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6. From the River Adige to Lake Garda along the cycle path

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  • The cycle path near lake Loppio
    / The cycle path near lake Loppio
    Photo: Foto archivio Provincia Autonoma di Trento di Nicola Angeli fotografo, Garda Trentino
  • The cycle path near Passo San Giovanni
    / The cycle path near Passo San Giovanni
    Photo: Foto archivio Provincia Autonoma di Trento di Nicola Angeli fotografo, Garda Trentino
Map / 6. From the River Adige to Lake Garda along the cycle path
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Itinerary along the cycle path which links Vallagarina (in particular, Mori ) to Torbole sul Garda: an easy route and one of the most popular in Trentino.

easy
13 km
1:06 h
115 m
208 m

The Mori-Torbole sul Garda cycle path is a branch of the cycle path which goes from the Brennero to Verona, the “cycle path of the sun” (Ciclopista del Sole), the Italian part of a European project which aims to build a cycle path from the North Pole to Malta.

Leaving the main route, the Mori-Lake Garda cycle path gives cyclists coming from the north easy access to the shores of the lake. From Vallagarina you climb to the San Giovanni Pass and then head down again towards the Garda basin to arrive at Torbole sul Garda. The change in the landscape as you go from one valley to the other, from the vineyards of the Valle dell'Adige to the biotope of Lake Loppio and then the northern shore of Lake Garda surrounded by sheer mountains.

The cycle path does not present any particular difficulties – apart from the ascent to the San Giovanni Pass (287 m) and is suitable for anyone who is used to getting around by bicycle.

Author’s recommendation

Don't forget your camera. The view of Lake Garda from the “old Nago” is truly spectacular!

outdooractive.com User
Author
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: October 22, 2018

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Highest point
276 m
Lowest point
69 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

  • On the stretch from Loppio to Nago, the cycle path follows the old MAR (Mori – Arco – Riva) railway track which was active from the turn of the twentieth century to the nineteen thirties.
  • Lake Loppio is actually the lake that isn't there. Following the work on the Adige – Garda tunnel (a water conduit to be used if the river floods to detour the waters towards Lake Garda), the lake emptied and became, over time, the largest marshland area in all of Trentino. Today it is a biotope, a protected area, because of the particular environment which developed in the area.
    There is also the archaeological area situated on the island of Sant'Andrea, which can be accessed by means of the cycle path.
  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it

Start

"Adige" cycle path (160 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.851730, 10.994568
UTM
32T 654855 5079508

Destination

Torbole sul Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

This route begins shortly after the bridge over the River Adige beside the signpost for Lake Garda which marks the start of the cycle path. Once you leave the Adige cycle path you head down a side road with little traffic and a short uphill stretch. Follow the directions for the cycle path, cross through Mori, and you soon come to the cycle path which continues on towards Lake Garda.
The cycle path is paved and protected and the only traffic allowed is for the local farmers. On the stretch from Mori to Loppio the cycle path is completely flat as it runs through vineyards. When you come to Loppio, cross the main road using the underpass and cycle parallel to it for a while. Keep on straight until you come to Lake Loppio. Cycle along the shore of the lake and you come to a short uphill stretch which takes you to the San Giovanni Pass, the highest point (and most challenging section) of the entire trail.
From here you start to descend, always following directions for the cycle path, and you soon come to Nago. This is where the cycle path ends. Cycle across the town to the other side. On the right turn onto the “old Nago”, a long straight road which takes you to Torbole and the end of the itinerary.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Mori can be reached by train (Mori station on the regional train lines or else Rovereto for the long distance trains) as well as by provincial bus lines.

Getting there

Mori is easily accessible from the Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda Nord exit on the motorway Autostrada del Brennero A22 (in the direction of  Riva del Garda).

For directions on how to reach the Mori-Lake Garda cycle path by bicycle from Rovereto we recommend the cycling map from the tourist board of Rovereto.

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 km
Duration
1:06 h
Ascent
115 m
Descent
208 m
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