Published on: 12 March 2013 | Last updated: 11 March 2018
Resources for tour route planning
Regional websites and long-distance cycle routes
For anyone researching a trip in the Veneto then the first stop has got to be the Veneto tourism (Veneto.to) website (available in five languages).
There are two sections of interest to the cycle tourist. The Bike Tourism section includes four longer routes (generally four or five sections of about 50 kms each):
- a route from the Lago di Garda to Venezia via Verona, Vicenza and Venezia (or at least Mestre).
- a circular tour of the Veneto which goes via Venezia, Treviso, Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza Padova and Chioggia.
- a route along the coast from the Po to the Tagliamento and then along the coast skirting the eastern side of the Venetian lagoon.
- a route from the Dolomites to Venezia starting at Cortina d’Ampezzo, and heading south through Belluno Vittorio Veneto, Conegliano, Treviso and on towards Venezia.
You can of course combine more than one route. The veneto.eu routes take in almost all the main towns of the area (Feltre is the major omission) so you can mix and match. The routes provide an essential alternative in an area where the main roads can get very busy.
Although some sections of these routes are signposted, detailed roadbooks and guides are available to download from the website as well as gpx track files. Route leaflets with maps are available from tourist information offices. Alternatively there’s a book that brings together all of the routes on the website - at 6 euros it’s very good value and probably the best resource for planning a tour in the area. The only downside is the weight.
In addition to the multi-day routes there’s also the (cycling excursions) section which includes a number of day rides. You can of course adapt these and incorporate them into multi-day tours. The section includes seven signposted routes:
- E1 – La Lunga Via delle Dolomiti (‘The long trail of the Dolomites’). This follows the course of the old railway line that ran between Pieve di Cadore, Cortina d’Ampezzo and Toblach in the Süd Tirol. The Veneto section finishes at the Passo Cimabanche above Cortina, but you can go on to Toblach where it links with the Pusterbike and Drauradweg cycleways. The route is served by train and ‘bici-bus’ services.
- E2 - L’Anello dei Colli Eugenei (‘Circular cycle path of the Euganean Hills’)
- E3 - L’Anello della Donzella (‘The Donzella Ring’) a 60-kilometre circular route in the mouth of the Po;
- E4 - Il GiraSile a 40-kilometre circular route through the nature reserve on the banks of the river Sile to the south east of Venezia. This route also provides a convenient link between Treviso and Venezia's Marco Polo airport;
- E5 - Ciclovia delle Isole di Venezia (‘Islands of Venice cycle path’);
- E6 - Ciclovia del Fiume Mincio (‘Cycle path of the river Mincio’). This route is shared with the Lombardia region and links the Lago di Garda with Mantova and the river Po. It forms part of the ciclovia del Sole - which in turn is part of the Eurovelo 7;
- E7 - I paesaggi di Palladio (‘The landscapes of Palladio’). This takes you from almost the centre of Vicenza past two of Palladio’s most famous villas. The circular route then returns to Vicenza via the Lago di Fimon, but the initial section follows the Ciclabile Riviera Berica - a tarmac cycleway built on an old railway line which takes you out to Noventa Vicentina.
The region have produced a series of videos about the routes, which will give you a bit of a flavour of what to expect, and there's a playlist on youtube.com. (NB the playlist menu only shows on the video below if you are seeing the Flash version of the video.)
If you are planning on going to Padova or the area around (provincia) the padovatravel.it website (it/de/en) includes five regional routes including routes between Padova and Chioggia, Treviso and Vicenza. A number of the routes have a downloadable gps file.
If you are interested in cycle touring then you might also want to check out the information about wine tours there’s the Strada del Prosecco e Vini dei Colli Conegliano e Valdobbiadene, the Strada dei Vini del Montello e dei Colli Asolani and the Strada dei Vini del Piave. In the site’s downloads section. There’s also the excellent Strada dell’Archittettura - architecture tour. While these aren’t specifically designed for cyclists they are signposted, take you to places of interest, and generally follow quieter roads.
The download area of the site has a load of brochures and leaflets available to download most are available in Italian and English, and a number also in German.
If you read Italian you could check out the website for the Amici della Bicicletta di Verona the local branch of the FIAB. There’s a cicloturismo section with some recommended rides in the area. They’ve also published 78 routes as gps tracks on the gpsies.com website - follow the links from this page.
They also make some great wines in the Verona area. Not only is there Valpolicella and Soave which are relatively well known abroad but other very good wines including Custoza and Lugana that you'll struggle to find outside Italy. The page on wine routes has lots of links plus an interactive map which includes cycling routes, wine routes, as well as information about cantine (vineyards/wineries), and accommodation including campsites, hostels and agriturismi (farmstays).
The Verona FIAB, working in conjunction with the Tappeiner cartographers have produced a map showing cycle touring itineraries in the area. It's available from them and book shops.
The Provincia di Rovigo is the area that lies between two of Italy's great rivers, the Adige and the Po, as they flow towards the sea. It's overshadowed by the famous cities to the north but the wetlands of the Po delta are well worth exploring.
Belluno shares a large chunk of the Dolomites and some of the most famous passes in Italian cycling history. Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a website covering the whole area, but there is some information available on the tourism websites for local areas, including:
The website for the Provincia di Vicenza has a page with cycling routes (Italian only) but it isn't particularly useful, however there is an section with percorsi (routes) on the website of Tutti in Bici (the local branch of FIAB - the 'Italian Friends of the Bike').
- Dolomiti Stars
- Cortina d'Ampezzo Bike Resort
- Bike Resort a Cortina d’Ampezzo Dolomiti