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Lake Garda tour (clockwise)

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141.4 km
6:00 h
480 m
480 m


Riva del Garda, Torbole, Navene, Malcesine, Brenzone sul Garda, Torri del Benaco, Garda, Bardolino, Lazise, Peschiera, Sirmione, Desenzano, Salò, Gardone Riviera, Toscolano Maderno, Gargnano, Limone sul Garda, Riva del Garda.

Check the "turn-by-turn directions" page for more details!

Author’s recommendation

We remind that headlights and rearlights as well as the use of reflecting suspenders are obligatory in tunnels, even considering that most of these are illuminated.
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Valentina Bellotti
Updated: October 05, 2020
Highest point
Tignale, 446 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 50 m
Best time of year

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.


Tips, hints and links

  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation: 
    APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Riva del Garda - Info office (69 m)
45.885199, 10.845051
45°53'06.7"N 10°50'42.2"E
32T 643161 5082947


Riva del Garda - Info office

Turn-by-turn directions

From Riva del Garda take the cycle path up to Torbole sul Garda, afterwards follow the “Gardesana Orientale (Eastern Gardesana)” road, which flanks the Lake Garda for 10 km,  leading for some stretches into tunnels. Passing from Trentino into the region Veneto you arrive in Malcesine. Carry on always flanking the lake, passing through the characteristic veronese villages of Brenzone, Castelletto, Torri del Benaco, Garda, Bardolino e Lazise. Here do the Pre-Alps end and the Po Valley start: for 40 km you will have to pay attention to the several roundabouts that follow one another.

Continue past Peschiera and proceed to Desenzano entering the province of Brescia. Pass through the centre of town flanking the lake and continue past Padenghe, Moniga and Cunettone. At this roundabout turn right in the direction of Salò. After a panoramic downhill on the gulf, you'll get back onshore of the lake. Pass through Salò and take the “Gardesana Occidentale (Western Gardesana)”. Continue past Gardone and Toscolano Maderno and carry on up to Gargnano. Here starts an uphill road perched over the lake where the first tunnels characterizing the last stretch of the tour start. After a fast downhill you get back flanking Lake Garda passing the crossroad of Campione del Garda, pass through Limone sul Garda up to the starting point of Riva del Garda.

All loop itineraries can be done in both ways.


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Public transport

Public transport friendly

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:


You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes:

Getting there

Getting to 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, Blue Garden.


45.885199, 10.845051
45°53'06.7"N 10°50'42.2"E
32T 643161 5082947
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino BIKE Map - On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole and online

Book recommendations for this region:

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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?

  • Bike helmet
  • Bike gloves
  • Bike glasses
  • Waterproof/Windproof jacket
  • Headlights and rearlights
  • Reflecting suspenders
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Water Bottle
  • Bike repair kit (tire levers, mini bike pump, bike tube)

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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Wolfgang B.
August 29, 2018 · Community
Ich habe die Runde heute schnell vor dem Frühstück um 05:45 ab Gargnano gemacht. Die Tunnels waren überhaupt kein Problem. Beleuchtung ist ausreichend, Verkehr war zu dieser frühen Stunde quasi keiner.
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Foto von Rennrad: Rund um den Gardasee im Uhrzeitgesinn • Gardasee (29.08.2018 12:40:48 #1)
Photo: Wolfgang B., Community
Foto von Rennrad: Rund um den Gardasee im Uhrzeitgesinn • Gardasee (29.08.2018 12:40:49 #2)
Photo: Wolfgang B., Community
Christopher Simon
May 15, 2018 · Community
Also ich weis ja nicht wem das Spaß macht, aber bei zum Teil chaotischem Verkehr und durch gefühlt 20km stickige und dunkle Tunnel kam zwar Überlebensangst, aber keine Freude auf. Zumindest schnell ist man...
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Foto von Rennrad: Rund um den Gardasee im Uhrzeitgesinn          • Gardasee (29.08.2018 12:40:49 #2)

141.4 km
480 m
480 m
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