The Adriatic Cycle Route (Ciclovia Adriatica) and the Regional System of Cycle Routes of the Marche Region

The Adriatic Cycle Route (Ciclovia Adriatica) and the Regional System of Cycle Routes of the Marche Region


Status: in progress

Categorization: tourism

Country: Italy

Period: 15.03.2018 /

Contact info

Name: Michela Ferroni

Organization: Regione Marche




Summary description: The Adriatic Cycle-Route is an interregional cycle path about 1300 km long. It extends from Venice in the north to Bari in the south and finds its centre of gravity in Ancona, along the Adriatic Sea Coast. The Cycle-Route connects with the transversal cycle paths of the regional cycle system with the cycle infrastructures of the neighbouring regions, to the West, until it reaches the Tyrrhenian coast and, to the East, with the areas of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region. The "regional cycle network" is characterized by a system of cycle routes linked to the coastal axis (north-south), with transversal directives (east-west) arranged along the main river valleys with development of approximately 500 km, 250km of which already financed. This "comb" system will allow the connection of the inland areas, characterized by river valleys which are configured as "natural" paths both from a morphological point of view and from a historical-tourist point of view with the Adriatic coast road, currently characterized by the most significant residential urbanization and productive. It will be integrated with the cycle link with the main Parks and Reserves in the Apennine and sub-Apennine areas. The project intends to ensure a solid contribution to the fight against pollution and promotes sustainable tourism and better and healthier use of the territory.

Type: program

EU Challenges for sustainable tourism: (i) preserving and giving value to natural and cultural heritage and diversity, (v) limiting the environmental impact of tourism-related transport


Reason of interest for COASTING: Sustainable tourism and mobility. The Project is an excellent example of a supra-regional strategy for tourism promotion by creating an ecological infrastructure.

Financial information

Budget: 50,500,000.00 €

Financial sources: POR FESR MARCHE 2014/2020 Asse 4

Background information

Territorial context: The coastal territory of the Marche has been devoted to tourist accommodation thanks to its morphology dominated by sandy beaches with dunes and pine forests. Over the years, seaside tourism has become one of the primary economic sectors with excellent availability of accommodation facilities, equipment and services for tourism, sport and leisure. The sector is supported by the great wealth of cultural and naturalistic heritage and by the presence of cultural services and infrastructures.

Relation to policies and strategies: The Ciclovia Adriatica covers from Trieste to Leuca (Puglia) along the Adriatic coast across several Italian regions: Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia. It il part of the BicItalia, a network of cycling routes in Italy promoted by FIAB. At EU level it is coherent with the strategy of the EuroVelo, a network of currently 17 long-distance cycling routes crossing Europe.

Regulation framework: Regional Law 03 December 2012, n. 38 “Interventions to promote the development of cycling”. Law 28 December 2015, n. 208, art. 1, comma 640, and subsequent amendments and additions, it established the National System of Tourist Cycle Routes (SNCT) and provided an initial allocation for the design and construction of the cycle routes included therein. DGR 1657/2016 POR FESR Marche 2014/2020 Axis 4, Action 14.3 - Int. 14.3.1 Development interventions for cycle-pedestrian mobility. Article 52 of the decree-law 24 April 2017, n. 50, converted with amendments by law 21 June 2017, n. 96, introduced additional cycling routes, including the "Adriatic Tourist Cycle Route", providing a total of 10 National Tourist Cycle Routes. DGR 946/2020 - Application of the Regional Law n. 38/2012 "Interventions to promote the development of cycling" - Approval of the "Guidelines for the construction and signposting of the regional cycle network".

Specific information

Objectives: - sustainable tourism and mobility - more sustainable cities - improve air quality - make the regional territories more liveable for residents, commuters and tourists

Developers (and governance): Marche Region and Local Administration.

Beneficiaries: Local communities. Current and future tourists.

Innovation aspects: The cycle path system consists of a coastal axis (north-south) that runs along the Adriatic coast and connects with the transversal routes (east-west) arranged along the main river valleys. The innovation is on two main aspects: the supra municipal coordination of the project and the creation of an interconnected system of ecological cycle-routes.

Actions: The construction of a system of cycling routes which connects all the coastal tourist infrastructure with sustainable approach to project design and the safety implementation of cycle and pedestrian routes.

Stakeholders involvement: -

Results achieved: To promote the use of cycling through the creation of a regional network of cycle infrastructures, interconnected and integrated with the "local public transport system by rail and automobile", and the construction of cycle circuits and complementary works at the service of cyclists (dedicated car parks, equipment for intermodal interchange nodes, bike-stations, bike workshops, velodromes, cycling information points and refreshment points) means favouring the development of the entire Marche region, identified in the many regional locations, rich in environmental, landscape and cultural value.

Potential for learning and transfer


Success factors: The idea of global regional sustainable mobility infrastructure and the promotion of a systemic approach to management of tourist fluxes.

Transferability in COASTING project: The concept of cross-territorial approaches to tourist mobility management.