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4.The Sarca Valley and Lake Cavedine: from Arco to Sarche

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  • The cycle path along river Sarca
    The cycle path along river Sarca
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. R. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
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This route takes you on a tour of the northern part of Garda Trentino. Starting from Arco you get as far as Sarche and Lake Cavedine before heading back to the departure point.
Distance 36.7 km
2:50 h
254 m
263 m
279 m
85 m

The itinerary follows the course of the River Sarca. Starting in Arco, you cycle up the river valley as far as Sarche. On the way back, you pass by Lake Cavedine, a small body of water near the Marocche.

The route generally follows the cycle path running along the river bank through farmland and orchards, mostly apples but also plums, and vineyards. You are in the heart of the Sarca Valley, an area with a long tradition of farming. On the way back however, at the northern end, you head towards Lake Cavedine. The lake was formed by the damming of the river by the Marocche landslide and today it is a natural oasis much loved by fishermen and sports lovers.

The itinerary presents no particular difficulties, apart from a short uphill stretch on a cement road where you can always simply get off and push your bike.


Author’s recommendation

In summer be sure to bring your swimsuit: underneath the Roman bridge in Ceniga there is a little beach, ideal for cooling down after your bicycle ride
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Update: August 09, 2021
Highest point
Marocche, 279 m
Lowest point
Arco, 85 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 60.35%Road 39.64%
22.2 km
14.6 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.



The cycle pathe in Trentino are usually closed by the local authorities from November, 15th to April, 15th. Exceptions are the cycle paths along the River Adige and in the Basso Sarca/Garda Trentino, where cycling is prohibited only in case of ice or during a snowfall

Tips and hints

  • This is another tour which is ideal for exploring the northern part of Garda Trentino, combining different points of interest for a very enjoyable trip. For example, in the area around Lake Cavedine, you pass a little beach with a bar and a water fountain, the perfect place to cool down after the ride.  Continue onwards towards the Marocche, and about halfway up the hill that takes you to the protected area you will come across a signpost which leads you to a great boulder which bears the footprint of a dinosaur.
  • 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 (89 m)
45.920866, 10.889590
45°55'15.1"N 10°53'22.5"E
32T 646523 5086991



Turn-by-turn directions

Head off from the car park situated at the bridge in Arco where the cycle path begins. Shortly after, you pass the Climbing Stadium on your left, the venue for the Rock Master championship, one of the most important climbing competitions in the world. Follow the road signs so that you are cycling along with the river on your left and the vineyards on your right. 

At the end of the cycle path turn left onto a side road which takes you into the little hamlet of Ceniga. Here you turn onto the first road on the right, then take the first left and cross through the centre. Continue on straight through vineyards until you come to a slight rise; turn right and then, at the end of the road, right again. At the stop sign, turn right once more and go onto the roundabout where you take the third exit. A sign on the side of the road gives directions for the cycle path. Cycle for a short distance among the houses until you come to the start of the cycle path which is protected and for bikes only.

This trail is well signposted and passes through vineyards. The River Sarca is always flowing on the left of the cycle path which takes you to the Fies power station. Here, continue along the cycle path.
Be careful! In this area there is a short cement road that is very steep.
You are now passing through the protected area of the Marocche. Continue on the gentle rise with the River Sarca still on your left. After a downhill stretch you come to Pietramurata. Follow directions for the cycle path as you cross the centre and then go back onto the cycle path as it runs north beside the river.

At the end of the cycle path turn right and then immediately turn left; at the roundabout take the second exit in the direction of Ponte Oliveti / Pergolese. Continue on down the main road, with vineyards on either side and cross through the centre of Pergolese; continue down the main road and you come to Lake  Cavedine.

Cycle along the shore to the end of the lake. Here you begin the uphill stretch which takes you into the heart of the Marocche, the largest post-glacial landslide in the Alps. You pass the brow of the hill and start to run downhill again. Stay on the right and pay attention. At the stop sign, turn onto a straight stretch followed by two bends and another straight stretch: here you will find directions for the cycle path, so follow them down to the right. At the end of the road turn left onto the cycle path which leads to Dro. Ride through the centre and continue on to the little hamlet of Ceniga. Towards the end of the village follow directions for the Roman bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left, taking a laneway which winds between the River Sarca on the left and the rock face of Monte Colodri on the right. Keep going straight until you get back to where you started from.


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 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, shopping center Blue Garden.


45.920866, 10.889590
45°55'15.1"N 10°53'22.5"E
32T 646523 5086991
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  •  Bike Garda Trentino Map – On sale in tourist information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole 

Questions and answers

Question from Eli Syben · June 06, 2021 · Community
Ist die gesamte Strecke Asphalt?
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Buongiorno, ja die gesamte Strecke ist Asphalt.


Wanderfuchs Bauer
June 30, 2022 · Community
Schöne Tour auf besten Radwegen oder wenig befahrenen Sträßchen, entlang der Sarca, sehr reizvoll. Ebenso lohnt ein Stop am ruhigen Cavedine-See. Unbedingt „Laufrichtung“ beachten, da ein Aufstieg zum See über die Straße nicht schön ist, vor allem bei Hitze. Überlegenswert die Tour am Nordufer über die kurze Verbindung zum Radweg fortzusetzen, da man hier ein Stück Straße spart, allerdings dann auch den tollen Ausblick Richtung Riva versäumt.
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When did you do this route? June 29, 2022
Sasha Shepherd 
October 29, 2020 · Community
Klasse Tour, größtenteils geteerter Weg. Auf jeden Fall in die ausgeschriebene Richtung fahren, ansonsten gibt es einen sehr steilen Anstieg. Mehrer Weingüter zum einkehren. :)
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When did you do this route? October 29, 2020
Photo: Sasha Shepherd, Community
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36.7 km
2:50 h
254 m
263 m
Highest point
279 m
Lowest point
85 m
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