Traffic-free cycleways

Published on:  | Last updated: 10 March 2017


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Ciclabile delle Dolomiti

Ciclabile delle Dolomiti (Südtirol-Veneto)

The Ciclabile delle Dolomiti (formerly the Lunga Via delle Dolomiti) is possibly Italy's most scenic cycleway with some gorgeous views of the Dolomites. It follows an old railway line for 64 kilometres from Toblach (Dobbiaco) through Cortina d'Ampezzo in the heart of the Dolomites, to Calalzo di Cadore.

Read more: Ciclabile delle Dolomiti (formerly the Lunga Via delle Dolomiti)

Cycling Riviera cycleway (Liguria)

The Cycling Riviera (Liguria)

A 24-kilometre cycleway along an old railway line on the Ligurian Riviera dei Fiori around San Remo. Short, but defin­itely sweet, and you can always do it both ways.

Read more: The Cycling Riviera

FVG1 (Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg): cyclists crossing the the Fella river near Roveredo using an old railway bridge

FVG1 (part of the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg)

The FVG1 (part of the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg) has a long section of high-quality traffic-free cycleway along the old rail line via Tarvisio near the Austrian border.

Read more: FVG1 Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg

Ciclabile Val di Sole (Trentino)

The Val di Sole cycleway (Trentino)

The Trentino offers possibly the best selection of cycleways of any Italian region. The 34-kilometre Val di Sole cycleway is a great example. 

Read more: The Val di Sole cycleway (Trentino)

Bridge on the Val Rendena cycleway (Trentino)

The Val Rendena cycleway

The Val Rendena cycleway (Trentino) is another of Trentino's great little cycleways (also 34 kilometres) in the Brenta Dolomites. You can combine it with the Val di Sole cycleway.

Read more: The Val Rendena cycleway.

Burano, laguna di Venezia

The Ciclovia delle Isole (Veneto)

This cycleway takes you island-hopping along the eastern fringes of the venetian lagoon. Watch fishermen cooking their breakfast on a harbourside barbeque. Find a place to leave your bike and take a traghetto into the main island of Venezia - or explore some of the other islands like Burano with its houses painted in gorgeous colours.

Read more: Ciclovia delle Isole.

Vinschgau Radweg, looking down towards the Vinschgau (Val Venosta)

The Vinschgau cycleway (Südtirol)

The Vinschgau cycleway (Vinschgau Radweg or Ciclabile della Val Venosta) runs for 78 kilometres between the Lago di Resia (Reschensee) on the border with Austria to and Meran. A beautiful and deservedly popular cycleway, it is also part of the Via Claudia Augusta inter­na­tional cycleway.

Read more: The Vinschgau cycleway

Cycleway in the Südtirol

The Pusterbike cycleway (Südtirol)

The Pusterbike cycleway (Südtirol) runs through the Pustertal (Val Pusteria) in Italy's German-speaking region of the Südtirol (Alto-Adige), which as you'd expect has its own distinctive character and atmosphere.

Read more: Pusterbike cycleway (Südtirol)

River Adda near Airuno

The Sentiero Valtellina

The Sentiero Valtellina cycleway follows the northern section of the river Adda linking the Lago di Como with Bormio in the Alps (110 kilometres).

Read more: Sentiero Valtellina

The Naviglio Grande (Lombardia)

The Ticino cycleway

The Ticino cycleway is a 93-kilometre cycleway following the course of the Ticino river and the Naviglio Grande. It links Pavia on the river Po with Sesto Calende on the Lago Maggiore. The Naviglio Grande will also take you into central Milano.

Read more: Ticino cycleway

The river Po from the FE20 cycleway

The Destra Po cycleway (Fe20)

The river Po flows from its source near the border with France to the Adriatic coast. This 92-kilometre route goes from the beautiful city of Ferrara to the coast, following the right bank of the river on a high-quality surfaced cycleway along the top of the massive 10 metre-high flood defences along the river’s banks.

Read more: The Destra Po cycleway (Fe20)

cycleway beside the Adige (Etsch) river near Meran (Merano)

The Adige: from the mountains to the sea

This route takes you from the Alps to the Adriatic (402 kilometres). 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.

Read more: The Adige: from the mountains to the sea

cycle symbol on the cycleway (Ciclabile della Drava) near Toblach

Through Austria along the River Drau from Toblach to Tarvisio

This route takes the Drauradweg cycle route from Toblach (Dobbiaco) in Italy to Lienz in Austria, and then following the Drau (Drava) river on to Villach where it turns back towards Italy and Tarvisio. It links the networks of cycleways in the Südtirol, the Austrian Tirol, Friuli Venezia Giulia region and Slovenija.

Read more: Through Austria along the River Drau from Toblach to Tarvisio

Cycleway along the river Mincio

Ciclovia del Mincio (River Mincio cycleway)

The Ciclabile del Mincio is a 35-kilometre cycleway along the river Mincio linking Peschiera del Garda in the Veneto and Mantova in Lombardia. The cycleway is an important link in the Ciclopista del Sole (eurovelo 7) but is also a very popular day-ride.

Read more: Ciclovia del Mincio (River Mincio cycleway)

The Lago di Chiusi near the start of the Sentiero della Bonifica cycleway

The Sentiero della Bonifica (Toscana)

The Sentiero della Bonifica (Toscana) - a 62-kilometre cycleway through the Val Chiana between Arezzo and Chiusi. 

Read more: Sentiero della Bonifica

Longer routes with a significant proportion of traffic-free cycleway

Castle on the Via Claudia Augusta near Mals

The Via Claudia Augusta

The Via Claudia Augusta is an inter­na­tional route that starts near Augsburg in Germany. It follows traffic-free cycleways as far as Trento. At Trento you have the option of either continuing to Verona on a traffic-free cycleway beside the Adige, or going to the Lago di Caldonazzo in the hills above Trento, where it picks up the Ciclabile della Valsugana which you can follow into Bassano del Grappa. There's a quiet road route between Trento and the lake —or you can take the train or a bike-shuttle.

Read more: Via Claudia Augusta

Sign for the München-Venezia cycle route on the River Sile

München-Venezia (Südtirol and Veneto)

The München-Venezia is a new cycle route that makes use of the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti to provide a new long-distance route through the Südtirol and Veneto to Venezia. It follows traffic-free cycleways through the Dolomites into the Veneto. It also follows the Girasile cycleway along Sile river from Treviso.

Read more: München-Venezia cycle route

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