From any point of Alto Garda you can see the hill of Monte Brione in the centre of the valley. It makes for a lovely walk, but here we tell you how to visit on two wheels!
The route develops largely among olive groves, reaching one of the best historical points of interest in Alto Garda: ‘Batteria di Mezzo’, a military battery at the centre of the Austro-Hungarian defensive system of Alto Garda (Festung Abschnitt). In addition to this battery, the defence line included the other nearby forts of San Nicolò, Garda and Sant’Alessandro (near to the summit).
The proposed descent to the village of Sant’Alessandro itself, in its first stretch, is rather technical with steps, and some loose, fairly sized rocks. In all - the descent is approximately 300 metres, and we would advise those who aren’t confident with technical descents to ‘walk the bike’ down or simply return via the way of arrival.
If you do choose to tackle the descent, remember that this route is also frequented by many hikers, therefore please moderate your speed and give them priority.
Monte Brione was considered a strategic point for the control of the Austro-Hungarian border, and climbing up, it is easy to understand the reason.
BIKER’S CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY
ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET !
Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.
The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the 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, the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.
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?
It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.
Emergency telephone number 112
Porto San Nicolò is located on the main road that connects Riva del Garda to Torbole sul Garda and is easily accessed by the cycle path that connects the two centres.
Getting to northern Lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
Ample paid parking available in Porto San Nicolò.