Bicycle tours - Cycle paths for families
A cycling holiday is an exciting way of getting to know this area, exploring the countryside, with places otherwise difficult to reach, and offering your entire family a nature holiday out in the fresh air. In recent years, cycling has become more and more popular.
Due to its varied routes and scenic beauty, Lake Garda is the ideal setting for this sport.
The area surrounding the lake is unique in that it meets the need of every cyclist. It boasts challenging slopes, but also routes fit for a bicycle tour with one’s family and children.
And for those who do not want to bring along their own bicycles, there are various bike rental options.
Some of the accommodation facilities offer bicycles and bicycle equipment for people of all ages. There are a number of inns along the ways that offer everything from a simple snack to a full lunch, and picnic areas.
Cycle path Lazise - Garda
The eastern side of Lake Garda, the biggest lake in Italy, is the ideal place for romantic and relaxing bike rides. The itinerary is about 13 km long, from Lazise to Punta San Vigilio, and it offers a flat path that is easily accessible to all kind of bikers and families with children, too.
It starts from the walled town of Lazise, with the fascinating castle, the towers and the medieval walls surrounding the historic center. The Dogana, a building that was erected by the Republic of Venice in order to control the commerce on the lake, today hosts cultural events as well as food and wine manifestations.
From Lazise you can ride to Bardolino, a town in the heart of the Olive Riviera and the perfect place to taste the Bardolino wine, in its ruby red or Chiaretto versions, which grows in the vineyards of the surrounding hills.
The residential area is particularly interesting: the disposition of houses draws a fishbone shape and the roads are perpendicular to the shore. These old houses, the paved courtyards, the narrow streets full of flowers, the souvenir shops, the ice cream parlours and the bars and restaurants make Bardolino an extraordinary place.
The cycle path continues to Garda, a town located in a beautiful bay and represented by old houses, arches, narrow alleyways, little piazzas and marvellous villas.
An impressive panorama, dominated by the legendary Rocca, opens in front of you. You are only few kilometres from Punta San Vigilio, a pretty peninsula where you can admire a little church, the statue of San Giovanni Nepomuceno, the protectors of the seafarers, and the dreamy "Bay of the Mermaids", the Baia delle Sirene.
Bicycle tour south of the lake
Bicycle tour with a length of 68 km and a duration of approximately 4 1/2 hours on southern Lake Garda with beautiful views passing historic towns and monuments.
This is an easy route, however, it is not suitable for children due to heavy traffic!
With an average gradient of 0.3% and an absolute difference in height of 178 m, it is an easy route, but nevertheless it is not suitable for children due to the presence of cars.
The start is in Maguzzano at the end of the cycle path coming from Brescia.
The tour leads through Desenzano del Garda, Rivoltella until you get to Sirmione to visit the castle and the Grotte di Catullo.
Continuing along the cycle path you reach Santa Maria di Lugana and Peschiera del Garda, where a short stop in the historic centre is recommended.
From Peschiera del Garda, follow the Gardesana road to Lazise, where a visit to the Venetian custom house and the medieval village itself is obligatory.
Continuing, you pass through Cisano, Bardolino and Garda where you can enjoy the splendid view of Punta San Vigilio and take a bath at the Baia delle Sirene Bay.
Cycle towards Torri del Benaco from where you take the ferry to Toscolano Maderno, on the other side of the lake. From Toscolano you return south passing through Gardone Riviera (where the Vittoriale is located) then Salò, Cunettone and finally you enter in the SP 25 until Barcuzzi where the bike tour ends.
Mincio Bicycle Path from Peschiera del Garda to Mantua
The asphalt bicycle path from Peschiera del Garda to Mantua was completed in 2006. It runs along one of the sides of the famous Quadrilatero defense system built by the Austrians in the first half of the 19th century.
Find the start of the path on the right river bank in Peschiera del Garda.
Then cross the river at the Salionze dyke, right before the town of Monzambano. Shortly afterwards, you catch sight of the Scaliger castle in Valeggio sul Mincio and then reach one of the most beautiful towns in Italy: Borghetto sul Minco is known for its water mills and the ruins of the Visconti bridge. From here, cycle along the river on to Pozzolo, from where another route takes you to Volta Mantovana.
After a cycle of approximately 40 km through the plain you reach Mantua.
Cycle path through the Morainic hills
The Morainic Hills on the southern Lake Garda have an average height between 100 and 250 metres above the sea level and are located between the plain of the Pò Valley in the south and the Lake Garda in the north.
This territory is made up of ridges with intervening flat areas and are characterized by wooded spots, rolling hills that alternate with plateaus, little lakes and springs, vineyards and olive groves.
This land also offers many historical evidences that date back to the Etruscans and the Romans, then in the Renaissance to the famous familyof Gonzaga that were ruling on this area. The cycle path, leading along asphalt roads, is 46 kilometres long and comes with a few short climbs. It starts in Peschiera del Garda and continues along the lake shores to Lido Ronchi, a little beach close to the amusement park Gardaland.
After crossing the state road, the countryside presents beautiful vineyards as this is an area in-between the production zone of two famous wines, Custoza and Bardolino.
After a few kilometres, tha path arrives in Palazzolo, a small town with the remarkable little Santa Giustina church. It continues down to Sona, a very ancient town between the Lake Garda and the city of Verona. From here, the landscape alternates big vineyards with kiwi and peaches orchards and the tour takes to the town of Sommacampagna. It goes on through the Morainic hills to the river Mincio and the Salionze dam, across the river and then to its right bank the path runs along the Mincio back to the town of Peschiera. A charming glimpse on the defensive walls of Peschiera welcomes you until you are in the heart of the town.