History has left clear signs in the mountains of the Asiago Plateau. Starting from the origins of its inhabitants, who are tough to descended from the ancient Cimbri of northern origin. The Cimbrian language, now abandoned, is still present in places’ names and surnames of many families. Rituals and ancient customs, along with the ancient legends of gnomes, fairies and other creatures of the woods, charm the Sette Comuni’s visitors.
The Great War, which devastated Asiago’s countries and landscapes, it’s a far away painful experience, but still perfectly tangible through the remains of thousands of trenches and fortifications and the proofs collected in museums. The archaeological sites help to add further charm to the discovery of this unique land.
The bike path is 53 km long, without major difficulties, on a mixed road.
It starts from Asiago towards Gallio and Campomulo Valley. It continues south on a partial descent towards Madonna del Buso, Stoccaredo and Sasso, passing through Val Valchiama.
Here the route takes the left to Bocchetta Galgi, from where it begins a long descent leading up to St.Catherine of Lusiana and then to Lusiana.
From here you take the road back to Asiago. It climbs steadily northward, first along the provincial road of Vitarolo then through the woods up to Monte Corno, the highest point of the route (1,294 m). It continues north to Asiago.
The Asiago city hall, seat of the Esteemed Regency of 7 municipalities and the Consortium, was burned to the ground during the Great War. In 1922 the project for the reconstruction was chosen, it was made by the Venetian architect Vittorio Invernizzi and on July, 6th 1924 the foundation stone was laid with the motto of the Asiago reconstruction carved on it: Ex igne splendor.
It was inaugurated in 1942 to mark the tercentenary of Galileo Galilei death. Asiago was chosen as an ideal location for its atmosphere and sky clarity conditions, that would have enabled an interesting and fruitful work.
Situated in a mountain area, along a path inside the wood, there is the little Church of St Sisto, situated where once used to be the ancient leprosarium of Asiago. There is a festivity linked to this church celebrated the day before the Assumption: a procession from Asiago arrives at the church as it is the most significant place along the path in memory of the terrible disease that raged on the Asiago plateau.
City of departure: Asiago
City of arrival: Asiago
Length (Km): 53
Discipline: Racing bicycle
Type of Itinerary: Half Day
Difference in height (m): 710
Difference in downhill (m): 493
Highest point (m): 1290
Lowest point (m): 583
Duration (h.): 2