Along the Brenta river
At times surrounded by undergrowth, at times reminding a lunar landscape, the river reveals its secrets and accompanies us throughout the excurtion. Cycle along the banks of the Brenta river on gravel roads, embankments and, for the lovers of knobbly tires, on even more technical stretches that will not fail to put the forks to the test. From Nove, follow the Brenta river to Bassano del Grappa, with the inevitable stop at one of the grappa distilleries close to the bridge. Continue along the Brenta river until you reach Valstagna, a charming town nestled between the river and the mountain; you cannot miss a visit to the Oliero Grottos or even a rafting descent, for those who also wish to experience the thrill of the river. The route then winds towards Marostica, to relax in the Piazza degli Scacchi and then return to Nove, accompanied in the final stretch by the pleasant sound of the Brenta river.
BASSANO-CAMPOLONGO ROUTE: The route on the right bank of the Brenta river provides two possible itineraries: a path with uneven ground for most of its length, suitable for mountain bikes only, or the so-called "Campesana vecchia" route (SP73) that links Bassano to Campolongo. Cycling through the left bank of the Brenta is not recommended, as the ground is at times uneven but above all, it tends to get submerged whenever the river floods.
The cherry trees path
Cycle along the foothill route towards the first mountains of the Asiago Plateau. From the walls of the Castle of Marostica, the road continues through gentle hills, adorned with cherry trees, to reach Monte Corno, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the plain of Vicenza. A challenging but multifaceted route that will allow you to admire beautiful mountain landscapes, small districts filled with ancient flavours, the areas where the Great War took place as well as the ever-present spectacle of nature, that gradually changes as the altitude rises.
Grappa and chess: from Bassano to Marostica
An easy route, mostly flat and accessible to all that goes through secondary roads, cycle paths and very short stretches on gravel roads. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful view of the walled city of Marostica, renowned for its chess games with living characters. The sight of the mighty walls that encircle the city in a charming embrace will accompany you for most of the excursion up to Bassano del Grappa, where taking a picture on the notorious "Ponte Vecchio" is an absolute must. After an occasional drink of "graspa" (dialectal word for grappa, local product of Bassano) to recharge, the return is quite relaxing, with pleasant ups and downs at the foot of the hills between Bassano and Marostica and spectacular views on the plain, constantly surrounded by nature. Let the small districts surprise you by recreating the feeling of being inside a real medieval carousel.