Cycle routes, such a passion. According to FIAB (Environment and Bicycle Italian Federation) 5,000 kilometres of cycle routes and bike lanes are included in the EuroVelo map, the European network with 16 long routes. It is the most extended one in the world of around 90,000km itineraries. Italy is the fourth country, after Germany (9,800 kilometres), France (8,600km) and the United Kingdom (6,000km). In Italy today four cycle routes are part of the EuroVelo map. The Romea Francigena Route runs from Como to Brindisi (EuroVelo 5) for 1,600 kilometres; EuroVelo 7 (Sun Route) starts in Dobbiaco, in South Tyrol, and finishes in Pozzallo, Sicily; Ventimiglia and Trieste are connected by the Mediterranean Route (EuroVelo 8). Trieste is also included in the EuroVelo 9, the Baltic-Adriatic Route.
It is an ever-changing situation. The last Isnart-Legambiente report says that we are approximating 60,000 kilometres, including the bike lanes as well. And now, in an ideal extension of the Venice-Turin (Ven-To, 680 kilometres), the Regions Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia have signed a partnership agreement to plan and make the Trieste-Venice Route. It is going to be a 250km cycle route that suit all riders. From Trieste to Venice by bike, rolling through the Foce dell’Isonzo Natural Reserve, Grado, Aquileia, Marano Lagunare, the Foci dello Stella Natural Reserve, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Bibione, Caorle, Punta Sabbioni. As a final award, a Bellini cocktail at Harry’s Bar.