Published on: 17 February 2014 | Last updated: 10 April 2018
München-Venezia international cycle route
A 557-kilometre route, the majority traffic-free. It takes you through southern Germany, the Austrian Tirol, and into Italy where it goes through the heart of the Dolomites before reaching Venezia. This route was only launched in 2015, but it looks set to become a favourite.
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The Via Claudia Augusta
An established and popular route across the Alps. It follows the historic trading route that once linked Augsburg with the Po. Most people use it to go to Verona, although there is a variant that goes to Venezia, and you could also head for the Lago di Garda. About 700 kilometres depending on the option you choose. It's generally easy — with the option of shuttles to avoid the tricky bits.
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Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg
The Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg route takes you the 447 kilometres from Salzburg, through Austria and into Italy's Friuli Venezia Giulia region, before bringing you to the coast at Grado. Mostly traffic-free, and mostly easy, this is deservedly a popular route over the Alps.
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The Julian Alps
The Julian Alps are shared between Italy and Slovenija. This 361-kilometre route does a figure of eight through the two countries taking in Bled and Bohinj as well as the valley of the emerald Soča river. While it's mainly on quiet roads, it makes the most of the beautiful traffic-free cycleways on the course of the cross-border rail line that once ran between Tarvisio and Jesenice.
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The Ciclopista del Sole (eurovelo 7)
The Ciclopista del Sole is the Italian section of the Eurovelo 7. It crosses into Italy from Austria before heading south on traffic-free cycleways to Bozen (Bolzano) and Trento. It then heads south to Firenze and Roma.
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The Ciclovia del Po e delle Lagune (eurovelo 8)
The Ciclovia del Po e delle Lagune (Po and Lagoons cycleway) links Ventimiglia near the border with France, with Trieste on the border with Slovenija. It forms part of eurovelo 8. For much of its way through Italy it follows the Po river to the sea where it turns north and follows the Adriatic coast via Venezia.
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The Via Francigena and eurovelo 5
The Via Francigena is the traditional pilgrimage route that runs from Canterbury in south-east England to Rome. This is Italy's Camino di Santiago. After Rome you can continue on the eurovelo5 south east towards Brindisi - the traditional point of departure for pilgrims heading for Jerusalem.
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