Fantastic autumnal cycling routes through Trentino – Italy’s MTB hotspot

Mountain Biking Collection by Trentino

Trentino is probably one of the most popular and oldest mountain bike destinations in Italy. Situated in the north of the country, you can get there easily from Germany. When you arrive, you find classic trails around the stunning Lake Garda, as well as various bike parks, and wonderful Alpine landscapes. But, Trentino also has an unknown, quiet side which is what we present to you in this Collection.

We show you ten wonderful tours, most of which start in small towns and villages that you probably have never heard of. This region is especially beautiful in late summer and autumn. Whilst other areas further north are covered in fog, Trentino enjoys warm temperatures, wonderful sunshine and all the colours of autumn.

The varied routes in this Collection focus on enjoyment. You don’t have to complete a marathon to be satisfied at the end of your ride. Therefore, most of the routes are quite short and focus on the beautiful landscapes. On the way, alpine huts ensure that you don’t go hungry. You’ll pass by countless friendly places to tuck into delicious regional specialities.

Our ten Tours are perfect for a relaxed bike holiday in late summer or autumn. The mild climate ensures that you will still feel comfortable even when the leaves on the trees are already turning red and golden. When the colours of autumn spread over the lemon and olive groves, the harvest time is in full swing in the vineyards and orchards, and when the mountains’ rocky peaks begin to turn white, Trentino is absolutely spectacular.

Getting to Trentino is very easy. If you want to come with your own car, the best way to reach the area is via the Brenner motorway. From Munich, for example, the journey takes less than five hours. Travelling by train is also convenient as the region’s two main cities, Trento and Rovereto, are connected to the Italian and European long-distance train network. This way, you can get cycling quickly, comfortably, and cheaply without your car. Trentino also offers a range of accommodation that is specially adapted to bikers. You can find biker-friendly accommodation ranging from campsites to hotels, here: visittrentino.info/de/unterkunfte/bike-friendly.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    04:20
    23.0 mi
    5.3 mph
    4,600 ft
    4,525 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour captivates with diversity: The wide landscape full of untouched nature will take your breath away.The route takes you through the Lagorai Mountains, which extend from the Rolle Pass to Pergine Valsugana and are located between the three Trentino valleys (Primiero-Vanoi, Tesino-Valsugana and the Val di Fiemme). Large meadows and vast forests characterize the landscape here. Foaming torrents and a large network of forest trails do the rest. The Vanoi Valley is the highlight of the round. It is one of the “wilder” areas of Trentino and is wonderful to discover by mountain bike.With more than 37 kilometers and around 1,400 meters of altitude, this tour is quite demanding. After starting in Caoria, you cross the Vanoibach and first pedal on asphalt towards the Refavaie hut. Maybe you would like to treat yourself to a second breakfast here? A little refreshment can't hurt, because it continues to go uphill until you finally pass Lago Nero.From now on it will be a little more relaxed. It goes from time to time until you reach the alpine hut Fosernica di Dentro. You deserve a break here at the latest, even if the next stop, the alpine hut Fosernica di Fuori, is not far. Now the route almost only leads downhill. On an old mule track you drive back to Caoria surrounded by beautiful scenery.

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    Difficult
    01:42
    11.4 mi
    6.7 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This round is short but crisp. It goes up and down and you collect 500 meters of altitude in just 18 kilometers. You come through picturesque small towns and enjoy wonderful views - always in the shadow of the large Dolomites.The tour starts in the beautiful town of Stenico, which is ideal as a starting point. There are accommodations and typical Italian bars that welcome you for a refreshment after your tour. But before that, it's steep uphill: the first section between Stenico and Seo is tough. There’s always really nice foresight to enjoy.Once in Seo, a simple but varied descent awaits you. Partly via roads, partly via forest paths, you first come to the town of Sclemo, past Tavodo and finally via a steep ramp to Dorsino - the perfect place for a culinary break! The village is known for its wines and good cuisine, so it is worth planning a little siesta here.Now it's slowly back towards Stenico. You have already done the worst. A few more climbs are waiting for you, but they are comparatively harmless. High above the Limaro Gorge you can once again enjoy a breathtaking view of the deeply carved gorge and the massif of Monte Casale opposite, before you roll back to the starting point on the route of the "Dolomiti di Brenta Bike" tour.

