From Jesenice till Tarvisio you follow a good, asphalted cycling trail. In Tarvisio you get on the Alpe-Adria trail. The so-called Pontebbana stretch is also all the time asphalted, modern cycling trail. From Pontebba on, it follows the ex railway. In 2017 the last stretch was opened, so now it ends just past Moggio Udinese. From there till Venzone you ride by the normal road.
In the second part we have many options. It's advisable to sleep somewhere south of Gemona (we slept near San Daniele). So, the second day biking is a bit shorter, but through the gentle, hilly landscape your chosen route can go quite up and down. On the map, the automatically calculated route is shown. We went by the following route: San Daniele - Rive d'Arcano - Fagagna - Moruzzo - Pagnacco and then by the northern side around Udine. Udine is a nice, but busy town. If you explore it, you need at least 2-3 hours. Past Udine, the route shown on the map is the recommendable one. North of it, the countryside is more hilly.
Check the train itineraries! From Nova Gorica (You need to reach the Slovenian train station, not the Italian!) on Sundays it goes to Jesenice at 17:20 (in 2017).
Safety informationLights for the Pontebbana tunnels.
Tips and hintsIn 2017 the train to Jesenice and the train from Nova Gorica to Jesenice still took bicycles without prior reservation. Also tickets you best buy on the train. We had bikes in bags and that was even better (you don't additionally pay for them). With the Slovenian seniority card the ticket for one person from Nova Gorica to Jesenice (2:40 hours journey) costed us 4,30 EUR, which was less than one beer on a village beer feast in Italy.
EquipmentAny bike for overcoming longer distances is good. Almost all roads are asphalted.
Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Spoke wrench
- Zip ties
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
- Handlebar / frame / saddle bags
- Mudguards recommended
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.