Category: mountain bike excursion
Starting point: Desenzano del Garda train station
End point: Desenzano del Garda train station
from the train station in Desenzano del Garda (0,0 km) take Via Cavour downhill and, after a short while, take Via Irta on the left. Beyond the majestic flyover for trains (1,0 km), follow Via Mezzocolle towards San Pietro and then Via degli Oleandri going through an industrial area (2,5 km). After about a hundred metres follow the road that goes uphill, after a few metres it becomes an unmade road, this way you will avoid cycling on the busy main road. After this non-asphalted track, on a flyover you will also avoid the A4 motorway (3,6 km), to continue among cultivated fields and cattle up to km 4,5 where you can turn left at the indication for “Itinerari del Garda”. At the end of the unmade road you will reach San Pietro village (6,00 km) and on the left, through a narrow road going uphill, turn right after the houses. The trail continues through the villages of Calvata, Montonale Basso and Alto (8,6 km) up to a "T" crossroads (km 11) nearby the tower of San Martino della Battaglia. Here turn left, and after a few hundred metres you will reach the deviation to the Tower (historic monument). The itinerary continues to the north and beyond the highway (12,5 km), cycle next to the train tracks in Via Località Madonnina, go through the tunnel in Via Pigna and then turn in Via Venezia and Via Mattei to cycle under the train tracks again. Turn right following the indications to the cycling road (km 15,5). As you cycle past the cemetery and the church of San Zeno (16,00 km) continue on the cycling road that will take you under the train bridge (19,9 km), beyond which you go uphill on the right to the station square (20,5 km).
Not recommended on hot days
Of historical/cultural interest
bus service to Desenzano del Garda available (www.arriva.it), also trains (www.trenitalia.com) and ferry boat (www.navigazionelaghi.it). Check that your bicycle can be transported on the the bus/train/ferry boat 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