scaricatore Canal, and then following designated cycling routes to Prato della Valle, one of the most well-known monumental piazzas in Italy. (Overnight Padova)

Bike Touring Vicenza to Padova

SECTION 1 VICENZA TO LONGARE

Bike touring Vicenza to Padova

SECTION 2 LONGARE TO MONTEGADELLA

Bike Tour Vicenza to Padova

SECTION 3 MONTEGALDA TO PADOVA

Bike touring Vicenza to Padva

SECTION 4 PADOVA

Bike touring Vicenza to Padova

Bike Touring Routes In The Veneto Region

bike touring routes in the veneto region

veneto region map

There are multipule sign posted routes to explore when you visit the Veneto Region of Italy.  Listed below there are some of the routes we have explored.

Bike Touring the Veneto Region of Italy

Vicenza Province Bike Climbs

Bike Touring Verona - Peschiera del Garda to Malcesina

Alvisano bike climb from San Giovanni Ilarione

Albero Matto climb from Arso

Agugliana Climb from Montorso Vicentino

Bike Touring Passo Campogrosso from Recoaro Terme Climb | Vicenza

Passo Tre Croci from Cortina d'Ampezzo Bike Climb

Passo Valles from Falcade Alto Bike Climb

Passo Valles from Falcade Alto Bike Climb

Bike Touring Passo Zovo from Novale Climb | Vicenza

Bike Touring Passo Zovo from Schio Bike Climb | Vicenza

Bike Touring Route Vicenza to Bassano del Grappa | Bike Touring the Veneto Region

Bike Touring Route Padova to Venice | Bike Touring the Veneto Region

Bike Touring Route Vicenza to Padova | Bike Touring the Veneto Region

Bike Touring from Lake Garda to Verona | Verona

Bike Touring From Vicenza to Cittadella | Veneto

Bike Touring the Prosecco Wine Roads Treviso Province

Bike Touring Anello del Grappa (Ride Around Monte Grappa) | Veneto

Bike Touring Palladio's Landscapes E7 Route | Vicenza

Bike Touring Lake Garda to Mantua Path | Verona

Bike Touring The Venetian Islands | Venice Province

Bike Touring Donzella Ring (E-3) Path | Venice Province

Bike Touring The Sile River Path | Treviso Province

Bike Touring The Anello dei Colli Euganei Route

Bike Touring From Cortina to Cadore Path | Belluno Province

Bike Touring The Lapio Bike Climb | Colli Berici

Bike Touring The Colli Berici Wine Road | Vicenza

Bike Touring the Brenta Canal Route #1 | Venice

Gambellara Wine Road Bike Tour

Bike Touring From Asolo to Castelfranco | Treviso

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Bike Touring The Anello dei Colli Euganei Route

BIKE TOURING AROUND THE COLLI EUGANEI | ANELLO DEI COLLI EUGANEI

anello eugenia bike

From Padua, the Euganean Hills stand out on the horizon with undulating lines in a surprising variety of forms; conical silhouettes atop gently rolling hills.  With this excursion you can take a complete tour around the hills to discover the natural, artistic, and historical heritage of the Euganean Hills regional Park.

  • Distance: 63 km
  • Route: bike path and secondary roads, one uphill section
  • Start/Finish: Train Stations at Abano and Monsilice.
  • Type of Path: mostly paved, some non paved sections
  • Best Time of Year: March through October
  • Special Notes:  You must get off the path to really explore the area.

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Bike Touring The Belluno Province

BIKE TOURING THE BELLUNO PROVINCE

Lake Misurina Cadore Belluno

Bike riding in the Belluno province in the Veneto is one of the most spectacular places to cycle you will find in Italy.  The Belluno Province is the Heart of the Dolomite and the riding is for those who love to mountains and the joy of climbing on the bike. There are several rides at various levels of difficulty, climbs with average grades of 9% or climbs with average grades of 4%, with the right gear ratio's you can make your way though all the climbs in the Belluno province.

BIKE TOURING ROUTES IN THE BELLUNO PROVINCE

Bike Touring From Cortina to Cadore Path | Belluno Province

CLASSIC BIKE CLIMBS IN THE BELLUNO PROVINCE

BEST TIME TO RIDE

The Dolomites bike season starts in the month of May, there are chances to ride in April if it has been a dry winter, but be prepared for all types of weather.  Most of the hotels smaller ski towns will close down between 15 April until 15 May and 15 Sept until mid-November.  And during August the mountains are full of day walkers, motorcycles, and everyone just wanting to see the beauty of the peaks. 

WHERE TO STAY IN THE BELLUNO PROVINCE FOR BIKE TOURING

  • Alleghe: This is a prefect location to ride 4-5 days without having to redo the same road.
  • Arraba: Is a great place if you are only interested in doing the 4 passes, Giau loop, and Fedaia.  Other wish you have to retrace routes if you want to do more passes.
  • Cortina: Is only a good option for 2 days of riding.  From Cortina you are in prefect positon to do Tre Cima di Lavaredo. Passo Giau and Passo Falzarego loop.  then it is best to move over to Arabba or down to Alleghe. 
  • Other options to consider are Agordo, Feltre and then over in the Trento Province.

Many of these routes can be done during a one week vacation or less depending on your fitness level. If you goal is not just "pass bagging" spend the time to do the climb in multiple directions and many of the lesser known areas. Biking in Italy, and the Veneto can keep you busy during several visits and do not forget to take the time to do a hike or two.

Bike Touring The Classic Climbs of the Dolomites and Alps | Italy

BIKE TOURING THE CLASSIC CLIMBS OF THE DOLOMITES AND ALPS

passo sella

Bike Tour Italy's Dolomites and Alps is one of cycling's most spectacular adventures.  During this Italy Bike Tour the route is designed to allow you to challenge yourself on the TOP Climbs in Italian Cycling History.  Each day's route plan is organized to be enjoyable rides though one of the World's UNESCO Monuments, with plenty of options to ride extra miles.

Italy's Dolomites Mountains offers some of the best mountain roads in Europe to bike tour on. The Dolomites are well developed, and the region is famous for it’s valleys and towns that come alive with après-ski fever each winter and hikers in the summer.  Offering great rides for all level of cyclist the Dolomites should be a must ride on all bike riders bucket list.  You can go for time or just relaxing rides for stunning views, either way we have a developed program that allows you to explore the area safely.

During the Italian Dolomites Bike Tour week, you ride through the heart of the Dolomite's exploring many of the best know mountain passes that have been used for great races, for years. Enjoy great climbs, good food and wine, and fun company during a week of climbing while exploring the National Monument of the World.

For more information and detailed route information connect us via email.

BIKE TOUR ITALY - THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES AND ALPS AT A GLANCE

Saturday - Venice Airport and move to Agordo at the base of the Dolomites
Sunday - Passo Duran - Passo Stalunza - to Selva di Cadore (68 km, 2000 meters)
Monday -Passo Gaiu - Passo Falzarego - Covara (52 km, 1900 meters)
Tuesday - 4 Passes of the Sella Mountain Group - Covara (50 km, 1904 meters)
Wednesday - Passo Gardena - Passo Sella - Passo Costalunga (72 km, 2100 meters)
Thursday - Passo Stelvio - Bormio (48 km, 2100 meters)
Friday - Passo Gavia - (Optional Passo Mortirolo) - Bormio (74 km, 2100 meters)
Saturday - Arriverdici ( Transfer to Milano Train Station)

Each ride can be lengthened, or shorten based on rider preference.  All routes are on secondary roads.

The Dolomites are featured each year in the Giro d'Italia, which has become known as the 'The World's Hardest Race, In the World's Most Beautiful Place',

Bike Touring The Colli Berici Wine Road | Vicenza

BIKE TOURING THE COLLI BERICI WINE ROAD | VICENZA PROVINCE

berici wine hills

This is one of the best bike ridesin the Venetois just south of the city of Vicenza, in the Colli Berici.  The Tocai RossoWine Road is a marked route through the hills that takes you near many of the local producers.    As well, you will find the route full of  Palladio and Venetian villas, vinyards, caves, small villages, and hidden history.  This bike ride is well off the typical tourist path and givers you a true look at Italy.

This is a great one-day trip even if you are staying in Venice, Padova, or Veronasince it offers you a chance to visit Vicenza and see the country side.  If you are cycling through on the classic velo 7 bike route I would make a route change and include the back portion of this route.   The tourist office has a couple of route suggestions for day rides but this is a much better route.  I you are not a strong rider there is now an option to ride along a bike path that has been extended past Barbarano.

Getting There:

Vicenza is on the main train linebetween Venice and Milano.  You can catch a train with a bike car and once you get off at Vicenza train station you are at the start of the route.  There are also plenty of options for basing yourself in Vicenza. 

Bike Rental: You can organize a bike rental from Italiaoutdoors.

Check Points- Vicenza train Station - Riveria Berica bike path - Tormeno - Arcugnano - Passo S. Gottaro - Barbarano Vicenztino - Nanto - Castegnero - Lumignano -Costozzo - Longare- Vicenza

 

Colli Berici Route Information
Route Length 49 km
Start Elevation 38 meter
Max Elevation 378 meters
Gain 433 meters
 

 

 

Bike Touring the Friuli Venezia Region

BIKE TOURING FRIULI VENEZIA REGION

Bike Tour Friuli Venezia, Mt Zoncolan

 

Bike Touring in the Friuli Venezia Region offers some great riding for all levels of cyclist, mixed with the regions own unique flavors and rich history.  The Friuli Venezia Region is very similar to the  neighboring Veneto Region, offering flat, rolling hills, mid-mountain, and mountain routes.  However, the Friuli Venezia Region is more rustic and has been overlooked for centuries as a cultural destination.  This is a region of Italy that is still very authentic and off the beaten path and offers some great vacation options.

The most useful resource for touring cyclists is the brochure Friuli Venezia Giulia by Bike which describes the network of signposted routes. You can find these at some tourist offices but not all. The Italian version is also available on the web at pedalitalia.it.

REASONS TO BIKE TOUR FRUILI VENEZIA REGION

  • The old port city of Trieste
  • Riding the wine roads of the Colli
  • Tracing to old battle lines of WWI
  • Roman ruins and cities destroyed by Attili the Hun

BIKE TOURING ROUTES POSTED BY TOURIST OFFICE AND LOCAL RESOURCES

The Friuli Venezia Tourist office has a wide amount of bike touring information.  Each individual province is starting to develop their own material . 

Map showing the network of cycleways and cycle routes in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

 Bike Touring Map of the Friuli Venezia Region

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE FRIULI VENEZIA REGION

There are a couple of useful maps showing where you can mountain bike on the regional tourism site.  Many of the maps are available at local tourist offices but it is best to download a copy from the maps page on the regional web site.

1 DAY BIKE TOUR ROUTES IN FRIULI VENEZIA

The Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region has produced a series of maps aimed at cyclists. These are widely available from tourist offices in English, German and Italian. They are downloadable from the thematic maps page.

Aquilieia to Grado Bike Tour, Udine Province

MULTI DAY BIKE TOURS IN THE FRIULI VENEZIA REGION

Bike Touring Trieste and Friuli Venezia Region

CLASSIC BIKE CLIMBS IN THE FRIULI VENEZIA REGION

Bike Touring Monte Zoncolan From Ovaro Climb

Bike Touring the Montebelluno Area | Treviso Province

BIKE TOURING THE MONTELLO HILL OF MONTEBELLUNO

Prosecco hills and montello hill treviso

Located north of Venice is the small provincial city of Montebellluno, at some great bike routes to explore during your next visit to the Veneto. There are five specific itineraries for avid cyclists to enjoy; each route is signposted with colour-coded signs to help you navigate the route. Stopping by the local information tourist office in Montebelluno you will find an information booklet detailing the routes.

The great things about the routes are that they are within some of the Veneto's riches cultural areas and agricultural centres. Whether you like to visit stately villas or to sample some good quality wines these routes will appeal to all active vacationers. Choose a route and do a one-day activity or find lodging and explore all five of the routes available.

These routes are designed for well-trained cyclists and the variety of terrain being written over the five routes makes this area a perfect one week training center. The starting points are designed for local cyclist or for those with a car. However, it is very easy to link into the route from Montebelluno, it is easy to adjust distance-based upon fitness levels. You will find all the roads will maintain an asphalted with appropriate signs, most roads are secondary roads where there is less traffic.

Overview of the Routes

How to get there:

You can reach Montebelluno by Train from Venice.  Trains run daily about every hour and you either go to Padova or Treviso to make a change.  Travel time is about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Bike Touring the Mortirolo Climb in Italy

BIKE TOUR PASSO DEL MORTIROLO | ALPS

Bike Touring Mortirolo in the Italian Alps

The Mortirolo Pass (Passo di Mortirolo) 1852 meters a.s.l. is a mountain pass in the Alps in Italy. Also known as Passo di Foppa, it connects Mazzo di Valtellina (province of Sondrio) and Val Camonica (province of Brescia). The road from Mazzo di Valtellina is one of the most demanding climbs in professional road bicycle racing, having been used in the Giro d'Italia stage race. 

There are 9 different routes up to Passo Mortirolo and each has it's specific difficulties. This is not a climb fo the pristina beauty of the climb, no great visita's or subline moments were you are taken in by the beauty of the area.  The Mortirolo is about the physical challenge of the climb and the pain of estasy for the challenge of the grade.  Each route up exceeds offers grades beyond the norm for average cyclist but for those that love the challenge of the climb each route is a must to do.

THE 9 ROUTES UP TO PASSO FOPPIA (THE MORTIROLO)

  • From Grosotto,  14.4 km,  Elevation Gain 1262 meters, Average Grade 8.76%, Time to Ride 1 hour 30 minutes
  • From Tovo, 13.7 km, Elevation Gain 1320 meters, Average Grade 9.6%, Time to Ride 1 hour 37 minutes
  • From Mazzo, 12.4 km, Elevation Gain 1300 meters, Average Grade 10.4%, Time to Ride 1 hour 34 minutes
  • From Grosio, 14.8 km, Elevation Gain 1222 meters, Average Grade 8.25%, Time to Ride 1 hour 35 minutes
  • From Monno, 10.2 km, Elevation Gain 800 metes, Average Grade 7.8%, Time to Ride 1 hour 2 minutes
  • From Aprica, 25 km, Elevation Gain 650 meters, Average Grade 2.6%, Time to Ride 2 hours
  • From M. Padrio, 9.4 km, Elevation Gain 920 meters, Average Grade 9.7%, Time to Ride 1 hour 10 minutes
  • From Guspessa, 12.8 km, Elevation Gain 1157 meters, Average Grade 9%, Time to Ride 1 hour 27 minutes
  • From Tirano, 32 km, Elevation Gain 1417 meters, Average Grade 4.4%, Time to Ride 2 hour 30 minutes

Bike Touring the Padova Province of Italy

BIKE TOURING THE PADOVA PROVINCE | VENETO REGION

parco dei colli veduta

The Padova Province developed several marked and sign posted bike paths and routes. The city information center has some handouts of suggested routes. There, are some good routes suggested but the information is not always the best route for a visitor and most routes tend to be away from what you wish to see. That being said, there are plenty of great things to explore in the area and Padova and many of its walled cities and villas should be on your ride list when in the Veneto Region.

bike tour padova booklet

SIGN POSTED BIKE ROUTES IN THE PADOVA PROVINCE

The Map below shows the better riding in the Padova province.

