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744. San Giovanni - Bondiga (Cross Country)
Arco, Dro, Tenno, Garda Trentino
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Quite a considerable elevation gain without any particular technical difficulties to take you to one of the classic destinations for cyclists in the area: San Giovanni.

If you don’t mind long ascents on the road, this tour offers a bird’s eye view of the Sarca Valley and the chance to earn yourself a meal with a view of the lake. The descent is for the most part on easy forest roads towards the Tenno area through marvellous woodland which means the scenery changes dramatically from one season to another.

With minor variations you can also easily reach points of interest like Lake Tenno, the medieval village of Canale, the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro, and more. This route can be done from early spring to late autumn. In recent years, it has also become possible to do it even during the winter period, especially if you go with a pedal assist bike.

Further information and useful links
  • This is an official route of the Garda Trentino Provincial Network of MTB routes, regularly maintained and accompanied by specific signage. A summary of the legislation is available on our website: www.gardatrentino.it
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation: 
    APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it
  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.
Route info
32,7 km
Activity time
5 h 55 min
1.165 m
1.165 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
1.153 m
Lowest point
80 m

Malga San Giovanni, with its typical Trento cuisine, is a stop-off point no biker can afford to miss.

Safety guidelines


  • Plan your ride
  • Share the trail with other users
  • Yield right of way to hikers
  • Let your speed be determined by your experience
  • Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect
  • Cycle only on authorized and open trails
  • Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further
  • Respect nature, plants, animals and the trail
  • Do not frighten animals
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Respect public and private property
  • Always be selfsufficient
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas
  • Take back home only good pics


Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.

The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Punto di partenza
Arco - parking place at the bridge

The starting point is in Arco, in the car park at the bridge over the River Sarca. The route is signposted from Varignano, at the church about 2 km from Arco and 4 km from Riva del Garda.

The first stretch is fairly traumatic, from the very start you are pedalling on a gradient of 15% in the direction of Padaro. About 2 km from the starting point you will find a spring as you enter the village. From here the gradient is constant at around 10% and, following the main road, you will pass Mandrea and Doss del Cléf. When you get to San Giovanni al Monte, you can stop at the pasture of the same name to have something to eat in the mountain setting. It is a classic stop-off point for cyclists in the area, but you have to continue another hundred metres or so to reach the highest point on the route. Follow signposts for the tour in the direction of Prai da Gom as you begin to run downhill, finally on a dirt road. Continue along easy forestry trails through lovely woodland as you pass Gorghi, Treni and Ranciom. When you come to the wide clearing at Calino Cross, you can take a short detour to one of the most panoramic mountain huts on this side of the mountain, Rifugio San Pietro, which is clearly marked from here.

Otherwise, keep following the trail signposting and continue with your descent on the paved road, going down as far as the junction with the road for Tenno. You are now in the vicinity of Ville del Monte. At the stop sign continue to the left until you come to the nearby church where you immediately turn right. The directions for the trail will only be visible when you are in front of the church. Follow the directions, take the dirt road which leads in the direction of Tenno. You come back onto the road at the village, keep to the right and follow the road downhill until you come to the castle ruins. Shortly after, cross the road to take a trail heading  gently uphill on your left. When you crest the brow of the hill, you are overlooking the Alto Garda again. Now follow the signposts down the dirt road called Strada del Pil. Once you come to Volta di No, you are back on the paved road again, and following the directions, head towards Varignano, out point of departure. The final part of the descent among olive groves is largely on a cement surface and very steep.

public transportation

The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of the trail or close nearby. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it

Info about bike public transport: www.gardatrentino.it

How to get there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Where to park

Free parking in Caneve (5 min. walk from the town centre).
More Pay parking: Foro Boario parking, via Caproni Maini (Car park near the bridge), Post office (Via Monache).

Riding your bike requires specific clothing and equipment, even for relatively short and easy trips. It is always better to be prepared… e.g. for bad weather or a drop your energy levels. The unexpected things also make up a part of the fun!

Remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do, the locations you plan to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.

What do I need to bring on my bike tour?

  • An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Waterproof / Windproof jacket.
  • A spare top / spare socks. (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold)
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike gloves/mitts
  • Map or GPS device
  • Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
  • Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency whistle

It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.

Emergency telephone number 112

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