Originally built as a military supply route, the former ‘Imperial Roman Road’ across the Alps linked the Roman motherland to the foothills of the Alps. It went on to become an important and highly influential trading and travel route in the following centuries. Nowadays it joins up regions, historical periods, people and their cultures, creating a colourful range of impressions and experiences that can still be felt today, for example, on a ride along the Via Claudia Augusta cycling route. The road takes you past an enormous variety of different landscapes from the Danube, the Lechfeld plain and the gentle slopes of the Bavarian through the wildly romantic Alpine valleys of the Tyrol, across the Fern Pass and the Reschen Pass, through the apple orchards and vineyards of South Tyrol (Italy’s Alto Adige) and the Trentino, on past the Val Sugana to the Adriatic. It features two languages, hundreds of dialects, different cultures of eating and drinking, historical towns and picturesque villages as well as hundreds of cultural monuments.