This section of the Adige bike route connects the two main cities of the region of Trentino Alto Adige, Trento and Bolzano. The difference in elevation between the two cities is minimal, about 70 m gain over 70 km [230 feet over 44 miles]; therefore, it doesn't make a lot of difference which way you follow the route, one direction or the other. The route described here starts from Trento (and therefore has a very slight climb going towards Bolzano).

Bike Touring Italy, Trento to Bolzano Bike Path

Signposts: Pista ciclabile Val d’Adige / Fahrradweg Trento - Cadino - Bozen (N° 1)

European Route: Via Claudia Augusta, Val d’Adige cycle track

Estimated time> 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Distance: 60 km
Elevation Gain: 60 m
Surface: entirely asphalted
Starting point: Trento centre
Finish point: Bolzano centre
Towns Along the Route: Trento, Lavis, Zambana, Nave S. Rocco, Mezzocorona, Faedo, Rovere della Luna
Bike & train: regional trains with cycle trailer serve the railway line between Bolzano and Trento

TRENTO TO BOLZANO BIKE PATH ROUTE NOTES

The point of departure is the FS train station at Trento: leaving the station exit to the right, then take an immediate right onto Cavalcavia [overpass] San Lorenzo, which takes you over the tracks; cross the Lungo Adige Canal and just before the bridge over the Adige River, is the bike path. To go to Bolzano, turn right. Alternatively, before you get on the bike path, you could take a quick tour of the city. Crossing the Piazzale in front of the train station, dominated by a monument to Dante Alighieri, and heading to the left, you will find yourself at the Castello del Buonconsiglio, which for centuries was the seat of the bishop of Trento, the de facto ruler of the city. After visiting the castle, take a street to the right and you will enter the old town; the traditional center of the city is the Piazza del Duomo, dominated by a beautiful bell tower.

The bike path initially is located on the right side of the Adige (left if coming from the north), then alternately on the left side and then on the right again. It touches the villages of Lavis, S. Michele all`Adige, Salorno (where you enter the province of Bolzano), and Ora. This stretch of the Adige bike route is characterized by huge apple orchards; in the fall, the red color of the apples ready for harvest dominates the landscape together with the blue of the river and the blue-green of the mountains.

A few miles before Bolzano one leaves the Adige and now finds oneself on the left side of the Isarco River [Eisack in German]; the bike path continues through the developed areas of Bolzano ending at the historic center with Piazza Walther as its center. A few hundred meters further is the train station on the Brennero route.

verona to rovereto bike touring route

Part of the Adige River bike route this is a great path for all levels of cyclist.  The Trentino section is well marked and on an isolated path/ The Veneto has yet to mark the route as necessary nor are you on isolated roads.  This is a great ride and makes for a great vacation destination.

Bike Touring Italy, Adige River Bike Path

Signposts: Pista ciclabile Val d’Adige / Vallagarina; Fahrradweg Trento - Rovereto - Borghetto (N° 1)

Eurovelo Route: Val d’Adige cycle track, Via Claudia Augusta (branch Ostiglia)

Estimated time: about 2 to 3 hours

Length: 65 km
Elevation Gain: 70 m

Surface: entirely asphalted track
Starting point: Verona Train Station
Finish Point: Roverto
Towns Along the Route: from the villages of Trento, Besenello, Calliano, Nomi, Villa Lagarina, Rovereto, Mori (access Lake Garda), Ala, Avio.
Bike & train: regional trains with bicycle transport parallel the railway line Trento - Verona

ROUTE NOTES:

The route starts at the Verona Porta Nuova train station. When you leave the station toward the signs towards Chievo, a suburb of Verona to the north. One possible route has been recorded in the GPS trace of the route.

At Chievo, as you pass through Piazza Chievo, you will see a bike route sign DO NOT FOLLOW THIS SIGN because it would take you across the river; it is necessary to turn left onto the principal road to Bussolengo (Via Aeroporto Angelo Berardi, then via Turbina). The road is narrow and quite busy with traffic and therefore requires much attention.

