This tour goes along the famous Strada della Forra, defined by Winston Churchill as the eighth wonder of the world. It starts along the Gardesana Occidentale road, just past the town of Limone sul Garda. The road, built in 1913 to link the lake to Tremosine, is very narrow and full of tunnels. In the first part, it is openly exposed high above the lake, and offers a fantastic panorama. Further on, it runs into a narrow gorge (called Forra), eroded by the Brasa river. About ten years ago it was chosen as one of the locations of a James Bond film.
The Strada della Forra does not feature any prohibitive gradients, making it a feasible option for many cyclists. About 950 metres from the beginning of the street, we recommend taking the old, abandoned road on the right, to avoid a very narrow, dark tunnel.
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The route departs from the Riva del Garda information office in Largo Medaglie d'Oro. From here, follow the signs for Limone sul Garda, taking the Gardesana Occidentale, the very panoramic road that runs along the western shore of Lake Garda. In the summer, this road is very busy so remember to ride in single file, being careful of the vehicles that catch you up.
There are many tunnels, in which wearing a high-vis jacket (or braces) and front and rear lights are compulsory to ensure better visibility.
Pedalling carefully, we arrive in Limone sul Garda, a stunning lakeside town. About 4 kilometres after Limone, on the right, there is a crossroads where the Strada della Forra begins. And this is also where the ascent that leads into the town of Tremosine and its areas begins. We pass through a small tunnel, then ride up the side of the mountain, before tackling a bend on the right, in a tunnel with openings that allow the light to flood in. Another 200 metres further on and we encounter another tunnel, this time longer and much darker. Before it starts, the old, abandoned road can be found on the right, and we turn onto it. Along this route we are treated to a truly unique, breathtaking panorama of Benaco below.
We return on the Provinciale 38, in a very beautiful, striking setting: here, the sight of the tiny space between the two walls of the gorge makes the hair on the back of our necks stand up. In Pieve di Tremosine, at the roundabout, we turn right and continue climbing, following the road signs for Vesio. After Vesio, we run into the small district of Fucine, where a beautiful, fun-to-ride descent begins, to be completed with care. We pass through a number of characteristic villages, such as Voltino, Ustecchio and Bassanega. Riding down through the olive groves, we again reach Limone sul Garda.
We take the SS45bis again, to return to Riva del Garda.
The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.
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You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino
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, shopping center 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!
Do not compare a road bike with a mountain bike. They are very different, especially in technical terms, and facing a hill with a road bike could be much more difficult than facing the same hill with a MTB. Therefore, remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do and the locations you plan to cross. Do not forget to consider the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: the paint of the crosswalk could be very slick.
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.
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