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.

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  • Pomposa Abbey, Italy

    A masterpiece of Romanesque art, Pomposa Abbey can be seen from a distance with its towering campanile, which dominates the surrounding countryside like a "lighthouse" in the sea of green that surrounds it.

  • 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.

  • Po Delta, Italy

    The Po Delta Park is a huge area set in the green of centuries-old woodlands, pinewoods and green areas, studded with examples of art of supreme beauty. At 54,050 hectares, it is the biggest of Italy’s regional parks. In this landscape between land and water, nature is intermingled with the works of humankind: centuries of land reclamation have created a harmonic equilibrium between preserved natural environments and those used as economic resources.

  • Mantua, Italy

    Mantua is a very ancient town: it has got Etruscan origins, but it flourished in the age of the Communes and, above all, during the long Gonzaga seigniory (1328-1707). The Commune and the short seigniory of Bonacolsi family left important buildings, such as Palazzo Bonacolsi, Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo della Ragione, and churches such as San Lorenzo rotunda and Santa Maria del Gradaro. Palazzo Ducale – the Ducal Palace - is the main sign of the Gonzaga seigniory: it is one of the largest Italian palaces, counting about 500 rooms and several internal squares, courtyards and gardens. The other magnificent building left by the Gonzaga family in Mantua is Palazzo Te, which was built and frescoed by Giulio Romano (1525 to 1535): you will surely admire Sala dei Giganti, Amore e Psiche and Cavalli – the rooms illustrating the Fall of the Giants, the Tale of Love and Psyche and Gonzaga's horses.

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