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745. San Giovanni - Bondiga - Rancion (All mountain)
Arco, Dro, Tenno, Garda Trentino
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Quite a physically challenging tour with much of the ascent on paved road. The surface varies greatly throughout the descent; in particular, the stretch from Ranciom to Vandrino has some steep loose sections.

With its 1300 m elevation gain and a distance of just over 30 km, this tour involves a fair amount of physical effort. The long ascent which leads from Varignano to San Giovanni al Monte, very steep at the outset, is entirely on a paved road. Then you proceed on easier forest roads through lovely woodland.

As mentioned, one stretch of the descent is, in its present condition, quite challenging: it is not exposed and the trail is quite wide, but the gradient is considerable and the surface very loose. If you would rather reduce the technical challenge of the route, you are advised to follow route 744. The scenery along the route is spectacular and you will find fresh water springs in Padaro and San Giovanni al Monte.

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
32,0 km
Activity time
6 h 05 min
1.275 m
1.275 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
1.153 m
Lowest point
79 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 in Caneve

The starting point of this trail is on the cycle path at the Caneve car park. Following directions, cross the River Sarca and head towards the centre of Arco. Do not be expecting to see signposts in the historic centre telling you which way to go. However, once you reach the church, hard to miss, it is easy to find the nearby via delle Magnolie and you must take this street. Now keep going straight along via dei Capitelli. Pass the hospital and the Casa di cura Eremo nursing home. Continue on straight until you come to via Giuseppe Verdi where you turn right and then left into via Nicola Bresciani.

You have now come to Varignano, and following directions for route 745, near the church, you take the road in the direction of Padaro. The road suddenly heads steeply uphill, reaching a gradient of 15%. at the village, where you will find a fresh water spring, the climb levels off a bit but the gradient is still in the order of 10%. The town is about 2 km from where you started out and the water spring is on the outskirts. Keep on straight following the main road and pass Mandrea and Doss del Cléf. Once you come to San Giovanni al Monte, you can always stop off for lunch on the mountain side. It is a classic destination for cyclists in the area, but you need to go on a further hundred metres or so to reach the highest point on the route.

Following signposts for the tour, continue on in the direction of Prai da Gom, where you start to go downhill, finally on a dirt road. Continue on easy forestry trails through lovely woodland and pass Gorghi and Treni. When you come to Ranciom, the signpost points you onto a forest road you will find on your left. A gentle downhill run at first, it gradually gets steeper with lots of loose rocks which really interfere with steering. Following the main trail you will come to a fence where you keep to the left and ride around it, keeping it on your right. Follow directions to Vandrino where, shortly after going back onto the paved road, you will come to a crossroads. Here route 745 leads towards the right to take you to Tenno Castle, about 1 km away on the main road. If you want to avoid the main road, keep to the left at Vandrino crossroad, follow directions for route 773 and after about 2 km you will come across route 745 again which heads off to the left on a dirt track. If you stay on track 745, you soon come to the main road which you follow downhill. Shortly after you pass Tenno Castle, turn onto a side road, running gently uphill on the left. You crest the brow of the hill overlooking Alto Garda once more and clear signposting leads you down the dirt track called “Strada del Pil”. When you get to Volta di No, you return to the paved road again and follow clear directions towards Varignano. When you get to the town centre, keep left at the church and follow the quiet streets to the olive groves at the foot of the Placche de Baone slabs. There is still one final uphill stretch  before you run downhill and into the centre of Arco and back to your departure point.

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 tour or 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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