The Piave cycle path: from the Dolomites to the sea in 220 km

The Piave cycle path runs from the Dolomites to the sea, with a 220 km route of discovery. It is in fact the right opportunity to get to know the beauty of the Veneto, declined in naturalistic, historical, cultural and architectural places. To get the most out of the experience, it is advisable to know the itinerary, the places of interest along the route and any information that may be useful.


The Piave cycle route follows the course of the river of the same name, starting from its sources in the province of Belluno and ending at the Adriatic Sea near Jesolo.

The great protagonist is the Piave River, whose waters join the mountains to the sea, representing the thread that unites two Unesco World Heritage sites, the Dolomites and the Venetian Lagoon, crossing a third, the Prosecco Hills.

The route, which is 220 km long in total, is ideal for cyclists as well as for those who prefer a walk. It is also practicable:

  • Both going up and down the Piave River.
  • In its entirety, selecting only a few stages or following themed itineraries.
    These include the Great War, villas, museums, castles, frescoed churches and abbeys.

The route can be divided into three main sections, each relating to a different Veneto province that is crossed:

  1. Route in Belluno province
    In the Belluno province, the cycle path stretches a total of 110 km. It starts from Belluno and arrives near Lentiai, passing through municipalities such as Sedico, Trichiana and Mel. This section is almost entirely flat, with a maximum difference in altitude of 248 metres: a factor that makes it practicable even for less experienced cyclists.

    This first part of the Piave cycle path winds through villages, frescoed churches, villas and museums that already allow you to savour the beauty of the Veneto region.

  2. Route in province of Treviso
    In the province of Treviso, the cycle path stretches a total of 90 km. From Lentai, one continues towards Valdobbiadene and then Susegana.

    In this section, one travels along part of the Strada Alta del Prosecco, which winds through vineyards and verdant hillsides. Again, the difference in altitude is not excessive: it is about 220 metres.

    This part of the Piave River cycle path reveals the natural beauty of the area, which combines with points of historical and cultural interest.

Route in the Venice province
In the province of Venice, the cycle path stretches a total of 20 km. From Susegana we proceed towards Musile di Piave, and then continue in the direction of Jesolo.
The route of this final section is even less challenging. As there are no particular inclines or uneven ground, the quiet pedalling allows you to enjoy the surrounding landscape.

This section of the cycle path is accompanied by the waters of the Piave River, which, as it approaches the sea, flow more and more calmly, inviting relaxing contemplation.

Sites of interest

A number of places of interest wind along the Piave cycle path.

Already the Piave River is in itself rich in meaning, as a symbol of an important part of Italian history: considered the Sacred River of the Homeland, it was the scene of great wars and the success of Venice in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Piave River represents the link between the northern and southern lands, marking the transition from the Arctic to the Mediterranean microclimate. It represents the union of Alpine and lagoon biodiversity, which, despite their diversity, are generated by the same phenomenon: in fact, the Dolomites derive from the interaction between the sea and the land in exactly the same way as the lagoon, which was born from sediments from the Alpine basin, modelled over time by sea currents.

The places of interest encountered along the cycle path are also rich in cultural and historical significance, as well as nature. Starting with those in the province of Belluno, which offer breathtaking views of the Dolomites, the main ones are:

  • Church of the Holy Cross ( fraction Pialdier, Trichiana)
    In the side chapel, the church houses a very valuable fresco, dating back to the 16th century and created by the painter Paris Bordon. He was a pupil of the well-known Tiziano Vecellio, a Renaissance painter from Pieve di Cadore.
  • Archpriest’s Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Lentiai)
    Declared a National Monument in 1880, the church contains important artistic testimonies. These include works by Cesare Vecellio (uncle of the aforementioned Titian), whose frescoes even adorn the wooden coffered ceiling, giving it an incredible charm.
  • San Girolamo Castle (Quero)
    Also called Castelnuovo, the fortified complex dates back to the 14th century. Touched by the destruction of the Great War, it was bombed in 1917 and later renovated. The structure, completely in stone, preserves a large arch in the central body. At one time it was closed by two gates and two drawbridges, today it is still flanked by two massive towers of different heights.

