Category: mountain bike excursion
Starting point: Pieve di Santa Maria di Tenesi, in Manerba del Garda
End point: Pieve di Santa Maria di Tenesi, in Manerba del Garda
from the ancient church of Santa Maria di Tenesi in Manerba (0,0 km), take Viale Catullo towards north. Continue on Via Fontanamonte (1,6 km) which goes downhill on the right to the lake in the village of Gardiola (2,1 km). Cycle on the left until you reach Porto San Felice, then uphill towards the San Fermo top (pock the deviation on 4,3 km), from which you will enjoy a magnificent view on the lake and on the splendid island of Garda.
Continue on Via Benaco and take the untarmacked road Via Gere to reach the historic centre of Portese. Take Via Brescia (7,3 km) towards Cislano, a tiny but suggestive borough (8,7 km) where cars are banned, in order to preserve the atmosphere of times past.
Beyond Cisano, take Via Zubino to reach San Felice. Once you are in the beautiful central square of the village (10,8 km), where there is the massive presence of the municipality building, turn right towards Via Garibaldi, which will take you to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Carmine. If the weather is fine, this ancient church deserves to be visited for a series of frescoes that will take you back to the Middle Ages.
With the Sanctuary on your left, go uphill on the narrow and steep Via Monte Croce. Continue on Via Mascontina: at the crossroads (12,3 km) follow Via Case Sparse and the indications to the cycling road to Desenzano that will take you to Via della Molaria, a narrow untarmacked road on your left, then back to the starting point (14,0 Km).
Not recommended on hot days
Of naturalistic/geological interest
Of historical/cultural interest
bus service available to Manerba del Garda (www.arriva.it). Check that your bike can be transported on the bus you choose.
Make sure you take with you all the necessary equipment and clothes for bicycle excursions according to the season. Check the weather forecast the day before you trip and verify that the track is open on the day you choose. During the excursion respect the highway code and the environment, do not leave your waste along the path.The itineraries described here and the GPS tracks do not alert bikers of possible dangers, nor indicate the only path available for excursions.
Emergency number: 112