The ascent from Gargnano to Valvestino is one of the most scenic roads on Lake Garda and, in view of the moderate gradients, is very pleasant to cycle. It can therefore be incorporated into a circular route with departure from Toscolano. From Toscolano, the route starts at the roundabout between the Gardesana and via Marconi (0.0 km), where parking is available. Cycle along the state road in the direction of Limone sul Garda beside the lake to the turnoff for Cecina, which you will reach after an uphill stretch. Then the road flattens out along the golf courses, which you skirt on the left until you pass the pretty hamlet of Villavetro. Take the SS 45Bis at Bogliaco to Villa di Gargnano. Here we recommend a diversion to via Colletta to see the pretty little harbour. Re-join the SS 45Bis and follow it to the junction (7.3 km) signposted Navazzo and for Valvestino. The next stretch runs through olive groves with some very manageable slopes, past well-equipped rest areas inviting you to stop and admire the expansive views. At the end of a straight stretch past the junction for Musaga, turn left and, just before reaching Navazzo (15.1 km, 477 m asl), turn left again onto via Sostaga. After passing the Church of Santa Maria Assunta and turning onto via del Travaglio, you will reach the highest point of the itinerary (16.2 km, 516 m asl) and begin your (initially steep) descent to Cabiana, Folino and Gaino (19.6 km, 269 m asl). After passing the village centre, turn left and continue downhill to arrive in Toscolano after several hairpin bends.
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.
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Toscolano Maderno, ponte sul torrente Toscolano, 85 m slm
Toscolano Maderno can be reached by bus (www.arriva.it) and by boat with Navigazione Lago di Garda (www.navlaghi.it).
Toscolano Maderno can be reached from upper Garda or lower Garda by driving along the Gardesana Occidentale (SS45bis). Parking is available near the roundabout between the Gardesana and via Marconi.