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Tour del Lago di Garda (clockwise)

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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
446 m
50 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: January 27, 2023
Highest point
Tignale, 446 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 50 m
Best time of year

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142.4 km
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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.


all notes on protected areas

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.

Questions and answers

Question from Krissy Shev · July 06, 2022 · Community
Hi, I would like to ask how much of the path is strictly biking paths and how much - roads shared with cars? we'd love to do it over three days also to explore the region so would like to be prepared.
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Answered by Fabiano Valentini  · July 06, 2022 · Community
Il giro è ciclabile per circa un 35% del percorso. Però esplorandolo in più giorni è possibile trovare valide alternative alla strada che in periodo estivo e' molto trafficata. O meglio vi sono dei percorsi ciclabili che allungano il percorso ma portano in luoghi bellissimi da visitare.
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Question from Marco Raimon · March 25, 2022 · Community
volevo sapere, partendo da Riva del Garda direzione Torbole, andando con la BC con passo tranquillo quante ore ci vorranno x fare il giro ? e se abbiamo bisogno di scaricare la traccia o non si puo sbagliare andando con info via via a persone di zona ?
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Answered by Fabiano Valentini  · March 25, 2022 · Community
Ciao Marco, per fare il giro del lago di Garda in BC con passo tranquillo puoi impiegare 6 ore, tieni conto che stiamo parlando di 142 km. Lo puoi calcolare anche ipotizzando una velocità media di crociera dividendo i 142 km per la velocità in km/h. Per la seconda domanda ti dico scarica assolutamente la traccia, ho fatto il giro domenica scorsa senza traccia e quindi senza navigazione e dalle parti di Malcesine mi sono perso. Questo perché la traccia e' più a misura di ciclista ti porta nei pressi di paesi facendoti evitare tangenziali tra l'altro proibite ai ciclisti. Buona pedalata.
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!
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Patrick O’Connell
May 31, 2022 · Community
Did this twice last week while on holiday starting and finishing in Malcesine. It’s a fast route apart from the ascent from Gargnano to the first tunnel. Biggest killer was the head wind in the afternoon when going from riva del Garda back to malcesine. Starting earlier is better as the traffic in Garda got very busy the second time I went round
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benvenuto pittoni
May 31, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? May 30, 2022
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
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142.4 km
6:00 h
480 m
480 m
Highest point
446 m
Lowest point
50 m
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