Bike Touring Italy, Padova Province

GREAT PLACES TO RIDE IN THE PADOVA PROVINCE

Colli Euganei: These volcanic hills offer several bike routes to enjoy. Located just south of Padova and along the main train line, these hills make a great day trip.
Cittadella: Walled city to ride to just north of Padova, a great stop over on your way toward Bassano del Grappa.
Monsèlice to Chiaggo: Riding from Padova or Monsèlice toward Chiaggo there are a couple of interesting points to visit, including a few bicycle factories south of Piove di Sacco.
Montagnana: Great walled city to ride to from Monsèlice via Este of lower across the plains.

 

Bike Touring the Prosecco Wine Roads Treviso Province

BIKE TOURING THE PROSECCO WINE ROADS | TREVISO PROVINCE

Bike Tour Italy, Prosecco wine road

The hillsides of the Prosecco Wine zone display themselves to the visitor as a cadenced sequence of slopes, embroidered with vineyards. Within this complex patchwork of vineyards, you also will find many monuments of the past, such as castles, parish churches and abbeys, all of which express the vivid history of an area that has undergone continuous change.

There are many reasons for choosing to visit the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene area as an active holiday destination: apart from fascinating towns that are rich in art, history and culture, the zone also offers a large number of wine shops, restaurants, trattoria and other premises in which one can savour the welcoming atmosphere of the area and its age-old tradition of good food and wine. Here one can still enjoy the genuine flavors of local dishes, whether in historic hostelries or in modern restaurants.

This area is great for a one day or two day bike tour during your visit to the Venice.  Reachable by train with plenty of options for lodging and eating, you will enjoy a taste of 'real Italy' away from the big tourist crowds.

BIKE TOURING THE PROSECCO WINE ROADS

START POINT Conegliano Train Station
NEAREST CITY Conegliano, Treviso
LENGTH 51 km
DIFFICULTY LEVEL Easy
ELEVATION START 58 meters
ELEVATION MAX 319 meters
BEST TIME OF YEAR April to November
ROUTE CHECKPOINTS Conegliano - Tarzo - Lago di Revine - Follina - Valobbiadene - Socco - Refrontole - Conegliano
 BIke Tour Italy, Prosecco Wine Road Map

Bike Touring the Roads of the Italian Prealps

BIKE TOURING THE ROADS OF THE ITALIAN PREALPS

Bike tour Prealps

Bike Tour the Italian Prealps that are located in the Veneto Region and Lombardy Region.  The Italian Prealps is the best choice for the cyclist who wishes to bike tour and culture touring.  You can ride the wine roads and towns of the old Venetian Republic and ride a great climb up to 2000 meters.  Also riding the Italian Prealps let you extend your riding season in the mountains and classic climbs.

Italian Prealps Mountains Map

WHEN TO BIKE TOUR IN THE ITALIAN PREALPS

You can add the Veneto Region and Lombardy Region Prealps to your bike trip during the months of April through October.  The Veneto Region Prealps are more flexible than the Lombardy Region due to the warmer climate created by the Adriatic Sea.  As well the Veneto region offers a greater mix of cultural activities, so if you are vacationing with a non-rider there is plenty to keep them busy.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BIKE TOUR THE PREALPS

Cyclist visiting the Prealps will always be more comfortable on their own bike.  The rides then to be around 12 km of switchback roads bringing you from 100 meters elevation to 1800 meters.  The weather changes are not as drastic so you can get do gauge what you need on the ride by the temps in the valley.  However, many of the small roads are very isolated so a support vehicle is recommended for snacks, water, and emergency break downs.  One of the things I enjoy is that I can get in 3 to 4 thousand metres of climbing without being more than 50 kms from me base.

Strong cyclist riding a 53/39 should at least have a 27 or 28 on the rear cog.  Keep in mind that many of the Prealps climbs have some steep grades but they are not long.  A compac is a great choice and at least a 27 in the rear, less fit or first time riders will want a 29.  Due to the varity of terrain I find that a triple works great when my legs do not have that many miles in them, so a 26 or 28 in the rear are welcomes on some of the grades that can average 18 to 20%.  Riders that do not like hills or feel they wish to be more comfortable should consider a Mountain Bike setup with a rear cog of 36. 

WHERE TO BASE  YOURSELF TO CYCLE THE PREALPS

If you are planning a bike trip in the Veneto Prealps the best locations to base yourself are the: Verona Province, Vicenza Province, and Treviso Province.  If you want to challenge yourself on the Lombardy Prealps you should consider either Bergamo or Como as locations to stay. 

The best location to ride the best of these climbs is Asolo or Bassano del Grappa.

CYCLE ROUTES IN THE PREALPS

Bike Touring the Rovigo Province | Veneto

BIKE TOURING IN THE ROVIGO PROVINCE | VENETO

bike touring the rovigo province

When you bike in the Rovigo Province of Italy you will not be challenged with any hills. The province sits on the northern banks of the Po and southern banks of the Adige, most of this is reclaimed land that was once marshland and swamp. The are tracks that have historical sites dating back to the Romans and the province is part of the bread basket of northern Italy. Riding is mostly along canals and country roads and the landscape in never changing at times so you want to time your visit with the blooming of Spring or the harvest in the Fall. Also understanding the history and layout of the province, otherwise you could be riding nondescript roads for hours.

I enjoy bike riding in Rovigo and was a perfect destination for getting younger family members into shape to ride and explore some forgotten history of Italy. The top places to ride are:

  1. Destra del Po- this is a marked bike route that follows the course of the Po River.
  2. Tracing the Adige River- Not a marked bike route but plenty of secondary roads and lots of hiddenhistories.
  3. Po Delta -This is wetlands national reserve.

Bike the Rovigo province if you have the chance and if you like relaxed and exploring types of rides this can be a great option.· The best way to explore this province is by bicycle.

Bike Touring The Sile River Path | Treviso Province

BIKE TOURING THE SILE RIVE BIKE PATH | TREVISO

sile river treviso

The Sile river is the longer resurgence river in Europe, finding its source at an elevation of 23 meters above sea level and gently winding through the province of Treviso to empty out at the Venetian coast.  The loop connecting Treviso to Casale follows the banks of this waterway, along one of it's most scenic sections, where the relationship between man and river meanders through time.  Art cities, natural reserves, Venetian villas, and lush countryside are all outstanding elements protected with the Sile River Regional National Park.

Distance: 40 km
Route: bicycle trails, walking trails and secondary municipal roads with light traffic
Start: Treviso
Finish: Casale sul Sile

Bike Touring the Treviso Province

BIKE TOURING THE TREVISO PROVINCE

Bike Touring the Treviso Province

The Treviso province sits just north of Venice and is home to Pinarello Bicycle Factory, Sella seats, Sidi Shoes and Prosecco wine. What more could you hope for as a cyclist?

The Treviso province offers a place to ride 4-5 days, with plenty of places to visit some of Italy's history, food and wine, and bicycle culture. There a diverse amount of terrain and route selection with the flat plain running south toward Venice, the Asolo and Prosecco hills, and the Prealps of Mt. Grappa and Mt. Consiglio

I suggest three places to base yourself out of: Castelfranco, Asolo, or Montebelluno.

BIKE TOURS SUGGESTIONS FOR THE TREVISO PROVINCE:

  1. Bike Touring the Prosecco Wine Roads Treviso Province
  2. Bike Touring the Montebelluno Area | Treviso Province
  3. Bike Touring Anello del Grappa (Ride Around Monte Grappa) | Veneto
  4. Bike Touring The Sile River Path | Treviso Province
  5. Bike Touring From Asolo to Castelfranco | Treviso

CLASSIC CLIMBS IN THE TREVISO PROVINCE

BIKE TOURING RESOURCES IN THE TREVISO PROVINCE

The Treviso Tourism office is a good resource for cycle information and most of the townships has an information center with maps and brochures.  There are a few bike providers and some of the hotels offer bike services and routes. Treviso is a great area to plan a few days and then move on to another province north to Belluno or west to Vicenza.  The nice thing about this area is that you can ride hard, eat and drink well, and sightsee all at the same time. 

Bike Touring The Veneto and Venezia Republic

BIKE TOURING THE REPUBLIC OF VENICE | VENETO REGION

chioggia

Route Highlights

Venice - Chioggia - Abano Terme - Vicenza - Bassano del Grappa- Treviso
    •    Lenght: 6 Days of Riding
    •    Distance: 305 km
    •    Difficulty level: Easy to medium

History

In the Veneto Region, the numerous bicycle paths allow cyclists to be in contact with art, culture, gastronomy and natural wonders travelling almost exclusively by bike.

The 'Veneto Venice and the Republic Circuit' itinerary is like an in-depth excursion to the Veneto's breathtaking landscapes: from lagoons and rivers, bucolic hills, countrysides, and cites of art.  Each leg is brightened by the different specialties offered by the local cuisine and wine, which is essentially the highest tribute to culture and nature.   Trace the old mainland borders of an Empire that lasted 1000 years and all but forgotten today. 

Where You Are Riding:

Enjoy riding along bike paths and secondary roads, the last day is slightly rolling hills from Bassano del Grappa to Treviso.

Bicycle Tour Planning

When: The best time to ride this route is April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.
Maps: The Italian Touring Club map Veneto Region has all the roads you would travel. Stopping at Tourist office you will find various local information.  This route is projected to be signposted.
Getting To/From Ride:Venice Marco Polo Airport or Mestre Train station (start and finish)
 

GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE BIKE RIDE

DAY 1 - Venice to Chioggia, Lido di Venezia Island Route - 32 km

The first day of riding is structured to be a shorter distance since you will want to take plenty of time to explore during this leg of your journey.  If you are staying in Mestre you will want to cross the 'Liberty Bridge' to reach the ferry on Tronchetto.  If you are staying in Venice just ride over to the ferry.  Taking the ATCV boat over to Lido di Venezia you will get off near the church of San Nicolo, and start your ride toward the northern coast of the island following the E5 itinerary signs.  The route is the same as the 'Venetian islands bike route.' On the Island of Lido di Venezia, some great stops include the Church of San Nicolò, the ancient monuments of the Jewish Cemetery. Back in the 10h century, expeditions against pirates started out from the waters lying in front of the former monastery, and on November 8, 1202 it was used for the departure of the Fourth Crusade.  For the celebration of Festa della Sensa (Ascension of Crist), a traditional rite symbolizing Venice's union to the sea.  Sposalizio del Mare, is still preformed today.  The route continues along the Riviera heading towards the lagoon, then across Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, which intersects with all the main streets in the built-up area.  You'll find yourself by the beach on Lungomare Marconi in no time, and some of the most prestigious buildings of the tourist area overlooks this seaside drive; the Gran Hotel des Bains, Casino, Palazzo della Mostra del Cinema, and the unique Moorish building of the Grand Hotel Excelsior.  

Once out of the center you can ride up on the cycling/walking trail (if you are using a hybrid bike) behind the murazzi, a system of stone embankments set up to protect the island from coastal flooding. On days when the island is more crowded, the inner island route is preferable.  this will bring you to the historical town of Malamocco, which has a typically Venetian feel about it, traveling through the call and campielli. After passing through that area, you will come to the Alberoni nature reserve, where you can catch another ferry the island of Pellestrina.  After getting off at Santa Maria del Mare, proceed toward the port of San Pietro in Volta with its 18th century church surrounded by garden and fishing huts. Pedaling southward, you will come to Portosecco, where you might find women out making lace by hand in the old tradition.  Then you arrive to the picturesque area of Pellestrina with residential building dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.  If you are riding a mountain bike you can ride to the southern edge of the island, following the track around the tip of the island, seeing the ancient fort and the Cà Roman natural reserve.  From Pellestrina you can take the ACTV water-buses to Chioggia, just a few kilometers away. (Overnight Chioggia)

DAY 2 Chioggia - Abano and Montegrotto Terme, The trail of salt and sugar - 63 kms

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the ancient Church of Sant'Andrea, and the medieval tower are the main sights in the picturesque historical town of Chioggia framed in by typical Venetian alleys and canals.  Other must see spots are the colorful fish market, located between piazza and the Canale deli Vena. Aside from seafood, salt is still one of Chioggia's flourishing businesses and it has been since the expansion of the salt pans made it the Adriatic's salt capital many years ago.  On this leg, you will make your way down the 'salt route' which goes from the lagoon to the Venetian cities.  With the lagoon at your back, you will pass through stretches of farmland sectioned off by a number of artificial canals.  In Correzzola, you will reach a 16th century structure of architectural; the Court Benedettina.  In this area, the monks undertook great development projects building several farmsteads, which are still inhabited today, to support local agriculture and animal husbandry.  The factory is still in operation, and the town has taken on the nickname of 'paese dell zuccero,' (sugar town). You will continue down the left bank of the canal, passing by the once fortified city of Bovolenta, which marks the confluence of waters flowing from Padua to the right, and the Euganean Hills to the left. The route veers off in the direction of the hills which appear on the horizon with their recognizable, pointy silhouettes. The many Venetian villas, of Pontemanco, bridges with impressive masonry, and the former abbey of Santo Stefano are all sights to be admired along the way and attest to the ancient roots of this waterway, now used as a bike path.  The route ends in Battaglia Terme, a charming town in the Euganean Hills where an original muse preserves the memory of the navigation along the river.  The thermal spas of Abano and Montegrotto Terme are less than 10 km away from here. (Overnight Abano)

