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741. Dos de le strie

Mountainbiking · Garda Trentino
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  • Strada del “Pil”
    Strada del “Pil”
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
m 500 400 300 200 100 8 6 4 2 km Ristorante Antica Croce Acetaia del Balsamico Trentino Cascata del Varone
A technically very easy tour, starting and finishing in Tenno. Mostly on asphalt, the route can be enjoyed with a gravel bike instead of a Mountain Bike.
Distance 9.4 km
1:35 h
340 m
340 m
418 m
115 m
Starting from the highest point along the whole route, i.e. the village of Tenno. You will contend first with the descent, then the ascent: drawing a ring around the cliff on which Tenno Castle stands. The closure of a passage in the valley of the Dos delle Strie has forced a partial modification of the route, depriving it of a short - but enjoyable part of gravel road. From a technical point of view, this route is accessible to practically everyone. It is only the gradient in the first part of the ascent, exceeding 10%, which could prove to be a challenge for some.

Author’s recommendation

Strie means witches, who probably lived isolated in the woods.. 
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Valentina Bellotti
Update: August 04, 2021
S0 easy
Highest point
Tenno, 418 m
Lowest point
Marone, 115 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 33.58%Dirt road 15.01%Road 51.39%
3.2 km
Dirt road
1.4 km
4.8 km
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Rest stops

Acetaia del Balsamico Trentino
Ristorante Antica Croce

Safety information


  • Plan your ride
  • Share the trail with other users
  • Yield right of way to hikers
  • Let your speed be determined by your experience
  • Ride slowly on crowded trails, overtake with politeness and respect
  • Cycle only on authorized and open trails
  • Avoid muddy trails in order not to damage them further
  • Respect nature, plants, animals and the trail
  • Do not frighten animals
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Respect public and private property
  • Always be selfsufficient
  • Do not cycle solo in remote areas
  • Take back home only good pics


Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.


The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.

Tips and hints

  • This is an official route of the Garda Trentino Provincial Network of MTB routes, regularly maintained and accompanied by specific signage. 
  • For more information on routes and bike services: rentals, workshops, shops and cycling friendly accommodation - APT Garda Trentino  Tel. +39 0464 554444 
  • The texts relating to the route described in this sheet have been produced by Marco Giacomello, mountain bike guide.


Tenno - Castle (409 m)
45.917410, 10.833122
45°55'02.7"N 10°49'59.2"E
32T 642153 5086505
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Tenno - Castle

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of the route has been positioned at the crossroads in front of Tenno Castle. Following the clear directions for route 741 near the car park, leave in the direction of Pranzo. Continue straight onto via dei Molini, until you meet the provincial road on the other side of the wide valley. Keeping left at the stop sign, proceed downhill following two hairpin bends. Then, on the long straight, paying attention when crossing the road - take the gravel road on your left for the provincial road to Deva. Continue downhill, turning immediately left, and following the clear directions, descend to the bottom of the valley surrounded by olive trees. At the end of the descent, turn left and pass an old church. Keep left at the main road junction in Varone and a short distance away at the next intersection regulated by a traffic light, turn immediately right.

Along this stretch of route, you are not supported by signage, but it is easy enough to navigate. When you reach the church in the centre of Varone, the road bends to the left. Follow it leaving the building behind you, and at the next junction turn right. Continue to the next stop at the intersection with Via Venezia. Turn left here following the road until you reach Hotel Varone. The route is not signposted here, however you can make use of the S.A.T signs with directions to Tenno.

Just past the hotel, take the right fork up to join the main road to Tenno. Cross it continuing your ascent onto Via dei Capitelli, where you will find the route signage. The gradient is quite challenging up to the village of Cologna, which you traverse to once again meet the main road to Tenno. Travelling uphill, for a few hundred metres you will meet the start of the cycle path to Volta di No. Once in Volta di No, continue straight near to a hairpin bend and, after a few dozen meters, turn left, following the route signs. Still climbing, you will find yourself on the beautiful ‘Pil’ road. The terrain here is at times a bit rough but the gradient isn’t too bad and the view is pleasant to say the least. At the end of this gravel road, you’ll meet a secondary paved road - continue to the left, quickly finding Tenno Castle, the start point.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Tenno is served by the rural bus line Riva - Tenno - Fiavé - Ponte Arche (For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes)

N.B. Buses are not very frequent!

Also, from June to September the BiciBusTrek service is active with a stop near the starting point of this tour. 

Getting there

The lake of Tenno is about 12 km from Riva del Garda and can be reached by taking the SS241

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino



Pay parking at Lake Tenno


45.917410, 10.833122
45°55'02.7"N 10°49'59.2"E
32T 642153 5086505
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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 


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!

Remember to throughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do, the locations you plan to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.

What do I need to bring on my bike tour?

  • An adequate water supply according to your needs (considering temperature, possibility of refuelling and duration of the route)
  • Plenty of snacks (for example, dried fruit or energy bars)
  • Waterproof / Windproof jacket.
  • A spare top / spare socks. (Descending in a sweaty garment, will make you cold)
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike gloves/mitts
  • Map or GPS device
  • Bike lights: best placed on your helmet or handlebars. (It is always best to be prepared)
  • Bike repair kit for punctures and mechanical breakdowns
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency whistle

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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S0 easy
9.4 km
1:35 h
340 m
340 m
Highest point
418 m
Lowest point
115 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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