Lakes of Lombardia and Piemonte: Part 1 From the Lago di Garda to the Lago d’Iseo

Published on:  | Last updated: 7 January 2020

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Peschiera del Garda to Desenzano del Garda 12 kms
Desenzano del Garda to Brescia 35 kms
Brescia to Iseo 28 kms

Brescia has a rich history going back two millennia. The Museum complex of Santa Giulia is one of the UNESCO-listed Lombards in Italy collection of sites. As well as the relics of Lombard art there are renais­sance frescoes and a rich collection of Roman art including winged victory, which for my money is one of the great surviving examples of Roman sculpture.

After Brescia the route takes you to the Lago d’Iseo.


If you fancy a detour off the route you could follow the signs for the Ciclovia Valtenesi that takes you to the town of Salò and then rejoin the route at Rezzato. 


There are a number of sugges­tions for day-rides in the hills to the south and east of Brescia, with route profiles and gps downloads, on the website for the Strada del vino colli dei Longobardi (it/de/es).


At Peschiera del Garda is you can pick up the river Mincio cycleway which the heads south to Mantova and the river Po. The Mincio cycleway is part of the Ciclopista del Sole (eurovelo 7) offering connec­tions to Verona and Trento and the north, and Ferrara and Bologna to the south.

Lago d'Iseo (Lombardia)

Lago d’Iseo (Lombardia)

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Places to stay

Hotels and B&Bs

Find and book places to stay with pages for places on this section of the route:

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If you use these links to book accom­mod­ation will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.

I use to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirm­ation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accommodation.

I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the oppor­tunity to let me know if there’s a problem.

Many properties offer free cancel­lation but it’s a good idea to check the condi­tions as these vary from property to property.


There are lots and lots of campsites along the shores of the Lago di Garda and the Lago d’Iseo.

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Transport and services

Peschiera del Garda has very good rail connec­tions and you can get trains direct from here to Venezia or Milano or Verona. Note though that many of the trains that stop here are Frecciarossa which don’t take bikes - so check the timetables and the Partenze board at the station.

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