DAY 3 Abano Terme - Padua - Vicenza, Between the Euganean and Berici Hills 53 km

If you have the time, enjoy the heated pools in Abano and Montegrotto, and then continue your journey toward Padua.  Padua can be reached in about half an hour, via a pleasant bike path along the levee bordering the Battaglia Canal. This man-made canal is one of the oldest in Italy and has the peculiar quality of being dug into farmland. The scenery here also includes Venetian villas, such as the magnificent Villa Molin designed by an architect named Scamozzi.  Near Bassanello, where the waters of the Bacchiglione River are divided into three distinct canals, you will follow the one that leads into the city. After having toured the historical city centre, you will have to backtrack along along the main waterway, in the direction of Vicenza. Padua is a city of religion, science, and art. It owes its fame to great figures throughout history; Saint Anthony, whose relics are housed in the Fransciscan style cathedral and worshiped by millions of pilgrims, Galileo Galilei, astrophysicist and professor at the old university, and Giotto, the master of all artists who adorned Padua's churches and buildings with their frescoes in the 15th century. Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel is a must see. The 40 km that separate Padua and Vicenza follow a pleasant route along the levees offering exciting views, first of the Euganean Hills and then the Berici Hills.  the former are of volcanic origin, as demonstrated by the unmistakable cone shaped masses covered with woodlands, which rest atop gently sloping terrain with carefully cultivated vineyards. The latter hills, more compact and rounded off, are actually the petrified remnants of a coral reef. Once you have reached Longare, at the foot of the hills, you might want to take an detour towards the village of Costozza, which is adorned with gorgeous Venetian villas. A safe and easy bike path leads you to the Monte Berico Sanctuary, which looks out over the city along with two masterpieces by Andrea Palladio; Vila Capra Valmarana or 'La Rotonda' and the nearby Arco dell Scalette. (Overnight Vicenza)

DAY 4 Vicenza - Marostica - Bassano del Grappa, Meadows and resurgences 45 km

Between Vicenza and Bassano del Grappa, there is a lovely meandering trail offering a wealth of natural and artistic scenery. At the foot of the Asiago Plateau, bicycle tourists can ride around and explore lands that hide underground streams later emerging to create the freshwater springs near Dueville.  The area of 'Bosco di Dueville', where the springs of the Bacchiglione Rver are located, is a protected area, some of the area's unique features inched Villa Monza, now housing the municipal offices, Villa da Porto Casarotto and the annexed aristocratic chapel, and villa Da Porto Pedrotti. Continuing along the route you will arrive to Sandrigo, and area that still displays several traces of the ancient agricultural traditions in many rural building that add character to the surrounding countryside, in addition to the impressive vials.  Sandrigo has become well known for the traditional preparation of its baccalà all vicentina, a specialty dish made of dried, unsalted cod that is celebrated with a special festival every September. After Sandrigo you will ride to Marostica, which greets visitors with its protective walls and castles. This town has gained worldwide fame for he live chess game held in the beautiful Piazza deli Sacchi every tow years. Marostica's is also known for its local produce, one of the best known is its cherries. there is also a festival dedicated to these every year. This leg comes to an end in the town of Bassano del Grappa, a leading city in the province of Vicenza which never fails to surprise and enchant those who come to explore, with its unique architecture and landscape. Lying on the Brenta River at the foot of Monte Grappa, this city is known for its wooden bridge, which was designed by Palladio and has become a symbol of the Alpini military corps. It is a city to be appreciated, as you wander through the plazas and explore the walls of the Ezzelini Castle or visit the museums and admire the gorgeous view of the Brenta and the mountains from the famous bridge. A nice little glass of grappa at the end of the day will make the perfect reward after you have completed the fourth leg of your trip through the Veneto. (Overnight Bassano del Grappa)

DAY 5 Bassano del Grappa - Treviso, At the foothill of the Asolani Hills. 57 km

The fifth leg starts at the bottom of Monte Grappa. From Bassano, you ride over to San Zenone deli Ezzelini crossing into the province of Treviso. Hills, valleys, and flat-lands alternate creating a new landscape at every turn. On one of the hilltops stands a solitary tower, as the symbol of he town. This is all that remains of the castle once belonging to the powerful Ezzelini family. Flanking you on the left hand side of the roue are the Asolani Hills, where some of the top red and white wines are produced in these enchanting rural setting.  Pedaling your way into the heart of the province, you will come to the refined and romantic town of Asolo, 'the icy of a hundred horizons,' which stands out with its fortress dominating the olive and cypress groves. After Asolo, you will find Maser, a village known for the Palladian villa by the same name,  a 16th century structure. Once you reach Monteelluna, a bustling modern city, you find it worth your while to visit the Museum of Natural History and Archealogy and the Museo dell Scarpone, housed inside the 16th century villa Binetti-Zuccarea. the latter museum displays collections of the most significant examples from tow centuries' worth of history in mountain boot production. From Montebelluna, you will leave the city atmosphere behind you and in no time find yourself immersed in nature and history again.  Crossing the base of the hill of Montello, just outside of Treviso, there are plenty of quick stops to enjoy along your ride.  The last section of road passes through the province of Treviso in areas where history mixes with modern times. Some secondary roads quickly lead you to Treviso, the historical centre of which is enclosed by the original protective walls from the Renaissance period. (Overnight Treviso)

DAY  6 Treviso - Mestre, from the Sile River to the Venice Lagoon. 55 km

The last leg takes you out of the city of Treviso to the Sile River, and following its course, you will start your descent toward the Venetian Lagoon.  The consistent flow of the Sile's water and moderate current ave always made this river navigable and easily used for water power, as you can note with the presence of the many mills.  Along its bands, you will find a series of interesting places to visit, such as; Casier, a centre for trade since ancient times, Castle sul Sile, a strategic point control of traffic along the river and you can still see the 13th century tower built for that purpose by the Carraresi family.  This is a great ride for foodies who want to try some of the local specialities of the area. This is the homeland of Radicchio Rosso di Treviso, also called 'spadone', which has been cultivated in Dosson using a special soaking technique since the mid 1800's. The 'Piave Wine Road' runs through parts of this section and there are plenty of vineyards to visit plus the elegant estates that once belonged to the Venetian Republic.  Once you have reached Quarto d'Altino, you will be able to smell the scents of the lagoon carried by the breeze, and from here you will find signs towns the ancient road of Via Annia.  Not fromthe modern cities centre you will find the archaeological ruins of a Roman city built as a port city.  The city was demolished during the Barbaric invasions and the inhabitants took refuge in the lagoon area, which then led to the founding of Venice.  The lagoon and the 'Serenissima Republic of Venezian' is your final stop on this route. (Overnight Venice)

Bike Touring the Verona Province

BIKE TOURING THE VERONA PROVINCE | VENETO REGION

Bike Tour Verona Province, Italy

The Verona Province offers great riding for all levels.  The bike paths north along the Adige River, Monte Lessini mountain group, south along the Mincio river bike path to Mantova, or east toward Vicenza and Venice. With the city of Verona and it's historical sites and Opera season in the Roman arena, plus the shorelines of Lake Garda  this area of the Veneto has an untapped variety of roads to ride for all level of cyclist.

BIKE TOURING ROUTES IN THE VERONA PROVINCE

Bike Touring from Verona to Vicenza | Verona

Bike Touring from Lake Garda to Verona | Verona

Bike Touring Lake Garda to Mantua Path | Verona

CLASSIC BIKE CLIMBS IN THE VERONA PROVINCE

Punta Veleno from Brenzone Bike Climb

LOCAL RESOURCES FOR BIKE TOURING IN VERONA

As you plan your Italy Bike Tour check out the Verona Tourism website where there are a few bike touring itineraries, most are and around Lake Garda. There is the Italian website of Amici della Bicicletta di Verona, the local branch of the FIAB, and view the cicloturismo section to find some recommended rides in the area. This same group has also published several routes with gps information on the GPSies.com website. – follow the links from this page.

The Verona FIAB has also made a great map showing cycle touring itineraries in the area. It can be purchased on the site or in the bookstores in Verona.

The Verona Province of the Veneto regions offers several excellent good Bike Touring options. The Province has a nice mix of history, culture, food and wine, along with various terrian options. The Verona Province has Lake Garda, Lessini Mountains, Prealps of Monte Baldo, several wine zones, and parts of the Paduana Plain, the province is bordered by the Trento Province, Vicenza Province, Brescia Province and Mantova Province.

There are several places you can base yourself for one to three days of riding.  If you are change locations a couple of times you can explore all of the Verona Province in a week on a road bike or Mountain bike.

Bike Touring The Vicenza Province | Veneto

BIKE TOURING THE VICENZA PROVINCE | VENETO

Bike Tour VicenzaThe Vicenza Province is one of the Veneto's best riding areas, it has all types of terrain; from flats, rolling hills, medium mountains, to major climbs, and the weather allows you to ride 7 to 8 months out of the Year.  Considering that a large portion of the Italian bike industry still has bases of operation in the province it is easy to see why there are always people out on the road.

There are flat routes with lots of culture and history stops along the way for casual riders, rolling hills to explore the wine zones and food of the various towns.  Plus for those liking hills, the Prealps of the Asiago Altopiano, and Mt Grappamountain groups and the Piccolo Dolomitesoffer some early season ascents for anyone wanting to train for the Alps and Italian Dolomites later in the year.

ONLINE RESOURCES TO PLAN BIKE TOURING THE VICENZA PROVINCE

The website for the Provincia di Vicenza a few cycling routes that are listed in Italian, the local travel office gives out a free bike guide to the region but again it is only in Italy, and not structured very well.  There is another website that has a section with bike routes or percorsi in Italian, called Tutti in Bici (this is the local branch of FIAB – the ‘Italian Friends of the Bike’).

There are several local bike guides that have been written and you can find in the local bookstore in Vicenza.

Bike Tour Vicenza Province ItalyGREAT BIKE ROUTES IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE

CLASSIC BIKE CLIMBS IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE

WHERE TO BASE YOURSELF FOR A BIKE TOUR IN THE VICENZA PROVINCE

Biking in the Vicenza Province can be divided into two specific sections the central and southern part of the Province and the Northern part. 

To ride in the central and southern zone your best base is the city of Vicenza, Italy, from here you can travel east, west, and south, and there are 4-5 days of great riding if you ride 40 to 50 miles per day. This is a great location for all levels of riders and especially if you are traveling with a non-rider.  Being on the main train line also allows you plenty of non riding day options and lets you extend your riding range.  Fit riders can ride to Asiago and Mt Grappa from Vicenza, it is a 140 km round trip.

To ride the northern part of the province of Vicenza it is better to base yourself in the town Bassano del Grappa, From here you can ride Asiago, Monte Grappa, and the hills leading to Asolo. There are plenty of flat rides as well. I suggest Bassano del Grappa only if you are an avid rider who loves to climb and and that is the focus of your vacation. There are 4 great rides out of Bassano, then you tend to repeat some of the same terrain. 

Bike Touring Val Venosta from Merano

MALLES TO MERANO BIKE TOUR | TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE

Bike Touring Val Venosta Bike Route

BIKE TOURING VAL VENOSTA FROM MERANO ROUTE PROFILE

Val Venosta Profile from Merano

Riding the Val Venosta bike path from Merano offers a great day to explore the mountain valleys of northern Italy.

Bike Touring Verona - Peschiera del Garda to Malcesina

Bike Touring Verona - Peschiera del Garda to Malcesina

lake garda photo

A 52 km path that starting, from the center of Peschiera arrives to the center of Malcesine, will make you discover the variety of scenery and landscapes offered by the Riviera degli Olivi on Lake Garda. It starts from a coastal environment by the waters of the lake and then switch to a hilly area rich of vineyards and olive groves, crops that have made this a popular tourist destination in the world. From here, an easy ascent leads at the top of the Rocca above Bardolino and Garda, before descending again to the lake near the beautiful Punta San Vigilio. The route then connects to the historic path of the Pellegrino and arrives to Malcesine, through woods and ancient villages alternated with stretches with beautiful panoramic views of the blue lake. This path can be done by mountain bike or on foot from any town of the Riviera with direction north or south using the various access roads. Of course, the journey can be covered in a day or in stages, using, in whole or in part, also the public transport (bus or boat).

BIKE TOURING THE OLIVE GROVES OF LAKE GARDA ROUTE NOTES

CHECK POINTS - Peschiera del Garda - Lazise - Bardolino - Garda - Torri dei Benaco - Brenzone sul Garda - Malcesina

  • Distance - 52 km
  • Lenght - 5/6 hours (bike) 12 h (trekking)
  • Level difference - 292 m

 

 

Bolzano to Trentino Bike Path

BOLZANO TO TRENTO BIKE TOUR | TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE

The Bolzano to Trento path is the most important of all the cycle paths already built or projected in Trentino. It links, from north to south, the provinces of Bolzano, Trentino and Verona: the heart of the Alps to the Po Valley.  Like it has been for thousands of years, the Valle dell'Adige is a transit route to Italy and remains the preferred route to southern European destinations, even for those who travel by bike. The bike path is 90 kilometres long and represents the cornerstone of the whole cycle route project in Trentino.

BOLZANO TO TRENTO BIKE PATH ROUTE NOTES

The bike path runs almost completely along the Adige river, alternating between its right and left banks, using the old riverside roads which cross fields and orchards, skirting past hamlets, villages and the cities of Trento and Rovereto. It doesn't matter which direction you choose to ride, the path, from the north or the south, the elevation gain between its highest and lowest points is insignificant and you don't even climb 100m. There are no demanding climbs, but there are a few steep ramps, the steepest are those required for climbing the river's banks. Nearly the whole length of the path is along roads protected from motorised traffic and is reserved exclusively for cyclists, pedestrians and very infrequent agricultural vehicles which use it when moving from one farm to another.

This guide starts describing the Bolzano bike path from its most northerly point, where cycle paths arriving from the city of Bolzano link it. Keeping to the left bank, the first stretch runs down along the river Adige to the Rotaliano Plain near the village of Mezzocorona, the path does not pass through Mezzocorona. The area it crosses is through orchards and vineyards, that sits in the valley between the high rock faces on both sides of this part of the valley.  After 4½ kilometres, in the community of Masetto, the path move to the Adige's right bank and continues down the river, passing through the village of Grumo, separated from San Michele all'Adige by a grand arch bridge. In San Michele you can visit the interesting Museo degli usi e costumi della Gente trentina (Trentino People's Habits and Customs Museum), hosted in the ancient Augustine Monastery.

