The bike path of the ancient Romans

The Via Claudia Augusta, built in the first century after Christ, was a link between the Latin world of North-East Italy with the Germanic world of the northernmost Danube region. As with many other Roman roads, it is not possible to reconstruct in detail the route that the road made: too many centuries have passed since then! However, we know his route in broad outline, also because the Romans, as and perhaps better than us, were very good at choosing the most efficient routes to cross the Alps.

Today, The Via Claudia Augusta lives again as a cycle route that, starting from Venice and crossing Austria, takes 655 kilometres to the German city of Donauwoerth, on the Danube. From the cultural/landscape point of view, the route can be divided into three parts: the first part includes the crossing of the Venetian plain and the ascent of the valleys of Piave and’Adige to Bolzano; The most interesting points are certainly the cities of Venice, Treviso, Trento and Bolzano. The second part is the crossing of the Alps between Italy, Austria and Germany. Here it is nature that is the master: mountains, woods and lakes are dotted with typical alpine villages.

The third part takes place all over Germany, in the Land of Bavaria: here the landscape is mainly hilly, and the fact that the route is all downhill allows you to enjoy the panorama safely; Here too the settlements that meet are all of small size.

Technical description:

  • Total length: 655 km
  • Minimum elevation: -4 m
  • Maximum elevation: 1514 m
  • Total height difference uphill: 3536 m
  • Total height difference downhill: 3133 m