An easy ride, all downhill, which takes you from Lake Tenno to Lake Garda, through medieval villages and vineyards, with spectacular views of the lake all the way.
This itinerary takes advantage of the summer Bicibus bike shuttle which takes you to Lake Tenno, the starting point for the trip.
The route winds downhill then, all the way, passing through some of the loveliest and most panoramic places in the Tenno area, a natural balcony overlooking Lake Garda.
The tour could be the perfect way to get back after a day at the lake (bathing allowed and lifeguard service in the summer months) or exploring medieval villages (in particular Canale di Tenno, in the Club of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy, and Frapporta, directly below Tenno Castle, and discovering local specialities (such as carne salada).
The tour is mostly on back roads where traffic is limited, apart from the stretch from Ville del Monte to Tenno where you ride down the main road and need to pay particular attention.
Don't forget you camera. You will have come across plenty of places along the way where you will want to take some photos!
- Give your bike a regular checkup, especially if you've had it for years.
- Be seen: you must wear a high vis jacket (or sash) in tunnels and on country roads after sunset.
- Always wear your helmet.
- Make sure your front and rear lights are working.
- 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.
- Don't use headphones or your mobile phone handsfree kit: you need all your concentration on the road!
- Obey the road signs: stop at traffic lights and don't ride on the wrong side of the road.
- If you are cycling in a group, always go in single file.
- 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.
- 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
- In Tenno you should stop off to visit the medieval quarter of Frapporta, the oldest part of the town. Here you pass beneath the ancient gate into a labyrinth of narrow laneways and houses perched practically on top of one another, huddled about the feet of the castle. Stay on the main road and you come to the Romanesque church of San Lorenzo which has the oldest frescoes in Trentino.
For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda: APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it
Riva del Garda is easily accessible (about 18 km) from the Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda Nord motorway exit.
Other directions for getting to Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it