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The Lake Garda

The landscapes of Lake Garda on a bike, among vines and olive trees

Riding a bike to enjoy the astonishing green and blue landscapes of Lake Garda, among olive trees and vines, and along its banks to visit ancient and pleasant villages.

Glaciers formed Lake Garda, a wide blue body of water set between drumlin hills and higher mountains. Its clear and clean waters, its sunny shores, the moderate temperatures and the breathtaking landscapes make it a one of a kind place. All its surroundings have always been inhabited, known and appreciated since the ancient times. Sirmione hosts one of the most charming architectural examples of the Roman period: the Grotte di Catullo (Grottoes of Catullus), and Romanesque churches and noble villas represent the following historical periods.

The charm of the lake has remained the same throughout all times and Catullus was not the only poet to praise the lake’s splendour: among others, Gabriele D’Annunzio, James Joyce and, above all, Johann Wolfgang Goether, who described Lake Garda better than anyone else. “Knowest thou where the lemon blossom grows, In foliage dark the orange golden glows, A gentle breeze blows from the azure sky, Still stands the myrtle, and the laurel, high? Dost know it well? 'Tis there! 'Tis there…

The mild climate caused by the presence of the large body of water allows not only the cultivation of Mediterranean plants, but also the development of particular vegetation and of different endemic species.

The urban mark of the coastal villages of Malcesine, Torri del Benaco, Garda, Bardolino, Peschiera and Lazise derives from the union between village and castle with the correspondent defensive features. The agricultural landscape surrounding the lake has the typical winding morphology of the hills and offers much different cultivation: vines, olive trees, cereals and orchards.

During the last century, the area of the lake and its surroundings have witnessed a massive tourism development, obtaining thus undeniable economic benefits, but also some environmental issues to be kept under strict control to protect the territory.


From Verona to Rocca del Garda

From Verona to Lake Garda along cycling paths and quiet roads to enjoy the hill landscape with vineyards and olive trees and the lake from the top of the Rocca del Garda.

Duration: 1 whole day

Difficulty: beginners – around 40 km

Highlights: Garda; Bardolino; Rocca del Garda; Vineyards and olive trees of Lake Garda.

Along Lake Garda

The eastern shore of Lake Garda, going through the villages and the halfway up the hill; to enjoy the hill landscape with its vines and olive trees and cycle along the lake.

Duration: 1 whole day

Difficulty: intermediate – around 40 km

Highlights: Garda; Bardolino; Lazise, Colà di Lasize; The landscape of Lake Garda.