Turin – Venice Turin – 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

 

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Certified EuroVelo Route
  • Developed route with EuroVelo signs
  • Developed route
  • Route under development
  • Route at the planning stage

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