I followed a similar route myself when I cycled across northern Italy in the summer of 2013… I’m writing a book about it, these guys have made a film! I do like the point they make that 630km of cycle path costs the same as 2km of motorway (see below);
“Vento is the travel diary of the eight days it took five designers to cycle across Italy, following the course of the river Po from Turin to Venice. Completed for the first time, this 630-kilometre ride was intended to demonstrate the feasibility of creating the longest bike path in Italy and one of the longest in Europe: a project that would mean thousands of jobs, sustainable development and a boost for the green economy, all for the same price as two kilometres of motorway. Their route took the cyclists along the Po Valley from the Alps to the Adriatic, crossing through four regions. The film offers a new perspective on a piece of Italy, a road movie on two wheels through historic cities, landscapes and people that have all changed dramatically over the last 50 years.”
Contact the cycling filmmakers via their website, Facebook, Twitter…
I came out of the Swiss Alps and down to the Po Valley in Oct 2012. I wasn’t necessarily close to the river all the time but I went through places of immense beauty with not a tourist in site. OK it was late in the year and the weather was uncommonly wet but I was surprised not to meet other people exploring towns and cities of considerable quaintness and magnificence. Good flat, well-surfaced roads and fantastic food too. I didn’t go to Venice, instead I veered towards Ravenna and went down the almost completely unknown (to Brits at least) East coast as far as Bari where I took the ferry to Durres in Albania.