Continuing with the second route, the main places of interest in the province of Treviso are:

  • Prosecco route (Valdobbiadene and Conegliano)
    The Piave cycle path intercepts this naturalistic and very characteristic route in the Veneto region. These are the vineyards from which Prosecco originates, winding through green hills, small villages, cottages and wine cellars.
  • Benedictine Abbey of Santa Bona (Vidor)
    The Benedictine abbey has medieval origins and is a historical landmark in the area. It is nestled in the green countryside: a natural area called Palù, which is an important biodiversity reserve of flora and fauna. Its preservation to this day is due to the reclamation works of the then Benedictine monks.
  • The Island of the Dead (Moriago della Battaglia)
    Here is one of the places inextricably linked to the Great War: the last days of October (1918) saw the battle that led to its end. The place was named after those days: bodies of soldiers who had fallen in battle covered the entire surface of what is now a beautiful garden.
  • Fontane Bianche Oasis (Fontigo, Sernaglia della Battaglia)
    The nature area owes its name to the water that gushes from numerous resurgences meeting the white stones of the Piave River area. The local flora includes orchids, thorny olive trees and white willows, while the fauna is characterised by migratory birds such as kingfishers, mallards and grey herons An all-natural spectacle, one of the most beautiful in the middle Piave!
  • Sanctuary of Saints Vittore and Corona (Anzù, Feltre)
    The architectural complex is located at an altitude of 344m, nestled in the mountains in the background, and is part of the Italian National Monuments. The basilica is an authentic Romanesque jewel and bears clear signs of Armenian and oriental influences. The interior is completely frescoed (12th-15th century) with works from the Ottonian period, the Giotto school and students of Tommaso da Modena.
  • Collalto and San Salvatore Castles (Susegana).
    Collalto Castle, a place of historical legends, preserves among the trees and hills the remains of the tower, parts of the walls and the main gate. The castle of San Salvatore rises imposingly above the town of Susegana and stands as one of the largest in the late medieval period.
  • Jonathan Collection Museum – Famous Historic Airplanes – O.N.L.U.S. (Nervesa della Battaglia)

This is a unique historical aviation museum: it is housed in a hangar dating back to the Great War and contains original vintage aircraft. It is possible to watch some air shows that revive the atmosphere of the early 1900s.

Finally, there is the third and last section, in the province of Venice, dominated by reclaimed areas that have made the area habitable and visitable.
In this stretch you can admire:

  • San Mauro Martyr Church (Noventa di Piave)
    Also surviving the bombing of the Great War, it preserves many works of great value. Among them is the Astile Cross, dating back to the late 14th century and considered one of the most valuable art treasures in the Veneto region. It is complemented by frescoes, paintings and sacred works in all their value.
  • Piave Monument (Musile di Piave)
    A few metres from the bridge over the Piave River, hidden by lush vegetation, are two memorials to the battles fought there during the Great War. They are blocks of Istrian stone about 5 metres high and 80 cm thick, dating from 1934.

River Park (Fossalta di Piave)
Wild flowers, squirrels and shady trees surround the river. Peaceful nature bathes the banks of the Piave River and allows for some relaxation.

Useful info

Finally, here is some useful information to enhance the experience and come prepared:

  • The Piave cycle path does not present any particular difficulties: it is mainly flat, with little difference in altitude, and can also be cycled by less experienced cyclists. It is therefore suitable not only for cyclists seeking competitive performance and an adrenaline-fuelled experience, but also for those who like to ride in tranquillity while savouring the surrounding beauty.
  • For those who prefer, there is the possibility of using local guides to accompany them along the route and organise visits to places of interest.
  • Useful clothing and equipment: it is advisable to wear sports sunglasses, a helmet and comfortable clothing. An easy-to-carry tyre repair kit might prove useful, so as to avoid hiccups during the long journey.
  • Along the Piave cycle path, there are several agritourisms and farms where you can enjoy local specialities and treat yourself to a meal. There is no shortage of cheeses of all kinds, honey, nuts and of course the well-known Prosecco.
  • If you are in the province of Belluno between the second and third week of October, it is interesting to take part in the Mele a Mel exhibition-market. More than 100 exhibitors populate the small town, offering drinks and dishes made from local apples. The owners of ancient villas and palaces in the city centre open their courtyards, allowing you to immerse yourself in a charming atmosphere. Old-time games and ancient crafts enliven Mel by recreating the ambience of its past.