This itinerary is a loop around Monte Brione, the spur of rock which separates Riva del Garda from Torbole and is the unmistakeable profile of Garda Trentino. It is mainly a ride through built up areas, running along cycle paths and back roads which cut across the countryside at the foot of the mountain.
Since the entire route is on the flat, this tour presents no difficulties of any kind and is even suitable for small children as long as you watch out when crossing the roads.
The stretch of the cycle path which links Torbole and Riva del Garda is without doubt one of the most popular with visitors and residents for the marvellous views it affords over Lake Garda. It is particularly busy in the summer season so watch out for the people walking along the cycle path or crossing it to get to the beach.
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.
From the tourist information office in Riva del Garda head towards the lake: for a short distance you will need to push your bike along the lake shore. Cross the bridge over the Albola stream and turn right: this is the start of the protected cycle path reserved for bikes only.
You cycle through a lovely park with the beach and the lake only a stone's throw away to your right. Keep following directions for the cycle path and cycle alongside the pedestrian walkway for a stretch. Soon you come to San Nicolò harbour. Here you cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and follow the cycle path marked in red on the ground. Continue along the cycle path across the slopes of Monte Brione covered in olive trees. Take the second lane on the right after the sports grounds which runs through the district of Sant'Alessandro.
Continue along the main road – you are now on a side road – until you come to Grotta di Arco. Keep on straight on via Monte Brione: after a bend to the left, follow the cycle path signpost and turn right onto a little road which winds through the countryside. At the end of the road turn right; at the stop sign take care crossing the road and then ride onto a short ramp onto the cycle path where you continue and turn right. The cycle path runs along the mouth of the River Sarca. Here you turn right onto the lake shore area. Watch out here as there is mixed traffic.
The pedestrian-cycle path continues towards Riva del Garda with a stretch overhanging the lake. You soon reach San Nicolò harbour and retrace the way you came to get back to your starting point.
The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.
For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it
You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).
Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.
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