Are you fond of slow tourism, hiking and holidays in the great outdoors? We’d like to tell you about something that will appeal to all those hikers and cyclists who love to roam through the natural world for endless miles, admiring the beautiful natural landscape and getting to know the local culture and traditions. The “Romea Strata” is the perfect place for slow tourism. A stretch of this incredible route runs along the Northern Adriatic coast, providing you with an opportunity to combine a relaxing few days of sun, sea and sand with a chance to revel in the delights of wandering down enchanting paths just a stone’s throw from Veneto beaches.
A ROAD STRETCHING THROUGH EUROPE, ALONG THE ADRIATIC COAST AND DOWN TO ROME
The “Romea Strata” was once an important European route followed by pilgrims travelling from Central and Eastern Europe to Rome. It leads from the Baltic Sea to the Eternal City, crossing the Alps in Tarvisio. Before it became a pilgrimage route, it was used for trading purposes. Amber, salt, iron and silk were all transported along it. In addition, the route was followed by great minds who made their mark on the world of science, such as Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo Galilei. Furthermore, charismatic figures spread not only Christianity but also Judaism and Protestantism along the road. All of this gave rise to the name “STRATA”, which not only means “road” (“strada” in Italian) but is also – and most significantly – a reference to the stratification of history and lives.
THE ROMEA STRATA IN EASTERN VENETO
Of all the different versions and branches of the route, we recommend that you try the stretch that starts in San Vito al Tagliamento and leads to the picturesque town of Concordia Sagittaria. It is approximately 30 km in length and takes you through the greenery on the plain near the beaches of the North-east Adriatic. Follow the flourishing Tagliamento and Lemene Rivers and admire the landscape of the cultivated Veneto plain, where the red poppies look absolutely breathtaking against the golden backdrop of ripe wheat in June. For a refreshing break, stop off in a local trattoria in the old town centre of Gruaro, Portogruaro or Concordia Sagittaria. While you’re there, you can see archaeological sites from Roman times and the Middle Ages. In Concordia Sagittaria town centre you can also visit the magnificent Cathedral of Santo Stefano (whose origins lie in Early Christian times) and its old baptistery.
All you’ll need is some appropriate footwear, a bottle of water, a sunhat, a backpack, a waterproof jacket, telescopic walking poles (if you use them) and insect repellent spray. Enjoy the spellbinding landscape at your own pace, unwind in the natural surroundings and bask in the glories of the great outdoors!
This extraordinary route could be just the thing for you if you like riding your bike, long walks in the open air, or discovering the art, culture and history of Italy, including its traditions and great food. You could even share details of your adventures on social media.
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