The Adige: from the mountains to the sea: Overview

Published on:  | Last updated: 16 September 2014

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.

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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 bikemap.net website. The maps are very detailed and clear. They will be available via the site as well (link to my route collection on bikemap.net) 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 Reader Lite. On iOS the Kindle app works very well – if you don’t want to pay out for GoodReader.

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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.

Transport connections

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.

Articles in this series

Please get in touch if you find any errors in the information, or if there’s anything, good or bad, that you’d want other cyclists to know.