Lake Garda’s new bike path inches toward the finish line

Lake Garda’s new bike path inches toward the finish line

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Good things take time. Italy’s Lago di Garda, the country’s largest lake, and a stunner at that, was formed 1.5 million years ago, and the basin that holds it is the result of geological events that took place over the course of 200 million years.

A project by the name of Garda by Bike is also taking its own sweet time. The gorgeous lake surrounded by olive, cypress and citrus trees and overlooked by snow-capped Alpine peaks will soon be within easier reach to vacation-seekers in search of an active holiday.

Once completed, the Garda by Bike project will make possible a cyclist’s circumnavigation of the lake. Riders completing the loop will experience some 100 miles of stunning lakeside scenery, from the lake’s heavily-touristed east side to its more tranquil western shores. The project involves the construction of several new paths, which will be incorporated into pre-existing infrastructure.  

While the entire Garda by Bike project was originally scheduled to be completed by 2021, a definitive completion date has yet to be announced. But some parts of the route are welcoming riders already.

One section of the bike path that’s been making waves since it opened in 2018 is the mile-long snippet between Limone sul Garda and the border between the states of Lombardy and Trentino-Südtirol. This highly scenic stretch of cycle lane passes alongside rugged cliffs and high above the crystalline blue waters of the lake. The path is made of wood and is wide enough to accommodate traffic moving in both directions.

It’s not yet possible for cyclists to ride all the way from Limone sul Garda to Riva de Garda, the town at the northernmost tip of the lake. However, from May to October, the two towns are linked up by ferry, and that’s not a bad way to get from A to B, either.

Not a family of cyclists? No worries. The path is accessible to hikers as well.

Care for a sneak preview of the route until we’re allowed to travel again? This YouTube video will have you longing to start pushing your pedals.


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