Bike tours

between Ciclovia Alpe Adria and Julian Alps

Tarvisio is located on the route of the Ciclovia Alpe Adria (awarded best bike path of 2015) whose paths extend over the whole territory of the Three Borders, from Salzburg to Grado, from mountain to sea.
For you fans of Mountain we offer itineraries through the woods, along streams, through fields of flowers or forest roads for a guaranteed fun for both beginners and professionals.

Discover Tarvisio and the Three Borders cycling, climbing the streets and crossing steps … then let you go and experience downhill with its magnificent views of unspoiled nature!

For road cycling lovers

Six circular routes on paved roads between Tarvisio, Carinthia and Slovenia and itineraries of the two stages of the “Giro d’Italia” which traveled the valleys of Tarvisio in 2013 edition.

Tour:
Tarvisio (750 mt.) – Coccau – Thörl (578 mt.) – Hohenturm – Feistritz a.d. Gail (570 mt.) – Nötsch (569 mt.) – Bleiberg-Kreuth – Bad Bleiberg (902 mt.) – Heiligengeist – Fellach – Villach (501 mt.) – Warmbad – Villach – Fürnitz – Hart (600 mt.) – Arnoldstein (578 mt.) – Thörl – Coccau – Tarvisio (750 mt.).

To reach Thörl you can choose between the SS 13 and the cycle path Alpe Adria.

Type: state / provincial roads (ring)
Lenght: 70 km
Difference: 1750 mt
Max height: 902 mt
Hardness: hard
Phisical condition: very good
Street: asphalt 100%

Tour:

Tarvisio (750 mt.) – Fusine (773 mt.) – Podkoren (860 mt.) – Wurzenpass (1.073 mt.) – Riegersdorf (600 mt.) – Arnoldstein (578 mt.) – Thörl – Coccau – Tarvisio (750 mt.).

To reach Podkoren you can choose between the SS 13 and the cycle path Alpe Adria.

Lenght : 46 km
Difference: 500 mt
Max height: 1.073 mt
Hardness: medium
Phisycal condition: good
Street: asphalt 100%

Tour:

Tarvisio (750 mt.) – Fusine (773 mt.) – Podkoren (860 mt.) – Kranjska Gora (810 mt.) – Passo Vrsic (1.611 mt.) – Bovec (470) – Passo Predil (1156 mt.) – Cave del Predil (906 mt.) – Tarvisio (750 mt.).

To reach Kranjska Gora you can choose between the SS 13 and the cycle path Alpe Adria.

Type: state / province streets (ring)
Length: 94 km
Difference: 1.560 mt
Max height: 1.611 mt
Hardness: hard
Physical condition: good

Tour:
Tarvisio (750 mt.) – Camporosso (815 mt.) – Chiusaforte (390 mt.) – Saletto (505 mt.) – Pian della Sega (685 mt.) – Sella Nevea (1170 mt.) – Cave del Predil (906 mt.).

To reach Chiusaforte you can choose between the SS 13 and the cycle path Alpe Adria.

Street: stata / provincial street (ring)
Length: 81 km
Difference: 780 mt
Max height: 1.170 mt
Hardness: medium
Physical condition: medium
Street: asphalt 100%

Tour:

Tarvisio (750 mt.) – Camporosso (815 mt.) – Pontebba (650 mt.) – Chiusaforte (373 mt.) – Moggio Udinese (323 mt.) – Sella Cereschatis (1066 mt.) – Pontebba (650 mt.) – Camporosso (815 mt.) – Tarvisio (750 mt.).

Street: stata / provincial street (ring)
Length: 98 km
Difference: 910 mt
Max height: 1.170 mt
Hardness: medium
Physical condition: good
Street: asphalt 100%

Tour:

Tarvisio (750 mt.) – Pontebba (563 mt.) Passo Pramollo / Nassfeld: Confine Italo-Austriaco (1532 mt.) – Tröpolach (607 mt.) – Hermagor (602 mt.) – Feistritz an der Gail (570 mt.) – Hohenthurn (620 mt.) – Malgern – Tarvisio (750 mt.).

