Ciclovia Adriatica is a long itinerary that crosses 7 Italian regions connecting Trieste to Santa Maria di Leuca. You will pedal from the extreme north to the far south of the country.
Much of the route develops on unpaved secondary roads which ensure a very pleasant journey and with a wide variety of views.
The cycle track is always close to the sea so there is no demanding climb.
The track is still being completed, the one we recommend is a possible interpretation.
Starting from Trieste, you immediately start pedaling in the Venetian-Friuli plain through cultivated fields and small historic villages. Going further you’ll meet the main rivers of the plains that lead into the Adriatic Sea: Isonzo, Tagliamento, Piave.
After about 210 km you also meet the Po.
Crossing the river and its magnificent delta, you enter Emilia-Romagna. The main attractions of the region closest to the cycle path are Ravenna and the beautiful beaches of Cesenatico and its surroundings. At the border between Emilia-Romagna and Marche, the waterfront bicycle paths become more frequent.
The Abruzzi stretch is almost completely developed along secured bike lanes, separated by automobile traffic. Deserve a stop the villages of Ortona and Vasto, beautiful historic towns, and also the village of Termoli in Molise.
Arrived in Puglia you have to face the difficult coastal stretch of the Gargano. It is challenging from an altimetric point of view and yet wonderful in terms of landscapes and natural environments. This stretch can also be bypassed by moving the route into the inland for a few kilometers.
The last part of Ciclovia Adriatica develops again on secondary waterfront roads. This allows you to visit the white beaches of Ostuni and wonderful stretch of coast to Santa Maria di Leuca.