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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: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
  • / The cycle path in Torbole, beside the beach
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / The cycle path along the lake shore in Torbole
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
  • / On the bike path between Riva del Garda and Torbole
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Fortifications on Monte Brione
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino - Foto Promovideo, Garda Trentino
  • / Monte Brione
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
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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.
Distance 12.5 km
1:00 h
82 m
81 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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Update: August 09, 2021
Highest point
Grotta, 104 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 62 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Agritur Madonna delle Vittorie
Osteria Le Servite
Ristorante Kapuziner
Ristorante Pizzeria Leon D'Oro
Peter Brunel - Ristorante Gourmet

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.



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 and hints

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


Info point Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda (65 m)
45.884044, 10.844539
45°53'02.6"N 10°50'40.3"E
32T 643124 5082818



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.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

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.

Getting there

Getting to northern 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, shopping center Blue Garden.


45.884044, 10.844539
45°53'02.6"N 10°50'40.3"E
32T 643124 5082818
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 

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Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Eli Syben · June 06, 2021 · Community
Ist alles Asphalt?
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Ja, meistens auf Fahrradweg oder Nebenstraßen.
Question from Klaus Frank · June 19, 2020 · Community
ist der Radweg am Monte Brione gesperrt? Bauzaun am Strand von Nago Torbole .......
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Der Radweg ist noch gesperrt aber Sie finden eine Umleitung auf der Straße, um von Nago-Torbole nach Riva del Garda zu fahren



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12.5 km
1:00 h
82 m
81 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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