CYCLE ON THE BIKE PATH 'ALPE ADRIA CYCLE TRAIL'
A beautiful cycle tour right across the region Friuli Venezia Giulia that leads you through nature and culture.
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WHAT IS THE 'CAAR' - CICLOVIA ALPE ADRIA RADWEG?
The CAAR (Ciclovia Alpe Adria cycle path) is a cycle path in Friuli that was elected as the most beautiful cycle path of Europe in 2015 on the bike & hike fair in the Netherlands. The route of 410 kilometers is fully marked and starts in the Mozart city of Salzburg in Austria and runs through the Friuli Venezia Giulia region where her final destination is Grado, the beautiful old port city and also resort on the Adriatic sea.
THE LAST THREE JOURNEYS PASS THROUGH THE REGION
The route is divided into 8 stages of which the longest is 64 km and the shortest 37 km. The last three routes run through this Italian region. Along the route there are several hotels and guest houses.
If you do not always want to bike you can put your bicycle for little money on the bus or in the train, the busstops or train-stations are never far away from the trail. The bike trail sometimes goes slightly up or down and then you have to climb or descend but it never becomes really difficult.
FIRST ROUTE FROM TARVISIO TO VENZONE
The first route that passes through this region is the scenic route Tarvisio - Venzone. The first part to Venzone is built partly on an old railway that was converted to a cycle trail. It runs right through the mountain valleys and tunnels. This is maybe right away the most beautiful part of the trail, so beautiful are the surroundings.
Venzone is a medieval town embraced by an old city wall. It is famous for the earthquake of 1976. The town was completely destroyed but the people managed it to reconstruct it as the way it once was (or maybe even more beautiful). Venzone is also called the lavender town because of all the lavender shops that you can find here.
SECOND ROUTE FROM VENZON TO UDINE
The second route runs along the banks of the largest river of the region, the Tagliamento, then goes to Monte San Simeone (1504 m) and then to Osoppo. Here you leave the Alps behind. The mountains give way to vineyards, sunflower fields and small villages with as the endpoint Udine the capital of Friuli. It is also known as the city of the Venetian painter Tiepolo, who stayed here several times in the 18th century to decorate its palaces and churches with stunning frescoes. The historic center is full of beautiful buildings and squares and on the hill, where the city is built around, stands a real castle. Udine is well worth a visit.
THIRD ROUTE FROM UDINE TO GRADO
The third route goes along the nine-pointed star-shaped fortress town of Palmanova. It was built by the Venetians in the 16th century as a fort against the invasions of the Turks but also to stop the Austrians who always wanted to expand their conquered territories.
About 20 km further your bike through Aquileia, once the fourth most important city of the Roman Empire in Italy itself. Here is the beautiful Basilica with its 750 m2 of mosaic floor from the fourth (!) Century a.C. It belongs to the largest and most beautiful mosaic floor in Europe. It is not a surprise that Aquileia, with its many sites, museums and ancient basilica, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
After Aquileia you do just 8 km. more of cycling and you are at the final destination, the island Grado in the Adriatic sea! The history of Grado is just as interesting as that of Aquileia. Founded as a port to unload the goods to smaller boats that led to Aquileia, this island was also a kind of hiding place for the people of the mainland who had to protect themselves against the invasions of - for example - the Huns and Goths. In the 19th century, Grado became famous as the 'sun island' because the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph opened here the first luxury spas and resorts, and many wealthy Austrians came here to spend their holidays. In the historical center you should definitely pay a visit to the ancient Roman Castrum where the churches Sant'Eufemia and Maria delle Grazie are standing since the 4th century. You should definitely visit them.
DO YOU WANT A CITY TOUR ? YOU CAN BOOK ME !
If you have time to visit one of these villages and towns a little longer and if you want more information from an English speaking guide, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can show you around!
For more information about the Alpa Adria cycle trail, please click on the link right on top of the page.