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E-MTB4 San Giovanni al Monte
Arco, Dro, Riva del Garda, Tenno, Garda Trentino
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A beautiful route immersed almost entirely in woodland. You’ll reach an altitude of 1,150 metres above sea level on your E-MTB before descending along a dirt track.
This route begins in Riva del Garda and meets a slight incline up to Arco and the hamlet of Varignano. Here begins your wonderful ascent to Padaro and San Giovanni al Monte, immersed in woodland. On a normal mountain bike it would involve a fair amount of effort, given the steep incline along this stretch, however on your E-MTB, you’ll get a chance to enjoy the views of Lake Garda! After twenty hairpin bends, you’ll begin your descent along a dirt track, which will take you into the municipality of Tenno and back to the starting point.
Further information and useful links
  • 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
Route info
39,6 km
Activity time
3 h 30 min
1.160 m
1.160 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
1.153 m
Lowest point
65 m
During your descent, you’ll make a pit stop at the Croce di Bondiga, where you’ll get to enjoy some splendid views of Lake Garda!
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
Info office Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda

The departure point is the Garda Trentino tourist office situated near the post office in Riva del Garda. Take the first right turn into viale Rovereto. Cycle for about 600 metres until you see the Hotel Luise on your left. Pass the hotel and cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and head north along the cycle track which is right in front of you. The cycle path is flat and presents no difficulties whatsoever. Continue along the cycle path without turning off for about 2.5 kilometres. When you come to the traffic light cross the street and continue until 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, staying on the main road which takes you to Ceole. Head down via Dante Alighieri until you come to the convent Convento delle Grazie.

At the stop sign turn left onto the main road and shortly after turn left again into via Vittorio Veneto. You are now cycling on an asphalt road. Stay on this road and head uphill in the direction of Padaro. As you climb, you are surrounded by olive groves, this being an area famous for the production of olive oil. Halfway up on the left, you will see the ancient tree “olif del bottes” which is about 900 years old. Pass through Padaro and continue on the main road to Mandrèa from where you have a wonderful view of the Valle dei Laghi. You come to San Giovanni al Monte: after the first houses you pass a lovely little chapel and straight afterwards, you are at Malga San Giovanni.

Continue along the main road as far as Marcarie where you turn left. You cycle along a dirt/cement road until you come to the plain of “prai da Gom”, then continue as far as Gorghi where you turn right. Now you descend through a dense wood. Stay on the main road until you come to cross “croce di Bondiga” where there is a spectacular view over Lake Garda. From here, keep on downhill until you come to Treni. At the end of the dirt road, the asphalt road begins, and you continue on downhill. Pass through the medieval town of  Calvola, then Canale, where it is worth stopping off to visit the historic centre which features in the Club of the "Most beautiful in Italy".

When you arrive at Ville Monte and the stop sign, turn left onto the main road and then, before the church, take the first right. You descend on a dirt track with a spectacular view of the Tenno Castle against the backdrop of Lake Garda. Back on the main road you come down to Tenno Castle. Take the bend to the left, then stay on the left. After a flat stretch, turn right and now cycle along a dirt/cobbled road as far and Volta di No. Keep to the right, descend as far as Piazze, and keep on going downhill until you rejoin the junction of via Vittorio Veneto and the main road for Padaro. You are back in Varignano: at this point retrace the route you followed on the outward stretch and you are back at the starting 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 trail.

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

How to get there

Getting to Lake Garda – Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Where to park

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, Blue Garden.

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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