Using the site

Route guides

The routes are divided into sections: these are not daily stages. Everybody differs in their fitness and touring style, and generally if you are camping you will probably have more limited options than someone staying in hotels (never mind a lighter load). Bear in mind as well that if you are travelling through a mountainous area, the amount of climbing will be at least as important as the mileage.

Route maps and GPS files

The inter­active maps will give a good idea of the route until you zoom right in. For every route there is a downloadable GPS file - or a link to the site where you can download the gps file. The GPS files are more detailed than the inter­active maps.

Normally tracks for road routes are just under 1000 points and about 100 kilometres long. If you have an older GPS you will need to either split these using Basecamp - or simplify them using a site like the wonderful and incredibly useful gpsies.com (click options for the track simpli­fic­ation slider, then set the maximum number of track­points at 500). I've zipped the gpx files - the file sizes are a fraction of the size unzipped files so please don't take the file size of the zip as an indic­ation of the quality of the track files.

I have also included GPS files for 'Points of Interest' like campsites, hotels, hostels, water.  There are instruc­tions here on how to use these files.

Place names

Through this site I use the Italian place names and not the English versions. This is mainly because every country has its own version of these place names so using the Italian name seems the most neutral. In any event, if you plan on touring in Italy then one way or another you'll need to learn the real names of places. Besides we've learnt to use 'Beijing' instead of 'Peking' and Mumbai instead of Bombay so why don't we do the same for Italian place names?

For place names in the German-speaking parts of Italy I use the German names, with the Italian names in brackets. But for simplicity I call the Adige the Adige rather than the Etsch if only because for most of its length its name is the Adige.

Units

My apologies to people who are used to using the 'imperial' units. I grew up with miles, and yards and feet, not to mention furlongs and chains, but the metric system is just so much simpler - especially when it comes to calcu­lating gradients.

Mobile users

I'm working to make the site more mobile and tablet-friendly. However, there are some features of the site that don't work as well on a small-screen as I'd like, but I've kept because they work so well on the full-size. The image gallery slideshows for example, simply don't work well on a small screen, but hopefully future versions will work better.

The inter­active maps for the route guides can be problematic on older devices. My tips would be:

  • avoid changing the orientation
  • don't use the full-screen button
  • if you find that the terrain-view map is slow to scroll switch to the normal map or the Open Cycle Map
  • you may also find that closing down unused apps will help.