The München-Venezia cycle route: Part 8 Lago di Santa Croce to Treviso

Published on:  | Last updated: 27 February 2018

Serravalle: Torre Civica Palazzo della Comunità and Torre Civica

Serravalle: Torre Civica Palazzo della Comunità and Torre Civica

At a glance

Distance

88kms

Difficulty/​Terrain

Easy. The route from here is pretty flat, although there are some short climbs.

Traffic

This section of the route is mainly on quiet roads with some sections of cycleway. The strada provin­ciale into Conegliano isn't especially busy but the cars tend to be moving quite fast and the road isn't partic­u­larly wide.

Surfaces

There are some sections of unsur­faced road north of Treviso but you cn avoid these if you prefer.

Signs

This section is generally well-signed with a combin­ation of the new München-Venezia signs and the Veneto regional I4 route signs. Sometimes there are both sets of signs and sometimes the newer signs fill in the gaps.

The Dolomites are behind you, but there's still a lot to enjoy as the München-Venezia cycle route takes you through the Prosecco wine country, and the charming towns of Vittorio Veneto, Conegliano and Treviso.

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Distances
Lago di Santa Croce - Vittorio Veneto 21 kms
Vittorio Veneto - Conegliano 16 kms
Conegliano - Treviso 51 kms

Route description

A quiet road with nice views, takes you around the Lago di Santa Croce. Note that there are three shortish sections of tunnel. The route then joins the SS51as it heads towards Vittorio Veneto. The road here is much quieter than it is further north - probably because the through traffic has taken the autostrada whose two massive viaducts dominate the landscape as the road follows the Meschio river. You could continue on the SS51 almost all the way into Vittorio Veneto, but the route makes a couple of detours off the main road. Both involve a sharp right turn off the main road, and the signs are easy to miss, so keep an eye out.

The first detour (signs Laghi Blu) takes you past a hydro­electric plant as it descends two lakes before then climbing back up to the strada statale. There's then another stretch on the SS51 before another sharp right turn which takes you down a narrow tarmac lane to another lake another scenic detour: turn right (again the sign is easy to miss). The lake is the Lago del Restello, and on the other side of the lake is the medieval Torre di San Floriano. There's a little picnic area and drinking water fountain. For my money, this is the more scenic of the two detours.

The München-Venezia cycleway beside the Lago del Restello and Torre San Floriano near Vittorio Veneto

The München-Venezia cycleway beside the Lago del Restello and Torre San Floriano near Vittorio Veneto

Serravalle and Vittorio Veneto

Back to the SS51. You could continue on the main road, but the official route turns right onto the Via del Gambero. This takes you directly into the centro storico of Serravalle past the castle. (Serravalle is one of the two neigh­bouring towns that came together to form Vittorio Veneto). There's just one catch: the one-way system means that officially you have to get off and walk - look for the ‘Bici a Mano’ (cyclists dismount ) signs. This and the cobbled street means that most cyclists seem to stick with the main road; if you do decide to take that option be sure to stop in the Piazza Flaminio. On the eastern side of the square is one of the Veneto's treasures: the Palazzo della Communità and Torre Civica.

Coming out of Vittorio Veneto there's a lovely cycleway alongside the Meschio river. Eventually, the route leaves the river, turning right to cross over the autostrada and pick up the SP103 ("Strada del Prosecco"). It's a scenic route through the Conegliano wine country, but it's also quite narrow and fast, so a bit stressful, and it's a relief when you get to Conegliano where a roadside cycleway takes you into the centre of town.

Cycleway beside the Fiume Meschio in Vittorio Veneto - part of the München-Venezia cycle route

Cycleway beside the Fiume Meschio in Vittorio Veneto

Conegliano and Nervesa della Battaglia

The star sight in Conegliano is the frescoed Duomo on the Via 20 Settembre - a pedes­trian street that runs parallel with the route. A little further along the Via 20 Settembre, there's a nice restaurant: the Osteria Oca Bianca.

Frescoes on the facade of the Duomo di Conegliano

Frescoes on the facade of the Duomo di Conegliano

From Conegliano the route heads towards Ponte della Priula and the river Piave, once over the river, it heads for Nervesa della Battaglia, and the Montello park.

