The cycle path starts from Mantua, renaissance city of rare beauty, with its suggestive squares and the three lakes that surround it. To those who arrive by train, we suggest to spent a day before leaving to Garda lake: many famous writer, such as Torquato Tasso, Charles Baudelaire and Charles Dickens described the wonder felt before Mantua, a sweet and melancholic town. You can visit the beautiful and small inner city on foot or by bike.
The path starts directly from the train station in Mantua. The first section of the path lies close to the city streets but just after few kilometers the pave path begins and so does the countryside of Mantua. The rural landscape donates the silence and the fragrances of nature and you will find yourself in an oasis of peace and quiet. You will coast the Middle Lake and then the Upper Lake, this segment of the path lodges many species of winged animals and web-footed animals, including mallards, storks and herons that can be easily spotted.
Just a few kilometers away from Mantua, you can reach, with a short change in direction, the Bosco della Fontana Natural reserve where you can admire the original natural surrounding of the Po Valley. There are different naturalist itineraries, accessible only on foot, where you can appreciate the local flora and fauna.
When you arrive in Pozzolo, after 23 kilometers of biking, the cycle path return to Mincio, from this point you will cost the river all the way to the destination.
Afetr 7 more kilometers you will reach Borghetto, in the province of Verona, a major stop-over of the cycle path. It’s one the most beautiful small town of Italy with a small group of houses at the foot of the Visconteo bridge on the shore of Mincio and its characteristic water mills (some of them are still working!).
You will return on the cycle path and on the coast of the river; after few more kilometers you will pass through a bridge, in this way you will find yourself on the right shore.
Just a few kilometers among cypresses and you will arrive to Peschiera del Garda.
This cycle path belongs to Europe itinerary Eurovelo7 that connects North Cape and Malta with a cycle path.
The bike lane of Mincio offers the possibility to enjoy the beauty of nature, beautiful small towns and medieval fortification surrounded by the green Po Valley e its picturesque landscapes.
Author: Chiara Marras