Among woods and orchards, a cycle-path connects Trentino and Veneto: it’s the bike lane of Valsugana. We start near Lake Caldonazzo, one of the warmest lakes in southern Europe and the perfect destination for water sports lovers. Before leaving, you can make a tour of the lake on a sailing boat or canoe and the more adventurous can try water skiing.
Our real starting point is Pergine Valsugana, a lively town not far from Trento. We follow the local road that leads to Borgo Valsugana, capital of the valley and picturesque town. We ride through the streets of the old town, to the animated market square. Here begins the cycle path.
Next to us there is always the Brenta river which makes the landscape even more beautiful and relaxing. The path is simple, but the emotions are not lacking: the view changes often, we are surrounded by beautiful forests, and landscape is enhanced by fascinating mountains, while orchards full of apples color the path. In Grigno, the last town of Trentino, we can stop for a little detour to Marcesina. The so-called "Finland of Italy" will delight you with its extensive meadows and pine forests surrounding.
The cycle-path ends in Cismon del Grappa, from here we follow a fairly quiet street that will lead us to Bassano del Grappa. The city is lovely and charming and you can not miss the Bridge of the Alpini, designed by the architect Palladio.
The bike is the best way to discover the rich territory of Valsugana, among its forests, its apples and its villages.
Cover image: The cycle-path, photo by Davide e Paola, via Flickr
Author: Chiara Marras