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If there’s one person who knows every single corner of Lake Garda, it’s Federica. A passionate explorer, Federica has recently added a new chapter to her adventures: a complete tour of Lake Garda on two wheels. A 142km-long personal challenge that has raised her connection with the lake to a new level.
The training and the challenge
Tackling a 142km route around Lake Garda demands significant training. The rolling hills and mostly flat roads provide a perfect setting for well-prepared cyclists. A mix of endurance and strength is the secret ingredient to conquering this ride.
But the good news is, this isn’t a challenge that’s reserved for professional athletes. In fact, the route is a fascinating opportunity to test yourself if you love road racing and are looking for an adrenaline-packed experience. And, of course, the beauty of the Lake Garda tour is that it’s open to everyone, not just super athletes.
If you prefer a slightly more relaxed adventure, you can rent a bike to cover shorter distances. This is the perfect way to explore the shores of the lake without involving a long-term commitment. As you see, cycling around Lake Garda is inclusive and accessible to everyone, whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a casual explorer.
A cycling adventure to remember
3, 2, 1 … off we go! From Pacengo in the southeast corner of the lake, Federica set off on an epic journey, heading towards Peschiera del Garda and crossing the southern part of the lake basin in a clockwise direction. As well as being a physical challenge, this was an opportunity to discover new lakeside viewpoints.
The route begins to reveal its beauty after Sirmione, Desenzano del Garda and Salò. The road narrows, clinging to the lakeside, and the rugged Lombard shoreline offers spectacular views of Lake Garda’s blue waters.
From Lake Garda to Trentino: a panoramic view
At the first stop, at Toscolano Maderno, you can hop on a ferry to Torri del Benaco on the other side – an interesting option for those who want to customise their own route. But before setting off, some valuable advice from Federica: be sure to have front and rear lights on your bike and wear reflective clothing so you’re kitted out for the many tunnels.
Back on the route going towards Limone sul Garda, the road winds along from a lofty position along the lake, offering seemingly endless panoramic views. Beautiful villas, lemon groves and garden nurseries adorn this stetch of the route, making every turn of the pedal a special experience.
Riva del Garda: an obligatory stop
Arriving at the halfway point at Riva del Garda, it’s impossible to resist stopping in the piazza for a coffee or a drink. Time to relax before tackling the next part of the journey, which takes you on a gentle incline and to a change of perspective: from here, you look at the lake from the opposite side.
Malcesine Castle and return to Pacengo
Setting off again, you soon reach Torbole: the road slopes upwards in a short, smooth climb. The landscape changes here, because we are now exactly on the opposite side of the lake. Slowly, slowly, we get closer to Malcesine, immediately recognisable by its castle, which we glimpse from afar.
The route continues through Brenzone sul Garda and Torri del Benaco, then continues along the shoreline until it gets to Punta San Vigilio, with Rocca di Garda peeking out on the horizon.
From here, the road descends to the level of the shoreline, passing through enchanting places connected by the cycle path, such as Bardolino and Lazise.
Finally, the return to Pacengo, the starting point. Certainly, a day to remember, crammed with landscapes that take shape as memories, and enriched by an even deeper connection, reinforced by a mix of effort and joy, with Lake Garda. Over the course of 142km on two wheels, the charm of the lake emerges at every bend of the road. Tempted to try it?