After little more than a kilometer, 0.8 mile to be precise, you cross over a canal and immediately on the other side you will find the beginning of the bike path. This is a path that follows alongside the canal, in a long straight section as far as Bussolengo where the cyclist is directed away from the canal and needs to ride through the center of town.

Within Bussolengo it is easy to lose track of the route: once you have gone through Piazza della Vittoria you come to a fork; the street to the right drops you in a steep descent to the Adige. This is not the best choice; it is better to take the street to the left (Lungomonte Graziani), or backtrack to Via Roma just south of the piazza, which in about 500 m/1600 feet leads you back to the bike path along the canal. The GPS trace already mentioned above, describes an alternate route along the Adige River which descends steeply onto a small road open to traffic, which after about 5 km/3 miles brings you back, with a slight climb, up to the bike path along the canal.

The bike path continues completely flat following along the canal, which maintains its horizontality thanks to a series of rather unusual viaducts; the canal, and all its water, flows above houses, roads and trees.

This easy stretch of the bike path ends abruptly in front of a mountain wall through which the canal passes, but not the cyclist, who now must leave the canal and go up an ascent rated at 10%, but which actually is not so difficult if one is accustomed to mountain biking. The bike path is narrow and requires one to be careful: you may find yourself suddenly in front of one or more cyclists who are coming down at high speed. You arrive at the high point which is 220 m/720 feet. The descent takes you down to Rivoli Veronese and provides views of the Adige valley and the Wohlgemuth fortress.

Once past Rivoli you quickly will find yourself back on the bike path which concludes in the locality of Canale, where it leads onto a local road with very little traffic. You can continue along this road and suddenly you will find yourself yet again along the canal that now has emerged from the mountain, and after a large bend to the right you will come to Borghetto, at the border between Veneto and Trentino. Here is the starting point (or if coming from the north, the end point) of the section of the bike path within the province of Trento. From here on, there are no particular difficulties: the route runs along the Adige to Avio, Ala and Rovereto where this bike route ends.

Cycle for the northern Alto Adige city of Bressanone, south to Bolzano along a well developed bike path. The route starts at the border on the Italian side of the Brenner Pass.  The bike path follows the Isarco river as it cuts south toward Bolzano, capital of the Alto Adige (Sud Tyrol) province.

 

 BIKE PATHS AND SIGN POSTED ROUTES IN ITALY | BIKE TOURING ITALY

Bike tour Italy, bike paths in Italy

There are several bike paths and routes that are being developed throughout Italy.  The paths are being built to support both bike tourist and local commuters.  Though the effort is to be applauded, many of the paths are being built by city planners not cyclists, and certainly not travel planners. 

There are three types of 'Bike Paths' you will find:

Bike Route: There has been recognized bike routes throughout Italy for years; some are part of the Eurovelo system others routes that have been part of Gran Fondo's and local rides.  Many of these routes can be found online.  There is an effort to sign-post many of these routes.  The bike route is generally on secondary roads, and you ride with the traffic.  

Bike Paths (Pista ciciabile): This is the most subjective designation. There are some bike paths that are isolated from traffic and take you from one city to another along a protected path, Trento is the best region for these paths.  While other pista cicabile are a mix of isolated paths, secondary roads and city streets. 

Commuter Paths: These are paths the local communities have sponsored, and they are generally great paths for local school kids and workers to move between home and work.  Many of these paths were built along side narrow roads that have increased traffic over the years.  These paths are suited for city bikes but very dangerous for a cyclist.

PATHS REVIEWED

BIKE TOURING THE BIKE PATHS AND ROUTES IN THE VENETO REGION

BIKE TOURING THE BIKE PATHS AND ROUTES IN THE TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE REGION

 

L'anello Fluviale di Padova

The city of Padova, Veneto has been very active in designing bicycle friendly routes and paths throughout the province.· One of the paths you will find information for at the tourist center next to the train station is the route around the city.

The route is 47 km depending where you start the route.  The tourist information directs you to the southern point of the route at Ponte Bassanello and then riding clockwise following the old canals and rivers.  The route is all paved and well marked and in some sections you will share the road with traffic but it limited during most hours of the day.  The easiest way to get to to the start point is to ride straight through the center. 

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