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5. From Riva del Garda to Torbole, around Monte Brione

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  • The cycle path along the lake promenade
    / The cycle path along the lake promenade
    Photo: R. Vuillemier, Garda Trentino
  • The cycle path in Torbole, beside the beach
    / The cycle path in Torbole, beside the beach
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • The cycle path along the lake shore in Torbole
    / The cycle path along the lake shore in Torbole
    Photo: R. Vuillemier, Garda Trentino
Map / 5. From Riva del Garda to Torbole, around Monte Brione
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This itinerary is perfect for a relaxing ride in a flat area near to the main towns. This makes it ideal for anyone who wants to take small children on their first bicycle trip.

easy
13.2 km
1:02 h
47 m
49 m

This itinerary is a loop around Monte Brione, the spur of rock which separates Riva del Garda from Torbole and is the unmistakeable profile of Garda Trentino. It is mainly a ride through built up areas, running along cycle paths and back roads which cut across the countryside at the foot of the mountain.
Since the entire route is on the flat, this tour presents no difficulties of any kind and is even suitable for small children as long as you watch out when crossing the roads.

The stretch of the cycle path which links Torbole and Riva del Garda is without doubt one of the most popular with visitors and residents for the marvellous views it affords over Lake Garda. It is particularly busy in the summer season so watch out for the people walking along the cycle path or crossing it to get to the beach.

Author’s recommendation

Stop off in one of the bars along the beach for an aperitivo or delicious ice cream with a lake view. What better way to wind up your bike ride?

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Author
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: October 22, 2018

Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
101 m
Lowest point
62 m
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Safety information

  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.

 

Note: 

The cycle pathe in Trentino are usually closed by the local authorities from November, 15th to April, 15th. Exceptions are the cycle paths along the River Adige and in the Basso Sarca/Garda Trentino, where cycling is prohibited only in case of ice or during a snowfall

Tips, hints and links

  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it

Start

Info point Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda (66 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.884303, 10.844557
UTM
32T 643125 5082847

Destination

Info point Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

From the tourist information office in Riva del Garda head towards the lake: for a short distance you will need to push your bike along the lake shore. Cross the bridge over the Albola stream and turn right: this is the start of the protected cycle path reserved for bikes only.

You cycle through a lovely park with the beach and the lake only a stone's throw away to your right. Keep following directions for the cycle path and cycle alongside the pedestrian walkway for a stretch. Soon you come to San Nicolò harbour. Here you cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and follow the cycle path marked in red on the ground. Continue along the cycle path across the slopes of Monte Brione covered in olive trees. Take the second lane on the right after the sports grounds which runs through the district of Sant'Alessandro.

Continue along the main road – you are now on a side road – until you come to Grotta di Arco. Keep on straight on via Monte Brione: after a bend to the left, follow the cycle path signpost and turn right onto a little road which winds through the countryside. At the end of the road turn right; at the stop sign take care crossing the road and then ride onto a short ramp onto the cycle path where you continue and turn right. The cycle path runs along the mouth of the River Sarca. Here you turn right onto the lake shore area. Watch out here as there is mixed traffic.

The pedestrian-cycle path continues towards Riva del Garda with a stretch overhanging the lake. You soon reach San Nicolò harbour and retrace the way you came to get back to your starting point.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Riva del Garda, the starting point of your excursion is connected with the other towns in Garda Trentino by a number of different urban and intercity bus lines.
Info e timetables: www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

Riva del Garda is easily accessible (about 18 km) from the Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda Nord motorway exit.

Other directions for getting to Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Parking

At the tourist information office in Riva del Garda there are a number of different pay parking spaces. The nearest free car park is in via Galas (about 500 m from the tourist office).

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  •  Bike Garda Trentino Map – On sale in tourist information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole and online

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
1:02 h
Ascent
47 m
Descent
49 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly

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