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Lake Garda tour (clockwise)

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m 600 500 400 300 200 100 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 km Ristorante Villetta Annessa Ristorante Pizzeria Leon D'Oro Aqua Ristorante Ristorante La Terrazza Panem Ristorante Centrale
A fantastic loop that runs round the entire perimeter of Lake Garda. The distance, which exceeds 140 kilometres, makes this itinerary suitable for the fittest cyclists.
Distance 142.4 km
6:00 h
480 m
480 m
Another "classic" for all the fans of the Upper Garda area who want to make the most of the mild climate of the lakeside area in wintertime. This route enables you to circumnavigate the largest lake in Europe, and to discover all the aspects of its beauty. Given the enormity of the lake, the distance is quite considerable, making this itinerary unsuitable for untrained cyclists.

From a technical standpoint, the route does not pose any particular problems. However, it is very hilly. It passes through various tunnels, some of which are very long, especially on the return journey. The use of lights and a high-visibility jacket are recommended. The loop can be cycled in both directions; however, we recommend departing in the morning when the Paler is blowing southwards, as this helps us along.

Author’s recommendation

These roads are often used by professional cyclists as training routes. While you’re pedalling, keep an eye on who you might meet along the way!
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Update: October 01, 2021
Highest point
Tignale, 446 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 50 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Aqua Ristorante
Caffè Ristorante Pizzeria Casa Beust
L’Ora - San Nicolò (Ristorante-Pizzeria-Gelateria)
Ristorante Centrale
Ristorante Kapuziner
Ristorante La Terrazza
Ristorante Pizzeria Leon D'Oro
Ristorante Pizzeria RivaMia
Ristorante Villetta Annessa

Safety information

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.
  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


Riva del Garda - Info office (69 m)
45.885011, 10.844835
45°53'06.0"N 10°50'41.4"E
32T 643144 5082926


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


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.


45.885011, 10.844835
45°53'06.0"N 10°50'41.4"E
32T 643144 5082926
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.

Basic Equipment for Road Cycling

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes
  • Padded shorts and jersey
  • Sunglasses


  • Water bottle and cage
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • 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 Antonio Nardi · April 26, 2021 · Community
Buongiorno, verso metà maggio vorrei affrontare il giro del lago ma partendo da Peschiera. Consigli su che direzione prendere a seconda del vento? Grazie Antonio
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Answered by ENRICO bORDIN · April 26, 2021 · Community
Buongiorno. Non posso aiutarla perchè noi abbiamo fatto la metà del giro in bici elettrica. Penso però che il vento non spiri sempre nella stessa direzione. Potrebbe chiedere all'Azienda di turismo del Lago Buon giro!
Question from BARBARA GUIDOLIN · April 20, 2021 · Community
salve siamo un gruppo di 6 persone, tutti adulti ma non ciclisti ricorrenti... volevamo organizzare un week end nella zona del lago ed inserirci un bel giro in bicicletta. L'idea è di noleggiare delle MTB elettriche però ripeto non siamo ciclisti di esperienza. Ho visto che il giro è piuttosto lungo e prevede salite e gallerie. Lo consigliate a neofiti ma dotati di bici elettrica? possiamo eventualmente percorrere solo un tratto del giro? C'è una parte del percorso più " panoramica" da preferire? Ci sono punti ristoro nel tragitto? ci sono affitti bici nella zona? grazie e chi vorrà gentilmente rispondermi.
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Buongiorno, prima di cimentarvi nel giro del Lago di Garda, vi consiglierei di partire con dei giri un pò più corti per abituarvi. Il Lago di Garda è 100% panorami e in ogni paese potete trovare dei punti di ristoro. Nella zona del Garda Trentino trova numerosi punti per affittare biciclette,Negozio%20bici,Noleggio%20bici&filter=b-destination-1,r-fullyTranslatedLangus-,sb-sortedBy-0
Question from Massimo Guidetti · April 02, 2021 · Community
Salve volevo sapere se partire dalla zona di Peschiera è peggio che partire dal Torbole. Altra cosa la media della velocità per percorrere il giro in sei ore. Grazie
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Buongiorno Massimo, per percorrere i 140 km del giro in 6 ore, la media è di 24 Km/h. Non esiste un punto "peggiore" per partire: sicuramente è un giro impegnativo - nonostante non vi siano forti pendenze - e va considerato il vento.
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Fabiano Valentini 
October 23, 2021 · Community
Ho fatto il giro oggi 23/10/2021 è stato veramente entusiasmante. Sono andato molto sicuro grazie alla vostra cartografia e la navigazione è stata impeccabile. Ho incontrato molti ciclisti come me e spesso essendo partito troppo veloce e non essendo in forma, mi mettevo a ruota di alcuni gruppi ben organizzati ed allenati. Questo mi ha permesso di svolgere il giro in 5 ore con una breve pausa caffè. Mi sono ripromesso di rifare il giro magari con un allenamento più adeguato. Vi do un consiglio, partite all'alba in modo che praticamente per un primo lungo tratto non ci saranno problemi con il traffico.
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When did you do this route? October 23, 2021
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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142.4 km
6:00 h
480 m
480 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Cultural/historical interest Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights Insider tip


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