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via claudia augusta bici bike rad reschensee radweg westufer

The Via Claudia Augusta in South Tyrol

In the 1st century, the Roman Emperor Claudius ordered the construction of the Via Claudia Augusta from Venice to Donauwörth near Augsburg. Today, the “via Claudia” is a popular cycling route across the Alps.

It connects Augsburg with Venice and also crosses South Tyrol in several stages: The cycle route along the old Roman road Via Claudia Augusta. Via the Außerfern and the Fernpass into the upper Inntal valley and over the Passo Resia, it runs through South Tyrolean countryside from Lake Resia to Merano, Bolzano and the Chiusa di Salorno. Further south, at Trento, the route splits. The eastern route runs through the Valsugana valley to the lakes of Caldonazzo and Levico, continuing via Borgo and Bassano to Venice. The western arm continues to follow the course of the Adige river to Verona and from there through the plain to Ostiglia near Mantua, situated at Italy's largest river, the Po.

Let's take a closer look at the South Tyrolean section of the via Claudia: From the Passo Resia to Merano, the Val Venosta Cycle Path follows the Adige river through meadows, orchards and past beautiful villages. As highlights along the route we can mention Lake Resia with the tower in the water of the sunken village of Curon, the small medieval town of Glorenza and the marble village of Lasa. The spa town of Merano is the end point of this stage. The following stages continue from Merano through the Adige Valley to the South Tyrolean provincial capital of Bolzano (about 30 km), from there to the Chiusa di Salorno and on to Trento (about 45 km) without any significant difference in altitude. Detours to the surrounding villages, including Terlano, Egna and Salorno, are worthwhile here. A scenically varied variant, on the other hand, leads from Bolzano via the castle region of Appiano and Caldaro on the Wine Road to Lake Caldaro (Oltradige cycle track). From there you get back to the main route along the Adige river near Ora.

The South Tyrolean sections have connections to the railway network starting at Malles in the Val Venosta valley, so almost all points can also be reached by regional train (with bike transport) and can be planned as day trips when you are on holiday in South Tyrol. Here you get to the detailed description of the individual stages.

Stage Passo Resia - Merano (Val Venosta cycle track)
Stage Merano - Bolzano (Valle dell’Adige cycle track)
Stage Bolzano - Salorno (Bassa Atesina cycle track)

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