7 most beautiful greenways in Italy by bicycle
What are the greenways of Italy? And what are the most beautiful to ride on a bicycle? I will try to give an answer to these questions, dusting off the itineraries we have already talked about abundantly on these pages and also trying to find new, little-known and in any case suggestive routes.
In this article
- What are greenways?
- 7 best greenways in Italy
- 1 - Via Verde Costa dei Trabocchi (Abruzzo)
- 2 - Po Delta Park (Veneto and Emilia-Romagna)
- 3 - Tarvisio-Moggio Udinese (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
- 4 - Cycle path of the Trammino (Tuscany)
- 5 - Rossana Mallorca (Sicily) cycle and pedestrian path
- 6 - Brennero cycle path (Trentino-Alto Adige)
- 7 - Sile cycle path (Veneto)
What are greenways?
According to the Lille declaration towards a "European network of Greenways" of 12 September 2000: "Greenways are communication routes reserved exclusively for non-motorised travel developed in an integrated way that enhances both the environment and the quality of life of the surrounding area.These routes should meet satisfactory standards of width, slope and surface condition to ensure that they are both user-friendly and low-risk for users of all abilities. In this regard, canal towpaths and disused railway lines are a very suitable resource for the development of greenways”.
Going into a little more detail, as explained on the site of the European association of greenways, greenways must have common characteristics including:
- Ease of passage: their slopes, with low or zero slope, allow them to be used by all types of users, including people with mobility difficulties
- Safety: thanks to their separation from the roads, and adequate protection at intersections
- Continuity: with adequate solutions and alternative routes for any difficulties
- Respect for the environment: along the routes and encouragement to respect it by users
Furthermore, there should be useful infrastructures for tourists and cyclists and information such as maps and brochures to facilitate travel and knowledge of the surrounding area.
7 best greenways in Italy
1 - Via Verde Costa dei Trabocchi (Abruzzo)
- the port town deserves a stop to visit the Caldoresco Castle, the Cathedral and especially the Palazzo d' Avalos
- Lido di Casalbordino
- a beautiful beach not far from the mouth of the Sinello river, ideal for a break and a dip.
- the beautiful medieval village that makes up the historic center of Ortona and its Aragonese Castle are a worthy ending to this itinerary.
2 - Po Delta Park (Veneto and Emilia-Romagna)
- from its symbol Trepponti (or Pallotta bridge) to the various canals that cross it, it is worth dedicating some time to visit the symbolic town of the Po Delta.
- Saline di Cervia
- if you love birdwatching or heartbreaking sunsets, the Cervia salt pans are the ideal place to stay and wait for the sun to go down, among cormorants, flamingos and herons.
- Bosco della Mesola
- one of the the last and best preserved lowland woods in the province of Ferrara, home to a good population of fallow deer and deer that can be seen at dawn and dusk.
3 - Tarvisio-Moggio Udinese (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
- The starting point of this itinerary is an important ski resort in Friuli-Venezia Giulia but also a pretty mountain village where you can relax before starting your ride.
- Julian Alps
- The valley where the former Pontebbana railway runs is dominated by the high peaks of the Julian Alps, spectacular peaks to enjoy the view along the entire itinerary
- Small but delightful medieval village devastated by the 1976 earthquake and rebuilt in conservative manner.
4 - Cycle path of the Trammino (Tuscany)
- Bocca d'Arno
- pause to admire the retoni (similar to the trabocchi from Abruzzo) at the mouth of the Arno in Marina di Pisa with the horizon closed by the magnificent Apuan Alps.
- Basilica di San Pietro
- a short detour, about halfway through , will allow you to reach this wonderful basilica in Romanesque style, with portraits of popes up to the fifteenth century.
- not too many words are needed to describe the wonderful Tuscan town, dominated by Piazza dei Miracoli, easily reachable from the end of the Trammino cycle path.
5 - Rossana Mallorca (Sicily) cycle and pedestrian path
- the island that houses the historic center of Syracuse is one of the many marvels of Italy: the cathedral, the many historic buildings and Greek temples represent a more unique than rare concentration of beauties.
- Port Panagia
- the former train stop, adjacent to the old tuna fishery, is exposed on a small fjord which makes the place enchanting and worthy of a stop.
- Sculpture park
- along the itinerary you pass various art installations present since 2015 and enclosed under the name of sculpture park. In total there are 10 works scattered on the cliff.
6 - Brennero cycle path (Trentino-Alto Adige)
- South Tyrol, being a borderland, is rich in perched and evocative castles and there are numerous those visible from the cycle path.
- Novacella Abbey
- not far from Bressanone, the abbey also houses a fine cellar and a stop for a tasting is more than recommended.
- in recent years it has become one of the most bike-friendly cities in Italy and is the perfect landing point for this journey.
7 - Sile cycle path (Veneto)
- Restera del Sile
- the first stretch of the route follows the towpath (restera, where the oxen dragged the burci against the current) up to the archaeological site "cimitero dei burci", not to be missed (and where you can push your bikes by hand!).
- Taglio del Sile
- just before reaching the banks of the Piave Vecchia, take the seventeenth-century canal that diverted the course of the Sile and which runs alongside the lagoon.
- better known for its beaches and summer nightlife, the town is still pleasant to cross by bike out of season.
Log in with ( Sign Up ? )
or post as a guest
Be the first to comment.
ITA - Cicloviaggiatore lento con il pallino per la scrittura e la fotografia. Se non è in viaggio ama perdersi lungo i mille sentieri che solcano le splendide montagne del suo Trentino e dei dintorni del lago d'Iseo dove abita. Sia a piedi che in mountain bike. Eterno Peter Pan che ama realizzare i propri sogni senza lasciarli per troppo tempo nel cassetto, ha dedicato e dedica gran parte della vita al cicloturismo viaggiando in Europa, Asia, Sud America e Africa con Vero, compagna di viaggio e di vita e Nala.
EN - Slow cycle traveler with a passion for writing and photography. If he is not traveling, he loves to get lost along the thousands of paths that cross the splendid mountains of his Trentino and the surroundings of Lake Iseo where he lives. Both on foot and by mountain bike. Eternal Peter Pan who loves realizing his dreams without leaving them in the drawer for too long, has dedicated and dedicates a large part of his life to bicycle touring in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa with Vero, travel and life partner and Nala.
Latest from Leo
- Givi-bike Experience cycling panniers: Junter review
- Bombtrack adventure and touring bikes: 2023 models and price list
- MTB handlebar (flat) vs gravel handlebar (drop): which is better?
- Via Claudia Augusta cycle route from Germany to Italy
- Touring wheels: the best ones and how to choose
- MTB flat pedal shoes: how to choose the best ones?