FROM THE LAKE OF GARDA TO VENICE BY BIKE
ONE WEEK AROUND VENETO FROM EAST TO WEST
A bike tour that crosses the Veneto from east to west to discover the wealth of history and traditions that characterize the territories of Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice.
Departing from Garda, an ancient town overlooking the lake, the itinerary connects different tracks and cycle routes that, on the banks of the rivers Adige, Bacchiglione and Brenta, lead up to the Venetian mainland. After visiting the city of Romeo and Juliet, you will cycle towards the city of Palladio, stopping at the medieval village of Soave.
From Vicenza continue on the cycle path of the Riviera Berica first and of the Bacchiglione River then to reach Padua, guardian of the innovative painting of Giotto and of the Mantegna, from where it starts again in the direction of Venice crossing the famous Riviera del Brenta.
Finally, you arrive in Mestre (Venice), where you leave your bike to reach Venice by public transport.
Day 1 – Arrival at the Hotel
Arrival at the hotel in Garda and accommodation in the room.
Day 2 – Adige-Verona river – “Via Claudia Augusta”
The Adige cycle path is the route that connects Verona and Lake Garda with the Trentino Alto Adige cycle path network. The route also has a strong historical and cultural value because it coincides with a long stretch of the Roman Via Claudia Augusta.
The landscape of the Adige Valley is characterized upwards by majestic rock walls and towards the valley bottom by finely cultivated fields. Initially there are expanses of apple orchards, then with the first Mediterranean notes, apples give way to vineyards, peach trees, olive trees and wheat. Along the way you will come across cities and historic villages that preserve art jewels and cultural and scientific museums.
Continuing in the direction of Verona, you can admire the imposing bulk of Monte Baldo towards the lake and towards the Lessini Mountains, Valpolicella, a land of very fine wines such as Valpolicella, Amarone and Recioto. Leaving the mountains behind, the towns of Pescantina and Bussolengo meet, once important river ports.
Access to Verona takes place through Chievo, from where the visit to the world famous city for the Roman Arena, the temple of opera music, begins for the historical sites of the famous love legend of Romeo and Juliet and for the magnificent palaces of the Scaliger lordship.
Length: 49 Km. Difficulty: easy
Day 3 – Lake Garda-Verona – “Crossing of the Riviera of Olives”
The particularly mild climate and the succession of civilizations have concentrated in this corner of Veneto an extraordinary wealth of beauties: a very high biodiversity, excellent food and wine products and numerous charming villages.
The cyclist can book an original cruise from Riva del Garda to Peschiera del Garda or can choose between pleasant detours off the Adige cycle path to reach the shores of the lake.
Once you get off at Peschiera del Garda, initially follow the course of the Mincio river on a cycle path up to Salionze where you turn towards Verona following a well-marked bike path. The route is particularly pleasant because it crosses the gentle morainic hills. In the second case it is possible to reach the lake by following other marked cycle routes that start directly from the Adige cycle path.
In Rivoli Veronese, a town built at the foot of Monte Baldo, follow the I1 signs through the Riviera degli Olivi to the Camaldolese monastery of Bardolino, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake. In short you go down to the lake where the towns of Garda and Bardolino overlook. After admiring the treasures of art and tasting the excellent wines and fine oils, return to Verona following the signs for Pastrengo and Calmasino.
Resuming the Adige cycle path you cycle as far as Verona in complete safety, following the I1 cycle tourism signs.
Length: 30 Km. Difficulty: medium.
Day 4 – Verona-Vicenza – “In the places of Romeo and Juliet”
The third stage starts from Juliet’s home and heads south of the city, where the Adige stretches across the plains making ample digressions.
After about thirty kilometers you reach Soave, a walled city that boasts Lombard origins.
Surrounded by carefully cultivated vineyards to produce the prized white Soave wine, the town boasts the presence of numerous farms and wineries and elegant taverns where you can taste wines and typical products.
Beyond Montebello there are two castles popularly known as Giulietta’s Castle, Bellaguardia Castle and Romeo’s, Castle of the Villa. In these places the legend that inspired Shakespeare to write the famous tragedy was set. Vicenza is now close.
This stretch takes place along the roads leading to Brendola at the foot of the Berici Hills. The surrounding landscape is enriched with Venetian villas, a prelude to the Palladian masterpieces kept in the Berico capital.
The road with little traffic rises up to about 200 meters. This effort will be rewarded by one of the most beautiful views of the itinerary: the entrance to Vicenza from the top of Monte Berico. Near the famous Sanctuary you can see an overview of the city around the Palladian Basilica. Once in the historic center, the enchantment continues with the harmony of proportions in the “contrà”, with squares, palaces, churches and the Olympic theater.
Length: 63 Km. Difficulty: medium.
Day 5 Vicenza-Padua – “Along river il Bacchiglione”
Continue cycling along the Riviera Berica “Casarotto” cycle path and after a few kilometres you will reach Villa Capra Valmarana “La Rotonda”, one of Andrea Palladio’s masterpieces which ideally leaves visitors from Vicenza on top of a hill towards Longare, at the foot of the Berici Hills. The main theme of the fourth stage is the Bacchiglione, a water course that was the main communication route between Padua and Vicenza.
Not far from the Grimani Sorlini Castle, another villa, Fogazzaro Colbachini, deserves a visit because it was the residence of the writer Antonio Fogazzaro and because it preserves an original collection of bells.
When you’ll the Paduan territory, three rural villages cheer up the ride. The first is Santa Maria di Veggiano, where noteworthy rustic buildings are immersed in a poetic agrarian landscape, then Cervarese Santa Croce, where near a former mill, a footbridge allows us to cross the river and reach the castle of San Martino della Vaneità, inside which the Bacchiglione River Museum has been set up.
The route continues immersed in the greenery of the river up to the gates of Padua. The entrance to the city takes place first along the Scaricatore canal, a waterway very popular with the Paduans who love to play sports and then following the cycle paths, you enter the large living room of the city: Prato della Valle, one of the largest monumental squares in the city. ‘Italy.
Length: 45 Km. Difficulty: easy.
Day 6 Padua-Venice – “The Riviera del Brenta”
To understand the authentic spirit that animates the city of the Saint you have to walk among the stalls of the ancient fruit and vegetable market in Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, enter the Palazzo del Bo, home of the ancient University, visit the Basilica of S. Antonio and not forget to admire Giotto’s frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel.
Leaving in the direction of Venice, cross the university district of Portello, with the monumental Porta Ognissanti and proceed along the Piovego canal first, and then the Brenta canal.
For many centuries, these medieval waterways ensured communication between Padua and Venice, through the famous Riviera del Brenta.
The beauty of Venetian architecture is captured not only in the numerous noble buildings but also in the rustic residences, which despite having lost the original production functionality, still retain the stately details of the Venetian palaces: variety of the chimneys, elaborate cornices and porches of the barchesse.
By bicycle it is possible to travel the same routes and admire the same landscapes that astonished travelers in past centuries: the Pisani villa in Stra, the beautiful center of Dolo and the Foscari villa called “la Malcontenta”, the summit of Palladian architecture.
A little further on you arrive in Mestre; we recommend that you leave your bicycle at a guarded parking lot at the station and reach Venice by train. The lagoon city among its peculiarities that make it unique in the world also includes that of not allowing the use of the bicycle between streets and squares.
Venice is the most rewarding conclusion for this journey with an artistic and architectural flavor.
Length: 40 Km. Difficulty: easy.
Day 7 – Departure
Breakfast at your hotel in Mestre and then departure.
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