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  • Difficult
    04:17
    21.0 mi
    4.9 mph
    5,100 ft
    5,075 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The tour around Monte Peller is a real challenge. Today you pedal up to an altitude of almost 2,100 meters. 1,550 meters of altitude are in your logbook after work, but you also collect many beautiful impressions of great views and breathtaking trails. After this round you can proudly and happily enjoy the rest of the day in the typical Italian small town idyll of Val di Sole.After a short roll-up, the approximately ten-kilometer ascent begins, which leads you up a dirt road through dense forest to Passo le Fraìne. The view opens up here and you are in the middle of an open landscape with wide alpine pastures and many beautiful viewpoints. Every now and then you come across picturesque mountain lakes that are suitable for a short break. If you fancy a longer rest and refreshment, it is worth taking a detour to the Peller refuge, which invites you to stop off. Or you pedal a little further uphill to the highest point of the tour: At the Malga Tassula there is a cheese dairy where you can also buy tasty food in the summer.Even though you are about half the distance behind you, in reality most of the tour is already done. Because from now on, with a few exceptions, it will only go downhill. In the beginning there are a few beautiful trails waiting for you, in the further course the route winds mostly back to the valley via well-accessible gravel paths, where a real Italian espresso is waiting for you in one of Malé's cafes!

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    Difficult
    03:19
    16.5 mi
    5.0 mph
    3,850 ft
    3,850 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A short tour that has it all and is a small challenge even for experienced bikers. The name says it all: Today you drive up to the magical mountain lake Lago di Lagorai, where the efforts of the long climb are immediately forgotten.The tour starts at the World Cup cross-country stadium in Lago di Tesero. From here you cycle comfortably along the banks of the Avisio towards Ziano di Fiemme. Shortly before entering the town, the route turns - towards the mountain!From now on it's going uphill really long. A twelve-kilometer mountain road takes you through the Val Cavelonte slowly but surely ever higher, until the Lagorai waterfall announces the big final spurt: Another crisp climb over a steep, old military path and you see the beautiful Lagorai mountain lake in front of you. Your efforts are immediately forgotten here, because the lake is one of the most beautiful and largest waters in the mountain range of the same name. Sit down for a moment on the shore and look at the deep blue water, in which the mountain peaks are reflected all around.Rested, you are ready for your return trip, which is much easier than the way there: First you bounce back the old military route. There is a short ascent - afterwards it only zigzags down a forest road until you are back at the starting point.

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    Difficult
    02:22
    12.4 mi
    5.2 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This is the perfect tour for enduro riders who like to earn their own trails! From Arco you initially drive almost twelve kilometers, but at least mostly over asphalt, steeply uphill - then a long, demanding and just really good trail descent awaits you.The route starts on the bike path that runs along the Sarca River and first leads through the beautiful alleys and over the magnificent market square of Arco's old town. After you have left the old walls of the city behind you, the long climb awaits you. First through the picturesque olive groves at the gates of the city, then over asphalt to Padaro, where you should fill up your bottles again with fresh water, because here is the last opportunity for this on the long climb to Dos del Clef.Once at the top, you deserve a break. From Dos del Clef, the view of Garda Trentino is really beautiful and a photo stop here is simply part of it. In addition, it can't hurt to take a deep breath, because the following descent requires maximum concentration: there are some demanding passages with rocks, steps and gravel waiting for you. But above all, there is great trail fun waiting for you, which, with a grin on your face, spits you out on the road you already know from the climb. From here it goes back through the paths through the olive grove to the center of Arco, where a fresh espresso is already waiting for you.

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    Intermediate
    02:34
    14.4 mi
    5.6 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,850 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On this short tour, not only the beautiful nature of the Pasubio massif awaits you, but also a short journey through time into a dark chapter of the region: Along the route you will pass numerous artifacts from the First World War, behind which exciting stories are hidden. In contrast, there are several alpine huts that invite you to enjoyable breaks.The tour starts in the small village of Giazzera, which you can easily reach by car from Rovereto. There is a parking lot, a motorhome parking space, a bar and several ways to refill the drinking bottles. From here, an approximately ten kilometer long ascent begins, which first leads over asphalt, later over a good gravel road. Slowly but surely you will climb higher and higher until you finally reach the alpine hut "V. Lancia ”.Rested and strengthened, you now tackle the rest of the climb up to the "Sella delle Pozze". Once at the top, you did the strenuous part of the tour. From now on, with a few minor exceptions, things are going downhill. Via promising, paved paths, later on a road you come back to the starting point of the tour to Giazzera.

