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Mount Velo - S.Barbara Pass - Viote

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98.8 km
7:00 h
2731 m
2731 m


Riva del Garda, cycle path, Arco, Bolognano, loc. Gazzi, loc. Monte Velo, S.Barbara Pass, Ronzo-Chienis, Prà dal Lac, Bordala Pass, Bordala, SP20 towards Trento, Lake Cei, Cimone, Garniga, Garniga Vecchia, Viote del Bondone, Lagolo, Lasino, Cavedine, Drena, Dro, cycle path, Arco, Riva del Garda.

Check the "turn-by-turn directions" page for more details! User
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: October 23, 2018

Highest point
1566 m
Lowest point
75 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.


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.

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

Turn-by-turn directions

Cycle north in the direction of the bridge of Arco. At the roundabout turn right in the direction of Bolognano. After other 2 roundabouts turn left where the the Giro d'Italia race stage, as well a King of the Mountains climb, starts. Go uphill the Mount Velo for 12 km through woods enjoying the striking landscape of the Trentinian Garda, get over the hump at Santa Barbara Pass, elevation 1130 m. After a fast downhill road reach the village of Ronzo Chienis.

From here on go up again turning left towards the Bordala Pass passing through the vegetable gardens of the Valle di Gresta valley. From the pass onwards, take an initially difficult afterwards more gentle dowhnill road up to the crossroad to Villa Lagarina. Carry on straight towards the Lake Cei after an alternating of ups and downs, go downhill up to the crossroad to Aldeno, at this point turn left an go uphill towards Cimone and Terme di Garniga, a demanding climb but with a marvellous sight on the Adige valley. After Garniga Terme enter into woods from which you will exit only by the “barracks” right before arriving at the Viote biotope at the foot of Palom del Bondone, a breathtaking natural terrace on the Dolomiti di Brenta. Turn left and go downhill passing by Lagolo and Castel Madruzzo. At the crossroads turn left again and cycle slightly uphill along the Cavedine valley arriving at the S. Uldarico Pass before descending towards Drena and trough the “Marocche”. Once arrived in Dro, turn left again in the direction of Arco and afterwards get back at the starting point Riva del Garda.

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.

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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Sam A.
August 22, 2018 · Community
Meine schwerste Tour bisher, aber sehr, sehr schön, größtenteils verkehrsarm. Bin vom Hotel Forte Charme gestartet, die Antstiege, die Abfahrten, genial
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Done at August 14, 2018
Ingo Dießner
June 30, 2017 · Community
Danke für den tollen Vorschlag. Habe heute die Tour gemacht, ein Traum. Tolle Ausblicke, schwere Anstiege. Die Straßenbedingungen sind gut bis sehr gut bis auf wenige Ausnahmen. Und verkehrsarm...natürlich nur in den Bergen. Die Abfahrt vom Monte Bondone... ein einziger Geschwidigkeitsrausch. Ich bin dann auf dem Rückweg noch in Cavedine am Ortseingang rechts abgebogen zum Lago di Cavedine, kurzer Anstieg, rauschende Abfahrtauf nicht ganz so guter Straße. Dann noch durch das Biotop Marocche nach Garda. So kam ich auf 103 Kilometer
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Done at June 30, 2017
Blick ins Etschtal.... steil nach unten
Photo: Ingo Dießner, Community
Blick vom Monte Bondone
Photo: Ingo Dießner, Community
Auf dem Rückweg.... Biotopo Marocche di Dro
Photo: Ingo Dießner, Community
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