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By bike from Bozen to Venice

If you like to cycle for several days, we recommend the cycle route from Bozen to Venice – with a length of almost 300 km, hardly any differences in altitude and wonderful panoramas. Mountains and vineyards, spas and villas, castles and towns, Lake Garda and the Venice lagoon await you.

From South Tyrol to Veneto

The route is mainly flat with a few short ascents and leads along cycle paths or low-traffic side roads. Therefore, it is also ideal for families. The route starts in Bozen and leads along the cycle path that follows the famous Via Claudia Augusta to the right or left of the Etsch river to the romantic city of Verona. From there it continues through fertile plains, along picturesque hills and past magnificent villas to Vicenza, Padova and finally to Mestre. As it is also forbidden to push bicycles in the historical centre of Venice, we recommend that you leave your bike at the bike parking area at Mestre railway station.

Your physical condition and holiday planning will determine how many daily stages you will divide your route into. For some cyclists it's all about the sporting aspect, for others it's more about the exciting highlights along the way. We recommend that you plan at least 5 to 6 days: This way, you will experience a great mix of sports and culture, nature and enjoyment. Check out our following tips for worthwhile stops and side trips along the route.

Castello di Rovereto
Castello di Rovereto

The Castle of Rovereto is the location of the Italian War History Museum.

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Trient
Trient

Castle in the centre of Trient

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Trient
Trient

Cathedral Square in Trient

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Riva del Garda
Riva del Garda

Woman with bike on the Monte Baldo

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Trento, Rovereto & Riva del Garda

The first city on the route after starting in Bozen will be Trento with the wonderful cathedral square and the family-friendly MUSE: In this science museum designed by Renzo Piano, visitors young and old get exciting insights into nature and technology. Rovereto is the next stop for culture lovers: the city is known for its great exhibitions at the Mart, the museum for modern and contemporary art.

If you love beach and water with mountains in the background, you will be thrilled by Riva del Garda on the northern shore of Lake Garda and the subsequent boat trip. From Riva, you can take the ferry to Desenzano or Peschiera on the south shore of Lake Garda. This way, you can enjoy the lake in all its beauty and diversity – between mountains and olive groves, beach promenades and sailing boats.

Villa La Rotonda - Vicenza
Villa La Rotonda - Vicenza

Villa La Rotonda - Vicenza

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Verona
Verona

Verona Ponte Scaligero bridge.

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Verona
Verona

Panorama of Verona

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Verona
Verona

Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore

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Veneto beauties: Verona & Vicenza

Another city worth seeing on the route is Verona with the famous Arena, the historic centre and many nice shops. The route then continues through fields and vineyards to the Berici hills and Vicenza. In Vicenza, we recommend a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria di Monte Berico and Villa La Rotonda. You should also try the Soave and other delicious wines of the region.

Basilica del Santo - Padova
Basilica del Santo - Padova

Basilica del Santo - Padova

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Padova - Prato della Valle
Padova - Prato della Valle

Padova - Prato della Valle

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Padova & the thermal baths

The next stop will be Padova. The city can be reached via the cycle path Riviera Berica, which follows the route of an old railway line along the Bacchiglione river to Padua. The centre of Padova has a lot to offer: the famous Basilica of Sant'Antonio, the huge Prato della Valle square and the oldest botanical garden in the world. If you are a wellness fan, we recommend a detour to the Euganean Hills and the thermal centres of Abano and Montegrotto.

San Marco - Venezia
San Marco - Venezia

San Marco - Venezia

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Gondola - Venezia
Gondola - Venezia

Gondola - Venezia

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Towards Venice and the sea

Leaving the centre of Padua, follow the Brenta Canal, where you can admire Villa Pisani and other splendid villas. From Mestre, it is possible to reach Venice by following the cycle path across the Ponte della Libertà. However, as bicycles are prohibited in the historic centre of Venice, we recommend that you leave your bike at the BiciPark next to Mestre train station and take the train for the last stretch to Venice. Alternatively, you can leave your bike at the BiciPark in the municipal car park on Piazzale Roma, very close to the historic centre of Venice.

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