A tour designed for e-mtb to Monte Velo through olive and chestnut trees.
This is a particularly pleasant and peaceful route along a quiet stretch of road away from traffic. You’ll depart from Riva del Garda before taking a cycle path alongside the lake, and then the River Sarca. Your uphill climb will begin in Arco, with an average incline of around 10%. After a dozen kilometres or so along an asphalt and then dirt road, you’ll reach the Passo Due Sassi, where you’ll begin your descent. Here, on your way back to Riva, you’ll briefly cycle uphill towards Nago along a dirt track, where you’ll get to enjoy some fantastic views.
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.
This itinerary starts at the Garda Trentino tourist office in Riva del Garda. Take the cycle path which runs along the lake in the direction of Torbole. When you get to the harbour of San Nicolò, the cycle path continues on a boardwalk jutting out over the lake as far as the mouth of the River Sarca. Here you turn left and follow the cycle path towards Arco. The path along the river bank is completely flat and surrounded by vegetation. At the sports centre, the path splits in two: go straight on and cross the River Sarca on the cycle bridge then stick to the right until you come to the car park in Caneve di Arco. Come out of the car park and you come to a roundabout where you take the third exit. Go on a further hundred metres, turn right, continue as far as a small square, turn into via del Ri.
You are in Caneve. Continue uphill along an asphalt road, then take the first left and go straight on. Turn into via Gazzoletti and stay on the main road. Pass through the village of Massone, then on the right you come to San Martino. Go right through the little hamlet and under the clock arch which is unique in the area. Continue along the main road and then turn right in the direction of Pianaura and Massone climbing gym. Ride on up the asphalt road among century-old olive groves. On your left as you ascend is the world famous climbing crag “Policromuro”. The view behind you is utterly unique: on the right Arco Castle, in front of you Monte Brione and Lake Garda. As you climb, the scenery changes. The olive groves give way to chestnut woods and you come to Pianaura. On the right there are rock engravings, turn right at the junction and follow directions for Troiana. Ride uphill through the chestnut woods along the asphalt road and the gradient is almost constant. In Troiana, follow directions for Carobbi, continuing along an asphalt road and turn right at the junction. You ride up a compact dirt road which presents no particular difficulties. Keep straight on without taking any turn-offs as far as the Passo Due Sassi pass where, on the right, you can go up onto the rock to admire one of the most spectacular panoramas in Garda Trentino. The road now continues, winding up and downhill. At the end of the dirt road you find yourself on an asphalt road once more. Pass a local bar, come to the stop sign, turn right and head downhill. After about a kilometre, at a turn-off on the right, you come to a narrow asphalt road and signposting for the church “Chiesa di San Francesco”: take this narrow road. At the start, the road is on the flat, then it goes gently downhill as far as a group of houses. From the church you must pedal uphill on a dirt road, then turn right. After an initial flat stretch, head downhill, making sure to stay on the main dirt road. There are straight stretches and winding sections until the end of the dirt road. Now continue on the asphalt along via Cacciatore. At the stop sign, go on straight and then shortly after turn left into via Benaco. Continue down via San Valentino to the main road. You are now in Vignole. Cross the road at the traffic light and follow the Anello Garda Sarca loop signposts. Following the signposts you end up on a good compact dirt road alternating with stretches of cement road. As you climb you have wonderful views over Garda Trentino. Take care as you cross the road and then continue on a dirt road. In Nago turn right and go down via Europa; the gradient is steep so go slowly and stay on the right. During the descent you can enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Garda and it is well worth stopping to take a photo. Stay on the main road until you come to Torbole where you follow directions for the cycle path to Riva del Garda. Cycle along the beach, watching out for bathers and pedestrians, until you come to the mouth of the River Sarca. Ride on to the harbour of San Nicolò and soon after you are back to the point you started from.
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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