26 Jun Cyclyng among the olive groves of Lake Garda
Lake Garda offers countless trails winding across the olive groves of Lake Garda. All you have to do is hop on your bicycle and admire the breathtaking scenery on your journey to little-known jewels dotting the countryside.
A bicycle tour of Lake Garda? Why not? In fact, there is no better way to explore the beautiful lake shore and the inland countryside, dotted with olive groves, vineyards and charming little villages. We particularly recommend these three itineraries. There are many others listed on the Verona Garda Bike website, ranging from easy to challenging.
So, on your marks, get set, go!
THE TRICOLOURED FLAG OF FLAVOURS
The name of this scenic route is in honour of the Italian flag. Green, white and red are its colours, but also those of three typical products of this area, namely our green extra virgin olive oil, Custoza white wine and red Bardolino wine.
This 39-km-long trail is not overly gruelling, but its length and the abundance of dirt-tracks require a reasonable degree of fitness.
The start is in Bardolino: a short stretch of uphill road leads to the scenic route to Cavaion Veronese, among the hills lined with olive groves and vineyards, where you will also find our olive mill. Here, if you wish, you can pay a visit to the Museum of the “Castaldo”, i.e. the land steward of bygone times who played a key role in the rural society of our Region, and admire an interesting collection of ancient farming tools. In Cavaion Veronese you can visit Archeoparco della Bastia, an archaeological park on Mount San Michele, where you will find some interesting prehistoric remains, and wander among the so-called introi.
This interesting trail continues along dirt tracks and narrow lanes, surrounded by expanses of olive groves. A real must if you want to discover the homeland of Lake Garda’s best wines and oils.
ANCIENT HAMLETS AND VILLAGES
This is a rather demanding trail, given the type of road surface, its length – it is over 40 km long – and the presence of steep, uphill stretches of road. But it is definitively worthwhile: in the countryside inland from Lake Garda, there are many charming villages and hidden hamlets that most tourists have never even heard of.
The starting point is the town of Garda, from where you take the road leading to the hamlet of San Bernardo that passes through the Valley of the Mills. Once you reach Castion Veronese, the route will take you towards Costermano, passing through the small, medieval hamlet of San Verolo. The following town is Pesina, and then, continuing along the road to Caprino Veronese, there are other interesting villages such as Gaon, Rubiana and Vilmezzano. The trail continues with a breakneck descent to the Caprino-Spiazzi road, and the enchanting village of Pazzon, famous for its 13th-century frescoed Oratory of St. Martin. A variety of other splendid little hamlets and villages dot the way back to the town of Garda.
FROM THE SHORES TO THE HILLS
This is an easy trail, approximately 30 km long, suitable for adults and children alike, mostly paved and with only few, and very gentle ups and downs.
A lakefront road departs from the historical town centre of Bardolino, leading to Cisano from Lazise, where the trail then leaves the shores of the Lake and climbs gently towards the inland hills. Once again the beauty of the countryside, with its wide expanse of vineyards and olive trees, fills the eye. Not far beyond there is Pacengo, from where one can admire a stunning view on the Calmasino hill. A few gentle climbs and descents lead to the villages of Colà and Calmasino, from where an easy stretch of downhill road leads back to Bardolino.
Have we tickled your fancy? We hope so, and look forward to welcoming you to Lake Garda and its beautiful countryside!