To reach Pontebba you can choose between the SS 13 and the cycle path Alpe Adria.

Street: stata / provincial street (ring)
Length: 93 km
Difference: 1.120 mt
Max height: 1.532 mt
Hardness: hard
Physical condition: good
Street: asphalt 100%

Tour:

Cordenons (26 mt.) – Casarsa d.D. (44 mt.) – Spilimbergo (130 mt.) – Forgaria N.F. (263 mt.) – Tolmezzo (318 mt.) – Paolaro (648 mt.) –
Passo Cason di Lanza (1.552 mt.) – Pontebba (561 mt.) – Dogna (425 mt.) – Chiusaforte (385 mt.) – Sella Nevea (1.162 mt.) – Altopiano del Montasio (1502 mt.)

Street: stata / provincial streets (ring)
Length: 167 km
Difference: 1.515 mt
Max height: 1.552 mt
Hardness: hard
Physical condition: good
Street: asphalt 100%

Tour:

Cave del Predil (750 mt.) – Tarvisio (750 mt.) – Pontebba (563 mt.) – Chiusaforte (383 mt.) Tolmezzo (318 mt.) – Villa Santina (384 mt.) – Ovaro (534 mt.) – Forcella di Lavardet (1.531 mt.) – Casera Razzo (1739 mt.) – Sella Giampigotto (1.790 mt.) Lago di Cadore (944 mt.) – Lozzo di Cadore (745 mt.) Pieve di Cadore (880 mt.) – Longarone (474 mt.) Diga del Vajont (725 mt.) – Vajont (790 mt.)

Street: stata / provincial street (ring)
Length: 184 km
Difference: 1.432 mt
Max high: 1.790 mt
Hardness: hard
Street: asphalt 100%


For mountainbike lovers

Climbs and exciting downhill in the wild chain of the Julian Alps. A full immersion in beautiful landscapes, woods, lakes and huts loved also from the most demanding cyclists.

Description:
Starting point: Fusine
Difficulty: second section- medium
Total kilometers: 22 km
Practicability: complete
Starting altitude: 742 mt s.l.m
Max elevation: 1508 mt s.l.m
Village of reference: Fusine
Surface: asphalt and dirt path

Near Fusine village, we turn left on the road that leads to Monte Forno. After 3 km turn left near the old powder keg. After some other 3 km there is a car park; we continue on the right: a little way more and we reach the final stretch which in just 2 km brings us to the Monte Forno. Coming down, we face the variant that allows us tocross the Monte Cavallar and remain at the same altitude for a couple of kilometers. Later, near the Capanna di Caccia (Shooting Hut) the road begins to descend to reconnect to the path previously followed to go up.

Description:
Starting Point: Trail junction Pellarini in Valbruna
Level: second level, challenging
Kilometer: 14 km
Rideable: entire trail
Elevation at Starting Point: 860 m
Highest Elevation: 1760 m
Closest Village: Valbruna
Terrain: Field paths and forestry roads

After passing the road through Valbruna into the Val Saisera, we are heading to the left and follow the cart path that leads us up to the Monte Lussari. The road that goes up the Cima dei Cacciatori like a snake is about 7 km long, covers about 900m in elevation and has a grade of up to 16%. The first part is characterized by a short straight portion which is followed by narrow curves. Afterwards, the road ascends continuously and follows the flanks that mark the development of the trail. After about 5 km, we follow the street that shortly goes downhill and crosses the eastern flanks of the Cima dei Cacciatori, and that continues to ascend for another 2km. After a tour through the place of pilgrimage and the picturesque small village that is located right below the summit, we are heading back down the hill. The steep street that goes down to the valley requires a lot of attention and caution, even though the road surface is regularly maintained by the operators of the taverns of the Monte Lussari.

