How to access Padua river bike ring

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How to access Padua river bike ring? With a series of posts I will describe how to go through the Padua river bike ring. Padua river bike ring is a 54 km trail that goes along river banks or (only for a few stretches) along paved roads (but with little car traffic).

How to access Padua river bike ring

In this first post will assume that the departure is set in an area close to the center of Padua, just beyond the Arena Gardens and the Scrovegni Chapel. You have therefore to reach the proper ring path. I’ll show you how.

Map: where the outer river bike circuit in Padua begins
Map: where the outer river bike circuit in Padua begins

The beginning of the path that will in the end (after about 15 – 20 minutes) lead you to access the Padua river bike ring is located at the intersection of Via Vecchio Gasometro and via Gaspare Gozzi (east of the Arena Gardens, crossing the bridge Porciglia). As you can see in the photo you have to cross the road and take the trail that starts just to the right of the lobster-colored Park Padua Center.

Outer river bike circuit in Padua beginning
Outer river bike circuit in Padua beginning

Along the Univesity buildings

The track is both a pedestrian and a cycle path and runs along the channel Piovego and, at the beginning, along many university institutes.

Towards Portello Door
Towards Portello Door

Portello

After 800 meters you arrive at the Porta Portello, (porta means door), one of the ancient Gates of the city.

Portello Door
Portello Door

Continue straight ahead and go up on a bridge (if you turn on the left and cross it, you’ll reach the Europe Park).

Continue along the river
Continue along the river

The lion

From the bridge you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Fistomba Park, the lion of Venice (copy of the original) and the town ancient Walls.

Fistomba Garden
Fistomba Garden

The story of Padua’s lions is really interesting: they were once present on each City Door and on various bastions. They were torn down by the French after the fell of Venice. Some of them were luckily found in trenches and recovered.

The first one to be found in the mid-nineteenth century was that of the Venier bastion: the Generali Insurance Company acquired it and recovered it, to place it on the facade of the Company Palace in Rome, Palazzo Venezia. The one you can admire from the bridge is a copy, placed here in 2003.

Shortly after you arrive at a pedestrian crossing. Pass it and continue along the river bank.

Cross the Road
Cross the Road

A door in the water

After a few meters you can see another part of the Walls and the Castelnuovo Door (submerged by water).

Outer river bike circuit in Padua Walls
Outer river bike circuit in Padua Walls

Carry on and soon after there is an underpass to cross the Ariosto bridge.

Path towards Ariosto bridge
Path towards Ariosto bridge

Up or down?

I am not fond of underpasses because they are often not well maintained and I lose balance easily. I prefer to continue up, turn right, cross the bridge at the pedestrian crossing, turn left and again right to get back on track. All this while my husband is already waiting for me on the other side (On the photo below, me = red arrow path, husband = yellow arrow path)! Yes, I know… Say nothing!

Ariosto Bridge how to cross
Ariosto Bridge how to cross

Graissi

Continue on the trail that soon after becomes paved until you reach a little bridge, called dei Graissi.

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Now you have to cross the bridge (path only on the left, very narrow and shared with pedestrians).

Graissi bridge
Graissi bridge

At that point, continue left along the river bank.

Continue along the river
Continue along the river

When you get close to the gray and red tower,

Follow the path, How to access Padua river bike ring
Follow the path, How to access Padua river bike ring

the trail will descend, ascend and descend again after a curve on the right. The path here is not at its best, full of bigger pebbles. Proceed slowly. You’ll arrive at a widening with a barrier for cars. Go ahead and you’ll see an uphill paved road.

Go up and stop immediately
Go up and stop immediately

Almost there

Go up and stop immediately. You’ll have to cross the road on the pedestrian crossing.

Cross (be careful!)
Cross (be careful!)

Here we are on Lungargine Terranegra, finally on the Padua river bike ring. For about 5/6 km you’ll se is more or less this landscape:

Beginning of Lungargine Terranegra, How to access Padua river bike ring
Beginning of Lungargine Terranegra, How to access Padua river bike ring

Beautuful, eh? Now you can go to the first part of the Padua river bike ring.


If you want to see the whole map, go at www.turismopadova.it/en

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