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Stage 15 - Base Area Rivolto (Frecce Tricolori) - Piancavallo

Stage 15

Stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia, Base Aerea Rivolto - Piancavallo, unfurls entirely within the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. It is a mountainous route with big downhill and flat sections.

The starting point is located in the base aerea di Rivolto (Rivolto air base), the home of the National Aerobatic Team, better known by the name Frecce Tricolori (Tricolour Arrows). The 313th Acrobatic Training Group is one of the best known symbols of Italian excellence, and this year it is celebrating 59 years of history.

L'abbraccio all'Italia (Embracing Italy) by the Frecce Tricolori


After leaving Rivolto, the Giro group crosses the Tagliamento river heading north towards Carnia, a unique and fascinating Alpine area with unspoiled nature and an ancient folk culture.
Carnia is also an obligatory stop for those who want to take a journey through history thanks to the Great War Itinerary, which features moving walks that link museums, memorials, monuments and military forts immersed in breathtaking natural landscapes.


Along the way we come to Spilimbergo, the city of mosaics and home to the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (Friuli Mosaic School), which is attended by students from all over the world. Spilimbergo's mosaic art is not confined within its workshops but rather pours out into the city streets with dozens of open-air mosaics.

Open-air mosaics, Spilimbergo


Don't miss out on a visit to the Castello di Spilimbergo, with sumptuous buildings that overlook a courtyard built in a harmonious array of styles, from Romanesque to Gothic and Veneto Renaissance.

Palazzo Dipinto, Castello di Spilimbergo

Pedalling along historic roads for the Giro d'Italia, the convoy faces the challenges offered by the Sella Chianzutan and the Forcella di Monte Rest, then crosses the Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites, a true paradise for anyone who loves hiking, trekking or climbing.

 

Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites

Continuing towards Piancavallo we come to Poffabro, one of the 13 most beautiful villages in Italy located in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
With its raw-cut stones and wooden balconies, Poffabro exerts an irresistible charm on visitors thanks to its architecture, which is perfectly integrated within the surrounding natural landscape.

Poffabro

As we follow the itinerary we find Maniago, a village awarded the Italian Touring Club "Orange Flag", which is also known as "The town of knives". The history of Maniago's blacksmiths and cutlers began in the mid-fifteenth century and is linked to the production of swords and pole weapons for the Republic of Venice. The building that has housed the first large knife factory in Maniago since 1907 is now home to the Museum of Blacksmith Art and Cutlery.

Museum of Blacksmith Art and Cutlery, Maniago

After tackling the Forcella di Pala Barzana and the descent that leads to Aviano, Giro d'Italia riders face the 15 km uphill stretch that separates them when they arrive for the stage in Piancavallo.
Piancavallo is an ideal destination for sport and outdoor enthusiasts thanks to its slopes, which are snow-covered in winter and turn into an open-air gym in summer. It is paradise a for those who love hiking, mountaineering, trekking and, of course, cycling.

Passeggiata delle Malghe, Piancavallo

By bike

Friuli Venezia Giulia by bicycle 

AdriaBike is an experience not to be missed for those who love to travel by bike, as well as those who only want to take on a few stretches. Spanning more than 1000 km, the Ciclovia dell'Alto Adriatico  (Upper Adriatic Cycle Route) crosses three Italian Regions  (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, and Emilia Romagna) before finishing its course in Slovenia. Adriabike offers three itineraries, each lasting one week, for cycling holidays devoted to the sea, sun, nature and culture.

Trieste


For those who want to ride on the roads of the Giro d'Italia 2020, here is a list of the main itineraries proposed by TurismoFVG.it:

Spilimbergo-Maniago itinerary: from the hub of mosaic art to the “City of Knives”.
 
On the high plain of the Meduna stream on the Pedemontana cycle path.

Cycle touring route on the Tagliamento river: 184 km connecting Forni di Sopra with Lignano Sabbiadoro.

Carnia by bike: a cycle touring itinerary between mountains and enchanted valleys in a colourful folkloric universe where nature is always centre-stage.

The Val Colvera and the Pedemontana between Meduno and Maniago: a fairly challenging route through splendid natural scenery.

From Pordenone to Maniago: 32 km to cycle between history, art and splendid panoramic views of the Cellina.

Of course, a special suggestion for expert cyclists who love the Giro d'Italia had to be included! You can find the itineraries relating to historical stages of the Giro such as Maniago - Zoncolan and Tarvisio - Vajont on TurismoFVG.it.

For the complete list of cycling itineraries proposed by TurismoFVG.it, click here


Bike in Friuli Venezia Giulia