Published on: 6 February 2018 | Last updated: 13 March 2018
At a glance
Easy - mostly flat but some small climbs
Quiet roads or traffic-free cycleways
Mostly asphalt but some shortish unsurfaced sections
This section is probably the most complicated on the whole route. It is mainly well signed (and the signage is improving)
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|Venzone - Gemona del Friuli||8kms|
|Gemona del Friuli - Buja||20kms|
|Buja - Udine||27kms|
Venzone - Gemona del Friuli - Udine
After Venzone, there are a couple of options. One heads over the river to Pioverno then continues to Braulins before crossing back again. The other takes the cycleway that runs from Venzone to Gemona del Friuli. Opened in 2016, this is another stretch of the old railway line given a new life as a beautiful stretch of high-quality cycleway.
To reach the new cycleway, head out of town head through the southern Porta de Sotto, and take the first left (the Via dei Fossati) and then right onto the Via degli Alpini. Cross over the SS13 and then take the Strada di Scjs as it goes under the railway line. Once you're past the railway line, take the first left — look out for the brown cycleway sign for Gemona. Initially, it's a beautiful asphalt lane/track through woods then just before the main road it ducks under the railway and the pista ciclabile proper starts and continues for 2.6 kms.
The ciclabile ends at Ospedeletto, from there, if you are in a hurry, you can take the road (the Via Cjamparis) into Gemona, if you're not, there's a track that leads to the Lago di Misurini nature reserve. At points the surface is loose gravel, and there are a couple of short, but relatively steep climbs - but it's worth it — honest. You come out on onto the Via Cjamparis on the outskirts of Gemona - look out for the old limekiln on the left, turn right, and there's another short stretch of cycleway.
If you're cycle-camping you can stay on the road and continue on to the Ai Pioppi campsite.
The cycleway proper ends at the hospital. when you come out onto the road by the hospital turn right and then take the next turning on the right (the Via San Pietro) this goes under a road and the railway line before bringing you to the main SS13 where you have to cross over and pick up the Via Braulins.
Continue on the Via Braulins to the riverside where you turn right onto the Via delle Rose. The Via delle Rose goes under the autostrada and comes out onto a quiet road (the Via Porto Carantano/Via Tagliamento) that takes you past the Parco della Colonna and on towards Osoppo.
The route is well signed from here (thanks to the efforts of the local council) — the signs take you through Osoppo where there are bars and places to eat and a hotel (the Hotel Pittis).
The route then follows the course of the Tagliamento river on a blissfully quiet strada bianca that takes you through meadows and woodlands.
Eventually you cross over a level crossing and come out onto the strada regionale (SR463) at Rivoli. You need to turn right and then the next left (opposite Simon's Pub). A tarmac lane takes you to a track which then continues past the depuratore (water treatment plant), where you turn right onto the Via Gravate which takes you into Tomba where you pick up a cycleway .
After this keep an eye out for a stream (the signs are easy to miss) where you turn left, cross over the SP49 and then ride through an underpass (tall people mind your heads) that takes you under the A23 autostrada.
The route then takes you on towards San Floreano - at this point, you have the alternative of a road route or an ippovia (bridleway/horse-riding route) that is more suited to mountain bikes. I took the road option (this is the route that is described in the official roadbook).
A bike path takes you into Avilla (part of the Comune di Buja). There's a confusing junction where the signs initially seem to point straight on, left and right. In fact, you need to cross the road, bear slightly left, and then turn right onto a short cycleway that runs beside the road.
There's a great little bar-ristorante in Buja - the I Primidue Osteria.
From Avilla you continue to Ursinins Grande (look out for the church (Santa Maria ad Nives) and Vendoglio, where there are two churches. At the junction turn left, and then at the next junction turn right and then the second on the right after that.
When I rode the route in 2015 the only signs after Treppo were the stickers put up by the volunteer Radweg Angels which weren't as obvious as the signs on the previous section. This may have changed since then.
The cycle route skirts round Tricesimo before picking up a ciclopedonale that follows the road for most of the way into Tavagnacco. Just outside the centre you leave the cycleway and turn onto a street paved with sanpietrini (like cobbles but flatter). This takes you past a church and the Trattoria Al Grop. You then need to cross the road and pick up another ciclopedonale that takes you to a pedestrian-cyclist bridge over the SS13.
The route then continues, mainly on cycleways, through Feletto Umberto over the SP49 and on towards the A23 autostrada - a short stretch of unsurfaced road takes you underneath the autostrada. From here the ciclopedonaletakes you into the Parco del Cormor.
After the Parco del Cormor the route into Udine is well signed and fairly straightforward: once more under the autostrada and then there are bike paths that take you into Udine's centro storico and the Piazza della Libertà where you can admire the heritage of the Venetian Republic.
Places to stay
Hotels and B&Bs
In Udine I stayed at the Hotel Alle Due Palme in Udine, located just outside the old city gates and a 10-minute walk from the Piazza della Libertà. There were cheaper options, but these are further from the centre of town. They have an underground garage.
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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.
Transport and services
There are train stations at Gemona del Friuli and Udine.
According to the website of the SAF regional bus company (af.ud.it: Biciclette)
Sugli autobus di linea di TPL extraurbani è possibile il trasporto gratuito di 1 bicicletta per passeggero, esclusi i tandem, fino al limite massimo consentito dalle capacità delle bagagliere.
A tal fine, è necessario informarsi in anticipo sulla possibilità di trasporto (fax 0432.602777 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), indicando un recapito mittente anche telefonico, per la conferma che potrà essere data anche nella giornata del viaggio.
Passengers can transport bicycles, excluding tandems, on the extra-urban bus services free of charge. One bike per person, and subject to the amount of available space in the luggage compartment. You must contact the SAF in advance (telephone: +39 0432 602 777, email: email@example.com), giving your address and a contact phone number. You may only receive the confirmation on the day of travel.
Bike shops on this section of the route
- Tavagnacco: cussighbike.it
- Udine: bikestore.ud.it | Cicli Granzon | Cicli Marino Rossi | Renato Mauro (Via Cividale 50) | Nadali (Piazza Primo Maggio 40) | Gianni Perini (20 Via Baldissera Antonio Generale)
If you know of other bike shops, or you spot a mistake, please let me know.
Tourist information websites
- turismofvg.it (it/en/de) is the main tourist information website for the Friuli Venezia Giulia region
- alpe-adria-radweg.com (it/en/de) is the official website for the route. There's also a useful app that was updated for 2018
- ciclovia-alpeadria-radweg.eu (it/en/de) is the website of the maintained by Mario Saccomano for the Friends of the Alpe Adria Cycling Route. It's definitely worth checking out before you travel for news about the Italian section of the route
- pistaciclabilealpeadria.it is the website produced by the cooperativa who run the Stazione di Chiusaforte bar-ristorante. They have recently published a pocket guide to the Italian section of the Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg (it/en) — for more information to (pistaciclabilealpeadria.it: guidebook)
- turismofvg.it (it/en/de) has a section dedicated to cycling: turismofvg.it: Bike including information about the Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg: turismofvg.it: Alpe-Adria cycle track
Articles in this series
- Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg Overview
- Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg: 1: Salzburg to Werfen
- Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg:2: Werfen to Böckstein
- Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg: 3 Mallnitz to Villach and Tarvisio
- Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg: 4: Tarvisio to Venzone
- Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg: 5: Venzone to Udine
- Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg: 6: Udine to Grado