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:
The route can be divided into three main sections, each relating to a different Veneto province that is crossed:
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.
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.
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:
Continuing with the second route, the main places of interest in the province of Treviso are:
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:
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.
Finally, here is some useful information to enhance the experience and come prepared: