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766. Giro della Busa (Cross Country)

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  • On the bike path between Riva del Garda and Torbole
    / On the bike path between Riva del Garda and Torbole
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Panorama from Nago
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The descent from Nago to Pratosaiano
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / A passage of the descent from Nago to Pratosaiano
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
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A short ride, within everybody's reach, that touches upon the three communes of la “Busa”: the local dialect name for the land between Riva del Garda, Torbole and Arco.
Distance 16.2 km
1:53 h
184 m
191 m
217 m
62 m

This itinerary, with a length of 16 kilometres and an altitude difference of around only 200 meters is suited to a range of abilities.

The term “busa” identifies the basin of land at the very North of Lake Garda: between Riva del Garda, Torbole and Arco. The itinerary forms a loop, offering a diverse range of view points and refreshment stops.

If you would like to do the route with children then please be aware that: The only really challenging feature of this ride, from a physical point of view, is the climb from Torbole to Nago: around 1.5 km in length, with an average gradient of 10%, and constant sun exposure. It is also recommended to pay particular attention to the two main road crossings.


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Valentina Bellotti
Update: August 05, 2021
S0 easy
Highest point
Nago, 217 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 62 m
Best time of year

Safety information


  • Plan your ride
  • Share the trail with other users
  • Yield right of way to hikers
  • Let your speed be determined by your experience
  • Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect
  • Cycle only on authorized and open trails
  • Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further
  • Respect nature, plants, animals and the trail
  • Do not frighten animals
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Respect public and private property
  • Always be selfsufficient
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas
  • Take back home only good pics


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.

Tips and hints

  • This is an official route of the Garda Trentino Provincial Network of MTB routes, regularly maintained and accompanied by specific signage.
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation - APT Garda Trentino  Tel. +39 0464 554444 

  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.


Arco - parking place in Caneve (84 m)
45.916439, 10.889159
45°54'59.2"N 10°53'21.0"E
32T 646501 5086498


Arco - parking place in Caneve

Turn-by-turn directions

The proposed route departs from Arco heading toward Riva del Garda, then Torbole, and Nago, finally returning to Arco. However, this ride can actually be started from any of the famous towns.
However, for the purposes of description, we shall start the route from Arco, or more specifically from the cycle path that runs along the Sarca river, in the vicinity of the car park at Caneve. Start by taking the cycle path in the direction of Torbole, as indicated by the route 766 signage. Cross the bridge and continue to follow the river in the same direction, just on the opposite bank. After approximately 2km, pass a large industrial complex on your right, where you will find yourself alongside the main road SR 249. The sight of a kiosk ahead is your sign to leave the cycle track and cross the road to enter Via dei Sabbioni, on the right - close to the intersection. At your first opportunity turn left on to the quiet road and, guided by the signs cross the countryside through the locality of San Giorgio. Continue straight on the tranquil secondary roads, crossing the villages of Grotta and Sant'Alessandro, to reach the marked stop sign at Via Sant'Alessandro. Cross the road here to take the cycle path on the other side following it to Porto San Nicolò. Cross the road here, keeping to the left through the car park, continuing to follow the cycle path which runs along the Garda lakeside towards Torbole. Traverse the River Sarca once again, but this time at its mouth to continue alongside the beaches of Torbole. It must be added that this stretch is, incredibly popular in the summer: frequented by beach goers, and pedestrians of all ages. So please ride safely and patiently.

When passing the old port, it is clearly indicated that cyclists must dismount for a few metres, near to Piazzetta Lietzmann (easily recognisable due to it being opposite the only church in front of the lake). Next, leaving the lakeside behind, take Via Benaco to your left, and when you reach the stop sign, keep right to follow the main road for a few dozen metres. Cross the road and turn immediately left into Piazza Goethe. From the side of the small square, keeping left you shall find the start of the climb to Nago.

The first few metres are certainly the hardest, but just keep pushing until you reach the end of the road, indicated by an old fort. Once at the top, take a moment to catch your breath and admire the beautiful vista behind you.

Once in Nago head towards the nearby roundabout, however do not enter it. Instead take the small, steep road to the left, descending past a car park. Continue on this road and after a short stretch on cement, a gravel road begins: where initially the terrain is rather unstable. Carry on, to eventually meet the main road and, whilst paying close attention, cross it to take the cement road ahead. From here there is a descent, which alternates between concrete and gravel to arrive in the small village of Prato Saiano. Following the signs for the various crossroads, pedal through various crops to arrive at Arco. After passing the fire brigade barracks, you should arrive at a roundabout, follow it around to the left, rejoining the cycle path to arrive at your original point of departure.


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 slots at the starting point of the tour (Parking place Caneve, 5 minutes on foot from the centre of Arco, access to the cycle path)


45.916439, 10.889159
45°54'59.2"N 10°53'21.0"E
32T 646501 5086498
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 

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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!

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?

  • An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Waterproof / Windproof jacket.
  • A spare top / spare socks. (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold)
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike gloves/mitts
  • Map or GPS device
  • Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
  • Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency whistle

It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.

Emergency telephone number 112

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • 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 Mountain Biking

  • 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.

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Martin Deventer
August 26, 2014 · Community
Tolle Tour! Sehr einfach zu fahren. Tolle Aussicht von Nago auf den See, traumhafte Durchfahrten zwischen den Anbaugebieten!!
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When did you do this route? August 26, 2014
Photo: Martin Deventer, Community

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domenica 9 dicembre 2018, 15:37

S0 easy
16.2 km
1:53 h
184 m
191 m
Highest point
217 m
Lowest point
62 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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