Continuing along the Adige, the path now run alongside a section of the Brenner motorway, an important and busy communication artery, without fee. After ten kilometres you will reach the village of Nave San Rocco where the path again crosses the river onto the left bank. The ride continues through the rural environment and there are equipped rest areas to stop for a break or to admire the surrounding views. After sixteen kilometres, the path moves away temporarily from the Adige, towards the centre of the valley for a short stretch up the Torrente Avisio. Consequently, you pass the mouth of the Avisio Biotope, a small protected area, the natural reserve is an important rest place for some species of migratory birds and a field centre for bird tagging, whose objective is the study of migratory flight paths used in crossing the Alps. On the outskirts of the town of Lavis the path crosses the Avisio over a wooden footbridge and continues towards the Adige, parallel to the Trento Nord motorway exit. For the next three kilometres the cycle path remains close to the river and the motorway, in view of the high, sheer rock-faces of the Soprasasso.

After 27 kilometres the path enters the city of Trento, initially along a busy street, then along the tree-lined bank, which separates the river from the Adigetto canal. The cycle path does not pass through the heart of the city of Trento, it merely touches it, but a visit to the City of the Council is an absolute must. Carrying on southwards, after 31 kilometres the path will once again cross over to the right-hand side of the Adige, there is also another branch of the cycle path on the left-hand bank. Once you reach the village of Mattarello, a southern suburb of Trento, the two branches of the cycle path come together on the left bank. A further eight kilometres the path reaches the village of Besenello, overlooked by the hill which houses Beseno Castle, summer home to interesting museum exhibitions of Trentino life from the past centuries. The path then goes past the village of Calliano on the right bank of the Adige and at Nomi crosses over next to another strip of land set up as a Biotope, a relic of the river environment which you could find along the Adige up until the end of the nineteenth century, before the river was completely banked. Right before the bridge of Nomi, we find the "Bicigrill", a rest stop and information point for cyclist.

By this point you will have completed 46 kilometres and another four the path continues along the left bank, skirting vineyards. Pass under the Sant'Ilario bridge, then the cycle path moves away from the river bank and using a lightly used road towards the outskirts of the town of Rovereto, Trento Province's second most important town. As in Trento, the cycle path does not head towards the city centre, easily reachable along a branch of the same path, which turns off by the River Leno crossing. Rovereto is a town worth visiting, full of unknown and interesting ideas and home of the artist Fortunato Depero, great exponent of the Futurist movement.

Rovereto is at 55 kilometres and the path again moves away from motorised traffic, another short section which once more carries us along the Adige until we cross it over the Mori Dam bridge, built to feed water into the Montedison Canal and the abandoned factory of the same name. At 60 kilometres, along the right bank of the Montedison Canal, the path will branch off from the cycle path which goes to Lake Garda via Mori. At the former Montedison factory we pass over to the Adige's left bank across the bridge and continue along a section next to the motorway and then alongside the Verona-Brennero railway line as far as the village of Chizzola, accessible on the other side via a footbridge. For the next 6 kilometres the cycle path is still being built, alternating between finished and unfinished sections until reaching the village of Pilcante. On leaving the village, the cycle path continues along the lightly used provincial road, the “destra Adige”, this road is shared with other vehicles as far as the Ala Dam. Having crossed the Biffis Canal, bypass the Ala-Avio motorway exit, once again travelling along a section of protected path. Pass through Vo' Destro, near Sabbionara, dominated by the mass of Sabbionara d'Avio Castle, which is worth visiting, whether for its beauty or the view from the top of the keep. There are still 5 kilometres to go on the cycle path in the Valle dell'Adige, all along the riverbanks in the narrow space between the river and the motorway. Finally we reach the village of Borghetto all'Adige, where the path ends at the bridge by the boundary with Verona province.

From this point you will use provincial roads to reach Verona.  There is traffic on this road so be careful.

Brenta Mountain Group Bike Tour to Bolzano

BRENTA MOUNTAIN GROUP BIKE TOUR | TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE

Bike Tour Brenta Loop in Italy

This is a great ride that you can do by connecting sections of the Trentino-Alto Adige bike path together.  The Giro the Brenta (around the Brenta) takes you through thick forest and open valleys with mountains and vineyards forming a perfect picture on both sides.  This ride is for the cyclist that wants to just relax and take in the natural beauty of the Dolomite Mountains.  The route circumnavigates the western most section of the UNESCO world monument, cruising through the green Val di Sole and the more narrow Val Rendena on Days 1 and 2, then following the flat and scenic Strada del Vino through the vineyards on Day 3.

WHEN TO RIDE

June, July, August and September are good months to ride.  The Strada del Vino section on Day 3, due to its lover elevation, is also a nice ride in spring and autumn and can be combined with the Adige Valley Bike Path route to make a loop starting and ending in Bolzano.

MAPS

It is also best to buy an updated map upon arrival in Italy, (even in the departure region) Touring Club Italy map Trentino-Alto Adige is still my best suggestion, and visit the local tourist office for free and updated bicycle routes.  

GETTING TO/FROM THE RIDE

Mostizzolo, Trento (start)
Train - Mostizzolo train station is easiest to get to from Trento.  Several trains run daily from Tento up the Val di Sole, however the train line is run by a private organization Ferrovia Trento Malè-Marilleva, (phone: 046123850) to find the schedule, there is no active web site at this time. 

The Val del Sole Train station is 200 meters to the right of main Trento station.  During the winter schedule only 4 bicycles are allowed on various trains and you cannot pre-book seats.  During the summer schedule there is an attached bicycle car and you can book your ticket in advance.

Mostizzolo is the stop just after the town of Cles, there are no facilities at the station, the travel time is about 1 1/2 hours and cost 4 euro per person plus a 2 euro supplement for the bicycle.

ROUTE NOTES

You could cycle from Trento to Mostizzolo, but some sections are full of traffic at times.  If you want to ride just take the Adige Valley bike path out of Trento north to Mezzocorona (24 km), then follow the valley up the towards Cles and then Mostizzolo (34 km).  This will make your first day quite challenging.

Bolzano (finish) Bolzano is a main hub along the major transportation lines, you can get a train anywhere to your next destination, or bus up into the Dolomite's.

THE RIDE

Day 1: Mostizzolo to Pinzolo
3-6 hours, 48 km


The route consists of three segments: an initial easy stretch along the Val di Sole bike path, a challenging climb to Passo Camp Carlo Magno, and the descent down to Pinzolo.
As you leave the train station at Mostizzolo, the route takes you down to the beautiful gorge at Ponte Mostzzolo, where you will find the start of the Val di Sole bike path on the far side of the bridge, on your right.  You follow the first 15 kms of the path as you work your way up through forest, fields and apple orchards, following the Noce River catching sights of people rafting, and enjoying stunning views of the distant Alps to the west.

At Dimaro (15.9 km) the route turns south off the bike path and begins to the climb to Paso Campo Carlo Magno, named for Charlemagne, who crossed this pass in the late 1700's during his campaign against the Lombards.  There are a few places to in Dimaro to grab a snack or cafe before the climb, and be sure to drink some water and refill your bottles before taking on the climb.  The climb will start off steep but the grade gets easier, after the village of Folgarida, where you will get your first good views of the Dolomiti di Brenta, to your east. From the pass, it is just 2.3 km down to the trendy town of Madonna di Campiglio, it will feel a bit empty during the summer months but in winter it is the place to be for skiing. The route works it way through the town center and back streets to avoid a long tunnel, before it rejoins the main highway.  The descent is full of spectacular views of the Adamello mountain group, as you pass through the meadows that lead to Sant'Antonio di Mavignola.  At Sant'Antonio di Mavignola you will find the start of the Val Rendena Bike Path, from here is a quick descent along the headwaters of the Sarca  River to arrive in Pinzolo.

Day 2: Pinzolo to Molveno
3-6 hours, 50 km, 680 meters elevation gain


Today's route continues along the Val Rendena bike path as you linger in the lowlands of the valley before starting your gradual climb up to Molveno.  The first 11 km of the an easy ride along the bike path as it follows the Sarca River.  Sometimes the bike path will merge with a town street, but it is easy to follow. The path ends after 14 km,and the route continues downhill on SS39.  Just beyond Toine di Trento there is a short bike path (4 km) that leads east toward, the small town of Pez.  Here the route climbs out of the valley on a nice secondary road.  As the road levels out you will contour along the mountainside, crossing the Val d'Algone canyon, and passing the gorge and waterfall into Stenico (32.2 km). Stenico offers limited services, but the short side trip to the Castello di Stenico, sitting about the town, is a nice side trip.  The Castel was created in the 12th century by the prince-bishops of Trento to guard the important route between Trento and Lombardy.  Within the castle is an interesting fresco of the Virgin Mary tormented by a dragon, that was painted in the 13th century.   The final leg from Stenico to Molveno is through rolling hills and through a few limestone tunnels before you arrive at Lago di Molveno.  Circle the lake to arrive to the township of Molveno.

Day 3: Molveno to Bolzano
4.6 hours, 72.5 km
The spectacular landscapes you pass through today make this ride a sublime experience.  This section is longer but less challenging, than the previous day, with long stretches of flat and downhill riding. That being said, you do start off the ride today with a short climbing out of Molveno and up to the town of Andalo, from here it is a 13 km descent to the Noce River Valley.   There are some great photo opts just past Spormaggior, where switchbacks trace thier way through the landscape covered with apple orchards.   At 19.8 km, the route crosses SS43 to follow an abandoned road labelled SP29.  The road is overgrown with bushes and the paving is rough in places, but the guard rails are in place.  This traffic free shortcut drops down into the Adige Valley were you find yourself in wine country.   From Mezzocorona you will ride through some of Italy's most striking landscapes.  The secondary roads contour the base of the valley and pass though the many vineyards and apple orchards.  At 33 km you pass through the historical centre of Magre (Marreid), be sure and take a moment to visit the quaint streets of this village. After Magre you will ride to Lago di Caldaro, a national park area with lots of bird life, that attracts watcher throughout the world.  The next several km will climb through the vineyards until you reach the town of Caldaro (Kaltern), 54 km mark. Just after the town there are several enotche (wine bars) that offer tastings of the local wines.   From Caldaro, a nice bike path follows the old railway to reach Cornaiano (Girlan), from here it is a quick ride down into Bolzano.

TO ORGANIZE YOUR BIKE ADVENTURE CONTACT: McClure's Bike Italy

Campagnolo Bike Company in Vicenza Italy

CAMPAGNOLO BIKE FACTORY IN VICENZA ITALY

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Campagnolo is an Italian manufacturer of high-end bicycle components with headquarters in the city of Vicenza, Italy. The components are organised as groupsets (gruppi), and are a near-complete collection of a bicycle's mechanical parts. Campagnolo's flagship components are the Super Record, Record, and Chorus group-sets that represent their recent shift to 11-speed drivetrains. Record and Super Record are the top group-sets, followed by Chorus, Athena, Centaur and Veloce. Campagnolo also produces aluminum and carbon wheels, as well as other components (like carbon seat posts, and bottle-cages).

Founded by Tullio Campagnolo, the company began in 1933 in a Vicenza workshop. The founder was a racing cyclist in Italy in the 1920s and he conceived several ideas while racing, such as the quick release mechanism for bicycle wheels, derailleurs, and the rod gear for gear changing. The idea for the quick release mechanism is said to have come to him during a snowy race over Passo d’Aune Croce d'Aune), where you will find a monument to him today. Campagnolo has been awarded more than 135 patents for innovations in cycling technology. At the end of the 1950s, Campagnolo started to manufacture magnesium parts such as wheels for sports cars like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati, and built chassis for NASA satellites in 1969. Campagnolo Milestones In 1963, Campagnolo produced a disc brake for the Innocenti Lambretta TV motor scooter - the first two-wheel production vehicle with such a brake. In the 1970s they also supplied wheels for Ferrari's Formula One cars. Campagnolo worked with the manufacturer Colnago and racer Eddy Merckx and produced lightweight parts for the bike he used to beat the world hour record in 1972.

Following Campagnolo's success during the 1970s and '80s, innovation lagged as rival Shimano developed indexed shifting and combined shifter/brake levers (Shimano Total Integration). An unsuccessful foray into mountain biking, the Record-OR (off-road) group-set contributed to the company's decline during those years. Despite its struggles, Campagnolo introduced its ErgoPower combined shifter/brake levers and renewed its focus on high-end road cycling components. The late 1990s and early 2000s saw Campagnolo's increased use of carbon fibre and titanium parts in group-sets and the development of wheelsets. In 2004, Campagnolo introduced a complete Compact drivetrain with smaller chainrings, to give lower gears than traditional drivetrains. Other innovations included a Hirth-joint engineered Ultra-Torque external-bearing crank-set and G3 spoke lacing for racing wheels. In 2008, Campagnolo introduced 11-speed drivetrains with Super Record, Record, and Chorus group-sets. Campagnolo has released an electronic version of its drivetrain. Campagnolo has focused on road cycling and track cycling. Campagnolo sponsors teams in the UCI ProTour such as Caisse d'Epargne, Cofidis, Quick Step-Innergetic (Tom Boonen, Paolo Bettini), and Lampre. Campagnolo is associated with the victories of Eddy Merckx, who used Campagnolo exclusively and was a friend of Tullio Campagnolo.

Campagnolo Timeline

  • 1901 Tullio Campagnolo is born on 26 August in the eastern suburbs of Vicenza, Italy
  • 1922 Tullio Campagnolo begins his racing career 1930 Campagnolo patents the quick-release hub
  • 1933 After fabricating parts in the backroom of his father's hardware store, Tullio starts Campagnolo SPA with production of the quick-release hub
  • 1940 Tullio hires his first full-time employee. The derailleur enters production, enabling gears to change without removing the wheel. The pieces are handmade
  • 1949 Campagnolo introduces a parallelogram rear derailleur, the Gran Sport 1956 Campagnolo introduces a parallelogram front derailleur
  • 1963 The Record rear derailleur (chromed bronze) is introduced
  • 1966 The Nuovo Record rear derailleur is introduced. Eddy Merckx uses it for his first four Tour de France victories
  • 1973 The Super Record Road and Track groups are introduced.
  • 1983 Tullio Campagnolo dies on 3 February. Anniversary group-set to mark 50 years of Campagnolo bicycle parts. 1985 Campagnolo creates Delta brakes, with a parallelogram linkage to actuate the calipers.
  • 1986 The re-designed Record road and track group-sets (also known as C-Record) are introduced, replacing Super Record as the top of range
  • 1987 The last year of Super Record until 2008
  • 1989 Campagnolo introduces a mountain bike group-set, which is heavier and less advanced than those by Shimano and Sun Tour.
  • 1991 8-speed shifting components are introduced
  • 1992 The ErgoPower levers are introduced, which combines brake lever and a shift lever to answer Shimano's STI levers
  • 1993 Delta brakes are discontinued
  • 1994 Campagnolo leaves the mountain bike components business
  • 1995 Group names on components are introduced
  • 1997 9-speed shifting components are introduced
  • 1998 Next generation Ergo Levers
  • 1999 Record Carbon Ergo levers, Daytona group, and for the Record, Chorus and Daytona groups new hubs (much lighter than the old ones, axles made of aluminum alloy are introduced
  • 2000 10-speed shifting is introduced
  • 2001 Carbon-fiber shifting levers for Record group
  • 2002 Former Daytona group is renamed "Centaur"
  • 2004 Carbon-fiber cranks for Record and Chorus groups
  • 2005 10-speed Centaur and Chorus shift and brake levers are introduced for flat bar road bikes
  • 2006 Hollow external bearing crank-set is announced
  • 2007 10-speed Mirage and Xenon component groups and new Ultra-Torque components are introduced. Record hubs are now black, 20 g lighter and don't have greaseports any more
  • 2008 11-speed Record, Super-Record, and Chorus groups are introduced
  • 2009 Re-introduction of 11-speed Athena component group below Chorus in product line
  • 2011 First electric 11-speed Super-Record group to be used at the Tour de France by Team Movistar
  • 2013 80th anniversary group-set made.
  • 2014 Super Record RS group-set introduced following input from professional team riders. Fulcrum Wheels, a company owned by Campagnolo, produces wheelsets compatible with Campagnolo and Shimano cassettes. The ErgoBrain cyclo-computer compatible with the Ergo shifters displays cadence, gear, and the normal functions of a cyclo-computer.
  • 2015 Athena EPS discontinued and Chorus EPS introduced. Chorus, Record and Super Record group-sets are overhauled with a 4 arm, 8 bolt chain set introduced. Bora 50 and 35 wheels become available in Clincher and adopt a wider rim profile.
  • 2015 Campagnolo announces that factory production is to be moved to Romania.

Cycle Passo Brocon from Grigno Bike Tour, Trento Province

PASSO BROCON FROM GRIGNO BIKE CLIMB | DOLOMITES

Passo Brocon Bike Tour Dolomites

BiIke Touring Passo Brocon from Grigno is a great ride that allows you to transfer from Val Surgana and over theLagorai Mountain Group to Fiera di Primiero, and  the passes of the Pale di San Martino Mountain Group (Passo Rolle and Passo Cereda). To get to the start of the climb you can either ride up the valley from the town of Bassano del Grappa or down the valley from city of Trento using the Valsugana bike path.  The ride is in the Dolomites of  the Trento Province, in the Trentino Alto Adige Region.

Passo Brocon Dolomites Map

BIKE TOURING ITALY'S CLASSIC CLIMB PASSO BROCON FROM GRIGNO

Passo Brocon Dolomites Climb Profile

 

Passo Brocon Doloimtes Climb Profile

Exploring The Villas of the Brenta Canal | Venice Province

EXPLORING THE VILLAS OF THE BRENTA CANAL | VENICE PROVINCE

Malcontenta

This is an excellent bike tour or to enjoy during your visit to Venice, the start of the Riviera can be reached by taking a water bus to Fusina or the local train line stopping in Mira or Stra. This is a charming and attractive location just a few kilometers from Venice: the Brenta Riviera, a place full of artistic and cultural interest. Between the 16th and the 18th centuries, some of the most important families from Venice had their summer residences built on the Riviera that runs alongside the Brenta river, a waterway that connects Venice to Padova. There are several varied bike routes you can take based on different travel interest.

Brenta Riviera Bike Touring Map

HOW TO GET TO THE BRENTA RIVIERA

The best way to explore along the “Naviglio Brenta” is by bicycle but you can also make your way by walking and using the local buses.  The route runs from Fusina to Stra for 24 km  (one way).  It is a flat ride and popular bicycle route so cars are very usual to your presence.  There is no need to ride on the primary streets unless you wish to get over to visit a villa or shop; there are small secondary roads to follow that run parallel to the canal.  This is a safe and fun ride for all levels of cyclist and a great day of active travelling.

You will also find information about a bike path that runs from Mira to Stra. This path is gravel and best suited for a mountain bike plus it takes you north of the villages and is not a lovely ride. 

The easiest starting point for this ride is Fusina or the Mira Porta train station.  You can catch a local train between Venice and Padova that will stop at this station.  From here you can follow the bike path south to the Canal and then start your excursion

ABOUT THE BRENTA CANAL

The Naviglio Brenta or Brenta Canal that we ride along today is the result of a system of locks and swing bridges to make the canal easy to navigate.  The gates at Dolo were particularly important since they were installed around a small island to form the only boatyard along the canal.  The last lock downstream was once located at Moranzani, just before the river enter the lagoon of Fusina.  The canal was a vital commercial waterway (many famous UScanal systems were patterned after these works), that carried goods and passengers.  Barges (burchi) were pulled up-stream by horses, and gondolas and passenger boats were “poled” along the river carrying groups of aristocrats to their country houses or parties.

WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE IN THE VENETIAN VILLAS

There are thousands of country houses still standing in the Veneto and northeast Italy.  In the 15th century, after the Venetian Republic’s conquest of its “mainland” territories, The Venetian investments slowly shifted from the Orient to landholdings.  The old nobility had occupied estates throughout the provinces of Padua and Treviso as early as the 14th century, but with the change in trade routes and discovery of the New World the Republic no longer held a monopoly on trade so capital was invested into less profitable but safer investments.

The life of the villa combined two very different styles: the contemplative pleasure of the country life, observed from the humanistic standpoint of the epoch (which is why the country villa design draws upon the classical world in design), and the cultivation of the country estate itself, whose the affairs the proprietor managed in person.

Over the centuries the use of the country house went through server changes. Originally used as a gentleman’s country house in the 15th century to a Palace to show a “Bella Figura” (a good image) among their social equals.  The elegant but restrained forms of the Renaissance gave way to imposing building complexes surrounded by large parks ornamented with pavilions, fountains, statues, woods, and whatever else was the latest style of the moment.  Most of spring and summer were spent in the villas and great balls, hunting parties, and games were played.  Then as the weather cooled the owners would move back into the city, just in time to Carnival (carnival during that period lasted up to 4 months). Carlo Coldoni (a Venetian playwright) wrote a trilogy describing the villa season and in many of the 1970 – 1980 classic Italian TV movies the villa life is depicted with lots of truisms (even if they seem obscure to us today).

VILLAS YOU SHOULD VISIT

Villa Foscari known as “La Malcontenta”: via dei Turisti 9, Malcontenta di Mira. Open Tuesday and Sarturday from 0900 to 1200, all other days open on request. (Closed Monday)

Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari; Via Nazionale 420 Mira. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 1000 to 1800 hours, (Closed Monday), local tourism office located here.

Barchessa Alessandri AND Barchessa Valmarana; via Valmarana 11, Mira. Open from 1000 to 1600 hours, (Closed Mondays).

Villa Pisani; via Doge Pisani 7, Stra. Open Tuesday to Sunday 0900 to 1900 hours, (Closed on Monday)

Villa Foscarini-Rossi; via Doge Pisani 1/2, Stra. Open Tuesday to Sunday 0900 to 1300 and 1400 to 1800 hours, (Closed Monday) During August Closed Saturday and Sunday)

BIKE ROUTES ALONG THE BRENTA CANAL

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Gambellara Wine Road Bike Tour

BIKE TOURING THE GAMBELLARA WINE ROADS | VICENZA

Gambellara wine roads

Wine making in the Gambellara Wine Zone dates back to the Roman period and has continued to present. The low del Chiampo valley in the Vicenza province makes the border with the Verona province and where the last spurs of the Monti Lessini terminate. The zone lies around the built-up area of Gambellara, once a small agricultural town, and extends in to the surrounding hills and towns of, Montorso, Zermeghedo and Montebello Vicentino. The area has a rich history and has always been well regarded by connoisseurs for the production of the local wine that has become for the product they produce, rather than for the glorious and inglorious events of wars.

This zone, between alternately gentle or rougher slopes, the land is mainly formed of earthy, basalt and tufa of volcanic origin. The easily friable rocks, make up most of the hills. The soil is ideal for the vines of the Garganega, and Trebbiano del Soave grapes, which produce Gambellara: a white wine available in many different forms.

HIGHLIGHTS

Guide to Mountain Biking Italy

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN ITALY

Mountain Bike Italy

Having ridden a road bike in the Italy for years, I find the Mountain bike lets me to explore a bit more off the beaten path and find some great hidden treasures of true Italy.  A unique environment, Italy has such wide and varied terrain. The North of the country is very mountainous, with the Alps to the East, the Dolomites to the West, and Apennine Mountains. The Alps are characterised by green meadows which climb right up to some of the highest peaks in the world. The Dolomites on the other hand are typically steep and rocky. With this in mind, the style of mountain bike tracks also varies from region to region.

In recent years many of the Dolomiti ski resorts have become very popular with downhill bikers, for those that still bounce well.  For some of us older riders the ski lifts have been adapted for caring bicycles to the top of the hills and you can choose to race back down again, or take one of the forest roads and supply trails for a wonderful ride around the mountain. The designated mountain bike trails in the Dolomite region do not vary much with weather conditions. The rock and gravel based surface drains well, leaving the tracks usable at all times. It is said that the distance you travel in your mountain bike adventure is not the focus or the height you gain but to instead it is to use the roads and trails to gain access to amazing summits to the some of the highest peaks in Europe.

In the Trento region, Lake Garda and its beautiful valley, Val di Gresta is well known for its mountain bike terrain and offers a perfect mix of Alpine and Dolomite. There are mellows as well as steep climbs, meaning there are also some great descents on offer! A typical mountain bike ride in the Trento region may take in anything from Vineyards to apple groves and monasteries to world war monuments! The views are spectacular, on a clear day one can witness an entire Alpine/Dolomite mountain range rolling out before their eyes. Trento is a very special region, very well visited by cyclists. Also to the east is Folgaria, Asiago, and then onto the Friuli Venezia each with unique attractions and old military roads and trails.

The whole North of Italy is famous for its cycling tradition. Countless riders, adventure bikers and racing champions alike have come from Italy. In commemoration of their great achievements, cycling events are run every weekend without fail!  All levels of ability are catered for, from beginner to advanced, road and off road! It’s all in the name of fun, regardless of how long or how far you go, once you’re out on the bike, having fun in the sun, nothing matters!

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Hiking Lake Garda - Bardolino Eremo dei Camaldolesi

HIKING LAKE GARDA - BARDOLINO EREMO DEI CAMALDOLESI

hiking sign bardolino eremo camaldolesi

Starting from the fire station in Bardolino follow the Lake promenade towards Garda. Immediately after the camping Continental, turn right into the road leading to the regional road. Go past this and go uphill to the base of the castle rock, where you turn right now. After 400 meters on the right you will find the Institute Tusini of the Salesians. Here turn left into a path that will lead you directly to the castle rock, San Giorgio, where is the Hermitage of the Camaldolese monks and then continue to the Rocca Vecchia.

After admiring the landscape, continue walking until you reach the pass between the two castle rocks. Here you can choose between two options: either you go up to Bardolino on the same route, you have committed going uphill, or you go to Garda on the path that leads you at first to the Madonnina del Pigno and then, passing behind of the parish church of Garda, to the lake.  To Bardolino, you can either go back on foot, following the lakeshore towards south, or by public bus, after a visiting tour of the village.

HIKING LAKE GARDA - BARDOLINO EREMO DEI CAMALDOLESI ROUTE NOTES

Bardolino - Mure - Rocca - Eremo - Madonna del Pign - Garda - Bardolino

  • Distance - 9,5 km
  • Lenght - 3,5 h (trekking)
  • Level difference - 282 m

 

 

IMBA Rules for MTB

IMBA RULES FOR RIDING MOUNTAIN BIKES

Just like the rules of the road if you are going to venture off into the backcountry of Italy on a bike remember these simple Internation Mountain Bike Association Rules:

  • Ride on open trails only
  • Leave no trace
  • Control your bicycle
  • Always yield trail (to hikes)
  • Never spook animals
  • Plan ahead

Know what type of rider you are and pick the adventure that matches your skills.  Life is about challenging ourselves not doing stupid things.

Italiaoutdoors Trip Terms and Cancellation Policy

ITALIAOUTDOORS TOUR PAYMENT AND CANCELATION POLICY

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PAYMENT SCHEDULE for your Italiaoutdoors Active Vacation 


Regular Trips.


At time of reservation a $300 deposit
The balance is due 90 days prior to trip departure

Private/Custom Trips


Please see your itinerary for payment terms and cancellation schedule.

All payments may be made by electronic bank transfer, check or major credit card.

After receiving your deposit and registration you will be emailed a confirmation of your registration. We will also send to you a Participant Profile, Release of Liability, packing information, travel planner and other details you may need for your trip. The Participant Profile and Release of Liability will need to be completed and returned to us 60 days before the trip. Rendezvous information and final hotel contacts will be emailed to your about 3 weeks before departure.

CANCELLATIONS


We hope you can ride with us but if you must cancel your cycling vacation for any reason (even medical emergencies) your cancellation fee will be based on the cancellation schedule below.

Regular Departures

  1. 91+ days prior $200.00

  2. 61 – 90 days 25% of tour price

  3. 60- 31 days 50% of tour price

  4. 30-0 days 100% of tour price


Italiaoutdoors reserves the right to cancel your tour for any reason. On the occasion that we cancel your tour, we will refund to you all payments received to date. Such refund will be Italiaoutdoors entire liability to you with respect to a cancelled trip. We will not be responsible for any costs or expenses you incurred in relation to the tour including airline tickets, hotels, visa fees or other related expenses associated with the tour. Our tour prices are based upon a minimum participation level. If our minimum enrollment is not met we are under no obligation to run the tour. We will inform you at least 45 days prior to the original departure date if your trip is being cancelled.

TRIP INSURANCE


We highly recommend obtaining trip insurance to protect you should a covered medical reason or other covered emergency require you to cancel your trip. There are comprehensive plans that also include trip interruption, baggage loss and medical coverage during the trip. A great website for comparing travel insurance packages of the major carriers is www.insuremytrip.com. Please note, most companies require you purchase travel insurance within two weeks of your initial deposit in order to waive any pre-existing conditions.

COST INCREASES


Tour costs are subject to increase even after you’ve signed up for a trip. We publish prices sometimes a year in advance of departure. Between that time and the time of the trip’s departure, we are occasionally faced with significant cost increases that we cannot absorb (i.e. international currency fluctuations or significant increases in the cost of services). In the unlikely event that we have to increase the price of your trip, we’ll notify you at least 60 days before departure.

