World Cycle 2014: Italy

In September 2014 I will be leaving my job of 16 years at Philips to follow my dream. The last 21 years I have lived in Europe – in the Netherlands and Germany, and now it is time to go home. Home to Australia. In Europe I have learnt to love cycling. What better way to finish the European chapter of my life and enter the next than by cycling home?

After leaving the Netherlands, I will be cycling through Germany, then crossing the alps in Switzerland, while passing through Austria and Lichtenstein before entering Italy. Here is my planned route through Italy.

In 2000-2003 I cycled through Italy from the border with Switzerland (Chiasso) to Sicily, but my route was more to the west. This time, I want to cycle past Venezia and Trieste before entering Croatia (via Slovenia). Last time cycling in Italy, I realized how important it is to find nice cycling roads. It is all too easy to end up on main roads with lots of traffic. I have pasted this route together from cycling routes on waymarkedtrails.

Thanks to Luc Vercauteren (who is cycling from Maastricht in Holland to Jakarta in Indonesia) for the tip of cycling over the Stelvio pass.

Thanks to chicks and musseu from for the tip of cycling down the Adige River to Verona, and also for telling me about the bicigrills – a local meeting point for cyclists. Also thanks to gennant vince for suggesting to cycle along the Garda lake, and to Cristi for helping with the route from Venezia to Trieste.

Thanks Jacopo.M for the tip on the good bike shop in Veneto.

All suggestions are welcome!!

  1. Hi Matthew! If you’re planning to stop in Riva del Garda, say hello to my friend Antonio, who owns a fantastic (and cheap) hostel in the very centre of the village:
    Good luck!

    • Hi Raffaello. Thanks for the tip! It looks like a really nice hostel on a lovely lake. In fact, all the Italian part of the trip looks spectacular! 🙂
      I will say hi to Antonio! 🙂

    • E’ un nobile pensiero il tuo pensando che gli offri una ospitalita’ per la sua impresa di viaggio che penso sia senza interessi e gratis …………… notevole per davvero se lo e’ cosi’!

      • I don’t think I will be staying there for free, but I would like to drop by to say hello. A friend of Raffaello is a friend of mine.. 🙂

  2. flapane says:

    Hi there!
    Just a small tip: the name of the border town is Chiasso, not Chiaso.

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