16: MONIGA- SOIANO - PUEGNAGO - MANERBA

Manerba del Garda

Category: mountain bike excursion
Difficulty: medium
Starting point: Moniga del Garda, roundabout on SS 572 to Soiano del Lago
End point: Moniga del Garda, roundabout on SS 572 to Soiano del Lago
Maps:

300 m 240 m 20,5 Km 2h 30 min Moniga del Garda, roundabout on SS 572 to Soiano del Lago
By bike:

From Via Pergola-SS572 (0,0 km) at the roundabout with indications to Soiano del Lago continue on Via Monte Cicogna going slightly uphill on the unmade road Via Gherla headed to Soiano del Lago. Here keep the right side on Strada Provinciale n. 25 until you reach the entrance to the historic centre (2,5 km), where the parish church and the castle characterise this small borough. If you cycle along SP 25 to Polpenazze del Garda you will reach the village, then follow the indications to the castle and the panoramic spot. Once on the panoramic square of the parish church of Polpenazze del Garda (5,0 km), don't forget to stop by the castle walls and the well-preserved historic centre. Back on Strada Provinciale towards Puegnago sul Garda, just outside the historic centre beyond the roundabout, take on the right Via Rio Bosco going downhill on unmade road through cultivated fields and olive trees. Once on the asphalted road to Puegnago sul Garda (6,3 km), continue until you reach the deviation for Mura (7,5 km) on the right, which will take you through this ancient village, cycling on a tiny circular road around the historic centre. Back on Via Roma (SP25), in a few minutes you will find yourself in Puegnago del Garda (8,5 km), with its unique castle, and down to Via Aldo Merler, to turn left on Via Fontane and, shortly after, there is the small village of Raffa (10,5 km).The village unfolds along Via XX Settembre going north, and after the church turn right in Via Fosse (11,5 km). After a little while turn right once again in Via Mascontina (12,1 km) and continue to the village of Pieve Vecchia di Manerba, with the charming church of San Rocco (13,9 km).At the end of Via Manzoni (km 14,5) turn right on an unmade road after a small stream (white/red signs). Follow the indications on the cycling road to Desenzano until you reach Balbiana (16,0 km). At the large roundabout on SP39 take Via Noveglie which, after a while, turns into an unmade road. Turn left in Via Dugale to reach once again SP39 – Via San Martino (17,6 km). Through the centre of Moniga del Garda (19,0 km), with a short deviation among the walls of the castle to enjoy the view from the terrace next to the walls, continue along Via Roma towards SS572 and conclude the excursion (20,5 km).



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Notes:

Not recommended on hot days 

Of naturalistic/geological interes

Of historical/cultural interest 

Panoramic


By car:
Moniga del Garda can be easily reached from the top and from the bottom of the lake. Parking available nearby the starting point.
Public transport:

bus service available to Moniga del Garda (www.arriva.it). Check that your bicycle can be carried on the bus you choose.



Safety tips:

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




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