From Bolzano to Trento between Isarco and Adige riversBolzano, main city of South Tyrol, is the starting point we chose, but it’s possible to connect to this city from the Resia Pass following the Venosta Valley cycle path till Merano. Cycling from Merano, where starts also the cycle path of the Passiria Valley, you continue to the south along the Adige and you reach Bolzano in about 30 km. Alternatively you can arrive to Bolzano also from the Pusteria Valley (continuation of the Drava cycle path in Austria) which reaches the city after a stretch of the Isarco Valley. After visiting Bolzano, you go down towards Trento passing through huge stretches of vineyards: those of the excellent Gewurztraminer of the area of the Lake Caldaro and those of Teroldego in the Rotaliana Plain. Close to the railway station in Ora there’s the starting point of the mountain bike route (also feasible with touring bikes) of Vecia Ferrovia (Old railway) - from Ora to Molina di Fiemme which connects the Adige Valley to the Fiemme and Fassa Dolomites.The cycle path enters the territory of Trentino after passing Salorno. The valley gets narrow before opening close to San Michele all’Adige, where starts the Rotaliana Plain. Here there is also the Sabino - San Michele connection that passing through Mezzolombardo leads to the Non Valley. Continuing instead to the south, with the sharp top of Mount Bondone as a reference, you pass by the area of the asparagus of Zambana to reach Lavis and do a large horse-shoe route around the mouth of Avisio river that flows into Adige. It’s only a few kilometers to reach Trento, where you enter catching sight of the Doss Trento and the church of Sant’Apollinare on the right orographic bank of the Adige. Arrived to Trentino’s main city, you’re welcomed by the Buonconsiglio Castle and the Duomo Square with the fountain of the Neptune.
From Trento to Rovereto, from a city to another oneWith the elegant Duomo Square behind and the cathedral that watches over the cycling tourists, you go along Via Verdi flanking the university and many bars. At the parking of Sanseverino you turn right and access the cycleway of the Adige Valley at the first roundabout. Looking to the north you spot the beautiful church of Sant'Apollinare below Doss Trento, while a little higher the Sardagna cableway offers an alternative point of view on Trento. The cycle path continues to the south meeting soon the Palazzo delle Albere of the XVI century and the Muse. In front of the Science Museum was set up a large public park where to relax or have a picnic. Along the bank of the river Adige it’s not difficult to spot a fleeting rabbit jumping into the vegetation while you cycle towards Rovereto. Close to the Ravina Bridge you cross the river Adige and continue to follow it on the right orographic bank. The countryside skimming the cycleway are dotted with vineyards and apple trees that in spring bloom in white. You cross Gianni Caproni Air Force Museum reachable through the new cycling link road. In Mattarello, a district of the municipality of Trento, you cross again the Adige river going to the left bank in sight of the Vigolana Peak. Adige cycleway stays alongside the water stream while the state road remains higher passing close to the villages of the valley. Shortly before entering in Besenello, dominated by the majestic Beseno Castle dating back to the XII century, the cycle path diverts passing again the Adige. To visit the manor house it is necessary to follow the itinerary towards Besenello and then go up to the entrance of the fortress.
From Rovereto to Verona (or Affi) by bicycleFrom the historical center of Rovereto you cycle to the south till you bump into the stream Leno that goes down from the Vallarsa to flow into the river Adige. Along the water stream you go on quietly among the vegetation, families by bicycle and the sweet sound of the stream. To reach the Adige cycle path it is necessary to follow the cycle road signs to Trento or Lake Garda till you find yourself on the banks of the river.
The valley gently tightens, closed in the grip of the Baldo and the Lessini, crosses Borghetto, the last municipality of the Trentino province, and enters Veneto crossing the motorway by means of an overpass. After Borghetto, once village on the border between the Austrian Trentino and the Italian Veneto, nowadays simply last village in the autonomous province of Trento, the newly built cycle path continues on the right of the Adige allowing to reach with a short bike ride Belluno Veronese, in the province of Verona. The cycleway follows the Biffis drain before raising a few meters and running parallel to the provincial road on the right of the Adige.
Bicigrill of Nomi, Avio and Southern TrentoBorn to assist and allow those practicing cycle tourism along the Adige cycleway to rest and have useful information, the bike-grill of Nomi is between Trento and Rovereto and consists in a facility equipped with bathroom and bar service. Along the Adige cycle path you’ll happen to spot the signposts in wood which indicate its presence a few kilometers away. Once arrived close to Nomi, instead of following the Adige cycle path on the bridge crossing the river, go straight for 150 meters and you’ll find yourself at the Bikegrill. If you have some doubts about journey and distance, ask for information at the managers and have a look at the map of the Adige cycle path shown outside. In Trento south, when the Adige cycle path passes close to airport/Caproni Museum, you can stop at the bike-grill for a light meal or to drink an iced draught beer. Another newly-opened facility is the bike-grill of Avio "Ruota Libera". You’ll find it cycling to the border between Trentino and Veneto and you’ll have the chance to take advantage of it to eat a snack or relax a bit admiring the Sabbionara d'Avio Castle! Also in South Tirol there are facilities similar to the bike-grills, the last one you’ll meet is in Salorno, exiting from the autonomous province of Bolzano.
What to see along Adige Cycleway
If you are looking for further information: for the stretch in Trentino on the website of the Province of Trento there are further details. On this page you find news on the stretch between Merano and Bolzano and eventually here you find information for the stretch between Trento and Bolzano.
- the city of Verona
- the castles of Avio and Beseno
- Rovereto and its museum of First World War
- Trento, the city of Council
- Bozen and Merano to breath a little bit of South Tyrol
- A good glass of Teroldego wine at Piana Rotaliana
- In the villages along the cycle path there are accommodations for all budgets : from 3/4 star hotels to hostels like the one in Trento. There are also other alternatives such as apartments on airbnb discounted if you are not registered yet. The presence of campsites is poor.
- There is no national law that regulates the free camping which can often be confused with the bivouac. We say that in the low tourist season it is more tolerated. An alternative is to ask the owners of land or houses with the garden to plant the tent
- If you camp freely do not leave rubbish around and traces of your passage (otherwise it is better to stay directly at home!)
- Along the cycle path you will find several bike grills ( in southern part of Trento there is one where you can eat really well!) where you can have a frugal meal
- If you like wine don't forget to go to the Rotaliana winery, the Endrizzi winery, the Isera winery or in the Lake Caldaro area for a glass of Gewurztraminer
- If you love beer , in Foresta, just after Merano, don't miss a culinary stop at the Forst brewery
- Taste the canederli, spatzle and strudel as well as other less famous dishes of Trentino cuisine such as smacafam
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