By Chris Smith

Monday 9th April 2018

Peschiera del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

Nestled at the base of Lake Garda with rolling flat plains to the South and mountains to the north, Peschiera del Garda offers brilliant views and vistas and is a great base for riding. There has been a settlement here since Roman times - the town itself is an old fortified city with intact city walls.

Where to Ride?

There are easily thirty plus routes that start from here so that you can explore Lake Garda, the Valpolicella, the hills of the hinterland and Mount Baldo's 23km climb to the ski station. You can even pedal over to Verona for the day! You can easily stay for a week and not ride the same road twice. 

Where to Stay?

Our recomendation is to stay in the Enjoy Garda Hotel. It is specifically set up for cyclists and they have dedicated and extremely knowledgeable local guides and mechanics on hand that do daily fully-supported rides. You can hire Pinarello bikes from them and there is always a choice of route to be had. 

Where to Eat?

There is no shortage of places to eat in the old town or along the lake front, and being Italy, they nearly all serve large portions of great Italian food. However our favourtire places to seek out are Marco e Daniela Time, Osteria Rivelin and Toasteria Italiana. (The toasted sandwiches at the last one are most welcome after a hard morning on the bike!)

What to do, other than ride?

Other than cycling and spending time on or in lake, our recommendation for places to visit are;

The Vittoriale degli Italiani - a hillside estate in the town of Gardone Riviera overlooking the Lake;

The Cascate del Varone waterfall is located in the town of Tenno in Trentino, 3 km from Riva del Garda. The falls has a height of almost 100 metres, and is sourced from the river Magnone.

Castello Di Sirmione - first a Roman building before being rebuilt in the 13th century, the imposing structure made the castle a fortress and protected it from intruders;

If you are a bit of a thrill-seeker, on your day off check out the amusement parks of Gardaland and SeaLife.

What Climb not to miss?

Don't miss climbing the highest point, Mount Baldo.

What you didn't know about Peschiera del Garda?

Lake Garda is the biggest and deepest lake in Italy and has a particularly mild natural climate allowing lemon trees to be grown naturally at this latitude. 

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