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750. Marocche (Cross Country)
Arco, Dro, Garda Trentino
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Difficulty
Easy
Activity time
3:20
Duration in hours
Distance
28.9
Distance in km
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A simple tour, accessible to many. Starting from Arco, the route covers both sides of the Sarca valley, offering diverse and beautiful views.

This tour develops on the western bank of the Sarca river, with long stretches of easy forest track. Notably also, at the foot of some famous climbing areas.

On the return leg, the route, for the majority of the time, follows a cycle path on the other side of the river. Overall, the route terrain is mostly stable, and there are no overly technical stretches - except perhaps for a short uphill stretch, near to Pietramurata. Here the terrain is rather bumpy, also becoming exposed towards the summit. N.b. This section is the only one attributed with an ‘S1’ level of difficulty otherwise, the route is ‘S0’. Generally speaking, the gradients are never prohibitive and exceed 10% only in a few places.

Points of interest include; l'eremo di San Paolo (the hermitage of San Paolo), the Marocche di Dro, le Pareti Zebrate, and la parete del Monte Brento, (the mountain faces  of Zebrate and Monte Brento). 

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. 
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation - APT Garda Trentino  Tel. +39 0464 554444 

  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.
Route info
Easy
Distance
28,9 km
Activity time
3 h 20 min
Ascent
380 m
Descent
370 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
292 m
Lowest point
85 m
Suggestions

A must-see, is the Roman Bridge of Ceniga: in addition to its architectural interest it’s also a pleasant stopping point on the hottest days.

Safety guidelines

BIKER’S CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • 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

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET !

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
Directions

The route starts in Arco, more specifically on the cycle path near to Caneve car park. Follow the directions to head into Arco - please note that the town itself has no route signage. However, it is easy to locate and reach the church in the town centre. Once there, keeping the church on your left, turn right to enter Via Ferrara. Continue straight onto Via Segantini and at the end of the street, at the bridge over the river Sarca, turn left onto Via Paolina Caproni Maini, following the signs for L’Eremo San Paolo. Follow this quiet secondary road, passing two campsites and continue straight - up to the Roman Bridge of Ceniga. From here, well guided by the directions of route 750, continue to follow the river north. Approaching Maso Lizzone, the terrain through the rural area becomes gravel, returning to asphalt once again near Dro.

Keeping on the left side of the river, follow the clear directions to leave the asphalt, proceeding towards Pietramurata. The last uphill stretch on this segment is rather bumpy, and for a short section, a little exposed. Eventually, you will reach an open-air motocross park, where the terrain becomes asphalt once again. Here continue straight towards the main road, turning left onto it to continue north - ideally on the pavement that runs alongside. After 300 metres, nearing the centre of a village, take a secondary road on your right to find yourself in Pietramurata. Continue right to join the main road which runs through the village.

Crossing over the Sarca River and passing a church, follow the route directions which take you through beautiful, tranquil countryside.  Upon reaching the cycle path follow it, heading to Dro. Please note: just before entering the village, the cycle path is actually interrupted, so instead follow the recommended bike directions to cross the town centre and follow the road to Ceniga. After passing through this small town and the access road to the Roman Bridge, take the next turning on your right - onto the bike path which leads directly to Arco. Once you have arrived at the bridge encountered in the first leg of the tour: you only have to retrace your ‘steps’ in the opposite direction, through the famous streets of Arco’s historical centre, to return to your starting point.

public transportation

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

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

How to get there
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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