A short trip through a very characteristic setting. The short ascent up to Padaro is no match for our E-MTBs. This route runs primarily along asphalt roads rather than dirt tracks.
The route starts in Riva del Garda and ascends gently up to Arco and the hamlet of Varignano. Here begins the climb up to Padaro and San Giovanni al Monte. It’s a short stretch of road at a +20% incline, however it’s no match for an E-MTB! At the top, you’ll meet a dirt track along which you’ll begin your descent, accompanied by the olive trees of Arco. You’ll return to Riva on a cycle path along the River Sarca.
This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these 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, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.
The departure point is the Garda Trentino tourist office situated near the post office in Riva del Garda. Take the first right and turn into Viale Rovereto. Continue straight for about 600 metres until you come to the Hotel Luise on your left. Pass the hotel, cross the street at the pedestrian crossing and head north along the cycle path which is right in front of you. The cycle path is on the flat and presents no difficulties. Continue along the cycle path without taking any of the turn-offs for about 2.5 kilometres. At the traffic lights cross the street and continue to the next stop sign where you turn right into via Fornasetta. At the end of the road you come to another traffic light. Go straight on along the main road which leads to Ceole. Go down via Dante Alighieri until you come to the convent Convento delle Grazie. Turn left at the stop sign onto the main road and shortly after turn left again into via Vittorio Veneto. You are cycling on an asphalt road. Stay on this road as it rises in the direction of Padaro. As you climb you are surrounded by olive groves, this being an area famous for the production of oil. Halfway up on your left you can see the ancient olive tree “olif del bottes”, which is about 900 years old. Continue on up and take the second road on the right. The road now descends as far as the placche di Baone slabs, an area which is famous for sports climbing and the first crag in the world to be bolted for paraclimbing (climbing for the disabled). Here you are faced with a short rise before you come back down to the right. You pass through the olive groves of Arco before returning to the asphalt surface of via Lomego. At the end of the road, right on the bend, there is the entrance to the Arco arboretum, a public garden which is well worth a visit. Now head downhill. Turn into via Vergolano, the first road on the left, which will lead you through the centre of Arco to the main piazza. From here you can follow directions for the cycle path in the direction of Torbole. Access to the cycle path is from behind the sports pitch and tennis club of Arco. Follow the entire stretch along the River Sarca. At the mouth of the river, turn right in the direction of Riva del Garda, continuing along the cycle path which at this point follows the beach. When you reach the harbour of San Nicolò, follow the cycle path directions along the lake shore back to the point of departure.
The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings.
You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.
Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.
Parking near the former hospital (Via Rosmini) or the former cemetery (Viale Damiano Chiesa).
Paid parking: Terme Romane (Viale Roma), Vecchia stazione (Largo Medaglie d’Oro), Ex-agraria (Via Lutti), Area ex-Cattoi (Viale Rovereto).
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 sudden drop in your energy levels. The unexpected things are part of the fun!
Remember to thoroughly evaluate the type of route you plan on doing, the locations you intend 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?
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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