Via Claudia Augusta: Part 11 Feltre to Treviso

Published on:  | Last updated: 29 April 2017

Nervesa della Battaglia

Nervesa della Battaglia: cyclist riding past vineyards. In the background is the Ossario (war memorial).

At a glance

Distance

109 kilometres (or 107 kms on my suggested altern­ative)

Difficulty/​Terrain

Depends on the option you choose the official option is challenging (but there is a shuttle)

Traffic

Mainly quiet roads

Surface

Surfaced roads

Options from Feltre

From Feltre the official route takes you via Cesiomaggiore and the Passo di Pradorego (910m).It's a very scenic option, but also pretty challenging - Possibly the most challenging climb on the whole Via Claudia. The climb is about 650 metres in altitude gain. The first part is relat­ively steep (more than 10 percent) but then gets easier nearer the top. This is a very quiet minor road, asphalted a few years ago. If you don't mind the climb this is a great option.

You could take the shuttle from Mel to the pass (download the pdf flyer for departure times and instruc­tions on how to book:  Mel to the Passo di Praderadego. The shuttle costs 12€ for rider plus bike. You could also take the train from Feltre to Alano Ferer Valdobbiadene (the closest station to Valdobbiadene) and then head for Valdobbiadene. Trains run about every two hours and take 15 minutes.

If you want to cycle, but you'd rather avoid the climb to the Passo di Praderadego, the main problem is that the most direct option is the Strada Regionale 348. It's not a partic­u­larly busy road, but it's narrow. After the peaceful cycleways of the preceding sections the 14 kilometres on the SR348 could be an unpleasant contrast. There is a better option in that you could follow the official route to Busche and from there pick up the SP1 Bis as it heads south following the eastern bank of the Piave river. There's a tunnel near Vas, but you can avoid it by taking a service road that skirts round the tunnel. This option then swings past the town of Valdobbiadene, 23 kilometres from Feltre. The Valdobbiadene is the area where the most presti­gious prosecco comes from - although the town itself is on the the western edge of the wine-growing district.

Map and altitude profile: Passo-di-Praderadego option

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Distances
Feltre - Cesiomaggiore 14 kms
Cesiomaggiore - Passo di Praderadego 27 kms
Passo di Praderadego - Treviso 68 kms

Map and altitude profile: unofficial alternative

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Distances
Feltre - Valdobbiadene 49 kms
Valdobbiadene - Treviso 58 kms
Vineyards near Vadobbiadene (Veneto)

Vineyards near Vadobbiadene (Veneto)

Feltre to Nervesa della Battaglia via Cesiomaggiore and the Passo di Praderadego

From Feltre the official route takes you to via the village of Cesiomaggiore - Il Paese del Ciclismo, where all of the streets are named after famous cyclists. At Cesiomaggiore is the Museo Storico della Bicicletta. The museum is the collection of Sergio Sanvido who used to own the local bike shop. Unfortunately, the museum is only open at weekends and on late Wednesday after­noons (opening hours)

There are lots of bikes from Italy, France the US and UK from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as bikes that belonged to the Italian cycling heroes including Coppi, Bartali, Moser, Saronni and Pantani. For me the most inter­esting part of the collection were the working bikes that belonged to itinerant artisans - including, intriguingly a mobile bike-coffee-roaster. (photogallery).

After Cesiomaggiore you descend towards the bridge over the Piave and start the climb to the Passo di Praderadego (910m).

On the way towards the pass the route passes by the Castello di Zumelle with its charac­ter­istic roofed tower. There was a castle on this site in Roman times - quite possibly to guard the via Claudia Augusta or one of its variants. There are pictures and more about the history of the castle on magicoveneto.it.

From here on its pretty flat as the route heads across the Veneto plain to Ponte di Priula where the tow variants join together and head over the river Piave and then continue on to Treviso.

The Piave and the Grande Guerra

During the First World War, after the disastrous defeat at Caporetto (now Kobarid in Slovenia) in 1917, the Italian forces pulled back to the Piave river. The river became the scene of some of the most desperate battles of the war - commem­orated by the number of place-names that include the words ‘della Battaglia’ (of the battle). The Austro-Hungarian commanders threw all of their available forces at the line in the effort to make a final decisive break­through. Had they managed to break the line at the Piave there would have been nothing but plains between them and the heart­lands of the Veneto and northern Italy. The huge losses suffered by the empire meant that these battles were a turning point - not just for the war on the Italian front but for the war as a whole.

There are a number of war memorials and military cemeteries in the area. In Feltre itself there's the San Paolo Cimitero Militare Tedesco and an Italian Sacrario Militare with an adjoining Austro-Hungarian military cemetery. South from Feltre there's another Austro-Hungarian and German mausoleum on the hilltop overlooking Quero (Mausoleo Quero). At Pederobba there's a French war memorial. Above Nervesa della Battaglia you can see the grim Sacrario del Montello which holds the remains of over 9,000 Italian soldiers - of whom over 6,000 were uniden­tified.

British Cemetery at Giavera del Montello

British Cemetery at Giavera del Montello

A couple of kilometres away is the Commonwealth Cemetery (Cimitero Britannico) at Giavera - up a path through olive trees, tucked away behind the village church. The cemetery is one of two Commonwealth war cemeteries on this front where British dead from the First World War are buried (the other is at Tezze). There are 416 soldiers buried here. It is a moving place. Each of the grave­stones has a name and the dates of birth and death: it’s always shocking to see how young these soldiers were. Most died in the summer and autumn of 1918 sometimes in the very last days of the war. Many grave­stones also carry an inscription chosen by the family; occasionally there’s a flash of raw grief, or something more personal. For me, this inscription, on the grave­stone of a 19 year-old, stood out:

“ O God how mysterious are thy ways to take my dear son in the best of his days ”

Riverside cycleway in central Treviso

Riverside cycleway in central Treviso

Treviso

Treviso is another charming, but often overlooked, Veneto town. The whole of the centro storico within the city walls is a zona traffico limitato meaning that it's easy to cycle. The official route takes you round the city walls, but it's well worth taking a bit of time to have a wander round before picking up the route as it leaves town on the Girasile cycleway.

More information

Places to stay

Hotels and B&Bs

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If you use these links to book accom­mod­ation Booking.com will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.

I use Booking.com to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirm­ation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accom­mod­ation.

I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the oppor­tunity to let me know if there’s a problem.

Many properties offer free cancel­lation but it’s a good idea to check the condi­tions as these vary from property to property.

Hostels

There are no hostels on this section.

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Campsites

There are no campsites until you get to the coast.

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Transport and services

Transport connections

Treviso station is a main rail hub for the area.

Treviso’s Antonio Canova airport offers flights to a wide range of destin­ation. It is fairly easy to get to from the city centre.

Bike shops on this section of the route

If you know of other bike shops, or you spot a mistake, please let me know.

Resources

The route has its own dedicated website viaclaudia.org (de/it/en)with inform­ation about accom­mod­ation and points of interest along the route as well as shuttle services to take you to the top of the major passes. There’s also a very useful inter­active map 

General tourist information

Articles in this series

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