From the historic town of Udine, Alpe Adria Cycle Route continues northwards. After a few minutes you reach the "Parco del Cormor", a public park especially loved by Udine's citizens. In this park begins the "In@Natura" trail: in the past this was was the official route of our Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg, but because of the bad conditions of its roads now is only recommended to MTB enthusiasts. This is why a new route has been marked.
Following this new route you'll cycle mainly on low-traffic paved roads, crossing the municipalities of Tavagnacco, Tricesimo, Cassacco and Treppo Grande. The road has some ups and downs as you overcome the three circles of the morainic hills that divide the Friulian plain.
On the other side of the hills, you arrive in Buja, a historic center, famous for having given birth to some of the finest engravers of the Mint of State. To remind them, a Medal Museum was buildt above the panoramic hill overhanging the villages of Buja.
The Alpe Adria Cycle Path goes on along the Tagliamento river natural reserve riding along dirt roads. Passing through this beautiful meadows, you can observe numerous species of wild orchids alternating with hedges and woods and some crystalline water rivulets.
Soon you arrive in Osoppo with its unique hill, inhabited and fortified since ancient times. The Alpe Adria Cycle Route heads for Gemona: a town with nearly two millennia of history, lying at the beginning of the Alps. Our cycle path goes around the town but we suggest you to ride uphill for a few kilometers to visit the historic center of Gemona with the Duomo, the castle and some narrow medieval streets.
From Gemona we pass the village of Ospedaletto and finally we'll meet for the first time the bike path built on the dismantled tracts of the old railway "Pontebbana". Now we are pedaling in the middle of the mountains and after a few kilometers you reach Venzone, the only example left in Friuli fortified town of the fourteenth century, the final point of this stage. The town of Venzone, faithfully rebuilt after the seismic events of 1976, has been recognized as a national monument of great historical and artistic interest.