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F4 Pratosaiano Family Tour
Arco, Garda Trentino
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Difficulty
Easy
Activity time
0:55
Duration in hours
Distance
9.8
Distance in km
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Itinerary through orchards, wineyards and countryside. It runs not along cycle paths but on secondary and little roads. 

Easy loop on paved secondary roads with not so much traffic. The start and the arrival are in Arco, while the itinerary develops through the hamlets of Massone, Bolognano, Vignole and Pratosaiano. Between a little village and the other, you pedal in the countryside, through apples orchards and grapes wineyards.

The trail is mainly level; the only ascent is after Massone going to Bolognano.  

 

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
Easy
Distance
9,8 km
Activity time
55 min
Ascent
91 m
Descent
109 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
164 m
Lowest point
74 m
Suggestions
After the tour, stop in Arco for a delicious ice cream
Safety guidelines
  1. Give your bike a regular checkup, especially if you've had it for years.
  2. Be seen: you must wear a high vis jacket (or sash) in tunnels and on country roads after sunset.
  3. Always wear your helmet.
  4. Make sure your front and rear lights are working.
  5. Put out your arm to give advance warning of your intention to change position and before you do anything, check there are no vehicles coming up behind you.
  6. Don't use headphones or your mobile phone handsfree kit: you need all your concentration on the road!
  7. Obey the road signs: stop at traffic lights and don't ride on the wrong side of the road.
  8. If you are cycling in a group, always go in single file.
  9. You've got a bell: use it to let pedestrians know you're there. Don't ride on footpaths. If you have to then get off and push your bike.
  10. If there are cycle paths use them. It's your safety that's at stake and the rules of the road say you must.
Punto di partenza
Parking place at the bridge - Arco
Directions
This is an easy tour of historic hamlets set among fields, orchards and vineyards. Head north on the cycle path from the car park at the bridge in Arco, leaving the cycle path after the bridge over the River Sarca to turn right into the underpass at the roundabout. On the other side, turn left and head up an asphalt road which takes you around the convent of the Capuchin Friars. When you reach the first stop sign at the cemetery, go straight on, then at the second stop sign turn right then left, cycling uphill towards the sports grounds. Keep going uphill, then take the first right turn. You pass through olive groves with a lovely view of Arco Castle. Come back down, keeping to the left through  Bolognano until you get to Vignole. Cross the main road at the traffic lights and immediately turn left. Stay on this road until you come to a small bridge with a junction where you head on straight towards Maza to the south, passing through fields, apple orchards and vineyards. Now you start to turn back towards the centre of Arco, turning right and coming to Pratosaiano. At the capital, turn left and head northwards. When you reach the main road, turn left onto the cycle path which crosses a car park and then the River Sarca to come back to the sports grounds of Arco. Continue towards the historic centre down via Segantini and at the end of the road turn left to arrive back at the departure 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

 

 

How to get there

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

Where to park

Free parking in Caneve (5 minutes on foot from the centre).

Pay parkng Foro Boario, Via Caproni Maini (Parcheggio al Ponte), Posta (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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