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.
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 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.
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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