The Sile Greenway: cycling from Treviso to Jesolo

The Sile Greenway is a cycle-pedestrian route that follows the course of the Sile: Europe’s longest resurgence river. The experience of cycling from Treviso to Jesolo reveals great natural and historical wonders of the Veneto. It is one of the most popular routes for green travel lovers, so it is worth getting to know it better

START: Treviso

FINISH: Jesolo


GROUND: mainly gravel

PROTECTED AREA: 87% of the track

USABILITY: all year round

TIME: 05:01 hours with average speed 12.7 km/h

LENGTH: 52 km from Treviso to Jesolo Paese. From there another 2.5 km to Piazza Drago (Jesolo Lido) or 11 km to the Sile estuary (Cavallino).

Greenway route: from Treviso to Jesolo

To cycle the Sile Greenway, it is useful to know its itinerary and have a guide to the route that leads from Treviso to the seaside location of Jesolo: Lido di Jesolo and/or Cavallino.

The Greenway follows the course of the river Sile, which rises between Casacorba di Vedelago (TV) and Torreselle, a fraction of Piombino Dese (PD). Its course continues to the south-western outskirts of Treviso, from where the itinerary starts:

  1. The bike route starts from the Sile Restera: the bank that in ancient times was used to tow boats laden with goods with beasts of burden.

    Precisely, the starting point is the Parking Porto of Fiera di Treviso.
    From here, taking the inner Stradella C, we reach Via Alzaia: we are on the left bank of the Sile.

  2. From Via Alzaia, one must continue, keeping the river to the right, until reaching an area of archaeological interest with large mill buildings. At this point you pass under the ring road.
  3. At the island of Villapendola, there is a narrow stone bridge on the right.
    After the latter, you have to turn right and then left into via Tappi.
  4. The path leads to the Lago Verde (Green Lake), after which a wooden bridge is visible on the right, leading to the Burci Cemetery. Wooden footbridges unravel from here: be careful, you have to get off your bike and walk this swampy stretch!
  5. After this step, you return to the embankment to reach the vicinity of Casier: the first town touched by the river after Treviso. The Greenway route leads to the characteristic little harbour, adjacent to the square.
  6. Just beyond this, continuing along the embankment, we come to a short section of the cycle path with water on both sides. Here the landscape is embellished by numerous Venetian villas, clearly visible on the shore.
  7. Shortly after passing the motorway bridge, there is a short stretch that forces you to leave the embankment. In fact, it is necessary to take the SP67, and then return to the cycle path in Lughignano.
  8. This resumes on a dirt road to Villa Mantovani Orsetti and continues on asphalt along Via Rivalta, Via Vicinale and finally Via Belvedere.
  9. We meet again at Casale sul Sile, where the track crosses the river and passes on the left bank, continuing for a few kilometres in a southerly direction. This is one of the most popular stretches of the Sile Greenway, thanks to bends and vegetation that make the route very picturesque.
  10. The cycle path reaches Musestre, a fraction of Roncade. Here you come across the Tower of Eberardo: what remains of a medieval castle built by the Lombards.
  11. Passing through the Trepalade Oasis, the Greenway route leads to the village of Portegrandi: an ancient estuary of the River Sile until the creation of the ‘cut’ by the Venetians in 1683.
  12. After crossing the lock, the cycle path enters the lagoon’s eaves: it is a straight 11 km ride to Caposile, arriving near a boat bridge.
  13. To get to Jesolo, you turn right about 200m before the bridge: you take a newly built dirt road that follows the bends in the river for about 6km. This section offers a splendid view of the lagoon and ends with the remains of the ancient Caigo tower.
  14. Here the cycle path stops: to get to Jesolo Paese you have to ride 4 km along the ordinary road.

Once in the centre of Jesolo, crossing the river on the pedestrian bridge, you will find the urban cycle network. Follow it to Jesolo Lido or Cavallino.

Useful information and tips

To cycle the Sile Greenway and ensure the best experience, a few additional tips and information are useful:

  • The cycle path is all flat and does not cross any high traffic roads. These are mainly natural areas, occasionally interrupted by a few stretches on asphalt roads. The latter are however little frequented by cars and do not present any particular dangers. Clearly, it is always important to be careful in any case.
  • The cycle path from Musestre onwards is mostly devoid of trees and vegetation to provide shelter. Therefore, especially in the summer season, it is important to consider this factor and to protect yourself from the sun: a hat and sunglasses should be worn.
  • Before arriving in Jesolo, near the lagoon and the countryside, one can encounter many mosquitoes. Again, and especially in the warmer and more humid months, it is advisable to equip yourself with sunglasses and possibly repellent.

Once the route is over, on hot days it is a good idea to take a dip in the sea and indulge in some relaxation in Jesolo’s beach area. So why not take a swimming costume and a towel with you?

Sights along the Greenway

Cycling along the Sile Greenway, one has the opportunity to encounter many places of interest: it is worth getting to know them in order to further appreciate the experience, indulging in a short visit to discover natural and historical places.

  • Sile Restera
    As mentioned, this is the bank that was formerly used to tow boats full of goods. It is an evocative glimpse of nature accompanied by the flowing river, where it is possible to meet swans, swallows and ducklings.
  • Villapendola island
    It is accessible by crossing a narrow stone bridge. Skirting the Dead Sile, amidst lush vegetation, you can tour the island and enjoy its beauty
  • Burci Cemetery
    It is an archaeological site within the Sile River Regional Nature Park. This marshy area, equipped with footbridges, reveals among the reeds the wrecks of burci: wooden cargo boats used until the 1970s. In addition to evidence of former trade, one can observe geese, ducks, turtles and swans that now inhabit the site.
  • Casier
    It is the city centre where the aforementioned Burci Cemetery is located. Near its square, leaning against a wall, you can see a hydrochronometer: a clock that uses the water of the Sile as its energy source. Moreover, from the square itself, it is possible to enjoy a wide view of the river bends and the port on the Sile.
  • Lughignano Church
    The Church of San Martino in Lughignano has ancient origins: Longobard or Carolingian. The Romanesque apse and the bell tower, in lagoon style, still remain of the original structure. Inside, there is a well-preserved 16th century crucifix on the right side of the presbytery.
  • Villa Mantovani Orsetti
    With its 19th century neoclassical appearance, the Venetian Villa is at the centre of an agricultural estate with a beautiful garden.
  • Casale sul Sile
    The Parish Church of the Assumption, dating back to the 18th century and located near the river, stands out for its artistic significance. Among the precious frescoes is the one on the ceiling by Giandomenico Tiepolo. Adjacent to the church, the historic rectory, one of the oldest Casale villas (16th century), is still visible.
  • Musestre.
    Here is the Eberardo Tower, a historic ruin of the Longobard castle dating back to the 9th century. Given the intense trade relations at the time, the tower served as a Venetian customs house.
  • Trepalade Oasis.
    In this natural oasis, it is possible to observe typical flora and fauna, riparian scrubland and hydrophilic woodland. Lush, spontaneous vegetation is home to many birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
  • Caligo Tower.
    Dating back to the early medieval period, it is an ancient fort historically used as a military garrison. It was used to charge tolls to those who wanted to enter the lagoon.

All that remains now is to enjoy the ride!