Let’s say again thanks to lockdown I start to discover more places near me and this time I did it by bike. I am not a big fan of bikes but I have to say that by bike you can see more stuff than walking because you move faster, and by car, since it moves too fast.
I come from a small town in Veneto near Venice, Treviso and the beach. For this reason, I consider myself lucky because I grew up with the tranquillity of the countryside and the small city but having the opportunity to move to large cities or the sea whenever I wanted.
In recent years has taken on a lot of tourism on bicycles and Quarto d'Altino, in my opinion, is a fantastic place to start the journey. The town not only has several cycling routes to various destinations, but it is also very well connected with both public transport, train or bus, but also by car having in the village the exit of the highway.
Bike Paths near me
I decided to choose Quarto d'Altino as a starting point to make, in my opinion, the various routes clearer. Keep in mind that these routes cross Quarto d'Altino so they can start from other cities and can go for more miles.
Bike route Sile (Quarto d’Altino - Portegrandi - Quarto d’Altino)
I think I have done this route a myriad of times because I have always found it beautiful and relaxing; it is surrounded by nature and is located above the bank of the River Sile. Going through it, you will cross stretches more in the sun and others under the shade of the trees but always having the river to your left and the beautiful rich fauna and flora to observe. The cycle route runs along the Sile from Quarto d'Altino to Portegrandi (a small fraction of Quarto d'Altino).
Cycle path Quarto d’Altino to Altino
I am particularly attached to this route because it passes right in the street where I lived, which also has historical interest, the Via Claudia Augusta. The road is entirely on gravel and is a beautiful track as it runs along with the river Zero which then leads into Dese river and then arrives in the town of Altino. During the whole journey, the silence reigns with a spectacular view; on the right the river with various animals that inhabit it and on the left stretch of cultivated fields that change colour according to the season and cultivation. Today work is underway to rebuild the bridge to exit at Altino so maybe ask if it is completed before start your journey.
Curiosity? During the track looking at the cultivated fields, you notice a higher field than the others and my grandparents always told me that below there would be the necropolis of Altino. It has never been excavated in that field, so it is not known for sure but reconnaissance flights made in recent years suggest that it is true.
Bike path Quarto d’Altino to Treviso
Taking the Sile cycle path in the opposite direction keeping the river on the right you can get to Treviso. From Quarto d'Altino continue for Casale Sul Sile, Lughignano and Casier and then arrive in Treviso; except temporary closures (if it rains a lot it goes underwater) the bike path is for the most part on gravel and away from cars. This is more a mixed route as there are stretches in the city centre and others immersed in nature and, in my opinion, it is an interesting feature of the road.
There is also another route, always from Quarto d'Altino that leads to Treviso and passes through Musestre. This route is a bit longer than the other, but it is entirely on a bike path without riding between the various villages and keeping the river on the left.
Bike route Quarto d’Altino to Jesolo
Continuing on the Sile bicycle, you can get to Jesolo. The route starts from Quarto d'Altino and continues to Portegrandi, Caposile until you reach Jesolo and then continuing to Jesolo Lido. This cycle path is very interesting because it varied; you start with tree-lined avenues along the Sile and later arrive at Portegrandi where you run alongside the lagoon and the small fishing houses. Once in Caposile, the track continues along the lagoon and the cultivated fields on the other side, here, during the right season you can also see pink flamingos. Once in Jesolo, you should stop for some relax maybe in one of the many kiosks on the beach.
Clycle path Quarto d’Altino to Lio Piccolo
Continuing the cycle path towards Jesolo, you can reach Lio Piccolo (find out more about the beautiful Lio Piccolo here). After Lido di Jesolo you cross Cavallino and Treporti arrived in Treporti you start another cycle path to the small village. From Jesolo Lido to Treporti the track is not finished so you are running on the road. For this reason, it is not entirely suitable for children, from Treporti to Lio Piccolo the bike path is still on the way, but this road is not at all busy.
The cycle path to Lio Piccolo is lovely; it is completely immersed in the Venetian lagoon from where you can admire the animals that live there and also the islands of Venice in the distance. (read more about Burano, Torcello and Murano by clicking the name of the island)