Published on: 23 May 2014 | Last updated: 10 February 2017
Books and paper maps
If you’re looking for a guidebook or paper maps then your best bet is going to be the bicitalia guidebooks to the Ciclovia del Po by Claudio Pedroni and Antenore Vicari and published by from Edicicloeditore. Both are in Italian but in my experience the maps from edicicloeditore are pretty good and the accommodation listings are still useful even if your Italian is limited:
- Ciclovia del Po: tratto 1: dal Sorgente a Cremona
- Ciclovia del Po: tratto 2 da Cremona al mare Adriatico
You can buy direct from ediciclo, but they are also available from amazon.it.
For the stretches of the route in the Veneto the regional tourist promotion authorities produce useful guides. These are available as pdfs, and you can also get paper copies from tourist offices. There’s also a book of all of the guides to the veneto.to routes. This costs 7€ - but I don’t know how widely available these are. The pdf guides can be downloaded from the cycle touring section of the veneto.to website (en/fr/de/it/es/pt/ru) is extremely useful. See in particular:
There's also an very useful guide (Dal Garda all'Adriatico in bicicletta | From Lake Garda to the Adriatic sea by bike | Vom Gardasee zur Adria Mit dem Rad) with nice clear mapping covering the route between the coast and Mantova. The guide is produced jointly by the provincie of Ferrara and Mantova and available from tourist information offices in the area. You can also download and print out pdfs of the guides (download links: en | it | de ).
You can view the official routes along the Po on the Bicitalia website:
- Ciclovia del Po shows the route along the north bank
- Destra Po shows the route along the south bank in the provincia di Ferrara from Gorino on the delta to Stellata di Bondeno.
Open Street Map has the most comprehensive coverage of cycleways. (Note, if you’ve not used it before you need to click on the layers button in the top right-hand side of the map and then select the Cycle Map layer). There’s a key (legend) for the map here.
You can get the OpenStreetMap/OpenCycleMap for use on your Garmin GPS (sorry I don’t know about other makes of gps). You can make them yourself, but otherwise you can use the ready-to-go maps from velomap.org, openfietsmap.nl, and garmin.openstreetmap.nl (note: for coverage of the whole of the route through Italy you need both the West and Eastern Europe downloads).
You can also use these maps on a Mac/PC - although Mac users face an small extra step of converting maps to gmapi format using JavaWa Map Converter. This is really very straightforward. (you can get gmapi format maps from velomap but there’s a small charge).
There’s a Google map of the VENTO route - this is an extremely useful resource for the Po section of the route.
The download package includes gps tracks for the sections of the route that I’ve ridden. For other sections I think it’s better, and more honest, to send you to
the place where you can find the gps tracks and download them for yourself. Obviously as I haven’t ridden these bits I can’t vouch for the quality of the route or the quality of the track although I would regard all of these sources as reliable.
Update:When I first published this article, FIAB had launched a new version of the bicitalia.org website, and the old one seemed to have disappeared. These tracks are now available from the current version of the the site (or perhaps they were there all along and I didn't see them). The links to the pages are as follows: bicitalia.org: Destra Po | bicitalia.org: Ciclovia del Po . Please note that the file for each route consists of a large number of tracks with very similar names: you could simply copy all of these onto your gps, but otherwise you'll need to spend some time joining gpx files together using a programme like Basecamp to join tracks. Just in case there's a problem with the new pages here are the links to the pages on the old site: bicitalia.org: Destra Po | bicitalia.org: Sinistra Po.
The page for the Destra Po on the old site (bicitalia.org: Destra Po) also includes much of the official route through Piemonte and Liguria as well as the link through the Alpes Maritimes in France.
Here's a very quick how-to screencast on downloading gps files from the old version of the bicitalia.org site:
In Friuli Venezia-Giulia
The Open Street Map maps show the eurovelo 8 as it arrives into Italy and then the Val Rosandra/Giordano Cottur cycleway out of Trieste to Draga Sant’Elia where it connects to the regional FVG2. The FVG2 takes you to Grado where it joins the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg (also shown on the OSM maps) which takes you to Aquileia.
The download package includes my tracks between Muggia and Duino, as well as my suggested connection with the Trieste cycleway. I have also included tracks for the route from here to Porto Tolle at the mouth of the Po.
In the Veneto
All the variants of the route through the Veneto are shown on the OSM maps. I have included tracks of the route I took.
The polesineterratraduefiumi.it includes a Google map of the Sinistra Po (north bank) route between Porto Tolle and Ostiglia (click on ‘ Visualizza Sinistra Po in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori’ then download the kml file from Google Maps).
The Sinistra Po cycleway is shown on the OSM maps as far as Ostiglia on the border with Lombardia. The Destra Po cycleway is shown as far as Bondeno. The ferraraterraeacqua.it includes tracks for the Destra Po from Ferrara to the coast and the route between Ferrara and Bondeno.
The detour via Mantova is shown on the OSM maps as well as some stretches of the main route.
The Po cycleways website (lecicloviedelpo.movimentolento.it) has lots of useful downloads
- Bondeno-Ostiglia (mainly Destra Po)
- Destra Po via San Benedetto del Po
- Ostiglia - San Benedetto Po (Sinistra Po)
- Borgoforte - Casalmaggiore (Sinistra Po)
- Casalmaggiore - Cremona (Sinistra Po)
- Cremona-Piacenza (Sinistra Po)
- Ostiglia-Mantova (eurovelo 7) or Governolo-Mantova (along the Mincio river)
The Po cycleway is shown on the OSM maps from Casale Monferrato as far as Sanfront. The Via Pedemontana is shown from the intersection with the Po cycleway as far as Cuneo - this is also included in the download pack including my suggestion for a quiet route out of Cuneo.
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