The fairly flat area to the north of Lake Garda is called “Busa” which means 'hole' in local dialect. The reason is self-explanatory: this part of Garda Trentino is surrounded by mountains so that it looks like a hole has been dug out of the landscape above the lake.
This is an itinerary which follows the perimeter of this area, running along cycle paths and back roads. The ideal trail for anyone interested in exploring this area of Garda Trentino by bicycle, enjoying the variety of landscape and passing through the little hamlets which are dotted around the countryside, away from the traffic of the main roads.
Along the way you will come across all manner of places of interest: attractions, monuments, restaurants and producers where you can always stop off to find out more or have a taste and learn about the history and traditions of Garda Trentino as well as the main players. Choose the theme you like best and start pedalling: you will discover that even the simplest route can be full of surprises.
For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda: APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it
The cycle pathe in Trentino are usually closed by the local authorities from November, 15th to April, 15th. Exceptions are the cycle paths along the River Adige and in the Basso Sarca/Garda Trentino, where cycling is prohibited only in case of ice or during a snowfall.
Set off from the tourist information office in the direction of the lake. You will need to push your bike for a short distance along the shore. Cross the bridge over the little River Albola and then turn left, heading north. Cross the road at the stop sign. Now you are on a protected cycle path. Keep on the track which continues beyond the next stop sign, following directions for Varone. The cycle path is completely paved and there are only gentle rises. When you pass the pedestrian crossing you have reached Varone. At the end of the cycle path turn left, then at the traffic lights turn right onto the cycle path at the side of the road which runs along the stream (the Varone). Soon after the cycle path comes to an end and you pedal uphill on the main road. Pass the waterfall Cascata del Varone, take the first road on the right in the direction of Arco (via Venezia). Head down the road and when you come to the only traffic lights, turn left and you soon come to Ceole. This is the start of a short downhill stretch which takes you to the convent of Madonna delle Grazie. At the stop sign turn left and cycle for a stretch along the main road; then take the first road on the left in the direction of San Giovanni al Monte, and turn immediately right into via San Giuseppe: you are crossing the district of Varignano. At the stop sign keep going straight, then take the first road on the right and, at the stop sign, turn left. You are now in Vigne, another little quarter of Arco.
Continue on down via Verdi through a portico, then turn right into via Passo Buole. This road takes you to Chiarano, another little quarter of the town. At the stop, turn left onto via Capitelli. Keep going until the road bends to the right: at this point you leave the main road and keep on straight down a tree-lined avenue (viale delle Magnolie) which takes you into the centre of Arco.
Leaving the church on your left, you pass in front of Bar Centrale. Here you turn right, staying on the right on the main road and then turn left (via delle Monache). Then take the second left which leads to the sports grounds. Change over to the right hand side here and follow directions for the cycle path. You soon come to the pedestrian-cycle path, wide and well kept, which runs along the River Sarca to where it flows into the lake near Torbole.
At the mouth of the river, turn right onto the lake shore which brings you to the spectacular section of the cycle path overhanging the lake. When you come to the harbour of San Nicolò keep following directions for the cycle path. The final section runs along the beach of Riva del Garda and takes you back to where you started from.
Riva del Garda, the starting point of your excursion is connected with the other towns in Garda Trentino by a number of different urban and intercity bus lines. Info e timetables: www.gardatrentino.it
Riva del Garda is easily accessible (about 18 km) from the Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda Nord motorway exit.
Other directions for getting to Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
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