This area was the scene of some of the most decisive battles in the First World War. In 1917 the Italian forces suffered a massive defeat at Caporetto (now Kobarid in Slovenija) and were forced to make a long retreat to form a new defensive line along the river Piave. In summertime, the Piave seems to be more gravel than water, but in the winter and spring of 1917-18, it was a formidable obstacle to the Austro-Hungarian army, which tried, at huge cost to cross the river. As you head towards Nervesa della Battaglia, you can see one of the boats that would have been used to form the pontoon bridges across the river as soldiers tried to cross the broad expanse of water.

As you look towards Nervesa you'll see, on the heights above it, the brick ossario surrounded by vineyards. The ossario (or Sacrario to give it its official title) holds the remains of 9,235 soldiers who died in the battle for the Piave. If you want to visit the Sacrario, it's open from 9:00 to 17:00 Tuesday to Saturday. If you're inter­ested in the World War I sites, further on there's the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Giavera del Montello. (Both British and French forces had fought alongside the Italians in the battles along the Piave). The small cemetery is tucked away behind the local church and reached by a path that runs through olive groves.

Nervesa della Battaglia: cyclist riding part of the München-Venezia cycleway. In the background is the Ossario (war memorial).

Nervesa della Battaglia: cyclist riding part of the München-Venezia cycleway. In the background is the Ossario (war memorial).

The Montello

From Nervesa the route skirts the southern edge of the Montello - a hill that rises about 230 metres in altitude above the surrounding plain that runs for 13 kilometres east to west and five kms north-south. The area has been declared a Parco Ciclistico by the provincia di Treviso and the route follows a road that has the status of a Zona Traffico Limitato - meaning that it's restricted to local residents. The Montello is a playground for cyclists - at least if you enjoy climbing - with 33 climbs to choose from. If you fancy a side-trip there's more inform­ation (in Italian) on tutteleprese.it. You can also download a pdf guide to the area from the visittreviso.it website (direct download link: visittreviso.it: Montello cycling loop and link roads).

While the Montello is a cyclist's playground, there are a couple of junctions where you need to be partic­u­larly careful - watch out for the incrocio pericoloso signs.

The route follows the Via Baracca - named after an Italian fighter-pilot ace who was shot down over the Montello and whose emblem went on to be used by Ferrari. For much of the way, it follows the Canale del Bosco an artificial waterway built by the Venetian Republic in the 16th century to irrigate the plain north of Treviso. It's a glorious ride, but eventually, the route turns south towards Treviso.

Up to this point, the München-Venezia coincides with the Veneto regions I4 route. But on this next stretch towards Treviso the München-Venezia route seems to be different. (Note: I was following the gps track for the official route which may have been wrong). The I4 route heads along the Via San Pio X and the Via Madonna delle Mercedes while the München-Venezia route takes some unsur­faced roads. A little further on it makes another detour while the I4 follows what looked like a perfectly reasonable roadside cycleway beside the Via Trieste. If I were doing this section of the route again, I would follow the Veneto region's route.

A roadside cycleway takes you along the Viale Brigata Treviso to the city walls and the Porta San Tommaso.

Palazzo della Communità, Serravalle (Vittorio Veneto)

Palazzo della Communità, Serravalle (Vittorio Veneto)

More information

Places to stay

Hotels and B&Bs

Find and book places to stay with Booking.com

Booking.com pages for places on this section of the route:

Vittorio Veneto | Conegliano | Nervesa della Battaglia | Treviso

About these links

If you use these links to book accom­mod­ation Booking.com will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.

I use Booking.com to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirm­ation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accom­mod­ation.

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.

Hostels and campsites

There are no campsites or hostels on this section of the route.

Transport and services

There are train stations at Conegliano, Ponte della Priula, as well as in Treviso itself.

Treviso airport is about 4 kilometres west from the Treviso city walls.

Transport and services

Bike shops on this section of the route

If you know of other bike shops, or you spot a mistake, please let me know.

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Resources

Cycling-related websites

h4>Tourist inform­ation websites

  • the major tourist inform­ation site for the Veneto is veneto.eu (en/​fr/​de/​it/​es/​pt/​pl/​jp)
  • The main tourist inform­ation site for the area is visittreviso.it (it/​en). The Treviso tourist author­ities produce some excellent leaflets and brochures that you can download from their site. For the English-language versions go to this page: visittreviso.it: brochures and guides. As well as a guide to the wine routes in the area, and World War I sites, there are guides to Vittorio Veneto, Conegliano and Treviso.
München-Venezia cycle route: cycleway beside the Fiume Meschio near Vittorio Veneto

Cycleway beside the Fiume Meschio near Vittorio Veneto

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