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Via Panoramica di Malcesine

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A brief tour characterised by the panoramic road in Malcesine which offers an opportunity to view Lake Garda from a different perspective. Quite a tough climb, but suitable for everyone.

Distance 34.6 km
2:49 h
432 m
432 m
368 m
64 m

The routes that offer a marvellous view of Lake Garda are truly too many to mention. This tour takes in most of the east coast of the lake.

We set off from Torbole then reach the Campiano Pass, a panoramic point above the town of Malcesine. Its olive groves, famous for producing one of the finest olive oils in Italy, frame a setting that is one of a kind. At the pass, there is a fountain to cool us down, whereas the descent offers a striking view, with the blue waters of the lake blending into the green of the olive trees.

A relatively short route, suitable for all cyclists. The climb is short, and the gradients are not taxing. A morning departure and afternoon return trip will ensure that we constantly benefit from a favourable wind.



Author’s recommendation

As also suggested by the name of the itinerary, there are lots of opportunities along this route to see a unique panorama. So, don’t forget your camera!

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Update: January 11, 2023
Highest point
Malcesine, 368 m
Lowest point
Torbole, 64 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 45.76%Road 54.23%
15.8 km
18.7 km
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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 



Torbole - Info office (65 m)
45.867573, 10.877113
45°52'03.3"N 10°52'37.6"E
32T 645694 5081047


Torbole - Info office

Turn-by-turn directions

From Torbole 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 cross Navene arriving in Malcesine.

Pass through the town and immediately after the church turn left and take the uphill road almost until the intermediate stop of the funicular railway leading to the top of Mount Baldo. Here in San Michele starts a panoramic downhill road from which you can catch sight of the whole Lake Garda until the Brenta Massif.

At the end of the downhill turn right and after a couple of km take again the Gardesana Orientale leading you to starting point Torbole.


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 Torbole in the Busatte Park.

More Pay parking at the Panorama parking area, in Via Strada Granda or and along the lakefront Lungolago Conca d'Oro


45.867573, 10.877113
45°52'03.3"N 10°52'37.6"E
32T 645694 5081047
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

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.

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flo rohrmoser
October 12, 2015 · Community
sehr schöne Tour - allerdings hat sie nur rund 400 hm und nicht 1.030 hm!!
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34.6 km
2:49 h
432 m
432 m
Highest point
368 m
Lowest point
64 m
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