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F3 San Martino Family Tour

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  • The cycle path along river Sarca (The Castle of Arco in the background)
    / The cycle path along river Sarca (The Castle of Arco in the background)
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
  • / Wayside shrine near Bolognano
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Fun for families on the cycle way
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
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Short itinerary around Arco and its hamlets, especially San Martino, where there are some unpaved sections. 


Distance 7.9 km
0:50 h
97 m
98 m
181 m
85 m

This short loop starts outside the centre of Arco and goes with some light ascents to Bolognano and its countryside. Then it continues, partly unpaved, to Massone and San Martino. San Martino is best known among the climbers thanks to its family crag.

The tour back to Arco follows the cycle path along the River Sarca.  


Author’s recommendation

During the warm sommer months, you can stop at the little beach along the River Sarca in Loc. Moletta for a refreshing bath. 
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Update: August 05, 2021
Highest point
Capitello delle 4 facce, 181 m
Lowest point
Arco, 85 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 and hints

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


Parking place at the bridge - Arco (87 m)
45.920883, 10.889701
45°55'15.2"N 10°53'22.9"E
32T 646531 5086993


Parking place at the bridge - Arco

Turn-by-turn directions

From the parking place at the bridge in Arco take the cycle path heading north. After the bridge take the cycle path along the River Sarca, then leave the cycle path to take the underpass under the roundabout. When you come out again, turn left and cycle up the asphalt road around the convent of the Capuchin Friars. At the first stop sign beside the cemetery, go straight on and turn left. Keep going straight and take the third turn on the left. Immediately after it there is a house on the corner. First you ride along a dirt track and then an asphalt road until you come to Bolognano, a hamlet outside Arco. Turn right, then left, and head straight down via Pasubio. Cross the town and head down via Saibanti, then via della Repubblica where in the little piazza you turn right and cycle uphill on an asphalt road. Keep going up, making sure to stay on the right and then take the second turn on the right onto a dirt track. Ride downhill on the compact surface, which at times turns from a dirt road into a cement surface with stones. You pass through olive groves with a view of Arco Castle on top of the cliff. At the end of the dirt road, turn right and you come to the Massone. Cross the hamlet staying on the outer road and head uphill in the direction of the church of San Martino. On the way you ride along a lovely track through the olive groves which are a typical feature of this area. From the church you descend on an asphalt road and turn right at the stop sign in the direction of Moletta. Cross the road at the traffic lights, follow directions for the cycle path and once you are on it, turn left. Head south along the cycle path until you come back to the departure 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 Caneve (5 minutes on foot from the centre).

Pay parkng Foro Boario, Via Caproni Maini (Parcheggio al Ponte), Posta (Via Monache).


45.920883, 10.889701
45°55'15.2"N 10°53'22.9"E
32T 646531 5086993
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

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0:50 h
97 m
98 m
Highest point
181 m
Lowest point
85 m
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