I’ve received an email from Giulia of the Italian national cycling organisation, FIAB. I had emailed her asking about possible contact that may be of use when I cross the north of Italy from Slovenia in the east to France in the west. More on that at a later date but she has also sent some information and web references about the route of the Eurovelo 8 in Italy. The Eurovelo 8 is very much like the Eurovelo 5 (the route I cycled in 2010 from the UK to southern Italy) in that it seems to piggy back for much of the time on pre-existing national and regional routes. Over to you Giulia;
“As for the route, the Bicitalia website is now richer of info than two years ago, and you can download the entire Po river route (gpx files) on both sides. Eurovelo 8 is actually longer than the Po river route and the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia parts have not been uploaded yet, but they should [be there] by next summer. Patience is needed as the website is very slow.
Here [are] the links:
EV8 south (coming from France)
EV8 north (going to Slovenia)
Hope this helps.”
It certainly does, thanks. Giulia then goes on to mention accommodation telling me that the FIAB has developed a network of bike-friendly places to stay overnight called Albergabici. There is a website: www.albergabici.it I’ll certainly be investigating that.