Starting Point: Camporosso
Level: second level
Kilometer: 20 km
Rideable: almost entire trail
Elevation at Starting Point: 820 m
Highest Elevation: 1708 m
Closest Village: Camporosso
Terrain: Field paths and forestry road

From the starting Point Camporosso we are riding our bikes towards Tarvisio and soon take a left, where we follow the road that goes through the Roccia Azzurra and the Cernalizza. This road has a compact gravel base and leads us over 6 km to the Sella Bartolo. The road follows the Rio Bartolo, which is a small inflow of the Slizza and, therefore, eventually flows into the distant Black Sea. At the very beginning of the valley on the left hand side, we can see a memorial stone that was erected in 1905 by officers in the memory of the battle of the Austrian military police against the troops of Napoleon on October 6th and 7th 1813.  After about 2.5 km, we reach the sign for the banning of motorized vehicles and we can fill up our water bottles with the crystal-clear water of the Rio Scalina at the parking lot that is located right before the sign. This is where the 1 km long asphalted part of the trail begins. Afterwards, the valley opens up into a friendly, broad and rather flat landscape with typical meadows.
Passed over, the climb becomes more difficult, but never impossible, until you reach the Malga Acomizza, where you can relax while tasting the typical products of the hut.

Back on the saddle for dirt track, you will begin the long and funny descent into the small village of Feistritz. At the fountain surrounding a magnificent tree, turn right to enter the bike path Alpe Adria, which connects to the Cycle Path in Austria by the Drava (Drau Radweg) and, proceed towards Tarvisio, about 350 meters f difference in height and about 20 km in length, reaching Camporosso.

Shorter option: return from the Tarvisio side: from Malga Acomizza turn right, and first to slight slope, then for long descent, still on the trail, you will reach the paved road that goes up to the Rifugio Nordio. From here, on asphalt, you pass through the village of Ugovizza and after a few kilometers you will come to Camporosso.
Full Version: physically demanding, while not requiring special technical skill. Reduced version: physical effort, because of the about 900 m difference in altitude.

Starting Point: District of Riofreddo
Level: first level, challenging
Kilometer: 8 km
Rideable: entire trail
Elevation at Starting Point: 807 m
Highest Elevation: 1040 m
Closest Village: Cave del Predil – Tarvisio
Terrain: Field paths and forestry roads

We are starting in Riofreddo and taking the gravel road on the right hand side, leading us to the southern slopes of the Monte Florianca. The road goes slightly uphill and allows us to enjoy the landscape in a relaxed manner. The valley that we are crossing unifies all creeks and channels that form a lively and typical small river in close proximity to the road and is mostly not further away from the road than 5m. Our trail goes along the natural windings of the river and adjusts to the morphology of the surrounding mountains. After about 2 km, the landscape opens up its vast beauty, while the background will draw our attention to the Cima delle Cenge, the Cima Bella, the Cima del Vallone, and on the right hand side the Cima delle Rondini, while the latter covers the massif of the Jof Fuart. On our way, we reach the broad clearing of an alpine meadow and reach the highest elevation of our tour; we stop here since the road keeps ascending about 500m in elevation and reaches the Sella Prasnig (this part of the trail is only recommended for professional mountain bikers since excellent physical condition is required). The area is just breathtaking, especially because of the peaceful quietness. Also the wonderful old cabins are points of interest and represent great starting points for wonderful hiking tours through the Julian Alps: bivouac cabin Gorizia, Rifugio Corsi, bivouac cabin Calligaris, and Rifugio Pellarini. On the way back we stay on the same road that we came up on and, therefore, we are looking at the impressive Austrian mountain chain of the Dobratsch.

