Published on: 26 February 2016 | Last updated: 10 April 2018
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Pusterbike cycleway
The Pusterbike cycleway 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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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Longer routes with a significant proportion of traffic-free cycleway
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.
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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.
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The Ciclopista del Sole (eurovelo 7)
The Ciclopista del Sole is the Italian section of the eurovelo 7 it will take you from the border with Austria to the coast south of Rome. It will take you as far as Mantova (or the Lago di Garda or Verona if you prefer) on traffic-free cycleways.
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eurovelo 8 (Ciclovia del Po e delle Lagune)
The eurovelo 8 route crosses Italy with France at one end and Slovenija at the other. For much of the way it follows traffic-free cycleways along the river Po. There are also long traffic-free sections as it follows the Adriatic coast.
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The Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg (Friuli-Venezia-Giulia)
The Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg runs from Salzburg in Austria to Grado on the Adriatic coast. The Italian section is called the FVG1. It is has two long sections of traffic-free cycleway; from the border with Austria to Resiutta and then the final section from Cervignano del Friuli to the coast.
Read more: FVG1-Ciclovia Alpe-Adria Radweg