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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 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 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

Exploring The Villas of the Brenta Canal | Venice Province

Travel Guide to Italy

Things to See in the Venice Province

The Brenta Canal

EXPLORING THE VILLAS OF THE BRENTA CANAL | VENICE PROVINCE 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. 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 Bike Route #1 Along the Brenta Canal | Italiaoutdoors Bike Tour

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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

 

 

 

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