Starting Point: Piana dell’Angelo
Level: first level, moderate
Kilometer: 27 km
Rideable: on the entire trail; please pay attention
to road crossings, creeks and fields of boulders
Elevation at Starting Point: 738 m
Highest Elevation: 1015 m
Closest Village: Camporosso
Terrain: Field paths and forestry roads, some sections are asphalted

From the Piana dell’Angelo we reach the houses of Lussari and follow the trail that leads us to the foot of the Poggio del Combattente. We stay on the trail and continue riding until we reach the underpass of the old railway. After a few hundred meters we get to a gravel road that goes along the Fella and ends up in the village of Obuas. From there, we continue to the plains of Valbruna and arrive in the village Valbruna. Afterwards, we take a right about 300m before the Austrian Military Cemetery and get onto a forestry road, which is a cross country ski trail during the winter. We ride along the road through a beautiful forest on the bottom of the Montasio and keep going for about 10km. The way back begins at a wooden bridge over the Saisera (Sragna) creek which also represents the highest elevation during this trip. On the way back to Valbruna we will pass a tavern and an agro-touristic farm which are very inviting for a rest. There is an old fountain close to the intersection with the road that goes up to the Monte Lussari, where you can fill up your water bottles. The way back towards Tarvisio can either be made on the same trail (cross country ski trail) or over a public road which runs through the villages Valbruna and Camporosso.

Mountain pastures of Montasio
Starting point: Sella Nevea, Guardia di Finanza
Total kilometers: 10 km
Travel time: 2 hours
Difference in altitude: 450 m
Maximum altitude: 1660 m above sea level
Terrain: 50% dirt track and trails, 50% asphalt
Map: Tobacco Sheet 019

Starting from the arrival area of the downhill slalom track in Sella Nevea, take the gravel road at the bottom, behind the apartments Bila Pec, and cycle for about 400 meters. Next take the asphalt road that leads to the Montasio Plateau and continue for about 3.5 kilometers (with gradients of up to 18%). From here turn left: you can reach and visit the mountain huts. After arriving at the highest point of the trail, at the junction to the Rifugio Di Brazza, take the path to the Malga del Larice, across the entire plateau. First with a slight descent of about 2 km and then with an average climb of 500 meters, you will reach the Malga Cregnedul. After a brief stop to admire the beautiful Canin massif, begin the descent towards Sella Nevea, along a series of switchbacks on a dirt road. The average gradient of the road alternates at times more or less difficult reaching the bottom of the valley. The arrival point may be the slalom track or cross-country trail of Camet.

variant
Path ring of the bottom of Camet trail. This ring has a length of 3 km and a minimum altitude of 70 meters. It thus represents an attractive route, ideal for those who want to get closer to mountain bike, pedaling in the forest, with mixed sections of short climbs and descents.

Fusine – Zacchi mountain Hut
Starting point: Fusine in Valromana
Total kilometers: about 15 km
Journey time: 2/3 hours
Difference in altitude: 600 m
Maximum altitude: 1380 m above sea level (Zacchi hut)
Terrain: 70% dirt track; 30% asphalt
Map: Tobacco Sheet 019

Park your car in Fusine in Valromana. Take the road climbing up towards the lakes, passing the Lower Lake and arriving at the Superior Lake. Enter the wood. Cycle on a dirt track to Capanna Ghezzi, not particularly challenging, reaching Rifugio Zacchi, when some slopes are nonetheless particularly challenging. After a well deserved rest at the shelter, you cycle back for a few hundred meters, until you reach the path towards Alpe Vecchia (path no. 513). Cycling, or sometimes with the mountain bike by hand, you get to the point where the trail turns back to dirt track and reaches in short Alpe del Lago, where, always downhill, you go back to the Lakes.
The hard part is now over and starts the descent to Fusine, but before stopping cycling, it would be worth a little tour around the Lakes to also enjoy the natural beauty that they offer.


Family cycle-touring routes

Friuli-Venezia Giulia boasts numerous cycle-touring routes that are suitable for families with children aged 6 to 10 years or even younger, if the young ones are carried on a child seat. These routes are signposted as a general rule and in most cases, intermodal transport is also available (train + bike or bus + bike), or there are car parks near the starting and arrival points.
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