Tour #8 – Heading North along the Mincio river to Peschiera d/G
garda lake by bicycle and E-bike
Easy Level on all flat on both paved municipal roads and paved bike way.
Length: about 50 Km (31.07 Miles).
Duration: total of about 4 hours including a visit to the town of Peschiera d/G.
Lunch in Peschiera d/G OR Snack/Aperitif at “Chiosco del Mincio” at tour’s end.
This tour starts from the “Chiosco del Mincio” and rides along the Mincio river up to Peschiera d/G and can be done on both MTB and E-Bike. Following our tour guide we alternate between the Bike Way Mantova-Peschiera and some less known roads reaching Garda lake by bicycle and e-bike.
In the beginning the itinerary includes a series of panoramic views of the river gorge nearby Pozzolo.
Continuing on this path we arrive at Borghetto, a locality of Valeggio s/M included on the list of “most beautiful villages of Italy”, through an unpaved road with marvelous views and a relaxing silence broken only by the gentle roar of the river’s water.
After a quick visit in Borghetto, including the ritualistic group photo, we ride on what’s the most picturesque part of the Bike Way Mantova-Peschiera that runs below the hills of the town of Monzambano, recognizable by the Castle on the hills and the Church overlooking the river valley.
We arrive at the dam in Salionze from where we take a paved road along the river that’s adorned by century-old poplars and arrive at the Fortress in Peschiera del Garda, included by UNESCO into the list of Patrimony of Humanity, which we’ll visit freely.
OUR DESTINATION: Peschiera d/G.
A fortified outpost of the Roman that then became a bastion of the Republic of Venice during the Feudal era.
The walls were reinforced with a technique called “Terrapieno” (Walls filled with Morainic sediment) and two arched entryways were created called “Porta Brescia” and “Porta Verona” in the direction of the routes that connected Peschiera with the two important cities.
During the 800s the Austrian Empire took control of Peschiera and turned it into one of the four outposts of the famous “Quadrilatero” along with Legnago, Mantova and Verona.
Terminata la visita della nota cittadina gardesana, poco dopo aver intrapreso il percorso di ritorno sulla pista ciclabile, è possibile effettuare una leggera deviazione per ammirare da vicino lo storico Forte Ardietti, baluardo difensivo austriaco eretto nel 1856 a difesa della valle.
Percorriamo a ritroso l’itinerario, questa volta tutto su pista ciclabile fino a Pozzolo, per poi deviare su strada comunale a poco traffico in direzione di Goito che raggiungiamo dopo alcuni chilometri e dove ci attende una meritata merenda presso il “Chiosco del Mincio”.