Bike

Monte Baldo road bike route from San Zeno to Prada at Lake Garda

Low traffic, circular and panoramic route along mountainous areas via Caprino and Lumini

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A medium difficulty ring road, 34km long and ideal for road bikes. You leave from San Zeno di Montagna, descent towards Caprino where you join a beautiful ascent that brings you to Prada Alta.

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Details

  • Technical characteristics

    • Starting point
      San Zeno
    • Endpoint
      San Zeno
    • Route
      San Zeno – Castion Veronese – Pesina – Caprino – Rubiana – Lumini – Prada – Prada Alta – San Zeno
    • Starting height
      680m
    • Highest point
      1020m
    • Altitude – ascent/descent
      985m/979m
    • Distance
      34km
    • Duration
      2,5 hrs
  • Difficulty

    • Difficulty
      medium
    • Technical difficulty (1 to 5)
      3
    • Physical training (1 to 5)
      3
  • Scenic appeal

    • Experience (1 to 5)
      3
    • Landscape (1 to 5)
      3
  • Type of route

    • Round tour
  • Best time of year

    • All year over
      without snow

Partner

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Points of interest along this bike trail

It is a beautiful circular route with little traffic, even in high season. The ascent is especially lovely, not too steep, which takes you through Lumini, a nice hamlet of San Zeno. Wonderful views and panoramas over Lake Garda and Monte Baldo are to be had during the whole ride.

Tour description

From San Zeno head downhill south along provincial road no. 9. When you have passed Castion Veronese, turn left in Via San Verolo, just after the road that takes you to the hamlet of that name. Go straight on through Pesina in the direction of Caprino on a mainly flat road. After the centre of Caprino, turn left into Via Aldo Moro on provincial road 29.

A nice ascent starts here, about 13km long and, as mentioned above, not too challenging. Follow provincial road no. 29 going through Rubiana until you get to Località Lumini. Here you go right keeping on road 29 which carries on gently uphill until a crossroads on a hairpin bend which brings you onto road no. 9.

Go right and carry on to Prada Alta. Carry on uphill for another 5km going through Prada until you get to Prada Alta to the car park of the Prada/Costabella chair lift where you will finish your uphill climb. Here you turn around and go back along road no. 9 downhill. At the Crossroads, go right downhill to get back to San Zeno di Montagna.

Variant

If you are tired, you can shorten the route by turning left at the crossroads on the hairpin bend after i Lumini. This brings you back to San Zeno di Montagna without going up to Prada.

Our suggestions

  • The busiest part of this route is from San Zeno di Montagna to Caprino. As you go uphill it gets less busy. This really is a wonderful route to do if you want to be far from the busy summer traffic of Lake Garda.
  • It is well worth stopping to visit Lumini.

The tour during the winter

You can cycle this route even in the winter. If it is very cold, we advise you not to go up the ascent to Prada.

Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the trail

There aren’t any but there are some bars along the road.

Partner

Hotel Maximilian 360gardalife
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How to reach the starting point of the trail

This route starts from the centre of San Zeno di Montagna, from the church car park.

Parking

The church car park.

Public transport

ATV public transport.

Safety information

Once at Prada Alta, we recommend that you don’t carry on but go back otherwise you will find yourself on the descent to Punta Velena which, because it is very steep, is quite dangerous to do downhill.

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