RESPONSIBILITY OF TRIP PARTICIPANTS


Trip participants have certain responsibilities to Italiaoutdoors and the other trip participants. Trip participants are responsible for understanding the trip itinerary and selecting a trip in consultation with Italiaoutdoors that is appropriate for their abilities and to their interests. Each trip participant is required to sign and return a Release of Liability at least 60 days before trip departure. Travelers who have not returned a signed Release of Liability and Traveler Profile 30 days prior to the trip departure date will not be allowed to join the trip. Any funds paid to that date will be subject to the cancellation policy above. At the trip leader’s discretion, a participant may be asked to leave the trip if the leader feels that the person’s further participation may be detrimental to the individual or other trip participants.

RATING OUR PROGRAMS-

Each program is designed to allow varied fitness level and interest levels to participate, we have a menu of routes that can be selected. Fitness, amount of effort, and how much you push yourself is up to you. Italiaoutdoors has two specific styles of travel and program design.

  • Classic style - on these trips we use a base hotel during our stay. The hotel base can change during the week based on the area we are exploring. These programs may involve a vehicle transfer to a start point or transfer from a finish point, and most routes are looped.
  • Gran Tour style - these are trek or stage tours. This is the grand adventure and our preferred style. The idea is to cover as much ground as possible and change our settings. We will change hotels every night expect on our rest day, (mid way through the program we offer one easy or rest day).

If you are not sure which style fits you just drop us a line. Remember we do not have more than 8 persons on a trip unless it is a private group or special program then there could be up to 12 persons.

Lower Atesina Region of Bolzano Province Bike Route

LOWER ATESINA BIKE TOUR | TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE

Bike Tour Bolzano

 

A great one day bike tour for the whole family that can be done in spring, summer and autumn.

Start and finish for this bike tour is the village of Ora, located along the main train line running from Trento to Bolzano.

Cycling time: 2.5 hours

Cycling route: 34 km

Elevation gain: 195 m

Max Elevation: 320 m
 

Bike Tour Bolzano Lower Atesina

LOWER ATSINA BIKE TOUR ROUTE NOTES

From the train station, of Ora, head south of it you will find a marked bike path that follows the banks of the Adige river. Cycle on the trail until you reach the bridge in Ora crossing the Adige river. Here you turn right, before you reach the station you turn left and then you take the second path on your right. Now continue towards the western side of the valley.
When the road ends, you turn left towards Magrè and cycle across the village. Always keep right towards Roverè della Luna. Approximately 1 km before you reach Roverè della Luna turn left towards Salorno and cycle across the village.

Before you reach the slope up to Cauria, turn left, past the Baita inn towards the hamlet Laghetti di Egna. Before the hamlet you turn left again and continue on the cycling trail back to Ora.

FOR A COMPLETE ROUTE GUIDE CONTACT ITALIAOUTDOORS

Monte Bondone From Aldeno Bike Climb

MONTE BONDONE FROM ALDENO BIKE CLIMB | PREALPS

Aldeno

Bike Tour Profile of Monte Bondone from riding from Aldeno

Monte Bondone is a great ride in the Trento Province of the Trentino Alto Adige Region.  The ride up from the town of Aldeno is an excellent challenge and each year part of the classic Charle Gaul Granfondo.  Located on the northwestern side of Monte Bondone this ride is 22 km long on well paved roads that can be busy on some sections.  

Monte Grappa Bike Climb from Sermanzo

MONTE GRAPPA FROM SERMANZO BIKE CLIMB | PREALPS

Bike Tour Italy, Monte Grappa

BIKE TOURING Monte Grappa: One of the best middle mountains climbs in the Prealps of the Veneto, route 2 bike climb is from Semonzo, in Borso del Grappa (TV).    This road is called the 'Giardino Road' (strada Giardino) and is a 20 km ride with a medium grade of 8%, the max grade encountered is 14%. The road was Built in 1918 for General Giardino, Commander of the Grappa Army Group and was originally 5.50 meters wide and was used as an alternative for moving troops and supplies quickly to the front. The strada Giardino was built because the Cadorna road was exposed to enemy fire at some points.

(If you are riding the 10 route challenge you get your Stamp at Locanda TILLY's.)

Riding up to Monte Grappa starting from the village of Sermanzo is one of the climbs used in the 2010 Giro d'Italia.  For years these rides have been seen as an end of season goals, ultra-challenging climb days, and training grounds for the upper elevations. 

THE ROUTE CAN BE BROKEN INTO THREE SPECIFIC BLOCKS:

  • FROM THE CHURCH AT SEMANZO TO TURN 20
  • TURN 20 TO 1360 METERS
  • 1360 METERS TO TURN 28

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INSERT ROUTE PROFILE

SECTION 1: On the main road you will see the brown tourist sign to Cima Grappa, this is your key word sign for the entire ride.  The climb officially starts at the church of Semanzo and for the next 6 to 7 km you will be riding in the woods and conquering switch backs.  It is very important not to push hard during this first section.  Average grade is around 8% and you will work your way up to turn 20.

Bike Touring Italy, Monte Grappa

Many of the right hand turns offer you a great view of the Vicenza Plain and in the distance you can see the Euganei and Berici Hills.

Bike Tour Italy, Monte Grappa

This part of the mountain is popular for para-sailing, the steepness of mountain and warm winds from the sea gives gliders a great up-lift.

Bike Tour Italy, Monte Grappa

Turn 20 marks the end of the first section.  Keep in mind that if you are running low on water, stop at the Restaurant 'Deltapiano' (around 890 meters) to fill up otherwise you will run into problems later.

SECTION 2: This section will help you make up some time, but it also has one of the hardest sections at 14%.

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At turn 21 you will continue right following the white Cima Grappa sign.

Bike Tour Italy, Monte Grappa

There are a few short down hill sections and you pass through two rock tunnels. Both very short and but look out for descending rides or cars. 

Bike Tour Italy, Monte Grappa

From Malga Campocroce to the 1360 meter you encounter the hardest section of the climb, a 2 to 3 km stretch with an average grade of 10% and one section of 14%.

SECTION 3: At 1360 meters you crest a small rise and finaly get to see the top of the climb.  From here there is a short down hill and contour before working your way up the last wall of the climbs.  In the valley below you can spot the Piave River and the Asolo hills. 

Bike Tour Italy, Monte Grappa

You Can See The Top!!

Bike Tour Italy, Monte Grappa

From turn 26 to 28 is your last grind with a couple of 11% sections.

Bike Tour Italy, Monte Grappa

The end of the climb.  Once you round the turn there is a short ramp that intersects with the main route where you can descend or turn right and continue another 1 km to the summit.  The last section to the summit very ride-able at 7%.  At the top there is a Refugio where you can grab a bit to eat before you continue your adventure.

Monte Grappa Bike Climb Descending to Seren del Grappa 

 

Monte Madonna Bike Climb From Vo, Padova Province

MONTE MADONNA COLLI EUGANEI BIKE CLIMB FROM VO | BIKE TOURING PADOVA PROVINCE

Colli Euganei Monte Madonna

A great ride to add, to your Colli Euganeiloop, when you are biking in Italy, is the Monte Madonnaclimb near Teolo. You can climb up to Teolofrom two different directions;  Abano on the eastern slope or from on the western slope. Both climbs up to Teolo are manageable, with the Abano side being harder in % of grade, but to approach from the side you will need to do more miles to get there; unless you are traveling around by car. The best place to base yourself for the Colli Euganeiis in Monterosso Termeor Monselice, Padova, or Vicenza.

I did the ride starting in Vicenza so I road on the side and a complete loop was 64 kilometers .

COLLI EUGANEI'S MONTE MADONNA BIKE CLIMB ROUTE NOTES

Start Point
Finish Point Mt. Madonna
Length 7.89 km
Elevation at start 39.4 meters
Elevation Max 522 meters
Elevation Gain 474 meters
Average % Grade 6.1%
Max. % Grade 15%

MONTE MADONNA BIKE CLIMB FROM VO ROUTE NOTES

At the start of the bike climb up to Monte Madonnafrom Vò, you will find that first 4 kilometers up to Teoloare very manageable, there are only a couple of sections of 6%. The ride up to Teolo is in the woods and only the last km are you exposed to the heat on hot days.

As you arrive in Teoloyou will see the peak to your left, it is the one with the two radio towers. (photo above).  In Teolothere is a small market and bar if you need a ristro stop, continue along the main road until the highest point.

At the highest point in Teolo,on the right side of the road, you will find a bar with a parking area and lookout.  Just·before you start to go·downhill toward Padova and Abano, you will notice on the left across from this bar, a side street that is sign posted for Santuario Monte Madonna. This is the road up to Monte Madonna,it is easy to miss and this route is often over looked for this reason and because of the difficulty. This is where the climbing really starts, but at least from this turn off it is just under 4 km to the top.  The first 800 are easy but·then you will hit sections averaging 12% and topping out at 15%.  If you cut the curves close you will get up to 18%-20% flashes on your GPS.

At around the 6 km mark you will come to a pasture and park area with signs, on the left side of the road, explaining history and trails to be found in the Colli Euganeipark, on the right side of the road is a water point. (see photo). This is a welcome sight on a hot day if you are here in the summer. After the fountain you have about 100 meters of level ground and then the last 1 - 2 km will be a·steady 12% grade.

The finish point is at the parking lot and entrance to the church, on week days you can ride into the courtyard, on busy days they do not like you to ride within the church grounds.

Great climb up to this peak but be careful on the descent, there will be cars coming up to visit the church, and there can be washout in the curves if it has rained prior to your riding.  The road is in good shape but it is not cleaned weekly. Also keep in mind that a Compac with at least a 27 in the rear will beusefull and if you are riding the Colli Euganei and other hills in the are having a up to a 32X29, is very welcomed or a triple chain ring.

Make sure you add this great climb to your bike route if you are visiting Colli Euganei area. The history of the area is quite interesting and on a clear day you have some great views of the Adriatic Sea, Padova, and even the lagoon of Venezia.

Mountain Bike Ride in Soave Italy

SOAVE MTB RIDE

Today I did a great mountain bike ride into the hills of Soave, located in the Verona province of the Veneto.  Soave is well know for it's white wines and the walled city that has stood in the area since the 10th century.·The town sits just off the main east to west transportation lines at the base of the Lessini Mountains.

There is no train stop in the town of·Soave, you would need to make your way to the town of S. Bonifacio, which is 3 km south of Soave. There is a morning train from Verona, Vicenza, Padova and even Venice that you can take your bike on, making this a very good one day excursion away from the major tourist centers. Due to the long walk from the station to the town, there are very few tourist hanging out in the square. At least for the moment, I keep hearing more and more about Soave in the US travel circles, so you might want to visit before it gets crowed. From the train station it is a quick ride over to Soave, there can be heavy traffic on this road but they are wide and it is normal commuting route for school kids and workers so it is safe. But do go slow and pay attention. 

The route takes you through the main street within the walls of Soave. There is a great bread shop and small store on the left side of the street that you can grab something to take with you on your ride. Exit out the back entrance of the city walls and ride along SS. 365 for about 2 km than at 7.2 km you will start a nice each climb up a switch backed road that leads you up through the vineyards.  At around the 9 km mark you will see the Balestri Valda wineryon your right. A nice visit and possibility of doing a wine tasting.

If you do not decide to stop the road continues on an easy climb up to the town of Cazzono di Tramigna and then Castelcerino. Castelcerino is the land area of the Caffefe wine producers. They also have a cellar and place for tasting within the walls of Soave that you can visit and taste after you have completed your ride.

After Castelcerino you start a short down hill for about 3·kms along a farm road. At 16.8 you arrive at your challenge for the day and nice 5km climb with some very short sections that go up to 10%. But then you peak out and start another wonderful descent through grape vines, cherry trees, and olive trees arriving to the township of Montecchio di Crosara.  This is a great place to have a cafe and then you start contouring your way back toward·Monteforte d'Alpone and then Soave.

The route is 3-4 hours if you do not stop for wine.  There are several good selections for lunch within the walls.·I really enjoyed my food and wine at the Trattoria da Amedeo, simple foods, good wine selection, and good price.

SPECIAL NOTES

I recommend a mountain bike for this ride since there are several small roads that are not well paved. If you wish the gpx file for this route email me.·

This if route is suitable for an cycle tourist - (not a beginner route) Soave is a nice place to have some relax and way for you as you take a ride.

This route passes several good wine producers, if you have a chance stop and visit.·

Check Points: S. Bonifacio -·Soave - Costeggiola - Cazzano di Tramigna - Castelcerino - S. Giovanni - Montecchio di Crosara - Meggiano - Brognoligo - Monteforte dìAlpone - Soave - S. Bonifacio

Soave Wine Road 1 - Route Information
Route Length 49 km
Start Elevation 25·meter
Max Elevation 593·meters
Gain 754·meters

Passo Duran Bike Climb from Agordo | Dolomites

PASSO DURAN FROM AGORDO BIKE CLIMB | BIKE TOURING DOLOMITES

Passo Duran Bike Tour Italian Dolomites

Bike Touring in the Italian Dolomites and riding up Passo Duran from the Agordo side is a great excursion but one not to be taken lightly.  This is the hardest side of the pass to ride with sections over 12% grade. This climb has been a part of one of the better know Granfondo and is considered by locals as one of the more difficult climbs in the Dolomites.  The section of the climb is on a wide road with rideable grades, then for 7 km the road narrows and winds it way through the woods where you will encounter ramps up to 14%.  The last 2 km section is much easier, and you have a wonderful view of the Dolomites to set your sights on.

Passo Duran map

WHERE IS PASSO DURAN

Passo Duran is located a the southern part fo the Civetta Mountain group and separates the Agordo valley from the Zoldo valley.  The closet train station in Belluno or Longarone, both are possible departure points for a one day ride, but you need to be in good shape.  Most people ride the pass as a transition stage during their vacation or out of Alleghe or the town of Agordo you can make a nice loop ride.

PASSO DURAN FROM AGORDO BIKE ROUTE PROFILE

Passo Duran from Agordo Bike Route Profile

REGION Veneto Region
PROVINCE Belluno Province
LOCATION Civetta Mountain Group
START POINT Agordo
ELEVATION AT START 347 meters a.s.l.
MAXIMUM ELEVATION 1,605 meters a.s.l.
LENGTH 12.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN 983 meters
AVERAGE GRADE 7.9%
MAXIMUM GRADE 14%
AVERAGE TIME TO RIDE 1:15 hours

ROUTE NOTES FOR PASSO DURAN FROM AGORDO

 Passo Duran Bike Tour Dolomites

You will make the tour off the main road, prior to the town of Agordo if you coming from the south, and just after Agordo if you are coming from the north.

