Turin – VeniceTurin – Venice

Turin – Venice

The route between Turin and Venice forms the longest stage of the Mediterranean Route in Italy and provides a wonderful introduction to the north of the country. For most of this stage, the route follows the course of the River Po – which represents the only time EuroVelo 8 leaves the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea for a significant length of time - but it also includes an attractive stretch along the edge of the Venice Lagoon.

The River Po Bike Route is one of the most famous in Italy and is already a well-ridden bicycle trail with many dedicated services for cycle tourists, including tour operators, rental facilities and hotels and guesthouses.  For example, there are over 200 ‘Albergabici’ (registered cycle-friendly) hotels, farmhouses, B&Bs or camp sites available. 

Beginning in the centre of the lively city of Turin, the river and the cycle route make their way east across gently undulating countryside largely on dedicated cycling infrastructure, which makes the route ideal for families or people new to cycling tourism.  There are many attractive towns and villages either on or close to the route, including the two famous ‘cycling towns’ of Mantova and Ferrara. 

After passing through the rice fields of the River Po Delta and connecting to the Adriatic Sea, the route follows the coastline north along the outer islands of the Venice Lagoon.  It is necessary to use ferries to island hop along this barrier, which protects the ‘City of Canals’ sheltered behind.  Although technically not on the route, the romantic city of Venice is too big a draw to miss if you are passing this close to it, particularly during the many festivals that are held here throughout the year.

  • 4
    italian regions
    passed through
  • 117
    islands make
    up venice
  • 652
    km - the length
    of the river po

 

  • Sabbioneta, the widspread museum, Italy

    Sabbioneta was created for Duke Vespasiano Gonzaga in the second half of the 16C and is an extraordinary example of a constructed ideal town, 'a dream turned into stone'. A model of Renaissance urban planning, the town is surrounded by mighty star-shaped walls and has four monumental buildings that belonged to the Prince: Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Giardino, Galleria degli Antichi and Teatro all’Antica. Added to these is a fine Synagogue, in the old Jewish quarter, testimony to a significant cultural tradition and along an excellent historic-artistic route.

  • Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano, Italy

    Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano are two finest cheeses, and Mantua - where they are considered a tradition - is the only Italian province that produces both of them: Parmigiano Reggiano South of Po river, while Grana Padano North of Po river. In 2006 there were 22 dairies producing Grana Padano and 25 producing Parmigiano Reggiano: they processed almost 600 millions kg milk. This means dairying is very important for local economy.Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano are also central ingredients in Mantua cookery; still, they are extremely appreciated by gourmets, who can recognize the flavour of each of them.A centuries-old tradition gave those cheeses round a precise size and weight - this last one is about 35 kg. Still, the more they mature, the better they may taste. You can grate them over pasta or soup to enrich its flavour. But you might also finish your meal with a small piece of Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano and mostarda - a typical kind of sauce made of pickled candied fruit in a spicy syrup

  • Monastic Complex San Benedetto Po, Italy

    Founded in 1007 by Tedaldo of Canossa, grandfather of the celebrated Countess Matilda, on the island between the rivers Po and Lirone, the monastery played a key role in the history of monasticism via its religious, political and cultural vitality until it was suppressed by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797. The visit to the majestic complex comprises the cloisters and interiors of the Seculars and of St Simeon, the cloister of San Benedetto, the monastic refectory with a fresco by Correggio, 16C cellars containing a rich collection of decorated old farm wagons and an exhibition of archaeological finds, the Chapter House and the Museo Civico Polironeano, one of the most important ethnographic museums in Lombardy.

  • Natural Park of Mincio, Italy

    Established by the Regione Lombardia under regional law 47/84, this occupies the entire river bend from Ponti sul Mincio to Governolo in the Roncoferraro area, where the River Mincio flows into the Po. It comprises the Riserva Naturale Orientata delle Valli del Mincio, Riserva Naturale Orientata di Castellaro Lagusello, Riserva Naturale della Vallazza, Parco delle Bertone and Riserva Naturale Orientata di Bosco Fontana.

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