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    Difficult
    02:27
    12.8 mi
    5.2 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,075 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The large circuit around Monte Tremalzo is a real classic in the Lake Garda region. However, it is also a very nice challenge, which certainly does not always fit into your schedule. This beautiful tour, which packs the best of the diverse Tremalzo region into around 20 kilometers, is significantly shorter and less energy-intensive.The tour starts in Tiarno di Sopra in the Ledro Valley. Shortly after leaving town, the road branches off to the famous Tremalzopass. From here it says: Pedal! Around twelve kilometers of uphill are ahead of you. Since it runs mostly on asphalt, you can unwind the climb relatively relaxed. Follow the road to Rifugio Garibaldi. Then you leave the actual Tremalzo route. The ground changes here and you cover the last meters in altitude up to the Bochèt de Casèt on a gravel road. You have reached the highest point of the tour at around 1,650 meters. Up here is the bird ringing center, which is worth a stop in the summer, because then you can look over the shoulders of the bird experts.There follows a rapid descent back to the starting point of the tour. At first you can test your bike skills on some really fun trails, later you roll out comfortably on easy paths and streets and you can look forward to a coffee in one of the typical Italian bars in Tiarno di Sopra.

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    Difficult
    03:17
    15.7 mi
    4.8 mph
    4,200 ft
    4,200 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This wonderful tour starts in the cozy village of Roncone in the picturesque Valle del Chiese. Although it is only around 25 kilometers long, it is not short of vertical meters: 1,280 are on your speedometer at the end of the day. And that's what matters right from the start.From the village you first crank up a steep road to Malga Bondone. There you switch to a gravel road, which soon changes into an old military road that slowly but surely leads you further uphill. The path is mobile, but you need stamina, because around 1,200 vertical meters are an announcement even for hard-boiled bikers.But the landscape is uniquely beautiful. At the latest when you reach the tree line at around 1,700 meters, you will be amazed by the wild, rocky landscape that will accompany you from now on. The views up here are fantastic and easily hide the fact that the path is not always in the best condition.You reached the climax of the tour on the Malga Avalina. If you have not brought your own provisions, you can "invest" another 100 meters in altitude here and turn shortly before to the Malga Stablo Fresco, where you will not only get an unforgettable panoramic view, but also delicious snacks. Then a long, really nice descent awaits you. A nice mix of forest trails and trails with adventurous stream crossings and really flowing pieces takes you back to the valley. In the end, it goes uphill again a bit before you come back to Roncone on narrow gravel roads, where you can end the tour in style and typically Italian with a cappuccino.

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    Intermediate
    03:08
    19.2 mi
    6.1 mph
    2,650 ft
    1,875 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On this rather easy bike tour through shady forests, over wide mountain pastures and past countless alpine pastures and mountain huts, some special features await you. You will pass numerous relics of the First World War and you will get to know a cultural peculiarity that really only exists here: the cinnamon trees. Their traditional dialect, the Cimbrian, is only mastered by a few hundred people and there are exactly seven congregations in which it is still spoken. This tour connects two of them: Roana and Lusèrn.Basically it doesn't matter which direction you take the tour. If you start in Lusèrn, the climbs will be much easier. If you start in Roana, you do the “work” for the first ten kilometers and then you can look forward to a relaxing second part of the tour. It is best to just go there and back and enjoy both variants.On the way, numerous picturesque alpine pastures await you, on some there are even refreshments, so you can fortify yourself and try typical local dishes. If you keep your eyes open, you can always spot spooky witnesses from the time of the First World War, such as trenches. And with a bit of luck, you will also come across an animal guardian of the alpine pastures: a marmot. If you are interested in the culture and history of the people of this region, a visit to the ethnographic museum (Documentation Center Lusern) in nearby San Pietro is recommended.

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    Intermediate
    01:23
    8.36 mi
    6.1 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round is short, but still beautiful. And their name says it all: “Lez” means “watercourse” in the local dialect, which describes the course of this tour well. Because it is largely based on the course of a former irrigation canal. Such canals are typical of the area because they provide water to the small, scattered towns that are scattered on the steep slopes of the Magdalener Mountains. A narrow path that runs alongside the former canal is the main character of your tour today.You start in Corte Superiore and first drive steeply uphill via Mocenigo to Val Lavazzé, where you first come across the dilapidated canal. Once at the top, the tour is very relaxed. Almost the same level, the route leads you in the direction of Lanza and on to a narrow side road that leads you to Proveis in South Tyrol. A fun trail now leads downhill to the "Rankipino" bike path, which takes you via Corte Inferiore and finally back to Corte Superiore.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    155 mi
  • Duration
    28:49 h
  • Elevation
    32,075 ft
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