Passo Duran Bike Tour Dolomites

Your first section is through the a built up area and average grade is 7%.

Passo Duran Bike Tour Dolomites

At about the 2 km mark you have some your first views of the Civetta Mountain Group.

Passo Duran Bike Tour Italy

There is a water fountain just before and later after the curve in La Valle Agordina

Passo Duran Bike Tour Dolomties

Around the 4 km point you wil start to enter the woods where you will start to encounter the harder parts of the climb.  Here average grade is above 9%.

Passo Duran Bike Tour Dolomites

On the middle section and upper section of the climb road narrows and it seems to be warped in some sections.  The road condition is not a problem on the climb but the descent can be tricky.

Passo Duran Bike Tour Dolomities

You find the 15% sign on along the climb but the maximum grade is actually 14%. 

Passo Duran Bike Tour Dolomities

Last two kilometers are much easier, and you have some spectacular views as you start to catch your breath.

Passo Duran Bike Tour Dolomites

As you contour the last section you will finally reach the pass where you have a tremendous view of the Belluno Province of the Veneto, Dolomites.  I hope you are able to be there on a clear day it is one of the top views in the Dolomites.

Passo Duran to Dont Descent, Bike Touring | Belluno Province

PASSO DURAN TO DONT DESCENT | Bike touring DOLOMITES

Passo Duran Dolomites

When you ride the classic route up to Passo Duran from Agordo you are then confronted with one of the hardest descents in the Italian Dolomites.  The ride down from Zoldo Alto to the town of Dont, (where you can turn left and ride Passo Staulanza), is short but very technical. Through out the ride you need to be fully alert, because this is not a descent you can relax and refuel on, the road is uneven, narrows as it passes through a couple of villages, and difficult to read.  Combine all this with the grade of the incline you have to be attentive of your speed and the lines you pick, as you tackle what seems to one giant curve down the Civetta Mountain Group.

Passo Duran Dolomites

PASSO DURAN TO DONT TECHNICAL NOTES

REGION Veneto Region
PROVINCE Belluno Province
MOUNTAIN GROUP Civetta Mountain Group
MOUNTAIN PASS Passo Duran
ARRIVAL POINT Dont
LENGTH 8.4 km
ELEVATION LOST 671 meters
NUMBER OF SWITCHBACKS 6
NUMBER OF CURVES 43
AVERAGE GRADE 8.2%
MAXIMUN GRADE 13 %

ROUTE NOTES

As you leave Passo Duran you will have a few easy curves and quickly pick up speed, after 1 km you will start to find the road uneven and lots of shifting curves. The road is narrow and the shoulders drop off so you want to maintain your line in the middle of your lane.  There are several blind curves so you will want to control your speed.

Passo Duran

You will find the first switchback and the turning radius is good so you can pick a fast line, but traffic can approach quickly so you attentive to your exit.

Passo Duran, Dolomites

After the second switchback you are entering the fastest part of the descent.  The grade is steeper here and the road narrows.  Just before small village you Chiesa is your maximun velocity point, when you see the precentage of grade sign, it is a good note to be extra careful because you are about to pass through a few villages.

Passo Duran Dolomites

After the village of Chiese is the village of Gavaz.  This can be an obsticle course sometimes because of cars parked on the side of the road and on coming traffic will cut the curve. You will want to control your speed and be attentive as you pass through these points.

Passo Duran Dolomites

After Gavaz the road opens back up and you are in the last strecth before reaching Dont.  You can run easy for a few moments but the last few switchbacks are coming up quick. 

Passo Duran, Dolomites

After your last set of switchbacks you will enter into the village of Dont.  Caution! during this part. You are at the end of the descent and from here you can turn right and down to Zoldo or turn left and start the Passo Staulanze climb.

Passo Duran Dolomties

This is one of the more technical descents and one of my favorite. You need to be in control but once you have done the ride a few times you can really appreciate the body and bike control you need.  This is the type of ride that will make you a better cyclist. Always use caution and be safe on the road!!

Passo Fedaia Bike Climb From Caprile | Dolomites

PASSO FEDAIA FROM CAPRILE BIKE CLIMB | DOLOMITES

Bike Touring Italy's Passo Fedaia

The Bike Tour up from Caprile is the classic route and one used most by the Giro d'Italia, the road follows ss 641 up the valley for 15.5 km to reach the pass from the southern side.  The route up to Passo Fedaia from Caprile can be deceptive and although not particularly high on the difficulty scale this touring route can be a challenge and is considered by many one of the hardest climbs in the Dolomites. I enjoy climbing up to Passo Fedaia from Caprile much more than the Canazei side because there is less traffic, and the environment is more open. You have a great view of the Marmolade mountain group, and you can see your objective most of the route. 

GETTING TO THE PASSO FEDAIA CLIMB

If you are planning to ride up Passo Fedaia from Caprile you must reach the Agordo Valley. During a Dolomite's Bike Tour most people find it is easiest to base themselves in Alleghe, Arabba, or Canazei, all three give you multi day route options. There are no train lines close enough to allow you to do this route in a day if you are not prepared to ride 80 to 100 miles.

PASSO FEDAIA BIKE CLIMB

Bike Touring Italy's Passo Fedaia from Caprile

REGION Veneto Region
PROVINCE Belluno Province
MOUNTAIN GROUP Marmolada Mountain Group
DEPARTURE POINT Caprile
LENGTH 13.5 kilometers
START ELEVATION 998 meters a.s.l.
MAXIMUM ELEVATION 2236 meters a.s.l.
ELEVATION GAIN 1238 meters
AVERAGE GRADE 7.5%
MAXIMUM GRADE 18%
AVERAGE TIME TO RIDE  1:30
SPECIAL NOTES  
   

ROUTE NOTES

Bike Touring Italy's Passo Fedaia

View of Malga Ciapela in the lower part of the valley.

Section 1

The starting point of the climb is at the village of Caprile, part of the Alleghe community, and is on SS 203, also intersecting this point is SS 641 coming from Selva di Cadore and Passo Giau.  Arrive in Caprile from the south you are taking the left over the bridge and following the signs to Passo Fedaia.  If you are coming down the Valley from Arabba you will take a right once you arrive at the intersection just prior to Caprile.  Your first 1.7 km of the climb is an easy spin averaging around 4.5% then a short ramp of 300 meters at 9%.  After this short section the climb is very ridable, passing through the town of Rocca Pietore, (captial of the Val Pettorina, where the local's have keep alive te traditions of the Ladin people.) There is another short ramp of 8% before reaching Malga Ciapela, and this is where you start the hard part of the climb.

Bike Tour Italy Passo Fedaia

Last section just before the pass.

Section 2

From the seven kilometer point the ride stays steady above 10% grade for the remaining 6 km of the climb. At the eight kilometer mark you will pass Malga Ciapela and the ski lifts, this is a point to get water or take a break. At the 10 kilometer mark you have a 300 m of 18 percent grade which is the steepest part of the climb. From here you have several switchbacks averaging just over 10% grade with a last ramp of 15% just before he turned the corner to see the Passo Fedaia sign and refugio.

Bike Touring Passo Fedaia Dolomite's

The Fedaia Pass.

Passo Giau Bike Climb from Capria | Dolomites

PASSO GIAU FROM CAPRIA BIKE CLIMB | DOLOMITES

Bike Touring Italy's Dolomite's, Passo Giau from Selva

One of the best rides and a classic bike ride in the Dolomites is the climb up Passo Giau from Selva di Cadore.  The route actually starts in the valley at Capria where you have a short climb up to Selva di Cadore.  From there the route up is 10 km at an average of 9%.

RIDING PASSO GIAU FROM CAPRILE

Bike Tour Italy's Passo Giau

 

REGION Veneto Region
PROVINCE Belluno Province
MOUNTAIN GROUP Civetta Mountain Group
POINT OF DEPARTURE Caprile
LENGTH 15.6 km
START ELEVATION 998 meters a.s.l.
MAXIMUM ELEVATION 2236 meters a.s.l.
ELEVATION GAIN 1238 meters
MAXIMUM GRADE 14%
AVERAGE GRADE 9.5%
TIME TO RIDE  1:35
SPECIAL NOTES  
  • Difficulty Rating: 142.88

ROUTE NOTES:

From Caprile you have a 5 km climb that runs between 6% to 8%, during this section you must not get too excited and set a good pace so as not to burn out your legs.  

Bike Touring Italian Dolomte's, Selva di Cadore

After reaching Selva di Cadore you will find a fountain if you need water.  It is best to ensure you are filled up at because you will not find other water points along the climb.  Right after the left turn you will have short downhills before reaching the state of the real climb.  At the Passo Giau climb you will have the hardest section of with a short section of 14%.  Once you reach the bridge the climb continues at an average of 9-10%.

Bike Touring Italian Dolomite's. Passo-Giau-tunnel

The third tunnel is one that gives you a great view, but the pass you see on the right of the tower is not Passo Giau, your destination you will see to the far right of the longer band of rock.  This is your 2/3 mark, and the difficulty is averages around 9% for the remaining ride.

passo-giau-top

At the top you have one of the best views of the Dolomite's.

Passo Manghen Bike Climb from Borgo Valsugana

PASSO MANGHEN FROM BORGO VALSUGANA BIKE CLIMB | DOLOMITES

Passo Mengen Dolomites

Passo Manghen is one of the many classic bike routes you should ride if you are visiting Italy. Passo Manghen is located in the Lagorai Group of the Dolomite Mountain, in the Trento-Alto Adige region. The pass connects the valley of Valsugana with the Fiemme valley, and links the two towns of Castelnuovo and Molina. Sitting at 2047 meters (6,716 ft.) it is amongst the highest roads in Italy and the climb itself is rated in the top 20. (for Italy).

 Passo Menghen Dolomites Bike Climb

The pass of Manghen has been part of the Campagnolo granfondo for several years and in 2008 the Giro d'Italia passed over on it's way to finishing in San Martino di C. This year the 2012 Giro d'Italia will be passing over Passo Manghen once again.  This is a great ride and much more challenging then it looks on paper.

PLANNING

Maps: This climb is on both the Touring Club Italian Trentino-Alto Adige Region map and Veneto Region  Map.

The best time to ride this route is between June and October.  The pass could be open in other months depending on snow conditions.

TRAVEL GUIDE PASSO MENGHEN, ITALIAN DOLOMITES

Passo Menghen Bike Profile

REGION Trentino-Alto Adige Region
PROVINCE Trento Province
MOUNTAIN GROUP Lagorai Mountain Group
NEAREST TOWN Borga Valsugana
START ELEVATION 381 meters
MAXIMUN ELEVATION
2042·meters
ELEVATION GAIN
1661·meters
LENGTH 23.4·meters
AVERAGE GRADE
7 %
MAXIMUN GRADE
15%
AVERAGE TIME 2 hours

GETTING TO THE RIDE

Passo Manghen can be reached by riding the Valsugana bike path from Trento south or north from Bassano del Grappa.  If you wanted to ride just the climb you can take the train that runs between Trento and Bassano del Grappa, getting off in Borga Valsugana

The Ride from Castelnuovo to Passo Manghen

The Passo Manghen bike climb is a great bicycle tour to do while you are Italy. This is a very isolated climb so you should consider doing the ride supported or as part of a group.  If you are planning on doing just the ascent and descent from Castelnuovo or Borgo Valsugana you should have no problems.  

The Valsugana Bike Path that runs from Lago Caldonezzo to Bassano del Grappa. If you are arriving by bicycle riding from Bassano you can start the climb from Castelnuovo or Borgo Valsugana.  Riding from Trento you should just start the climb at Borgo Valsugana.  There is also a small train that runs between Trento and Bassano del Grappa that offers bici-train service. You will need to get off at the Borgo Valsugana stop. If you are driving I would park in Castelnuova, there is a free parking area (except Saturday morning) where as Borgo Valsugana most of the parking is pay.  For more options on organizing the ride or questions contact me via email.

Starting from Castelnuovo just need to follow the signs for Passo Manghen. The first 2·km is up to a rotary that links you  with the road from Borgo Valsugana and you are always following the signs toward Passo Manghen. My computer was reading 6% for most of the way up this section. After the rotary you have a section averaging 4.9% until you reach Telva, you do not actually go into the town, the main road contours around and at the 4.4 km point you will turn right following the signs toward Passo Manghen. Up to this point this is the most scenic part of the ride with some great views of the Valsugana in the direction of Bassano del Grappa and the Asiago Plateau.

After Telva and turning right you start riding though the val Calamento forest for a little more than 4 km. This section averages 6.7% and has sections up to 11%. On my computer it showed 12 and 13% several times. Around the 8 km mark there is a small bar on the right if you need supplies or restroom this is generally you last open establishment on most days.

At about the 9.2 km mark the climb will lessen to about 4.8% average until you get to the 12.5 km point. This is the best place to refuel and drink, try to resist driving hard during this section or you will pay later. There are a couple of fountains along this section be sure to fill up because after val Calamento village there is only a couple of mountain streams if you run out of water.

From the 12.5 km point you are nearing the village of val Calamento. ·From here you are riding 9.4% average with most of the next 2 km be greater than 10% with a short section reading 12-13%.  After the village the road narrows and you will have a length of road that will average 5.7% up until the 17.4 km mark.  This is also the first time you will get to see the pass in the distance.

From the 17.4 km mark you will now face the hardest part of the climb. The average grade up to from this point is 9.9%, and you will have just over 7 km remaining. There are several points of 12 and 13% as the road crawls up the bowl leading to the pass. 

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At the pass there is the sign post and a cross. If you continue over the pass and about 100 meters down on the Molina side is a Refugio that is generally open. But plan on being alone and self sufficient.

passo-menghen-bike-italy-5

During the descent back down the valley there were two to three sign posts for 15%. Also, my computer read about 2 % harder in many of the listing on salita.ch's and city bikes profiles. The profile I posted is from the 2008 official Giro altimeter and even it has a few different reading then my computers. 

There is little during traffic during the week days, but this pass is on the motorcycle touring list so on Saturday and Sunday there can be several motorcycles on the road, I would try to schedule my ride on a different day.

Santa Maria Maddalena Bike Climb from S. Lorenzo al Lago | Bike Touring Marche

SANTA MARIA MADDALENA BIKE CLIMB FROM S. LORENZO AL LAGO | BIKE TOURING MARCHE

Santa Maria Maddalena Bike Climb

The Santa Maria Maddalena bike climb is located in the Marche Region of Italy.  The climb has been utilized in the annual Tirreno-Adriatico bike race, on occasion, and offer cyclist a nice alternative to some of the harder routes in the area that lead into the Monti Sibilini national park.

