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749. Laghel (Cross Country)

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  • A really steep road in the olive grove of Arco
    / A really steep road in the olive grove of Arco
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / Riding in the olive grove of Arco
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The "roman bridge" in Ceniga
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino - Foto Promovideo, Garda Trentino
  • / The beach under the Roman bridge in Ceniga
    Photo: M. Giacomello, Garda Trentino
  • / The cycle path along river Sarca
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
  • / The Castle of Arco from Laghel
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino (ph. Vuilleumier), Garda Trentino
m 400 300 200 100 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Ponte romano - Ceniga
This route is accessible to many bikers with no particular technical difficulties, much of it on a paved or cement road, with only one stretch which can at times be treacherous.
Distance 30.3 km
3:17 h
475 m
475 m
312 m
62 m

This itinerary can be done all year round with a distance of 30 km and an elevation gain of just under 500 m. There are steep gradients on both the uphill and downhill runs, always on good terrain apart from the descent from Laghel towards Ceniga. This section, on a steep cement track at the start, can be slippery, particularly when when or when there are leaves on the ground. At the end of the cement stretch, the surface is quite loose and conditions depend very much on the weather.

Along this itinerary,  you will pass through a number of historic town centress where route signposts are not allowed. Unless you follow the route with a gps system it may be difficult to find your way on some parts of the route.

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
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Valentina Bellotti
Update: August 05, 2021
Highest point
Laghel, 312 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 62 m
Best time of year

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.


Riva del Garda - Info point Garda Trentino (68 m)
45.883794, 10.851402
45°53'01.7"N 10°51'05.0"E
32T 643657 5082803


Riva del Garda - Info point Garda Trentino

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail begins in Viale Rovereto in Riva del Garda, in the car park at the Fire Station, to be exact. Turn into the cycle path heading north, and follow it as far as Varone. Near the town, the cycle path is interrupted and after a short stretch of mixed road you come to a stop sign where you keep right in the direction of the church. You will find no directions in the town, but it is easy to figure out which way to go. When you come to the church, the road bends to the left. Follow it, leaving the church behind, and at the next fork, you will find that your lane takes you towards the right. Keep on for a short distance as far as the stop sign at the junction with via Venezia. Here you turn right, following the road, until you come to a crossroads with traffic lights. Keep to the left here and keep on straight until you come to Ceole.

Here you will find the signpost for route 749 which takes you to the right as you continue down via Dante Alighieri towards Arco. Follow the road past the church Santuario Madonna delle Grazie, and at the next junction keep to the left. You continue on for about 400 metres on the main road, then turn left. Keep on straight until you come to the town of Varignano. Keep to the right past the church and, shortly after, turn left. Follow directions until you come to the town of Chiarano. Keep left here and cross the town centre, then turn onto via Al Monte. Here the road rises steeply and takes you up into the olive groves. Signposting is very clear on this section and takes you to the outskirts of Arco. When you reach the crossroads at the Arboretum, follow directions to the left and you will find yourself heading uphill towards the castle. You are on a paved road again and you will find the gradient quite stiff at times. When you come to the church of Santa Maria di Laghel, continue on straight on via Laghel di Sotto for a little over 1.5 km. Follow directions and turn right onto a dirt road, flat at first, which then heads downhill with some cement stretches. At the end of the downhill stretch, turn right at Maso Lizzone and you will soon come to the Roman Bridge of Ceniga. Cross the bridge and follow the narrow lanes of the town towards the church. Take the road at the side of the church. Keep left at the next fork and go straight on. When you come out of the town again you will be cycling through vineyards, then take an underpass to take you back onto the main road.

Take the little country lane directly in front of you which leads you across the fields. The signposting is very clear here once again leads you along quiet country roads as far as Moletta where you come onto the main road again. When you come to the stop sign, you can continue on the left-hand side of the road, continuing on the footpath for a short distance. Now turn left onto a side road going gently uphill. Continue on straight to the lovely medieval village of San Martino and cycle through the centre. As in other historic centres, you will find no signposts for your route. Leave the village on via Maffei, keep on left in the direction of Massone. At the second turn-off, turn right onto via Europa. You will come to a junction at a little church where you must keep right and go on straight until you come to a flyover on the main road. Cross it and you will soon come to the town. You are practically back in Arco at this stage. When you come to Viale Rovereto, keep to the left and follow the main road for a short distance. At a little roundabout, turn onto the cycle path on your right. From here on you have clear signposting once more as you cycle along the River Sarca on the cycle path as far as the mouth of the river at Torbole. Keep right here and follow the northern end of Lake Garda. Follow the cycle path past the Brione promontory and continue along the beaches towards the centre of Riva del Garda, the point from which you started.


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.


45.883794, 10.851402
45°53'01.7"N 10°51'05.0"E
32T 643657 5082803
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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Nils K
August 22, 2018 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour. Ja die Abfahrt ist anspruchsvoll aber die ersten 100m sind beinahe schon flowig.
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marco miso
September 18, 2017 · Community
facile perdersi nei centri abitati per mancanza di tabelle e se bagnato occhio alla discesa laghel ceniga. per il resto ottimo tracciato non molto impegnativo e bellissima la zona dell'olivaia
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Nicola Colombani
August 14, 2017 · Community
Bel giro. Non necessita di una gran gamba visto il basso dislivello, e bella discesa da Laghel. Tabellato però molto male nella zona iniziale tra Varone e Vigne
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30.3 km
3:17 h
475 m
475 m
Highest point
312 m
Lowest point
62 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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