The Adige: from the mountains to the sea: Overview

Published on:  | Last updated: 31 January 2017

I've just pub­lished a guide to the Via Claudia Augusta - which also fol­lows the Adige as far as Verona. The new art­icle includes a lot more inform­a­tion about things to see and do along the way. I'm going to update this series but in the mean­time you might also want to read the art­icles about the Via Claudia Augusta.

This route takes you from the Alps to the Adriatic. From the bor­der to Verona the route is almost entirely on tarmac-surfaced traffic-free cycle­ways. From Verona there is a stretch on roads and the final sec­tion the last sec­tion through the pro­vin­cia di Rovigo is mainly on unsur­faced roads - although you could cross the river and fol­low the river on quiet pro­vin­cial roads.

The route takes you through Italy’s apple coun­try of the Südtirol, where you will pass through mile after mile of apple orch­ards, which then give way to vine­yards. It takes you close to the cit­ies of Meran (Merano), Bozen (Bolzano), Trento, Rovereto and Verona. 

Map and altitude profile

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map detail

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Maps to print out or view offline

 More inform­a­tion about the maps

sample map page.

Links open in new win­dows unless you 'save as' etc.

The maps are in two ver­sions: A4 por­trait form­at - for print­ing and may­be also for view­ing on an iPad, and A5 for smal­ler tab­lets and smart­phones. As far as eRead­ers are con­cerned so far I've not man­aged to get them to work on a Nook - but you may have more suc­cess with oth­er devices.

The maps were pro­duced using the web­site. The maps are very detailed and clear. They will be avail­able via the site as well (link to my route col­lec­tion on if you want even more detailed ver­sions, or you want to cus­tom­ize them for your own needs.

Note for tab­let and smart­phone users: for best res­ults on Android devices I'd sug­gest either Amazon's Kindle app or Mantano Lite. On iOS the Kindle app works very well - if you don't want to pay out for GoodReader.

GPS files

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The Via Claudia Augusta route runs from Donauwörth in south­ern Germany and fol­lows the Adige until you get to Trento where one branch turns off towards Feltre, Treviso and Venezia, while another con­tin­ues on towards Ostiglia and the Po.

The Ciclabile Valle dell Adige and the Ciclabile Valle dell’Adige (Sole) form part of the Ciclopista dell Sole (link opens in new win­dow) which takes you to Bologna, Firenze and Roma. Or you could pick up the Bicitalia Ciclovia Tirrenica (link opens in new win­dow) which takes you from the Verona to the Ligurian coast.

At the end of the route you could head north fol­low­ing the Islands and Lagoons of the Adriatic coast route.

There are lots of camp­sites along the route - although these are much few­er on the south­ern part of the route between Verona and the coast. 

There are also lots of hotels. The Via Claudia Augusta web­site provides a use­ful list­ing.

Train services

There are nation­al and inter­na­tion­al train ser­vices to and from Bozen, Trento, and Verona. There’s also a loc­al train that will take you to Malles near the start of the route (note these trains are run by the Südtirol and not by trenitalia. In 2011 I paid 4€ for a bike tick­et (trenitalia bike tick­ets are not val­id).

When to go

May, June and September are prob­ably the best times - the Adige val­ley can get very hot in July and August.

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