Santa Maria Maddalena Bike Route Notes:

  • REGION: Marche Region
  • PROVINCE: Macerata Province
  • LENGTH: 16 km
  • STATING ELEVATION: 655 meters
  • ENDING ELEVATION: 1457 meters
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 813 meters
  • AVERAGE % GRADE: 5.2%
  • MAX % GRADE: 11%
  • TIME TO RIDE: 45 minutes to 1 hour 30

Santa Maria Maddalena Climb From Sarnano | Bike Touring Marche

SANTA MARIA MADDALENA BIKE CLIMB FROM SARNANO | BIKE TOURING MARCHE

Santa Maria Maddalena bike climb Marche Region

This climb was utilized in the Giro d'Italia one year.  Not an overwhelming ascent but not one to be taken lightly, it is more difficult than the northern ascent from S. Lorenzo al Lago.

BIKE CLIMB ROUTE NOTES:

  • REGION: Marche Region
  • PROVINCE: Macerata Province
  • LENGTH: 14.6 km
  • AVERAGE % GRADE: 5.6%
  • MAX GRADE: 12%
  • START ELEVATION: 517 meters a.s.l.
  • END ELEVATION: 1455 meters a.s.l.
  • ELEVATION GAIN: 938 meters

Suggested Bike Touring Vacations in Italy

SUGGESTED BIKE TOURING VACATIONS IN ITALY

bike touring italy

Italy is one of the most bike-friendly countries in the world, it should be since half the Bike Industry is located in the country.  The USA has baseball, football, and basketball while Italy has soccer, cycling, and motor sports (and a mixture of other outdoor recreation activities). Any given day throughout Italy there are cycling events, individuals out training or just using the bicycle as a primary means of transportation.  Combine this passion for the bicycle with the diverse historical and cultural diversity, of the Italian Regions, you have a perfect destination for your active vacation.  

In this section you will find suggested bike touring vacations.  Great rides for every level of cyclist that I have conducted thought the years.  If you need additional information or find a program you would like organized for your private group click the photo below. 

 

Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine Bike Tours

WHEN TO BIKE TOUR ITALY

The bike touring season in Italy can start as early as April and finishes in late October.  When planning your bike tour, you need to understand the climate of the region you wish to visit and the tourist flow.

Examples are: riding the Italian Dolomites, you can ride as early as May but you could still find snow in the passes or be snowed on and there are fewer hotels open since this is the off season.  However, if you are an avid rider you will find many of the classic climbs traffic free and save on hotel costs.

Where as the Sicily Region it is best to ride during April and May, or in the fall late September and early November, outside these times you have the heat and beach tourism to deal with.  Any earlier or later you have rain storms and rough seas to contend with, and the road structure is not the best for riding.

Check out each region guide to find the best time to ride.

SUGGESTED CYCLE TOURING ROUTES

Veneto Region and Old Venice Republic Bike Tour, Northern Italy

Lake Garda to Venice Bike Tour, Veneto Region

Venice to Trieste Bike Tour, Northern Italy

Bike Tour Trieste and the Friuli Venezia Region of Italy

Bike Tour Venice and the Veneto Region of Italy

 

 

The 4 Passes of the Italian Dolomites Bike Tour

4 PASSES OF THE SELLA MOUNTAIN GROUP BIKE TOUR

Bike Tour the Italian Dolomites

The route around the 4 passes of the Sella mountain group is one of the most spectacular rides in Italy. 

4 Passes of the Dolomites

The passes are Passo Sella - Passo Gardena - Passo Campolongo - Passo Pordoi

4 Passes of the Dolomites Sketch

Trento Province Bike Touring Routes

BIKE TOURING THE TRENTO PROVINCE

Bike Tour Italy, Trento Region

The Trento Province offers both rides along bike paths in the valley and classic climbs.  The province is enough Italian that you get a good blend of Italian food and wine, plus culture.  There is an interesting mix of rides that will satisfy most cyclist route preference.

Bike Tour Trento Province, Map

BIKE ROUTES AND CLASSIC CLIMBS IN THE TRENTO PROVINCE

Bicycle Tour Around the Brenta Mountain Group to Bolzano

 

 

Trento to Bolzano Adige River Bike Path, Trentino Alto Adige Region

TRENTO TO BOLZANO CYCLE TOUR

Mezzocorona, Trento to Bolzano Bike Tour

If you riding in northern Italy and wish to ride from cities of Trento to Bolzano the best option is to use the bike path that connects the city. The difference in elevation between the two cities is minimal, about 70 m gain over 70 km [230 feet over 44 miles]; therefore, it doesn't make a lot of difference which way you follow the route, one direction or the other. The route described here starts from Trento (and therefore has a very slight elevation gain going towards Bolzano).

Bike Touring Italy, Trento to Bolzano Bike Path

OVERVIEW OF TRENTO TO BOLZANO BIKE RIDE

Signposts: Pista ciclabile Val d’Adige / Fahrradweg Trento - Cadino - Bozen (N° 1)

European Route: Via Claudia Augusta, Val d’Adige cycle track

Estimated time>2.5 - 3.5 hours
Distance: 60 km
Elevation Gain: 60 m
Surface: entirely asphalted
Starting point: Trento
Finish point: Bolzano
Towns Along the Route: Trento, Lavis, Zambana, Nave S. Rocco, Mezzocorona, Faedo, Rovere della Luna
Bike & train: regional trains with cycle trailer serve the railway line between Bolzano and Trento

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TRENTO TO BOLZANO BIKE PATH ROUTE NOTES

The point of departure is the FS train station at Trento: leaving the station exit to the right, then take an immediate right onto Cavalcavia [overpass] San Lorenzo, which takes you over the tracks; cross the Lungo Adige Canal and just before the bridge over the Adige River, is the bike path. To go to Bolzano, turn right. Alternatively, before you get on the bike path, you could take a quick tour of the city. Crossing the Piazzale in front of the train station, dominated by a monument to Dante Alighieri, and heading to the left, you will find yourself at the Castello del Buonconsiglio, which for centuries was the seat of the bishop of Trento, the de facto ruler of the city. After visiting the castle, take a street to the right and you will enter the old town; the traditional center of the city is the Piazza del Duomo, dominated by a beautiful bell tower.

The bike path initially is located on the right side of the Adige (left if coming from the north), then alternately on the left side and then on the right again. It touches the villages of Lavis, S. Michele all`Adige, Salorno (where you enter the province of Bolzano), and Ora. This stretch of the Adige bike route is characterized by huge apple orchards; in the fall, the red color of the apples ready for harvest dominates the landscape together with the blue of the river and the blue-green of the mountains.

A few miles before Bolzano you leave the Adige river and now finds oneself on the left side of the Isarco River [Eisack in German]; the bike path continues through the developed areas of Bolzano ending at the historic center with Piazza Walther as its center. A few hundred meters further is the train station on the Brennero route.

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Trento-Alto Adige Region Bike Touring Routes

BIKE TOURING THE TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE REGION ITALY

Bike Tour Trento Province

Trentino-Alto Adige region is all about riding in the Dolomitemountains and the Alps, there are also plenty of bike paths down in the valley. 

BIKE TOURING ROUTES IN THE TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE REGION

BOLZANO PROVINCE

TRENTO PROVINCE

Bike Paths in the Trentino Alto Adige

There are several bike paths and routes in valleys of the mountains.  These are good to utilize to get from one climb to another during heavy traffic hours or to avoid some of the tunnels on the main roads.

Bressanone to Bolzano Bike Path
Alto Adige Bike Path to Trento
Valsugana Bike Path
Val Venosta Bike Path

CLASSIC BIKE CLIMBS IN THE TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE

Passo Campolongo
Passo Brocon
Passo Fedaia
Passo Gardena
Passo Lavasè
Passo Nigra
PassoPalade
Passo Pellegrino
Passo Valles
Passo Pellegrino
Passo Gavia

Venice to Trieste Bike Tour, Northern Italy

VENICE TO TRIESTE BIKE TOUR | FRIULI VENEZIA

Bike Tour the Adriatic Coast

The Friuli Venezia Region offers countless sites with a special charm just waiting to be discovered; Medieval fortress towns, Roman archaeological excavations, Italian Piazzas, and buildings embossed with Venetian influence will help any visitor forget time and pace, helping you relax. While on the one side, the Adriatic stretches calmly and silently, the Julian Alps rise majestically to the north. The tour follows the historical migration routes from the Balkans and middle Europe into Italy

  • DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy (plenty of extra loops after you reach your destination)
  • BEST TIME OF YEAR TO RIDE: Later April/Early May or Late September.  Warmer months make the routes crowded with beach traffic.  During the off season you will find very little open at most of the beach resort areas. 
  • TYPE OF BIKE: Road Bike or Hybrid

HIGHLIGHTS OF TRIP

  • Venice and the surrounding islands
  • Carole
  • Grado
  • Beaches of the Adriatic
  • Portogruaro
  • Aquilea
  • Miramare castle
  • Trieste
  • Portoroz
  • The Carso
  • Istria

Day 1: Saturday - Arrival in Venice (Mestre)


Arrive at the hotel on the mainland where the tour will begin. For those arriving early Venice is just a short boat ride away.

Day 2: Sunday - Venice - Jesolo- Carole (37 miles/60 km)

Cycle through the backcountry following the river Sile to reach Jesolo and surroundings. The beaches of Cavallino seem endless, this strip of land north of the Venice lagoon, is lined with fishing boats and souvenir stalls on the sea side, and farmland on the inland. Before you leave Venice through the "backdoor," the opportunity exists for an excursion to the lighthouse at the outmost end of the island for a last view of the city and surrounding islands.

After Jesolo ride through the old Roman settlement of Ecorle and along the coast passing fishermen's cottages, until you reach Caorle a wonderful, small, seaside resort with a historical center. (Overnight Carole)



Day 3: Monday - Carole - Portogruaro (37 miles/59 km)


Leaving the sea for a while and heading in land, toward the horizon of the Julian Alps, you are riding through the lands between the Piave and Tagelmento Rivers. There is an extra loop that takes us over to where Ernest Hemingway was wounded in WW1.  Or head straight to Portogruaro.

During the period of the Venetian Republic, Portogruaro was regarded as a very important river harbour in the "Serenissima." Even today, there are those in Portogruaro who regard their city as the most Venetian. They are not entirely incorrect, when you look at the Venetian embellishments of the magnificent buildings and places. (Overnight Portoguaro)

Day 4: Tuesday - Portoguaro – Aquileia - Grado (37 miles/ 60 km)


Besides the beaches of the Adriatic, there is a lot to discover: ruins of former Roman cities, ancient churches and lonely landscapes on the edge of the lagoon. Wondering along various canals we will first reach Aquilia. Once a large city of the Roman Empire,and visit the excavations of Aquilia before making your way to the seaside resort town of Grado. (Overnight Grado)

Bike Tour Italy's Adriatic Coast

Day 5: Wednesday - Grado – Miramare - Trieste (33 miles/53 km)


Today's route continues through the Carso of Trieste once a barren landscape of rocky caverns, before returning to the sea and a coastline of unique beauty. Where the elevated plateaus plunge into the deep blue water and the white precipices stand upright jutting towards the heavens. The coastal road then follows through the towns of Duino, Sistiana, Miramare, and Barcola. Take time to visit the castle of Miramare above the Bay of Grignano. Trieste is where you will be spending the night. (Overnight Trieste)

Day 6: Thursday - Trieste – Portoroz  (19 miles/31km or 35 miles/56km)


After a short distance, you leave Italy to enter Slovenia. The route continues mostly on cycle paths through well-known seaside resorts like Koper (Capodistria) and Izola (Isola d' Istria), to Piran (Pirano) finally reaching Portoroz (Portorose), a spa resort on the Slovenian Riviera.

There is a more challenging route that takes you over and through the Rosandra Valley. A beautiful ride through the hills.

Day 7:  Friday - Portoroz – Porec - Protoroz (36 miles/59 km)


Cycling past the salt gardens of Secovlje where sea salt is recovered through natural vaporization, you cross over the border into Croatia. The route travels through the Croatian part of Istria, the largest peninsula on the Adriatic with its slightly hilly terrain on the way to Porec, the most important coastal city on the west coast of Istria. It is certainly worth a visit to Euphrasian-Basilica which has been taken up by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

Day 8:  Saturday -Departure


Return by boat to Venice or a quick shuttle over to Trieste to catch a train back to Venice.

Bike Tour Italy's Adriatic Coast

Villas of Andrea Palladio | Vicenza Province

 VILLAS OF ANDREA PALLADIO | VICENZA PROVINCE

Basilica Palladiana

Vicenza sits betweenVerona andVenice along the main train lines.  The city is a World Heritage site and displays some of the most famous works of the architect Andrea Palladio. Palladio was one of the great architects of the Renaissance and his work reintroduced the classic style of ancient Greek and Roman in his work. His work has made its impact on American architecture style, just stop by the Villa Rotonda and take out a nickel, look at the back of the coin and then at the villa.  Thomas Jefferson used Palladio’s “Four Books of Architecture” to plan the works at Monticello and the Univeristy of Virginia.

Enjoy the day exploring the countryside villa’s and then a early afternoon inVicenza.  There are three varied itinerary's to select from, each highlighting some of Palladio’s most re-known works.

Bike Tour Italy, Villas of Vicenza

BIKE TOURING THE VILLA'S OF ANDREA PALLADIO

The meeting point for those staying outside of Vicenza is the Vicenza Train staion. If you are lodging at a hotel in the Vicenza city limits we can start from that location.

There are three specific routes to follow for this program.  It greatly depends on your riding ability and interest.

Route one for those who do not traffic and prefer to ride on a bike path this route follows the new Riveria Berica path to Noventa Vicentina and back. Distance 60 km

Route two leaves the city to the south and then continues counter-clockwise on a route to see UNESCO structures.   This is a nice route on secondary roads. Distance 40 - 50 km

Route three is for riders wanting a bit more riding with their sight seeing.  Ride north of the city to Lugo di Vicentina and back.  This route has no major climbs but it is between 60 - 85 km

On all routes you pass through small towns and vineyards, enjoying breathtaking views. Italiaoutdoors can provide a detailed Itinerary upon request. If you have the time the Vicenza Province makes a great location for a multi-day adventure.

Parts of this program can be organized as a walking tour.

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