Dal Garda a Brescia

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A classic itinerary, suitable for everyone, that allows you to join Lake Garda to the city of Brescia. It starts from the Zanardelli lakeside promenade in Salò, a beautiful promenade that runs parallel to the streets of the old town centre, and follows via Garibaldi, via Bossi and via Umberto I until it meets the cycle path at the intersection with via Panoramica (1.6 km). Here begins the only uphill section of the entire route, which ends at Tormini (4.8 km, 225 m asl), near the old railway bridge, after passing the village of Volciano. From here the route is always almost flat: first, pass Villanuova sul Clisi and the River Chiese (7.1 km, 214 m asl) at Valverde, then continue along the beautiful via Romana alongside the river enjoying the pastoral views to reach Gavardo (10.4 km, 203 m asl). This is where the 'Gavardina' begins: the cycle path that runs parallel to the Naviglio Grande Bresciano as far as Treponti, on the outskirts of Rezzato (24.2 km, 150 m asl).  Along the cycle route, you can cycle in the shade of rows of poplars, stop at picnic areas and enjoy views of old farmhouses, train stations and vineyards. From Treponti, heading west, keeping the Naviglio on the right at all times, pass Rezzato and Sant'Eufemia to join the tree-lined viale della Bornata (30 km) and viale Venezia, indicating that you are on the outskirts of the city of Brescia. Pass through Piazzale Arnaldo (34 km), now a hub of nightlife dotted with valuable artistic and architectural heritage, and arrive in the city centre. Joining nearby via Musei, head along the ancient Roman decumanus, admiring the monumental complex of the Museum of Santa Giulia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ruins of the Capitolium, before ending up to Piazza Vittoria. Although this itinerary technically ends here, we thoroughly recommend devoting a few hours to this city rich in history and culture.

Route info
35,3 km
Activity time
2 h 00 min
Highest point
225 m
Safety guidelines

Make sure you take with you all the necessary equipment and clothes for excursions according to the season. Check the weather forecast the day before your trip and verify that the track is open on the day you choose. During the excursion do not deviate from the signalled path, respect the highway code and the environment, do not leave your waste along the path. The viability of the routes may not necessarily coincide with the indications, it needs to be verified permanently and periodically on the ground. The Author declines any responsibility for any accidents or damages that may occur on the proposed routes. 

Single emergency call number: 112

Punto di partenza

Zanardelli lakeside promenade in Salò, 68 m slm

public transportation

Salò can be reached by bus (www.arriva.it) and by boat with Navigazione Lago di Garda (www.navlaghi.it

How to get there

Salò is easily reached from the upper lake along the Gardesana Occidentale (SS45bis) or from the lower lake along the SP572. Parking is available near the starting point.

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