The GLR 40
|Arsiè - Aviano||225km|
|23.1km off-road||April / October|
The GLR 40 motorcycle adventure route leads you for over 225 kilometers through the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia of Northern Italy. 23.1 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with three different sections. With a total of 4 connecting GLRs to this GLR 40, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
The GLR 40 is a Novice route and can be ridden by any adventure rider. More information about the GLR Route Gradings System.
Nearby Lake Corlo, in a little village called Arsiè, your GLR 40 motorcycle adventure begins. 225 Kilometers through the Prealps of the Veneto region. You start your motorcycle adventure by following the road across the northern tip of the lake. Keep on this road up until you read Caupo.
At Caupo, you make a turn for the south. A narrow road leads you through the valley of the Stizzon river. 19.5km Of winding roads brings you to the SP148. After a few kilometers, you’ll reach the highest point accessible by motorcycle of Monte Grappa (1.775m). From here, you see the Venetian plains to the south and the Central Alps to the North.
On top of Monte Grappa, you’ll find the military memorial of Monte Grappa. This is the largest Italian ossuary of the First World War. The shrine contains the remains of 22,950 soldiers. Divided into two sectors, the northern sector contains the Austro-Hungarian ossuary with the remains of 10,295 dead. The southern sector houses the Italian ossuary with the remains of 12,615 dead.
After the War Memorial, the SP141 leads you down the mountain towards Fener, at the banks of the Piave River. Take the bridge across the river to follow the narrow Via San Valentino up the mountain. If you want to avoid the off-road sections, now is the time to take the GLR 40 Back-up Section 1 to the south. Otherwise, follow the suggested road for 9.5km for your first off-road section of this GLR!
For over 12km, this off-road section shows you around the Pre-Alps. At the end of this section, the Backup track connects to the regular route. Nonetheless, the off-road fun isn’t over yet! After a few kilometers, the route splits up again between the Back-up Track Section 2, and your second off-road section.
Again some nice off-road sections lead you towards San Giacomo, where the Backup Track connects with the regular route. Here you make a turn for the North. With 23 hairpin turns, the SP635 is going to entertain you for the upcoming 24km!
The last off-road section leads you down into the valley. Lago di Santa Croce is already visible from your vantage point. The final stretch of the GLR 40 winds down to the southern tip of the lake and leads you towards the border of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
It’s 31km of narrow winding roads that lead to your destination in Aviano. From here, you can continue your motorcycle adventure on two different GLRs. For more information about these connecting routes, please see the connections section down below!
The Friuli Venezia Giulia region is situated in the North East of Italy. As its name may suggest otherwise, Venice is not located in this region. Italian, German, and Italian are spoken in the region. Besides its rich Italian cuisine and history, the Friuli Venezia Giulia region is famous for its wide variety of landscapes. From the plains to the south, to the Prealps and Carnic, and the Julian Alps to the North.
I hope this sounds like music for us as Adventurisers. With 42% of the total area described as mountainous and 19% as hilly, it may sound obvious that the majority of the GLRs are located to the North. As a natural consequence, the climate in the North is designated as Alpine. This means that temperatures may vary widely between the different seasons.
While exploring the region, it’s good to know a lot of the Alpine landscapes are protected Natural Reserves. If you’re merely looking for the long gravel roads, I would suggest taking the southernmost routes.
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Connections at Arsiè
You’ve finished your GLR 40 adventure and you’re looking forward to some more adventure riding? Great, because in Arsiè you’re able to continue your adventure on two GLRs.
Take GLR 37 to the west. This adventure route explores the region surrounding Lake Garda. With a total of 421 kilometers, of which 11.3km off-road, this is a great adventure route to get into adventure riding. Be aware, during summer this region can be crowded!
To explore a more secluded region, choose the GLR 39. This 144-kilometer route leads you to the north exploring the border between the regions of Trentino-South Tyrol and Veneto. With a grading of Novice, this route is doable for every adventure rider.
Connections at Aviano
At the far end of the GLR 40 at Aviano, you’re able to continue your journey with two different routes.
Choose the GLR 41 to travel up north. Explore the mountainous area of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. With 189 kilometers, of which 22.5km off-road, this route will treat you well!
Or go east and explore the plains of the Po River with the GLR 45. This 145-kilometer route traverses over 26.4km of off-road sections. Eventually, this adventure route will cross the border into Slovenia.
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