In 15 B. C., the Romans followed the paths once established by the Etruscans, Rhaetians and Celts to the north and started expanding them into the first fully fledged road through the Alps. Sixty years later, in 45/46 A. D., the epochal structure was completed and named after the reigning Emperor: ‘The Imperial Road of Claudius’. The trans-European road survived the fall of the Roman Empire. Now, its main purpose was to facilitate trade. Countless people from many countries encountered each other’s cultures along the road. The travel route along the Roman road leads you past picturesque national roads and passes through the Alps, from the Danube to Altino near Venice or Ostiglia on the Po river. On the way, you will see a wide range of landscapes, pretty villages, lively towns and many sights and attractions that the road helped shape. More than 200 accommodation facilities cater to travelers on the Via Claudia Augusta. Some even serve a dish that people already ate 2000 years ago along Europe’s cultural axis.
2 versions: in Trento, the road forks. The Via Claudia Augusta ‘Altinate’ branch runs to Feltre and terminates in Altino near Venice; the Via Claudia Augusta ‘Padana’ branch runs to Verona and terminates in Ostiglia on the Po river.
Route: approximately 700 km from Donauwörth on the Bavarian Danube across the Alps to Altino near Venice or 650 km from Donauwörth to Ostiglia on the Po river.
Combining the 2 versions: You can travel both versions, ‘Altinate’ and ‘Padana’ in the south of Trento, on the same trip, either clockwise or counterclockwise.
Route profile: the route mostly runs along picturesque country roads and romantic mountain paths, offering plenty of panoramic views , tours of the lovely towns and villages en route, and many sights.
Travel resources: printed guidebooks, an interactive map for your individual travel planning needs available on this page, apps helping you navigate your individually planned route and offering information on all sights
Awards: the Via Claudia Augusta is a part of the German leisure road network (Deutsches Ferienstraßennetz) and Gran Tour Europa.